Carmela is our scheduling coordinator who arranges appointments for patients and greets them as they come into our office. Carmela has been with us since 1994. Being with patients and working with a fun and friendly staff are Carmela’s favorite things about her job. Working with Dr. Wafelbakker and Dr. Anderson is a great experience for Carmela because both doctors have a positive attitude and are patient-oriented. The team at our office wants our patients to be happy so an upbeat atmosphere is encouraged.
Carmela is a native of Gilroy and has two children, Jason and Janesse. She loves being a grandmother to her three granddaughters.
Barbara is another one of our scheduling coordinators who has been with us since 1996. She greets patients and schedules appointments for them. She also answers phones and handles general office customer service. Barbara enjoys greeting patients and parents when they come into the office, and likes being a part of a team that feels like family. Both doctors and her coworkers are professional and fun, which makes work a rewarding place to be for Barbara.
In her personal life, Barbara has been married to her husband, Frank, since 1976. They have seven grandchildren and are very family-oriented.
Athena is our Treatment Coordinator in our Morgan Hill and Hollister offices. She has been working in the dental field since 2000, and joined our team in 2015. Athena is the liaison between the New Patients and the Doctors. She is there to help you with understanding the treatment diagnosis, financial and insurance information and scheduling your appointments for your new braces.
Athena is a wife and mother of 2 beautiful children, a boy and a girl and a puppy mom to a Boxer/Pit. Her family is everything to her and she enjoys the weekends being a “fun family”. On her off time, Athena is a Certified Makeup artist.
When asking Athena why she loves working with our Doctors, her answer is: “There are tons of laughs and great times, but the most rewarding is knowing that we are offering the BEST ortho care there is to offer in this country. The professionalism and knowledge the doctors carry is exquisite. It makes me very proud to be part of these elite services. I deeply feel that laughter is the best medicine and am thrilled to be part of such a fun, professional and well educated team. Teamwork makes the Dream Work!
Our RDA chairside assistant, Samantha, has been assisting our doctors since 2011. She enjoys seeing patients before and after treatment, and witnessing the amazing smile they gain, as well as their new-found confidence. Samantha likes working with both doctors because they care so much about each patient, and stay relevant when it comes to modern technology. In addition, Samantha loves their sense of humor.
Samantha grew up in San Jose and now lives in Morgan Hill with her husband, Chad and two handsome boys Cruz and Trey. Samantha’s hobbies include boating, hiking, and going to baseball games.
Alexis (Lexi as she is know in the office) has been with us since 2014. She is a clinical assistant and takes great care of our patients.
Lexi is the mother of two beautiful children, Elijah and Evanjaline. She is raising her family with her husband Devon in Gilroy.
Robin is a registered dental assistant and treatment coordinator who handles patient scheduling. Since 1994, Robin has acquainted herself with our patients and their families, and loves seeing the beautiful smiles that unfold after the end of treatment. Robin especially enjoys working with both orthodontists because they are kind, funny, and very knowledgeable.
In her personal life, Robin is married with one daughter, two sons, and two grandchildren. Her hobbies include camping, boating, and collecting antiques.
Kathy has been with our practice since the beginning. She began working with Dr. Bell in 1987 and continued on as Dr. Wafelbakker took over the practice. As a registered dental assistant and now clinical manager, Kathy assists both doctors, performs orthodontic procedures, and maintains a professional operatory that is respected by the staff and patients. The best part of Kathy’s job is making a difference in someone’s life. Being a part of a team that creates beautiful smiles and promotes self-esteem in patients is very rewarding for Kathy. She also enjoys working with both orthodontists because they are perfectionists and show genuine concern for their patients, staff, and peers.
Kathy has three beautiful daughters, Randi, Morgan, and Cameron, and she is happily married to her husband, Bryan. They also have three dogs. Kathy enjoys camping, boating, gardening, and spending time with family and friends.
In 2015 Hannah joined our team as a clinical assistant. She has been working in dentistry since 2010. She loves providing care to the kids and helping them gain confidence by creating a beautiful smile and having fun while doing it. She enjoys working with the Doctors because they both provide an amazing energy, not only for all the patients, but for the staff as well.
In Hannah's spare time, she loves doing CrossFit to stay healthy. She also loves to be outside, hiking, snowboarding and going to the beach.
Debbie has been with our practice since 1989, when her son was a patient in the office. After seeing first hand what a great patient experience this office had, she decided she wanted to be a part of the team. She has done every job relating to administration. Last year Debbie decided to move to Sacramento to be near her family, but still supports the team in Marketing and Customer Service via computer. Debbie enjoys working with people and helping in any way she can. She finds it rewarding seeing what orthodontics can accomplish in the lives of different individuals.
Outside the office, Debbie enjoys spending time with her family, which includes Fred, her son Brian, daughter-in-law Carolyn,her grandson, Adam and of course her Border Collie, Cookie. Her hobbies are traveling, photography, and any type of digital crafts related to photography.
Amanda is our insurance coordinator and has been with us since 2012. She handles all the insurance verifying, billing and questions our patients have about their insurance for all of our offices. Her friendly smile and helpful attitude make her a great asset to our office. Amanda enjoys working with our knowledgeable doctors, and appreciates their true concern for our patients’ care. Amanda is originally from Hollister and has two sons, Angel and Andrew, with whom she loves to spend time.
Our RDA chairside assistant, DeNell, has been assisting the doctors since 2012. She enjoys being able to help patients feel at ease during procedures, especially when they first get their braces on. DeNell loves seeing the joy on a patient’s face when his or her braces come off, and the confidence a new smile instills. DeNell appreciates working with both doctors because they are both very invested in giving each patient the best outcome possible, and truly care about each patient. They both have a great sense of humor and make coming to work each day a fun experience.
DeNell was born, raised, and now lives in Gilroy. She is happily married to her husband, Johnny, and they have two children, Raymond and Kaitlyn, and an English bulldog named Mojo. DeNell enjoys spending time with family and friends, baseball, traveling, and reading.
As our office manager, Mary makes sure our patients are happy and our office is running smoothly. Mary has been on our team since 2013. With experience in retail management, she has always loved working with the public and is happy to serve the public and build meaningful relationships. Mary’s favorite aspect of her job is, of course, the smiles! Every day, she is greeted by kids that are so excited to be here because they want a beautiful smile, which makes Mary excited to be here as well!
Mary and her husband, David, live in Hollister, where they are raising their two children, Jacob and Kylie as well as three kittykids. They are die-hard Giants fans and enjoy going to games as often as their busy schedules and small children allow. Mary also loves to read, shop, and garden.
As a chairside assistant, Sasha assists both orthodontists with orthodontic procedures, taking care of patients, and maintaining a clean and safe environment. She has been a great asset to our team since 2015. Sasha's favorite part of her job is knowing that we can help patients gain confidence and seeing them walk away with a smile. She loves that the Doctors are both very passionate and truly care about their patients. She feels very proud when she hears them say they treat every patient as if they were their own children.
In her personal life, Sasha has a little boy she adores. She loves spending time bowling and cheering on her favorite basketball team, the Warriors!
Kathy Lee joined our team in 1999. She used to work in our Morgan Hill office until she decided to move to be near her family. She now works remotely and is in charge of accounts payables and accounting. Born in Richmond, Virginia, Kathy Lee has lived all over the world because of her military background. She attended the University of Alaska, and is a certified EMT and medical technician.
Outside the office, Kathy Lee is married to her husband, Mike, and they have four children, two grandsons, two dogs, and two cats. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, gardening, dirt bike riding, golfing, skiing, and going to the gym.