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Meet The Staff

Not your ordinary orthodontic experience

Meet the staff at American River Orthodontics in Sacramento CA! We are absolutely committed to our patients. Our reputation for excellence is built on the expressed happiness and smiles of our patients! We are dedicated to providing a valued orthodontic experience for our patients.


best-orthodontist-Rancho-Cordova-Ca-CherylCheryl has a special place in her heart for animals and dedicates a lot of her time and resources to rescue-related causes. She enjoys working out and eating out, entertaining loved ones and anything outdoors – including hiking, golfing, and jet skiing. Cheryl first became interested in Orthodontics while going through treatment herself around age 14. In 1991, Cheryl attended Douglas College and became a Certified Dental Assistant. By 1993, she was a Licensed Orthodontic Assistant through the University of British Colombia and became a Registered Dental Assistant in 2003. Cheryl has been running the front office and creating a comfortable, family atmosphere at American River Orthodontics since 2006. She loves to see the before and after experience of happy patients.


best-orthodontist-Rancho-Cordova-Ca-CherylJenny loves the ocean, game nights with family and is a great resource for new restaurants downtown. Plus, she LOVES Harry Potter! She has been with American River Orthodontics since 2002, having joined the team immediately after earning her RDA from Sacramento City College. In high school, Jenny watched the girls in her Orthodontists office while she underwent treatment. They had so much fun doing their job! This sparked Jenny’s interest in the profession and she has excelled ever since. Her favorite thing about this line of work is the variety of patients, helping both children and adults. She also likes being involved in changing people’s lives for the better.


best-orthodontist-Rancho-Cordova-Ca-CherylValerie enjoys crafts, reading and spends her free time doing a lot of charity work. In addition, Valerie has the talent to be a professional baker. She has been in Orthodontics for over 30 years! Her area of expertise expands beyond being an Assistant, having also run a temp agency service for other Orthodontic Assistants and offering additional education credits to both Doctors and RDA’s. She adores her coworkers, believes Dr. Payne is an awesome boss and loves the patients of American River Orthodontics.


best-orthodontist-Rancho-Cordova-Ca-CherylChristina loves being a Mom to her son, Cooper Hurricane, and taking him cool places. She doesn’t pass up on a good BBQ with friends or a girl’s night out. She’s been a Registered Dental Assistant for 22 years and joined American River Orthodontics in 2005. Christina loves working here because Dr. Payne is, “amazingly great,” and she loves the girls she works with. Getting to see new smiles and how those smiles change people for the better is so rewarding.


best-orthodontist-Rancho-Cordova-Ca-CherylChrissy has been with American River Orthodontics since 2013. When Chrissy isn’t chasing her adorable son around town, she is spending time with family, cooking and walking. When she has a moment to sit down, she enjoys a good movie every now and again. Fascinated with dentistry as a child, she aspired to learn as much as she could about it. Chrissy pursued her education as a Registered Dental Assistant and graduated in 2009. Since that time, she worked in General Dentistry, Pediatric Dentistry and found her home in Orthodontics. What she loves about working in Orthodontics is learning new things every day. She enjoys the daily challenge of mastering cutting-edge techniques.


best-orthodontist-Rancho-Cordova-Ca-CherylStephanie is the beautiful, smiling face you see as you walk through the front doors of America River Orthodontics. She spends her free time pursuing a passion for horseback riding and hiking. She has been with American River Orthodontics since 2015 after receiving her education from California State University, Sonoma. Before joining the team, Stephanie was a patient (noted by her lovely smile). She loved the process and the staff and wanted to stay forever. She enjoys interacting with patients and the close-knit relationships with the team.


best-orthodontist-Rancho-Cordova-Ca-CherylMorgan typically spends her free time doing something adventurous outdoors. To relax, she hikes, snow shoes and enjoys a good book. After undergoing treatment for 6 years, Morgan became fascinated with the mechanics of Orthodontics. Furthermore, she loves kids! American River Orthodontics was Morgan’s first stop after graduating from Carrington College. She enjoys providing a friendly, family-oriented atmosphere to patients and learning more about orthodontics every day.