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

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!



Expanded Functions Orthodontic Dental Assistant

My dental career started in 2018, where I worked in general dentistry but specializing in oral surgery. I have always had a passion for orthodontics since I had braces myself as a teenager. I love how I am able to see smiles transform at every appointment. I strive to make my patients feel relaxed and boost their confidence in their smile. Dr. Thornton and his team create such a fun and encouraging atmosphere that motivates personal growth. 

But wait...there's more!! I also keep us young and hip by managing all our social media. You won't want to miss what we post!

Outside of the office, I enjoy spending time hiking, bouldering, making art or napping. I grew up in Salem and moved down to Eugene when I went to the University of Oregon -- where I met my husband, Tony.



Orthodontic Dental Assistant

From the 2021 covid-restricted graduating class, I knew I wanted to make a positive impact on people's lives.  A person's smile is the first thing you notice about them, and everyone deserves to feel confident with their key feature!  I've always been interested in orthodontics after having braces myself.  The whole process is fascinating and you finish treatment with such a boost of confidence in your smile!  Dr. Thornton's team provides such quality care to each of our patients, and I'm so excited that I get to be a part of their orthodontic journey!

When I'm not in the office, I'm either napping or palying with my two ferrets (you read that right, ferrets)!


Scheduling Coordinatory & 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 administrative and clinical team for full circle patient care.

I moved to Eugene in 2021 and am very grateful to have found my place on Dr. Thornton's team. I enjoy everything the PNW has to offer, and in my free time you can find me mountain biking or snowboarding depending on the season. 




Contracts Coordinator

I am the Contracts Coordinator on Dr Thornton's team. I work with patients to initiate the financial aspect of their care. This includes billing insurance and advocating for patients in this setting to ensure benefits are maximized! I am new to the field of Orthodontics. I changed careers after working in mental health for the past seven years. Dr Thornton and his team has accepted me with open arms and I feel grateful being on such a warm and welcoming team.

I was raised in Oakridge, OR, and that's were I met my partner Max. We have two children; my oldest is seven and my youngest was just born in May 2020. I love animals and have two cats named Thomas and Sammie. In my spare time I love to bake, create art, and play video games. I also enjoy traveling with my favorite trip being to Alaska in the summer of 2019.



New Patient Coordinator

I am the New Patient Coordinator at Thornton Orthodontics.  Dr. Thornton and his team welcomed me in September 2021 to aid in communication with new referrals to the office.  I am the first point of contact when you call to set up your first consultation coordinate all your information and dental records so that your first appointment goes as smooth as possible.  You might also see me helping on the clinic side from time to time.

Outside the office, I enjoy being outside with my favorite place being the beach.  I love camping, hiking, fishing, gardening, riding bikes, and adventuring with my 6-year-old son.

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