Meet the Team

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.

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Treatment Coordinator

Erin meets with our patients who will be needing future orthodontic treatment. She enjoys explaining the treatment plan to patients and parents and helping guide them through this new journey. Erin also handles variety of other duties including updating our website, creating event invitations and other marketing materials, and staying in touch with the dental offices in our area. What she loves most, though, is seeing patients have a positive and successful orthodontic experience.

When Erin is not at work, she can be found spending time with her husband Scott, and their children Luke & Everleigh. Erin loves running, any and all outdoor activities, photography, and getting creative with Illustrator and Photoshop.



Scheduling Coordinator

Denise enjoys getting to know every unique patient and family at our practice and learning about their most recent ventures. She is proud to work in such a high-tech and efficient practice that is able to give so many individuals the gift of a wonderful smile.

Outside of work, Denise loves going hiking with her dogs, Cal and Maggie, visiting her family in Salem, and trying new home improvement projects.



Financial Coordinator

As she works with each patient and their family at the start of the orthodontic journey, Jamie gets to see the excitement in the patients. That enthusiasm is invigorating and she loves it! Jamie’s job is to make certain each family is comfortable with their payment arrangements throughout the course of treatment. She also serves as a patient advocate to ensure patients get the most from their insurance benefits.

If Jamie’s not at work, she’s likely outside, enjoying time with her husband, Doug, and daughters Abby and Charley. She loves cooking healthy food, sewing, and creating.

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Clinical Assistant

I have always undoubtedly known that I wanted to be involved in dentistry when I grew up. From a young age I loved going to the dentist and my orthodontist. I have made it my goal to give the same positive experiences to every patient I come in contact with. I was so fortunate to have become a part of the Garfinkle family as of January 2014 and have loved every moment of it! I am a native to the Portland area and love everything that it has to offer! I enjoy a variety of outdoor activities such as backpacking, climbing and snowboarding.

I am a running enthusiast and am looking forward to running The Portland Marathon this year! I look forward to working with you and being apart of your journey to a healthy and beautiful smile.



Clinical Assistant

Mike loves working one-to-one with our patients, building friendships while providing orthodontic care. Seeing the outcome of their treatment, and how thrilled each patient is, always makes him happy. Working chairside during patient procedures, Mike provides assistance to the doctor and delivers support and encouragement to the patient, updating them on what’s going on and telling them how well they’re doing.

Mike has a son named Easton and a new puppy named Bella. He loves to watch and coach baseball, is an avid fisherman, and enjoys hitting the slopes during the winter.

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Clinical Assistant

Kerri loves hearing the stories and adventures shared by our patients. She never knows quite what they’re going to say, but always knows it will be interesting. Of course, her favorite aspect of her work is the excitement of removing braces and the expression or joy and amazement on a patient’s face when they first see their new smile. Kerri fabricates retainers, handles ordering for the back office, provides assistance to the doctors, and keeps our patients happy and smiling.

Kerri is an avid runner who’s married to a wonderful man.

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Clinical Assistant

With her quick smile and friendly manner, Rachelle forms friendships with our patients. She loves working with people of different ages and backgrounds, developing strong relationships with each of them. As a clinical assistant, Rachelle delivers support to our doctors during various orthodontic procedures and supports the patient at the same time, making sure they are comfortable and relaxed.

Originally from Newport, OR, Rachelle heads back to the coast often. She comes from a large family: 12 siblings, total! In her free time, she likes concerts, working out, and being outside.



Clinical Assistant

With 17 years of experience in orthodontics, Emily knows a lot about straight teeth and the impact a beautiful smile can have in someone’s life. Our newest member joining the team this year, we are enjoying her warm personality and attention to detail.

When Emily is not working, you can find her engaged in volunteer work, stand up paddling, and appreciating the Oregon outdoors with her husband, Shawn.



Clinical Assistant

Working with patients of all ages is such a fun and rewarding part of being a clinical assistant. The patients at Garfinkle Orthodontics are delightful and fabulous, each in their own way. Joining them on their journey to a beautiful smile is priceless. Micole provides assistance to the doctor for various procedures and supports the patients throughout treatment.

Micole and her husband Chris are Oregon natives and enjoy all that Oregon has to offer! They can be found hiking with their dog Deunan, camping in Central Oregon, or playing a round of disc golf. Micole loves gardening, cooking, baking (mostly bread), and spending time with friends and family.



Clinical Assistant

For Joni, developing strong, lasting relationships with our patients, and watching their smiles and self-confidence transform, is extremely fulfilling. She loves that ours is a practice where the emphasis is always on patient comfort, making sure each person knows that we are here for them and appreciate the trust they place in us. Joni provides patient care throughout a visit, assisting the doctors and the patient as needed.

Joni and her husband, Brian, have three young children: Elly, Kyle, and Hazel, as well as a young yellow lab, Max, and an older cat, Boss. She loves being outside with her family.