Meet the Staff
We recognize that all of our patients are unique and deserve to receive orthodontic care that reflects their individual needs. Our experienced and talented team is committed to working with you and your family to create a comfortable, stress-free, and rewarding orthodontic experience every time you visit our practice.
We are pleased to welcome you and your family, and we look forward to working with you.
Dr. Thornton is your experienced Eugene and Creswell, OR orthodontist . Call our office today to schedule your first appointment!
My job is to keep the practice running smoothly and efficiently. I work to ensure that our team can focus on delivering personal care to each wonderful patient. I also have the opportunity to oversee the handling of all financial arrangements and insurance billings, to make sure that each family is comfortable with their payment arrangements throughout the course of treatment. I love coming to work every day knowing that I have the opportunity to make a difference in someone's life and work within a genuinely kind and thoughtful team.
My husband of 30 years and I relocated to the Eugene/Springfield area entering a new season for us as empty-nesters. Our daughter lives in Fairbanks, Alaska and our son is in Southern California. We love being in Oregon and part of this community because of the special blend of diversity and small town friendliness. My favorite activity is curling up with a good book, and my husband is an avid fisherman. Together, we enjoy the outdoors and getting away in our truck camper on the weekends.
After almost 7 years with the Thornton team, our beloved TC Cheryl retired from the dental field in September. However, we are now privileged to have the skills and gifts of our previous SC Alicia who is stepping into the TC role and is excited to continue to serve Dr. Thornton's patients and our community. She has the pleasure of introducing families to our office while answering their questions about treatment options, insurance, and financial arrangements, and helping them move forward in creating healthy smiles.
Expanded Function Orthodontic Assistant
Having worked for many years in this specialty, I can say with great confidence that being an orthodontic assistant is the most rewarding career I have had. Working under the leadership of Dr. Thornton has been a privilege, and I am really happy to be a small part of the great team here. I have been continually challenged to educate myself on new techniques and technology to help provide excellent treatment to each patient. In addition, making personal connections and seeing each patient’s smile progress to Dr. Thornton’s high standard is a very exciting aspect of my career.
I have been married for more than 30 years and am well versed in the world of being a grandparent, to three grandsons and two granddaughters. I’m loving this exciting role! I also love to do home improvement projects and yard work. It is a part of my personality to see the transformation that takes place by just changing things a little here and there.
Expanded Functions Orthodontic Dental Assistant
I started my dental career managing a start-up endodontic practice in SoCal. Soon after, I decided to relocate to Eugene in 2016 and that is when I began my career in orthodontics. I feel like I'm exactly where I need to be working at Thornton Orthodontics! In addition to being a clinical assistant, I serve as the team's OSHA coordinator. I am very passionate about my job. I love that I get to communicate with the office about safety!
Outside of work I enjoy exploring Oregon and new places to ride dirt bikes. I am currently teaching my six year old daughter how to ride dirt bikes as well!
Orthodontic Dental Assistant
I had spent the majority of my professional career working in a data entry-focused office space. Living through the pandemic however made re reassess my priorities and values. I realized that I wanted to help make a difference in peoples' lives. So, I decided that the best way to do that was to help people love their smile! Dr. Thornton is committed to helping his patients achieve their best smile and does so with compassion and integreity, and being able to help facilitate that is so rewarding. I'm luck to be one small part of such an amazing team!
When not in the office, I can be found spending time with my husband, our two young children, and our dog. Our family loves cooking together and finding new parks to explore.
Scheduling Coordinator & Guest Liaison
I am the smiling face that first greets you when you walk into Dr. Thornton's practice! I am responsible for scheduling appointments and making sure everyone is being taken care of in a timely manner so that our day, and yours, can run smoothly. I love the challenges that each day brings through balancing phone calls, professional correspondence, and connecting our adminstrative and clinical team for full-circle patient care.
I am a Eugene native, born and raised, and very excited that I am now raising my 3 boys here as well. When I'm not working, I can be found at classic car shows, swimming, hiking, or at any local concerts with my family.
As the Contracts Coordinatory, I set up the financial contracts and do the insurance billing. I love diving into numbers, finding solutions, and helping the rest of the Thornton team. Excellent, thorough customer service is my goal!
I'm a mom to 5 boys and in my rare free moments, I enjoy watercolor painting, writing, and competitve baking.
New Patient Coordinator
I am one of first people you will talk to here at Thornton Orthodontics. In my role as New Patient Coordinator, I have the privilege of starting your experience by greeting you and gathering your information for your first appointment. I love working with people and starting a relationship with our office.
My family moved to Oregon in 2016. I am married and have 3 beautiful kids and 2 dogs. In my free time, I enjoy gardening, hiking and going to the beach. I love how much outdoor recreation Oregon has to offer.