Meet the Team

We recognize that all 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.


Orthodontic Assistants

Our orthodontic assistants work directly with patients: assisting with bonding brackets, changing wires and band colors, and providing oral hygiene instruction. They gather diagnostic information by taking X-rays and impressions at the beginning of treatment, remove braces at the end, and ensure our patients’ comfort during all the visits in between.

Melissa

I love working with our patients and learning who they are. Everyone has wonderful stories to share, and there is plenty of laughter to go around. Seeing a person become more confident and outgoing as they watch their smile change is an amazing experience.

I am the very proud mom of a daughter, Gianna. I enjoy running and crafting, though usually not at the same time!

Rachael

I have been a dental assistant for ten years and I love my job! Working with our patients is the absolute best. It’s so much fun to learn about their hobbies and hear about their adventures. Everyone in this office shares great relationships and works together as a team. This crew is my favorite!

I am a mother of four. Most of my time is spent following my kids to their athletic activities, including soccer, basketball, and wrestling. My husband and I are youth leaders at our church, teach adult bible study, and participate in missions trips. We love our simple life in the Bitterroot Valley where we enjoy many outdoor activities like hiking, fishing, hunting, skiing, and snowshoeing.

Shayna

I love working with all our patients and educating them about oral health and the process of braces. I absolutely love seeing the transformation of the patients from start to finish. The results are awesome! My teammates and I work so well together and have so much fun! Dr. Karvandi is great at educating not only his patients, but the staff as well. He’s terrific to work for!

I spend my summers boating on Flathead Lake, hiking trails in Missoula, and playing co-rec slow pitch softball. During the winter, I enjoy snowshoeing. As a hobby, I like to do watercolor and acrylic painting.

Lisa

My favorite part of my job is getting to know our patients better. Every person is so interesting and unique — they all have stories to tell and I love hearing them! All members of our team are, at their core, kind and generous. They make it a real pleasure to come to work each day.

When I’m not at work, running is my main activity. Caring for my two children, Jackson and Hana, is my favorite way to spend my time. We have one pet named Bunny, and yes, she is a rabbit. I also love to bake, but not cook. I am an avid squash player and I love to hike!

Jenn

Each person has interesting stories to share, and I love hearing them. Working in an office where the emphasis is on truly making a difference in people’s lives, and seeing how much happier they are at the end of their treatment, makes me smile. As an office, our goal is to treat everyone with the compassion and warmth they deserve.

I am happily married to my husband who works for the railroad. We have beautiful children ranging from a small child to teens. We are very involved in sports, our religion, scouting, and family time. Our hobbies are camping, swimming, hiking, dirt biking, and traveling to watch our oldest son’s soccer team.

Hope

I love helping people develop great smiles! Every person comes in with the dream of a healthy, beautiful smile, and we make that happen for them. The transformations our patients go through are really amazing to witness!

I am a Montana native, and have lived in Corvallis for for more than two decades with my husband Todd. We have two boys who keep us very busy with school, football, baseball, track, and 4H. We also enjoy camping and trail riding in the summer. The outdoors is our playground, whether it is in our backyard or the back country. We feel very blessed to live and raise our children here in Montana!

Brenda

Patient Liaison, Business Manager, Orthodontic Assistant

I am the first point of contact for patients at our office. Occasionally, I can be found in the clinic, keeping my skills “sharp” as a backup orthodontic assistant. I also help to facilitate the day-to-day running of the business side of the practice. One of the best parts of my job is developing relationships with not only our patients, but their families as well. I love to see how our patients blossom as their smiles change! Our office is a happy place to work, where “work” doesn’t feel like “work”!

After finishing my dental education in San Diego, I moved to Montana in 1993. I was blessed to be able to raise my three children in the Missoula Valley. I met and ultimately married the best guy on the planet in 1999. We are proud puppy parents to our twin Schnauzers, Kirby and Hoover. We have ten grandchildren who are scattered all over the US, which gives us many places to visit. We enjoy spending time with family, RV-ing, country western dancing, and just for fun, we are Santa and Mrs. Claus performers in our spare time!

Leigh

Orthodontic Lab Assistant

I facilitate the clinic by keeping the treatment areas clean and ready for the next patient, sterilizing instruments, taking impressions, pouring models, and making retainers. I love helping people achieve the smile they’ve always wanted, and seeing all the smiles along the way. Ours is a practice where our patients’ well-being and treatment goals are our primary concern: we want everyone to feel safe and welcome during their visits, and to leave smiling.

I am from the Bitterroot Valley, but I worked in Southeast Alaska for 20 years. My husband recently retired from the State of Alaska, but I’m not quite ready to retire yet! We have four grown children and nine grandchildren, as well as three Golden Retrievers that keep us active and busy!

Alicia

Front Office, Back-up Orthodontic Assistant

You can find me working for Dr. Karvandi on Fridays in our Hamilton office! I greet patients at the front desk, present treatment plans, and do clinic auxiliary work when I’m needed. I love meeting new people and helping each person feel relaxed, welcome, and comfortable while here. The best part is the relationships I create with patients and their families, and watching all the little kids grow!

I have been married for 20 years. We have two children: a daughter who attends MSU and a son who attends Hamilton High School. Our family loves to camp, spend time in the mountains, float the river, and play volleyball. We have two dogs, a Blue Heeler named Zip and a Boxer named Maggie, as well as a sassy cat named Ula.