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.  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.



Treatment Coordinator

As the Treatment Coordinator, I have the privilege of assisting new patients to our office. I get to walk with them through the initial exam process as Dr. Thornton evaluates their orthodontic needs and creates a treatment plan that is unique to them. I enjoy explaining why orthodontic treatment is important to our oral health and showing each patient the tools Dr. Thornton will be using to help them on their journey to a happy, healthy smile!


Before my adventure in orthodontics, I had the joy of being a stay-at-home mom for over 20 years. I raised three beautiful daughters and homeschooled them all the way through high school.  Part of the reason we homeschooled is because our family spent 14 years living in Tanzania, East Africa. During our time there, we were able to start an orphan care project which helped save the lives of many babies and young children.  Our family is happy to be back in the States again, and I am thankful to be a part of a great team serving the people of Eugene at Thornton Orthodontics.



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 40 years and am well versed in the world of being a grandparent to 8 and counting!  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 daughter how to ride dirt bikes as well!



Orthodontic Assistant

I have been in orthodontics for 28+ years and still love it!  Is there a better job than creating beautiful smiles for a lifetime?!? I am happy to be at an office that is so personable and has a family-like atmosphere. 

I was born and raised in the Eugene area and have a daughter, Mallory, and a step-daughter, Sophie.  My husband, Randy and I enjoy riding ATVs on the coast, spending time with family and friends, and taking road trips. 




Orthodontic Assistant

After working as a CNA for a few years, I was ready for a change and decided to make the switch to the dental field; and I'm so glad I did!  Working with Dr. Thornton and the rest of the team here has been the best part of my career.  I can honestly say I've never worked with a more caring, professional, and knowledgable team.  Each day at work is an opportunity to help someone obtain their perfect smile, and it's been very rewarding so far.

I was born and raised in Virginia and first came to Oregon in 2021.  I met my wife Reena on that first visit, and we got married in April 2023 back in Virginia.  Since moving here, my love of nature has grown exponentially.  When I'm not working, I love being outdoors; whether that means hiking, running, or just walking around getting to know Eugene.  I'm looking forward to enjoying all that Oregon has to offer in the coming years!



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.



Contracts Coordinator

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 the 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 your relationships with our office.

My family moved to Oregon in 2022.  I am engaged with one beautiful son, a dog, and a cat. In my free time, I enjoy fishing, hiking and going to the beach.  I love how much outdoor recreation Oregon has to offer!

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