Meet the Team!

When you walk into Smiles by the Bay, you will immediately feel that you’re at home. You’ll love the coastal, beachy vibe, and you’ll be greeted with a smile every time.

MEET THE TEAMWHO WE ARE

Dr. Mary Trahar-Thomas

Orthodontist

People will forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel. Since I opened my practice 15 years ago, I have always wanted to make people feel like they are welcome — from the moment they walk in the door.

Malinda

Orthodontic Technician

Malinda is an orthodontic technician on our team in Annapolis, and she has been working in orthodontics for 3 years. She has one dog (Chloe), and she is recently engaged!

What's your favorite sport?
Softball. I have played since I was 8 and I still enjoy watching the sport I love.

What TV show are you most likely to binge watch?
Criminal Minds

Best place to eat around here:
Cantler’s Riverside. They have the best crabs and seafood!

Dawn

Office Manager and Treatment Coordinator

Dawn has worked in this industry for 34 years. As Office Manager and Treatment Coordinator, she keeps our office running like a well-oiled machine!

Tell us about your family:
I have been married to my husband, Mike, for 32 years. We have been blessed with 3 amazing children, as well as two adorable Yorkies (Roxie and Tucker) and a cat (Milo).

Who inspires you the most?
My father. Hands down. He was the most wonderful, caring, thoughtful, loving, compassionate person I have ever known.

What do you love most about your job?
I love helping people gain confidence with a beautiful smile. Seeing that transformation, from people covering their mouths when they talk or smile, to a beaming bright smile... That's the best!

Marie

Director of First Impressions

As our Call Center Coordinator, Marie is usually the first person you'll speak with at Smiles by the Bay. We understand how important first impressions are, and that's why we call Marie our Director of First Impressions! She's been in this industry for 13 years, and she knows how to make our patients feel welcome.

Where is the best place to eat around here?
Cantlers! They have the absolute best Maryland crabs!

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I would love to travel to Paris, so I could visit our exchange student!

What do you love the most about your job?
Honestly? My co workers! They're all such funny women, and they make every day so much fun.

Becca

Scheduling Coordinator

Becca is our Scheduling Coordinator, which means she keeps the office organized and running on-time!

What TV show are you most likely to binge-watch?
Friends! I've watched that show since I could walk.

Favorite 90's jam:
Everything Britney Spears.

Who inspires you?
My grandparents inspire me, because their love is truly unconditional.

What do you love about your job?
I really love interacting with our patients. And my coworkers are the best!

Samantha

Orthodontic Technician

What do you love about your job?
I love having such friendly coworkers, and I also really enjoy the independence you get as an assistant here.

Do you have any strange phobias?
OH YES! I'm terrified of SHARKS, SPIDERS, and SNAKES. I call them my 3 S's.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Fiji. I've always dreamed about going there and staying on those little houses on the water. It looks so beautiful.

Gina

Scheduling Coordinator / Spanish Interpreter

Gina is our Scheduling Coordinator, as well as Spanish Interpreter. We make it a priority to make all of our patients feel at home and comfortable. We see many patients and families whose primary language is Spanish, and it's an honor to be able to speak about their treatment in the way that's most comfortable for them.

What TV show are you most likely to binge-watch?
Fuller House — because my whole family watches it with me!

Who inspires you?
My mom. She has gone through a lot in life and still has a strong head on her shoulders.

What's something not many people know about you?
I used to be an actress in Atlanta, GA! I worked in TV, Film and Commercial.

Sydney

Orthodontic Technician

Sydney is one of our amazing orthodontic technicians. While she's originally from Washington state, she lives her now with her cat — and she's also married to her husband of 7 years.

Best place to eat around here:
Santorini. The food — and those views are to die for!

What do you love about your job?
My coworkers and patients — and getting to see that final smile when someone is done with treatment. It's amazing.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
Flying, of course!

Tracie

Orthodontic Technician

Tracie has worked in the dental/orthodontic industry for 22 years. She has 2 boys (ages 16 and 27) and 2 Australian Cattle Dogs (a boy and a girl).

If you were a kitchen appliance, what would you be?
A toaster oven. It's versatile — like me!

Biggest pet peeve:
Someone chewing with their mouth open or talking with food in their mouth. Gross!

What was your main goal in life when you were 10?
To become a veterinarian. I LOVE animals.

Debbie

Clinical and Lab Manager

Debbie has been helping families in Maryland for 30 years. She has 2 adult children, 2 grandkids, 1 dog, 2 cats and 1 husband.

What's your favorite holiday?
Thanksgiving! It’s just food and family with no worries about finding that perfect gift.

If you were a kitchen appliance, what would you be?
A freezer. That way I’d always be full of ice cream! ?

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
Teleportation, so I could get my kids and grandkids here more often in the summer and not have to worry about the summer traffic.

Ri'kell

Orthodontic Technician

Ri'kell has worked in orthodontics for 9 years. She and her little boy (4 this year) are from right here in Annapolis!

Favorite 90's jam:
I love all 90’s R&B and Hip Hop. It’s the era for music!!

Where's the best place to eat around here?
Amish market!!! Everything is fresh and delicious!

What do you love most about your job?
I love watching our patients see their new smile for the first time. Their eyes literally light up!!

Shannon

Orthodontic Technician

Shannon is one of our orthodontic technicians! That means she works directly with our patients to help them get the care they need.

What do you love about your job?
I love meeting new people. And oddly enough, I actually do love teeth and watching people get the smile they deserve!

Are you a morning person?
Absolutely NOT!

Favorite holiday:
Christmas, because I love the family time!

What's the worst pet you've ever had?
A hamster — he bit me all the time!

Brooke

Orthodontic Technician

Brooke is one of our orthodontic technicians, and she's originally from Queenstown, Maryland. She has a 2 year old daughter, Iris.

Favorite movie
Crash. It’s a suspense movie with a bunch of different characters that all impact each other even though they don’t know each other. I love it!

What inspires you?
I am really inspired by underdogs that defeat all their setbacks and take charge of their lives!

What do you love about your job?
I love connecting and interacting with all of our patients and getting a peek into their lives. In orthodontics, we are lucky enough to see our patients every couple months, so we really get to know our patients and see them grow and change.

Staci

Orthodontic Technician

Staci has worked in orthodontics for 17 years. We're happy to have her experience, patience, and positive attitude on our team!

In the story of your life, which Hollywood actor would play you?
Marilyn Monroe.

Tell us about your family:
We love our Maryland Summers, Beaches and Crabs. My family and I moved to the East Coast in '93. I'm a blessed Aunt to a now 12 (almost) 13 and 14 y/o niece and nephew. My parents both retired and are enjoying being poolside in our all-too-short summer months!

What do you love about your job?
Making people finally smile and show their teeth because they gain confidence!

We Believe Every Child Deserves to Feel Like a Million Bucks!

This orthodontics team is amazing. Each person at Smiles by the Bay is carefully chosen to make sure that they feel the same way about the work we do. Not that they have had the same training, but that they have the same philosophy of treatment. We want to create an environment that’s always exciting, always positive. We’re focused on the same things: giving someone a beautiful, healthy smile — and delivering it with laughter and style.

When you walk into Smiles by the Bay, we hope that you will immediately feel that you’re at home. You’ll love the coastal, beachy vibe, and you’ll be greeted with a smile every time.

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