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!


Office Manager

My job is to keep the practice running smoothly and efficiently, 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. Occasionally, you may even see me with the clinical team, providing additional support to Dr. Thornton. I love coming to work every day knowing that I have the opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life and work with a team of genuinely kind and thoughtful friends.

I was raised in Eugene and I have been happily married to my high-school sweetheart for more than a dozen years. We love being part of this community because of the special blend of diversity and small town friendliness. I have an intelligent, beautiful daughter who lights up our family. Together, we enjoy the outdoors, hiking, camping, and spending time with our 160-pound blue Great Dane, Clementine.



Treatment Coordinator

After more than 15 years of working in the general dental field, I was very excited to join Dr. Thornton’s orthodontic team. Since working here, I’ve been able to put my experience as an assistant, scheduler, and treatment coordinator to good use in this wonderful office. I have 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. It is so rewarding helping people achieve smiles that can truly change their lives! It’s amazing to witness what joy a confident smile can bring.

I’ve been happily married to my wonderful husband Doug for many years. We’ve been blessed with a grown daughter and son, as well as two fabulous grandchildren. I love to kayak and hike, and enjoy cooking new cuisines. I always enjoy a challenge and have been working over the past year to learn Spanish, divertido, pero difícil!



Clinical Coordinator | 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 have just entered the world of being a grandparent to twin boys and two granddaughters. I’m loving this new 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’ve been in the orthodontic field for more than ten years now, and every day is a new adventure. I feel lucky to get the opportunity to educate children and adults on overall dental health and encourage them to smile, all while creating new friendships along the way. Along with Dr. Thornton and the rest of our team, I love seeing what a positive impact having a beautiful smile can bring to a person's self-esteem.

In my time outside of the office, I am passionate about cooking, water and snow sports, camping, and watching Duck football with my husband Joe and our terrier Boomer!



Expanded Functions Orthodontic Dental Assistant

I love the challenging, fast-paced world of orthodontics and seeing the wonderful change that happens as a patient gets a new, improved smile. Here at Thornton Orthodontics, I work one-on-one with our patients, whether I’m taking photos and X-rays at the start of treatment or taking braces off at the end. I am also our OSHA coordinator, so I am in charge of keeping everyone safe and running our monthly safety meetings.

I married my high-school sweetheart Drew in August 2016. We have a cat named Leilani that we rescued from the West Coast Dog and Cat Rescue. We love to travel; cruising is our favorite. I enjoy baking, scrapbooking, and riding my bike. Go Ducks!



Expanded Functions Orthodontic Dental Assistant

I have been an orthodontic assistant for more than 30 years, and am excited to bring my extensive experience to Thornton Orthodontics. I am so lucky to have joined the Thornton team; they are some of the kindest people I have ever had the pleasure of working with. I can be found working in all aspects of the clinic, including chairside assisting, lab work, and sterilization. The time I spend with patients allows me to get to know them on a personal level and see their smiles evolve. I love to see the confidence that comes with a beautiful smile!

I have three grown children and three wonderful grandchildren. I love my Pomeranian, Sweetie, and Scooby the horse. I enjoy spending time riding Scooby, going to learning seminars involving equestrian activities, and volunteering for the Eugene Pony Club. My other hobbies include gardening, sewing, crafts, and adult coloring books.


Ashley L.

Contracts Coordinator

I began working at a dental office as a receptionist in 2011, and have since done financial planning, insurance, treatment planning, and supervising. As our contracts coordinator, I help patients initiate orthodontic treatment by preparing their contracts and walking them through the financial process. I also assist them in getting the most out of their insurance benefits. The best part of my job is getting to meet each patient as they begin orthodontic treatment, and getting to watch them change and grow through the process. I love getting to see their smile when they get their braces off!

My husband and I love to stay active! We are avid Crossfitters and in our free time we enjoy hiking, biking, and being outdoors. We also love traveling and do it as often as possible!



Scheduling Coordinator

I began working at Thornton Orthodontics in August 2017 shortly after obtaining my assisting certification from LCC in June 2017. At Thornton Orthodontics, I work as a scheduling coordinator, as well as occasional assisting when I am needed. My job is to help Dr. Thornton keep track of our many wonderful patients, and make sure all of their appointments are kept up to date. I simply love this office because it’s filled with amazing, friendly people, and I get the opportunity to meet new and exciting people every day!

I grew up in Arizona and moved to Oregon in the summer of 2013. I am now happily married to my wonderful husband and we have one little girl. I enjoy taking her to the park on my days off! We travel a lot with a goal of showing our daughter the great world we live in. We also have two cats, Kate and Sketch. There’s never a dull moment in our house!



Marketing Coordinator | Expanded Function Orthodontic Assistant

I am originally from Eugene, Oregon and rejoined Dr. Thornton's team after my husband retired from the Marine Corp. I had previously worked with him in 2010 and I am thrilled to be back on his amazing team. I have worked in all aspects of dentistry from clinical assisting, management, marketing, and community partnership since 2006 in California.

In my role as Marketing Coordinator I build and maintain partnerships for Thornton Orthodontics within the community with a variety of organizations.  I also ensure that our current patients know exactly how much we appreciate their loyalty to our practice.  As a dental assistant, I work hand in hand on team Thornton providing treatment and helping to transform lives' one person at a time.

My husband and I are enjoying all the wonderful things Oregon has to offer. It is so wonderful to be home with family, friends, and my two boys after thirteen years in California. In my free time I enjoy hiking, painting, dancing, duck games and singing karaoke!

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