- Leiny Alvarez
- Patient Relations Representative
We recognize that each of our patients is unique and deserves to receive orthodontic care that reflects his or her 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 us. Our orthodontists, resident dentists, clinical staff, and administrative staff are here to ensure our patients’ experience is perfect.
We are pleased to welcome you and your family to our practice, and we look forward to providing you with the quality care you deserve.
Learn more about our clinical and administrative team leaders by clicking on their pictures below.
Leiny was born in New York and was raised in Nebraska. She has over 7-years of experience both in orthodontics and pediatric dentistry. In her free time, she loves to spend time with her family and exploring new areas of the city of Atlanta.
Hamza graduated from the University of Oran in Algeria. He likes several outdoor activities but soccer is his true passion. In his free time, he likes reading, learning languages, and traveling whenever he gets a chance.
Meghan Clark is from Surprise, Arizona. She met her amazing fiancé here in Atlanta, Georgia. Meghan joined GSO to be part of an amazing team and to help bring smiles to both her patients and her team. In her spare time, she loves to travel, be outdoors, and spend time with her family and friends.
Tammy has been in the orthodontic field for over 15 years. She is originally from Ohio but has lived in Georgia for 25 years. Tammy has three adult sons and enjoys tennis, motorcycles, and the beach.
Jennifer was born in Traverse City, Michigan and raised in Marietta ,Georgia. She enjoys going out to find new adventures. Outside of work, she turns into a full-time mom. She loves spending time with her daughter Arlene, and family.
Jacquelyn is originally from Hampton, Virginia. She has a 7-year-old daughter who is her entire world. When she is not working, Jacquelyn loves to hang out with her family and friends, eat, and watch TV.
Rebecca is originally from Myrtle Beach, SC but traveled the U.S. for most of her life. She has been an Orthodontic Assistant for over 23 years. In her spare time she likes to sing, travel, check out diners and dives, and cheer for her favorite sports teams – the Cubs, Packers, and Blackhawks!
Emily graduated from the University of Alabama in 2015. Since graduation, Emily has always been interested in patient relations within the healthcare field. Her previous experience includes extensive work for a multi-location Vascular Surgery/OBGYN clinic. There, she worked as an office manager where she excelled in marketing and surgery scheduling. In her free time, Emily enjoys watching football and going to the games. She also enjoys spending time with her new puppy, Goose!
Originally from Louisiana, Tiffany brings with her over 9 years of experience working in the orthodontic field. Outside of work, she enjoys the outdoors and spending time with her kids.
Alicia Gaines is from Jackson, Mississippi, and she has been a lead dental assistant for three years. Alicia was very excited to transition into orthodontics. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends. In addition, Alicia loves movies, eating, dancing, taking pictures, and is obsessed with all things K-POP.
Faith is a seasoned professional in the orthodontic field. She has nine years of experience with a record of achievement and has demonstrated success in leadership in both the Patient Relations and Business Office departments. After graduating with degrees in Administrative Assisting and Computer Science, she began her career as a Patient Relations Representative, where she became an expert in critical thinking and patient education. Faith’s bi-lingual ability brings great strength to the team. In her time as a Business Office Assistant, she mastered the new patient process, accounts receivable, financial, and administrative roles. She has an unprecedented ability to train others, maintain positive relationships, and improve best practices. Faith is now the Georgia School of Orthodontics’ Business Office Manager and oversees contracts, accounts receivable, insurance, and patient relations.
Crystle attended Central Georgia Tech where she received a degree in Early Childhood Education and is currently attending Gwinnett Tech for Health Sciences. Crystle brings over ten years in customer service and experience in orthodontics to GSO. Crystle is originally from Illinois but currently lives in Lawrenceville with her two daughters. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her daughters and friends, reading, dancing, and traveling.
Kelly grew up in GA and lived in the Washington, DC area for 6 years. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Management. Kelly has over 20 years experience as an Executive Assistant working for Avaya, Avanos Medical, and Edible Arrangements. She has a passion for organization and event planning.
In her free time, Kelly enjoys planning amazing trips, decorating, entertaining, gardening, meeting friends for brunch, road trips, and spending time with family.
Robert began his journey at Kentucky State University where he earned a Bachelor’s of Business and Computer Science Degree and later obtained his Master’s Degree in Public Administration, International Administration and Development.
In 2005 Robert began his career in the US Navy Reserve as a Logistics Specialist where he served as the Safety Professional for the Navy, Marine Corps, Army and Airforce. While continuing to serve in the U.S Navy Reserve he began his employment with Kentucky State University as the Logistics and Operations Manager. His primary responsibilities included the overall management and performance of logistics operations in the areas of office, warehouse operations, customer relations, information technology, and quality control and security. In 2013 he began employment at The Kroger Company as the Director of Operations where he led, coached, and developed manufacturing areas and worked to ensure high performance and improvement in the areas of safety, quality, delivery, and cost.
Inna has over ten years of experience working in the marketing industry. Prior to joining the GSO team, Inna worked as a Graphic Designer and Digital Coordinator for a major market broadcast company in Detroit Michigan. She was responsible for designing advertising and marketing collateral for a diverse client base while monitoring and managing the performance of key advertiser campaigns. Her work included creating custom web pages, contests, corporate communications, print publications, and email blasts.
Besides her experience in the marketing sector, Inna has years of experience producing freelance graphic design work. She also has several years of experience working in the non-profit sector, aiding individuals with disabilities by helping them build relationships in the community. Her desire for helping others is one of the many things that drew her to GSO. Inna is excited to bring her marketing, digital and creative knowledge to the orthodontic field.
Inna was born in Ukraine and moved to the United States at the age of seven. Raised in the suburbs of Metro Detroit, she attended Eastern Michigan University where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Graphic Design. She now resides with her husband in Atlanta, GA. Inna enjoys outdoor activities, cooking, photography, spending time with her family and dogs, and exploring Atlanta.
Deborah was raised in Atlanta, Georgia. She began working in the orthodontics industry as an Orthodontic Assistant in 2002. She later received her Bachelor’s degree in 2015, but decided to continue her work in the fi eld of orthodontics because she enjoyed being a part of the patients’ transformations. In her free time, Deborah spends time with her two daughters. Together, they love to travel, go hiking, and spend time at the library.
Nigel was born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago. He brings 25 years of experience as a video producer to the GSO team. He primarily produced for faith-based religious and professional organizations. Nigel’s favorite movie is Dumb & Dumber, his favorite book (besides the bible) is Leadership & Self-Deception, he loves football (Seattle Seahawks and the UGA ‘Dawgs), and his dream vacation is an Alaskan cruise! Lastly, Nigel’s family loves Caribbean cuisine and their Sheltie named CeCe (short for Priscilla)!
Kecia Buckhaulter is from Jackson, Mississippi. She is happily married with four children, three girls, and one boy. She and her family moved to Atlanta to further her career goals by joining the GSO team. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends.
Maria is currently enrolled in the Georgia School of Dental Assisting. Outside of work and school, she enjoys spending time with her two sons, Aaron and Lucas. Her interests include baseball, trying new things, and having fun.
Irene was born and raised in the land of lakes and volcanoes, Nicaragua. Languages are her hobby; Irene speaks Spanish, Portuguese, English, American Sign Language, and is currently learning three more. Irene is a UGA Bulldog Alumni with a degree in public health and an associates degree in criminal justice. She is currently enrolled to achieve her Master’s in criminal justice to become a forensic pathologist.
Kamaria Richards was born in Nashville, Tennessee after her parents migrated from the country of Antigua, but has been an Atlanta native since the age of four. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelors in International Affairs and acquired a Masters of Public Policy with a focus on Educational Policy and Non-Profit policy from Georgia State University. Some of her hobbies include dancing, traveling, and binge-watching tv series. Kamaria has also started her own dance team that performs for a semi-pro basketball team, a dance company for adult dance productions, and a dance academy that provides dance instruction to children.
Yuman was born in California and is of Salvadorian descent. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her son Jay as well as spending time with her family and friends. She also enjoys outdoor activities and trying out new cooking recipes.
Dena applies her 30+ years of successful marketing, advertising, and public relations experience to the Georgia School of Orthodontics. As an orthodontic and dental communications specialist, she incorporates internal and external marketing strategies to connect with existing and prospective patients. Creating strong relationship referral building programs, managing the brand voice, and team training are critical keys to her success in generating practice growth. With 17 years dedicated to working with private and group practices, she served as the Director of Marketing for the largest privately-owned orthodontic practice in the US, where she spearheaded initiatives that increased revenue 141%. Dena’s diverse background also includes developing multi-media branding campaigns and communications strategies for Coca Cola, Chevrolet, Cox Media, and JMB Realty.
Dena graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a degree in Journalism with an emphasis in Public Relations and completed her graduate work at the University of Mississippi. Dena lives near Atlanta with her husband and enjoys playing tennis in her free time.
Sophia is originally from Barbados, where she served as Chairperson on several committees and held leadership roles in both the Retail and Hotel industries.
She has a passion for service excellence and as such wrote Service Excellence manuals which she used to deliver training to all employees within the organization and her home church.
She migrated to Georgia in 2016 and served as the Chief Operations Officer of a non-profit organization before taking on a Human Resources role in the medical field. Her personal vision is not just to hire, but “hire to retire” every employee of the GSO family. Sophia says that her genuine love for people continues to be the driving force that navigates her career pathway.
Vladimir is originally from Haiti and recently moved to Atlanta from New Jersey to become a surgical assistant. He attended Andrews University in Michigan, where he studied Applied Science. He worked for five years as the back staff lead assistant supervisor at Atlanta Oral Facial Surgery and is now thrilled to be working with GSO as a treatment coordinator. He is excited to work with a great sales team, staff, and residents who set the tone for patients.
Alaini was born and raised in Georgia from parents of Peruvian and Dominican descent and lived most of her life in a small town in Barrow County called Hoschton, GA. In her spare time, her hobbies include hiking, riding her bike on the beltline, reading, and cheering on the Dawgs in Athens!
Allie was born in New Orleans but has spent most of her life in Georgia. She attended the University of Georgia, studying family and consumer sciences. She is also a spin instructor, and in her spare time enjoys hiking/exercising, spending time with family and friends, and cooking.
Ronda is an Atlanta native attended college at the University of West Georgia. After school, she began working with the City of Atlanta Police for eight years. Ronda has always had an innate love of color, graphics, and computers, so she attended Auburn University for Graphic Design. After volunteering at the YMCA as Cheer Coach for 5-7-year-olds she began to see her love for empowering and teaching youth and thus changed her major to Art Education. Through this experience and others, she was validated in her love for helping students reach their goals and thus her love for the academic arena. She went on to complete her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration at Faulkner University in Montgomery. After moving back to Georgia she quickly realized her heart was in academia which led her to her position with the Georgia School of Orthodontics.
Inez was born in the Bahamas and moved to Miami, Florida at the age of seven, where she lived until 2000. While living in Miami, Inez attended the George T. Baker Aviation School. She was the Top Scoring student on the ASVAB Aptitude Test and was about to enter the Air Force when she realized flight made her feel unwell, and her career goal of becoming a pilot in the Air Force changed. Inez moved to Georgia in 2000 and started managing call centers and dental practices. She has two children. Her son, Mikal, is 16 and is enrolled in the International Baccalaureate Program at Shiloh High and her daughter, Madisyn, attends Charles Drew Charter School as a member of the Honors Program. Outside of GSO, Inez enjoys cooking and baking – she even caters on the weekends! She also is in the process of writing a couple of books.
Evan brings nearly 20 years of IT experience to the Georgia School of Orthodontics. In his role, he oversees the infrastructure, networks, software systems, security, audio visual, telecomm systems, integrations, mobility strategy, and data mining. He also establishes vendor relationships and selects appropriate solutions. His professional experience includes working with companies such as Teradata, Charles Schwab, Eli Lilly, Addit, ICON, JetStar, and Klipsch. Evan has experience within many facets of IT, including help desk, system administration, project management, custom reporting, quality assurance, and performance tuning.
Evan graduated from Butler University in Indianapolis with a double major in Philosophy and Pre-Med. He recently moved to the northside of Atlanta, Georgia with his wife and two sons. In his free time, he enjoys outdoor activities including mountain biking, swimming, tennis, and most recently, camping with his son’s cub scout troop. He also attends and volunteers at his local church.
Prior to joining the Georgia School of Orthodontics team as a Clinical Coordinator, Jhadye graduated from dental school and has also completed her Orthodontic Residency – both completed in Brazil. She recently moved to Atlanta last year. In her spare time, Jhadye enjoys traveling, attending concerts, and spending time with loved ones.
Jennifer Webster is an Atlanta native, who comes to us with over 15 years of sales and marketing expertise. Her vast experience includes Director of Sales and Marketing for an outpatient medical facility and National Sales Manager for a teleconferencing company. Jennifer is known for her professional presentation skills and personable nature. She is active in her community and recently served as Social Chair for her neighborhood Community Club Board. When not working, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her husband and twin girls. She also loves cooking, traveling, and playing tennis.
Sydney was born and raised in Gwinnett and is a proud University of Georgia alumna, where she studied design. In her free time, she enjoys painting, hiking, concerts, and museum trips, as well as playing with her cat, Happy.
Aaron brings over ten years of IT experience to the Georgia School of Orthodontics. Prior to joining GSO, his experience in the IT field included web design, implementation, and support of IT infrastructure, software deployment and maintenance, security and camera systems installation and programming, and audio-video equipment. His experience working for companies such as the University of Michigan, NYSAES, Countrywide, Home Deport, RiteRug, and the Allen Company has allowed him to excel in expanding environments where his intuitive problem-solving skills are put to use and enhanced. He also taught English as a second language in Tokyo, Japan, which enabled him to translate IT jargon into English.