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!

Sarah

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. 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 within a genuinely kind and thoughtful team.

I was raised in Eugene and I have been happily married to my high-school sweetheart for more than a 15 years. We love being part of this community because of the special blend of diversity and small town friendliness. I have an intelligent, beautiful high school daughter who lights up our family. Together, we enjoy the outdoors, hiking and camping.

 

Cheryl

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!

 

Ashley

Clinical Coordinator | 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 and a golden shepard named Lincoln that we rescued local shelters. We love to travel; cruising is our favorite. I enjoy baking, scrapbooking, and riding my bike. Go Ducks!

 

Debbi

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.

 

Carly

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!

 

Alina

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 soon to be husband, Tony.

 

Alicia

Scheduling Coordinator and Guest Liaison

Mine is the sparkling and sunny face that first greets you when you walk into our practice, even if it's behind a mask. My heart is to ensure that every one of our guests are cared for and comfortable. I find great joy in my role with Thornton Team! I make sure everyone is being taken care of in a timely manner so that our day, and yours, can run smoothly. I am also responsible for scheduling appointments; finding a way to knit together your busy lives with Dr, Thornton's schedule so that patients always recieve the highest level of care. 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 have been blessed to enjoy a variety of life experiences. In 1996, I completed a Certification in Respiratory Therapy from Boise State University and worked in the field doing pulmonary rehab in nursing homes. After that, I gained experience in an office setting as the administrative assistant and staff coordinator to a private senior home care company. The next 14 years of my life were spent in a unique situation as my husband and I lived and worked in Tanzania, East Africa. From 2000-2015, I found great joy in meeting the many challenges put before me like learning a new language, managing my home under somewhat stressful situation, homeschooling my three children in a remote setting, and starting an orphan care project for abondoned children.

I am thrilled to say that after a 21-year absence from the Northwest we are happily settled in Eugene.

 

Amanda

Contract's 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, I 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, my favorite trip was to Alaska in the summer of 2019

 
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