Meet our Team
Charis met her husband, Dr. Don, while attending the University of Puget Sound, where she graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Business. Charis’ involvement at a young age in her family’s business catalyzed her entrepreneurial spirit. While Dr. Don was in dental school, she started her own marketing business and later helped him start his orthodontic practice.
“I am so proud of my husband for making such a difference in people’s lives. He is an exceptional orthodontist with a huge heart and an amazing sense of humor – he makes me laugh every day!”
Charis loves spending time at home with Dr. Don and their Havapoo (Havanese/Poodle mix), Heidi. She also enjoys taking Dr. Don on adventures around the world.
Chief Canine Paw-ficer
Heidi is Dr. Don & Charis’ adorable Havapoo (Havanese/Poodle mix) born 3/25/19. She’s named after their Papillon who lived nearly 17 years…and that Heidi was named after three of Dr. Don’s Grandma’s dogs…the special tradition continues. Heidi has her own Instagram page called #thelifeofheidi2. Check it out and follow if you want some sweet puppy posts to brighten your day!
“Our team loves smiles and I am their favorite canine!” (pun intended)
Heidi was born in Michigan in the loving home of “Grandma” Becky (Pride’s Puppies) and moved to California when she was 8-1/2 weeks old. She loves snuggling, playing with toys, and amusing Dr. Don & Charis while burrowing in pillow caves.
Kayla was born and raised in Novato. She graduated from San Marin High School and attended Boston Reed College, where she received her certificate as a Medical Assistant. Kayla has been in the medical field since 2012 and is fluent in Spanish.
“The best thing about work is seeing our patients get their confidence back due to Dr. Don’s amazing practice. I really enjoy the team I work with; everyone strives for great customer service while building strong relationships. The positive energy that flows through our office is what makes this a special place.”
Kayla stays busy outside of the office spending time with her family and her young twin girls. She also enjoys outdoor activities and traveling to experience new places.
Olga became a Registered Dental Assistant in 2008 after attending the College of Marin. She has a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Physical Education from Bogota, Colombia and is fluent in Spanish.
“I love that every day I get to help children and adults feel good about themselves and their smiles. Our office has such a wonderful atmosphere; it is positive and upbeat. We all have a good time together, while helping each other so that our patients receive the best care possible.”
Olga has been a swimming instructor for more than twenty years. She loves to swim and bike with her family. She has two children and a stepdaughter. Her husband, Glen, is a local tour guide and they attend Grace Church of Marin.
Lab, Comm, Purchasing Coordinator
Karen joined Dr. Don’s team in 2005, just 1 year after it opened!
“Overall, it is my goal to provide outstanding customer service with a smile! I really love watching our young patients grow up while helping to improve their confidence and smiles. I am truly grateful to work with such professional and excellent staff and a dedicated doctor from whom I learn so much!”
Karen grew up in Novato and has 3 kids. Her son, Christopher, works with her husband Bill. Her twin daughters attended UC Davis; Melissa is entering the field of marketing and Megan (aspiring future orthodontist) works at our office periodically throughout the year. Karen loves exploring different states while camping with her family. Her Pomeranian, Cody, and 5 chickens also provide daily entertainment!
Orthodontic Assistant / Asst. Marketing Coordinator
Rebecca grew up in Novato and graduated from Novato High School. She attended Santa Rosa Junior College and became a Registered Dental Assistant at the College of Marin.
“My favorite part about working with Dr. Don and his team is that they are so caring and confident. The warm office atmosphere makes you feel immediately welcomed and comfortable. Dr. Don is intelligent and witty, and I enjoy watching him and the team interact.”
Rebecca currently lives in Petaluma, and in her free time enjoys hiking, bike riding, yoga and cooking.
Patient Services / Asst. Marketing Coordinator
Tiffany was raised in Novato and graduated from San Marin High. She recently moved back to Marin from Fresno to be closer to her family and friends. Tiffany has worked in customer service for nearly ten years and truly enjoys making sure people have the best experience they can possibly have during their visit. Outside fo the office she enjoys spending time with her daughter Bella and their cats, Salt and Pepper.
“My favorite part about working here is knowing that our patients really appreciate our support; as one patient said ‘You guys are the best cheerleaders!’.”
Sterilization & Records Technician
Megan is currently attending the University of California, Davis for her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. An aspiring orthodontist, she works at our office during her school breaks. Part of the team since 2014, she has gained knowledge and experience in the field she’s come to love.
“Working with patients and helping make their visit enjoyable is my main priority! This team feels like family to me and I am so lucky to be able to work with the best patients, the best doctor, and the best staff!”
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and reading.