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Meet the Team

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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.



Financial Coordinator

Gladdys is really excited to be a part of the team.  Gladdys started off as one of our patient moms and soon after started orthodontic treatment herself. She especially loves seeing patients gain confidence with their healthy and radiant new smiles. Handling everything related to our office finances keeps Gladdys busy. Gladdys and her daughter are very close and enjoy doing everything from shopping, taking selfies, and spending quality time together



Financial Coordinator/Inventory

Ericka loves helping people make a positive, lasting change in their smile and their self-esteem. Seeing the finished smiles, and how happy each patient is, makes her day. Ericka handles patient financial arrangements, insurance filing, and contracts for our patients. Ericka also handles ordering for the practice. Ericka’s been married for more than 25 years. She has four sons and devotes her free time to her family.



Clinical Team Leader

Jenise enjoys getting to know our patients while helping them feel confident in their smile. She supervises our back office procedures and team members, making sure everyone is focused on our patients’ comfort and smiles. She also performs lab work and fabricates custom appliances. When she’s not caring for patients or keeping us in line, Jenise’s life revolves around her family, kids, cows, and goats.



Treatment Coordinator

Kara loves seeing the outcome of orthodontic care. The happiness on a patient’s face when they see their new smile makes her smile. Kara assists the doctors during our patients initial exam visit and enjoys being able to communicate what you and your family need to achieve a healthier smile.  Kara and her young son, Grayson, love being outdoors. They especially enjoy playing sports together, as well as going to the beach and hiking.



Marketing Director

Elizabeth is thrilled to assist Dr. Specht's efforts to interact and connect with the best dental offices in the Central Coast.  Elizabeth is blessed to work at CCO because it allows her to build relationships with our patients and community about the excellent care CCO provides. Elizabeth has three wonderful sons and finally got the daughter she always wanted when she married one of California’s finest Highway Patrol Officers. She enjoys time with family, especially traveling, hiking, and wine tasting.



Reception and Scheduling

Daniela loves talking with our wonderful patients and their families. She says she learns something new, every day! Working at our front desk, Daniela welcomes patients. While she checks them in, she always asks about their day and latest adventures. Daniela also answers our phones and schedules exams as well as regular appointments.  Daniela and her husband, share their lives with their 2 children and a fur puppy.  On the weekends catch them on the soccer fields. 



Treatment Coordinator

Yahaira loves watching lives change. She enjoys seeing patients go through treatment and finish with a smile they love and can’t stop sharing. Yahaira introduces new patients and parents to the office, team, and doctors. She assists the doctors with treatment planning and reviews the plan with patients so they can make an educated decision about their new smile. Yahaira is very family-oriented and loves being with hers. She also loves shopping (and more shopping!).





Angie loves working with great doctors and coworkers, but most of all she loves building relationships with our patients and families. She’s always on the go, handling documentation, scheduling trainings, and overseeing payroll. Angie and her husband, Josh, have two wonderful teenage children, a son and daughter, who keep the family busy, and add to her enjoyment and life. Angie feels incredibly blessed to be a part of the CCO family.



Orthodontic Assistant

Shelby's favorite part of orthodontic care is watching people's confidence soar. A lot of patients come in shy and quite, and as we get to know them through their visits and their smile change, they become vibrant and outgoing. When Shelby is not at the office you can find her teaching future orthodonitc assistants at Hancock College or with her husband and two children Levi and Avery.



Orthodontic Assistant

Sondra enjoys working with and getting to know our patients, while helping them achieve their best smile. She helps patients during visits and assists the doctors with orthodontic procedures. She loves being part of an amazing team that creates perfect smiles! Sondra is also our Invisalign® Liaison, managing our Invisalign cases. Sondra and her husband, Kevin, share their lives with four puppies. She loves taking them to the dog park and the beach. Sondra also enjoys watching movies and TV and she loves shopping.



Front Office Team Leader

Gaby loves watching the life-changing transformation that happens for our patients. Those amazing smiles, and the confidence they bring a patient, thrill her. Gaby handles scheduling for our office and strives to make sure each patient feels welcome and at home during their visits. She wants everyone to enjoy their orthodontic experience. Gaby’s spare time is often spent with family. She also enjoys going to the gym, being outdoors, and she loves dancing.

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