Meet the Staff

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.


Melinda

staff member

Diagnostic Imaging Technician

I assist Dr. O'Leary with bandings, sterilization, oral hygiene instructions, and help with completion of patient treatment. I love asking our patients how their day is going and hearing what exciting things they have planned for their weekend. I work with fabulous people who laugh and learn new things every day. Dr. O'Leary makes the staff feel like family. He is very understanding and caring to all the patients and staff. He enjoys what he does and that reflects onto our patients.

My husband Jimmy and I have one son named Wyatt and a daughter named Taylor. We also have a beagle named Dixie. In my free time, I enjoy reading good books, doing arts and crafts, and spending time on the lake with my wonderful family.

 

Heidi

staff member

Certified Orthodontic Technician

I help assist Dr. O'Leary with chairside appointments such as bandings and bonding appliances. I help with sterilization of instruments and also educate our patients on proper care for their braces. I really enjoy meeting our new patients and their families. We love to laugh and have a good time at the office. I believe that is what makes this such a wonderful place to work.

I am married to my husband Karl, and we have one daughter Maren and one handsome son Harrison. We also have two dogs, Max and Diesel. I love watching movies of any kind, doing crafts, and family time with my daughter. I also enjoy reading books and taking Diesel on walks and jogs.

 

Lauren

staff member

Certified Orthodontic Technician

I assist Dr. O'Leary with bondings and bandings, cementing of appliances, patient adjustments, and education of oral hygiene. I really enjoy interacting with our patients of all ages and knowing that I'm involved in improving something as important as someone's smile and self-confidence is the ultimate bonus. Having fun and being personable helps to keep our patients at ease and ensures that their experience is as pleasurable as possible. All of our employees are truly friends, both in and out of the office. We never miss a chance to laugh and I really feel that translates in our relationship with our patients.

My husband's name is Jonathan and I have a Double Dapple Dachshund named Ryder who demands my full attention and a sweet, energetic mix named Bogart. I love home projects and repairs, gardening, and yard work. Cooking is as much my passion as eating!

 

Allison

staff member

Certified Orthodontic Technician and Treatment Coordinator

I assist Dr. O'Leary with bonding, help complete patient treatment, and educate our patients on their treatment. I love getting to know our patients and working with our wonderful team. We always have so much fun in our office. Everyone that works here loves to laugh! Dr. O’Leary is a wonderful person and a great orthodontist. He cares for his patients, and his staff, like family.

My husband Paul and I have three children, Caroline, Katy, and Paul-Joseph, and two dogs named Bud and Miley. When I’m not in the office, I enjoy playing tennis, horseback riding, and being a mom.

 

Dawn

staff member

Certified Orthodontic Technician

I have been in orthodontics for more than 20 years. I assist Dr. O'Leary with putting on braces, help complete patient treatment, and educate our patients on hygiene and the overall health of their teeth. I love getting to know my patients along with their families. Watching them grow up and change into teenagers during our treatment time is my favorite thing about my job. Dr. O'Leary is great to work for. He is very laid back and such a perfectionist. He does beautiful work. I love working here because of the amazing staff. We all get along so well together-it makes the patients feel more at ease.

I have a wonderful husband Stephen and two amazing kids, Reese and Ryann. We love to travel and spend time during summer at the lake. We stay on the go, but I am always happy to spend time with my family.

 

Sandy

staff member

Financial Coordinator

I am the financial coordinator for Dr. O'Leary. I handle all of the insurance and finances and have been in the orthodontic field for more than 20 years. I love getting to know all of our patients and parents and assisting them with their financial needs and questions. We have an amazing team that I love working with.

I live in the northeast part of Columbia with my two dogs and three cats. I have three children and five grandchildren with whom I love spending time. I also love to shop and work in the yard on the weekends.

 

Dawne

staff member

Certified Orthodontic Technician

I assist Dr. O'Leary chairside with placing braces and adjustments, as well as sterilization. I absolutely love what I do and have been in orthodontics for about 25 years. The most rewarding part of my job is seeing the changes in our young patients' personalities as their teeth are straightened, and the confidence that they gain as their smile improves. I love working with Dr. O and this staff. We are all like one big family!

I have three beautiful daughters and six amazing grandchildren whom I adore. I also have two Pomeranian puppies named Lizzie and Lucy. In my spare time, I enjoy taking care of my dad, gardening, cooking, and of course playing with my furry babies!

 

Kim

staff member

Certified Orthodontic Technician

I assist Dr. O'Leary with all of your orthodontic needs. I help to place braces on your teeth, change wires and colored ties, and remove your braces when it's time to unveil your beautiful new smile. I truly love doing what I do because I get to follow my patients' treatment from start to finish. It makes me so happy to know that I helped to make a difference in your life by straightening your smile!  Our team is known for our compassion and family like bond. I truly enjoy coming into work everyday. 

My Husband David welcomed our first child, Amelia, into the world in June of 2017. We also have 2 dogs named Maddie and Lilly. In my free time, I enjoy spending time by my pool, playing with my animals, and cooking.

 

Lauren

staff member

Certified Orthodontic Technician

My name is Lauren-but most people around O'Leary Orthodontics call me "Little Lauren" because I've been coming here since I was a little girl. I was a patient of Dr. O'Leary's, interned and worked part time during college and am now am certified as a full time assistant.  As a patient, I saw first hand how Dr. O'Leary treated each case personally. His passion for giving each patient the beautiful smile they seek was apparent from the very beginning, and I knew I wanted to be a part of such an important transformation in people's lives.  I am happy to assist Dr. O'Leary with everything from getting you started with braces, in-between adjustments, and removing your braces. We have a very tight-knit staff who not only work well as a team but share individual quirks that fit together seamlessly. Dr. O'Leary and the amazing ladies of O'Leary Orthodontics are more than just coworkers to me-they're family. We strive to make our patients feel like they are also part of the O'Leary family from their first visit to their last.

I live in Columbia with my husband, Paul, and our three cats Bundy, Tina and Louise. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, cooking, and spending time with family and friends. 

 

Danielle

staff member

Certified Orthodontic Assistant

Hi, I'm Danielle! I am a chairside assistant for Dr. O'Leary. I can assist him in a wide variety of procedures ranging from reties to bondings and braces removal. I have been a dental assistant since 2007 and have held a few positions in that field but my most favorite has to be Orthodontics! I enjoy orthodontics because I like fixing things. As part of a grander scheme, it brings order out of chaos.

I live in Irmo with my husband, Jim, our son, Tanner, and we also have a daughter, Rebeckah, attending college in North Carolina. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with our three dogs. I also love to crochet, cook, and spend time with friends and family. 

 

Alex

Scheduling Coordinator

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Tessie

Scheduling Coordinator

Coming Soon.

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