Simona loves family, friends and nature. When not at the office you may even find her roller skating at the local roller rink! Simona joined the American River Orthodontics team as an Orthodontic Assistant in January, 2018, after her intense interest was cultivated while pursuing her RDA, CDA and OAP licenses from Sacramento City College Dental Assisting Program. She enjoys meeting so many different patients and being part of the journey to transform their smiles. Simona’s enthusiasm and dedication serving patients at American River Orthodontics stems from having the opportunity to learn so many new things and grow as a dental health professional.
Lily’s specializes in exploring new environments and trying new things. While working in a general dental office, she saw the technology and results of a few Invisalign cases and had to explore more about it. Although she had already earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from University of California, Davis, she returned to school and completed her RDA in 2009. The best part of having joined American River Orthodontics in May, 2018, is the hand-chosen, amazing staff. Not only are they generous with information but make it fun to work hard for our patients.
Chrissy 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.
Jenny 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.
Shannon enjoys hiking, spending time at the beach and camping with her family. She graduated from Hi –Tech Institute as a Medical Assistant and spent 17 years as a Preschool Teacher. Shannon has been a member of the American River Orthodontics family for many years, while each of her 4 beautiful children went through the smile transformation process. In February, 2018, Shannon officially joined the front office. Hard-working, dedicated, and professional, she has enhanced the patient experience by adding to the friendly and fun staff culture.
Cheryl 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.
American River Orthodontics is committed to creating beautiful, confident smiles throughout Sacramento, California. Request an appointment to schedule your free consultation with our orthodontist, Dr. Michael H. Payne.