Meet the Team

Your decision to pursue orthodontic treatment is an investment in your future and overall dental health. Selecting the right office that best suits your needs is a very important part of that decision. At Klein Orthodontics, our entire team is highly trained and maintains the highest standards within the orthodontic field. Our team members are all certified dental assistants and routinely updated through specialized courses on technqies for all aspects of treatment. We strictly follow the procedures recommended by the American Dental Association for sterilization and infection control, so we assure your health and safety.

In a warm and caring environment, our office has the specialized equipment, facility, and team to properly address all of your orthodontic needs.

Admin

 

Admin Team

The administrative staff serves various roles in our office. Gina, the Mt. Vernon Scheduling Coordinator, has been with the practice since 1993. Rhonda, the Salem Coordinator started in 2005. They are friendly, fast and seasoned in multi-tasking skills. Their goal is to schedule your orthodontic visits with as little impact to your busy schedule as possible. Our Financial Coordinator, Debbie, is always there for your financial concerns. Her main goal is to make your financial experience at our office as easy and convenient as possible. Brandy, our Insurance Coordinator, specializes in helping to make your insurance work for you. Her main goal is to help you maximize your insurance benefits. She is available to answer all of your insurance questions.

Admin

 

Gina

Gina:  Scheduling Coordinator

Get to know Gina…

Who are your heroes?
My boys.
 
What motivates you to work hard?
Making sure our patients are comfortably and completely accomodated throughout their care at Klein Orthodontics.  And, of course, my paycheck!
 
What makes you laugh the most?
Big Bang Theory.
 
What is your favorite quote?
“We buy things we don’t need to impress people we don’t know.” - Edward Norton in the movie Fight Club
 
What is your favorite card or board game?
Yahtzee.
 
What song would you sing at karaoke night?
Better Dig Two (The Band Perry)
 
Bonus question - What karaoke song would you pay to watch Dr. Chris and Dr. Brian perform?
Don’t Stop Believin’ (Journey)
 
If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Vanilla ice cream and chocolate candies.
 
What's the most daring thing you've ever done?
Uh, I have children!  And grandchildren!!
 
What was your favorite toy as a kid?
Chatty Cathy.
 
Is there anything you wish would come back in style?
White go-go boots.
 
What celebrity would you like to meet for a cup of coffee?
Owen Wilson.
 
What is something unusual about you that people may not know?
I put my makeup on before I wash my hair.

 

Brandy

Brandy:  Insurance Coordinator

Get to know Brandy…

Who are your heroes?
Can't think of anyone in particular.
 
What motivates you to work hard?
Knowing that I’ll be compensated for my time and effort.
 
What makes you laugh the most?
Gina and Rhonda’s sarcastic jokes.
 
What is your favorite card or board game?
Uno.
 
What song would you sing at karaoke night?
I definitely would not be singing at a karaoke night.
 
Bonus question - What karaoke song would you pay to watch Dr. Chris and Dr. Brian perform?
In the Jungle (Billy Joel)
 
If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Cereal.
 
What's the most daring thing you've ever done?
Swimming with sharks…they were small, but still scary.
 
What was your favorite toy as a kid?
My bike and jump rope.
 
What is something unusual about you that people may not know?
I’ve always thought that it would be interesting to work in a funeral home.
 
 
Rhonda

Rhonda:  Scheduling Coordinator

Get to know Rhonda…

What motivates you to work hard?
Providing for my family.
 
What makes you laugh the most?
Things my grandkids say and do.
 
What is your favorite quote?
“Life becomes easier when you accept an apology you never got.” – Robert Brault.
 
What is your favorite card or board game?
Rook.
 
What song would you sing at karaoke night?
There isn’t one!  You don’t want me to sing!
 
If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Pizza.
 
What's the most daring thing you've ever done?
Riding the Rockin’ Rollercoaster at Disney World.
 
What was your favorite toy as a kid?
Barbie dolls.
 
Is there anything you wish would come back in style?
No.
 
What celebrity would you like to meet for a cup of coffee?
My granddaughter, Karley, said Luke Bryan.  I would stay home and she could take my place meeting him.
 
What is something unusual about you that people may not know?
I love to ride rollercoasters!
 

Debbie

Debbie:  Financial Coordinator

Get to know Debbie…

Who are your heroes?
My family.
 
What motivates you to work hard?
A great boss and a great staff.
 
What makes you laugh the most?
Family and friends.
 
What is your favorite quote?
“You can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.”
 
What is your favorite card or board game?
Head’s Up.
 
What song would you sing at karaoke night?
Love Shack (B52’s)
 
Bonus question - What karaoke song would you pay to watch Dr. Chris and Dr. Brian perform?
Girls Just Want to Have Fun (Cyndi Lauper)
 
If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Pizza.
 
What's the most daring thing you've ever done?
Went up 14,000 feet into the mountains outside of Denver, Colorado.
 
What was your favorite toy as a kid?
Barbie.
 
Is there anything you wish would come back in style?
Not really!
 
What celebrity would you like to meet for a cup of coffee?
Rachel Ray…but I’d want to have coffee AND eat something.
 
What is something unusual about you that people may not know?
I’m really scared of heights.
 
 

Treatment Coordinators

Patty and Shelley are our treatment coordinators. They assist Dr. Klein and Dr. Brian in obtaining important diagnostic information at the initial examination. They will walk you through each step of the enrollment process while you become part of our practice. Because they are familiar with all aspects of the office, both clinical and administrative, they can clarify any orthodontic concerns you have and also help with finding the best payment option for your individual situation. They are committed to making you feel comfortable as you become familiar with our office.

Treatment Coordinators

 

Patty

Patty:  Treatment Coordinator

Get to know Patty…

Who are your heroes?
Jesus, my husband, my mom and dad, my kids, and Dr. K.
 
What motivates you to work hard?
To do my best for God and self.
 
What makes you laugh the most?
My grandkids…hands down!
 
What is your favorite quote?
“I hate the guys who criticize and minimize the other guys whose enterprise has made them rise above the other guys who criticize.”
 
What is your favorite card or board game?
Aggrevation and Pinochle.
 
What song would you sing at karaoke night?
I Want to Hold Your Hand (The Beatles)
 
Bonus question - What karaoke song would you pay to watch Dr. Chris and Dr. Brian perform?
Another One Bites the Dust (Queen)
 
If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Fried shrimp, fish, scallops, and pasta.
 
What's the most daring thing you've ever done?
Rode a 4-wheeler up a rock mountain at Land Between the Lakes on my 50th birthday and almost fell back down!
 
What was your favorite toy as a kid?
My red bike and my horse.
 
Is there anything you wish would come back in style?
Not really.
 
What celebrity would you like to meet for a cup of coffee?
George W. Bush
 
What is something unusual about you that people may not know?
I have to move things that people lay down, drives me crazy!  I like order in my life, but can fly by my seat if needed.  Also, I’m very strong willed.
 
 
Shelley
Shelley:  Treatment Coordinator
 
Get to know Shelley…
 
Who are your heroes?
My parents.
 
What motivates you to work hard?
My conscience.
 
What makes you laugh the most?
My kids.
 
What is your favorite quote?
“A day without sunshine is like...night!” – Steve Martin
 
What is your favorite card or board game?
Yahtzee.
 
What song would you sing at karaoke night?
Bobby McGhee (Janis Joplin)
 
If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Pizza.
 
What's the most daring thing you've ever done?
Parenting!
 
What was your favorite toy as a kid?
Cabbage Patch dolls.
 
Is there anything you wish would come back in style?
In previous generations, people would dress up to go places. I’d like to see this come back. I’m over looking at people who wear pajamas to stores and restaurants.
 
What celebrity would you like to meet for a cup of coffee?
Jimmy Fallon.
 
What is something unusual about you that people may not know?
I have met (actually shook hands with) Ben Stiller, Steve Buscemi, and Garth Brooks.
 

Clinical Assistants

Our clinical assistants have over 40 years of combined clinical experience. They are highly skilled in performing many detailed and technical procedures to aid the doctors in moving your teeth into proper alignment. They pride themselves in their knowledge of orthodontics and their skills to speed your treatment along. They remain current with the latest technologies and trainings offered by Suresmile, Invisalign, Damon System and the American Association of Orthodontists to help you achieve your beautiful, healthy smile.

Clinical

 

Diana

Diana:  Clinical Coordinator, Certified Orthodontic Assistant

Get to know Diana…

Who are your heroes?
My mom and aunt Erma.
 
What motivates you to work hard?
My family is my motivation to work hard. I want to provide a comfortable life for them while setting good examples to live by.
 
What makes you laugh the most?
My husband, kids, and work family. They all make me laugh on a daily basis. Life is fun with them around.
 
What is your favorite quote?
“Enjoy the little things in life for one day you’ll look back and realize they were the big things.” – Kurt Vonnegut
 
What is your favorite card or board game?
Uno.
 
Bonus question - What karaoke song would you pay to watch Dr. Chris and Dr. Brian perform?
Shake It Off (Taylor Swift)
 
What's the most daring thing you've ever done?
I went parasailing with my sister and loved it!
 
 

Janalynn

Janalynn:  Certified Orthodontic Assistant

Get to know Janalynn…

Who are your heroes?
Three amazing women: Natalie Backstrom helped raise me to be the person I am today.  Sheila Gump, my aunt, let me practically live at her house on the weekends.  Vickie York, the best mother-in-law ever.  All three women are there for me all the time.
 
What motivates you to work hard?
I want to do the best that I can at my job.
 
What makes you laugh the most?
Me…I crack myself up.
 
What is your favorite quote?
“Be the change you want to see in the world.”
 
What is your favorite card or board game?
Solitaire.
 
If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Fried chicken, mashed potatoes, mac & cheese, corn on the cob, and crescent rolls.  Double-stuffed Oreos with milk for dessert.
 
What's the most daring thing you've ever done?
Jumping off the cliff at Current River.
 
What was your favorite toy as a kid?
Barbies!
 
What celebrity would you like to meet for a cup of coffee?
Ellen DeGeneres – She is so funny!
 
What is something unusual about you that people may not know?
I have donated almost 3 feet of hair to children with cancer.
 

Kristi

Kristi:  Certified Orthodontic Assistant

Get to know Kristi…
 
Who are your heroes?
My parents and two sisters.
 
What motivates you to work hard?
My morals.
 
What makes you laugh the most?
My nieces and nephews.
 
What is your favorite quote?
“When I do good, I feel good.  When I do bad, I feel bad.  That’s my religion.” – Abraham Lincoln
 
What is your favorite card or board game?
Uno and Wheel of Fortune.
 
Bonus question - What karaoke song would you pay to watch Dr. Chris and Dr. Brian perform?
Summer Nights (Grease)
 
If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Pizza with ranch dressing.
 
What's the most daring thing you've ever done?
Last summer I went skydiving and loved it!!!
 
What was your favorite toy as a kid?
My CareBear and Barbies.
 
Is there anything you wish would come back in style?
Vintage dresses from the 1930s and 1940s.
 
What celebrity would you like to meet for a cup of coffee?
Chris Evans!  But I’d rather have tea than coffee.
 
What is something unusual about you that people may not know?
I like to create comedy skits.
 

Taylor

Taylor:  Clinical Assistant, Records Coordinator

Get to know Taylor…

Who are your heroes?
My parents, my aunt (Cheryl Wilkerson), and my husband’s grandfather (Mick Colbert).
 
What motivates you to work hard?
As a Christian, I believe Jesus wants me to work hard and be productive with the time I’ve been given.
 
What makes you laugh the most?
My husband…he’s always cracking jokes.
 
What is your favorite quote?
“I wish I could help, but I don’t want to.” – Phoebe from the tv show “Friends”
 
What is your favorite card or board game?
Sorry, with my Grandma Vorris.
 
What song would you sing at karaoke night?
Stand by Your Man (Patsy Cline)
 
Bonus question - What karaoke song would you pay to watch Dr. Chris and Dr. Brian perform?
Dr. Chris – Bennie & the Jets (Elton John)…Dr. Brian – Shake It Off (Taylor Swift)
 
If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Tacos.
 
What's the most daring thing you've ever done?
I steer wrestled a cow a couple times.
 
What was your favorite toy as a kid?
My stuffed animal, “Puff”.
 
Is there anything you wish would come back in style?
Leg warmers.
 
What celebrity would you like to meet for a cup of coffee?
Jennifer Aniston.
 
What is something unusual about you that people may not know?
I put sugar on my macaroni!
 

Jessica

Jessica:  Certified Orthodontic Assistant, Records Coordinator

Get to know Jessica…

Who are your heroes?
My parents, my in-laws, and my grandparents.
 
What motivates you to work hard?
My children, Eli and Maddox.
 
What makes you laugh the most?
My husband Michael and my co-workers.
 
What is your favorite quote?
“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” – Mae West
 
What is your favorite card or board game?
Monopoly.
 
What song would you sing at karaoke night?
Uptown Funk (Bruno Mars)
 
Bonus question - What karaoke song would you pay to watch Dr. Chris and Dr. Brian perform?
Baby (Justin Bieber)
 
If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Pizza lunchables.
 
What's the most daring thing you've ever done?
Bungee jumping.
 
What was your favorite toy as a kid?
Ninja Turtles.
 
What celebrity would you like to meet for a cup of coffee?
Eli Manning
 
What is something unusual about you that people may not know?
Lady bugs and worms absolutely freak me out!

 

Lab Coordinator

Christy, our Lab Tech, received her degree in Dental Laboratory Technology from SIU and has been with Klein Orthodontics since 1995. She makes most of our patients' retainers as well as many of the other dental appliances. Christy is also responsible for collecting important diagnostic records, such as photos, X-rays, and models, that will aid the doctors in developing your treatment plan.

Christy

Christy:  Lab Coordinator

Get to know Christy…
 
Who are your heroes?
Anyone who has overcome personal tragedy.
 
What motivates you to work hard?
My genealogy…I come from a family of hard-working farmers.
 
What makes you laugh the most?
My daughter, Emily, when she tries to sing Whitney Houston songs.
 
What is your favorite quote?
“For it is in giving, that we receive.” – St. Francis of Assisi
 
What is your favorite card or board game?
Uno, Monopoly, and Candyland.
 
Bonus question - What karaoke song would you pay to watch Dr. Chris and Dr. Brian perform?
Girls Just Want to Have Fun (Cyndi Lauper)
 
What's the most daring thing you've ever done?
On an AAO trip to Hawaii, Denise and I took a 3-hour jungle hike through the rainforest.
 
What was your favorite toy as a kid?
A Chrissy doll.
 
Is there anything you wish would come back in style?
Big, high-teased 80’s bangs and banana clips…I could do both of those again!
 
What is something unusual about you that people may not know?
I don’t snap my fingers like a normal person.
 

Drs. Christopher and Brian Klein

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