Meet the Team

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.

 

Mary

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Scheduling Coordinator

Mary is our scheduling coordinator, and she looks forward to working with you! She will greet you when you come into the office, coordinate your appointments, and connect with your referring dental office if needed. Mary loves being a part of our great team at Grants Pass Orthodontics! Working with Dr. Erickson and our assistants makes for a busy day, but she has fun and great energy!

Mary is originally from Stockton, California, but moved to Grants Pass to be closer to family. She previously worked for a dental office in New York, but for the past 14 years, she taught history to junior high students in Lodi, California. Mary and her husband enjoy escaping city life by going to the river, fishing, camping, and rafting.

 

Joan

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Financial Coordinator

Joan has been actively involved in orthodontics for many years. She obtained her Registered Dental Assistant license along with her Certified Dental Assistant license while working in Southern California. Here at Grants Pass, she ensures that patients make their dreams of having a beautiful smile a reality by making the financial aspect not be an obstacle. She enjoys seeing how happy and confident patients are when completing their beautiful new smile.

Outside the office, Joan enjoys spending time with her husband Mike and their two golden retrievers. They also like visiting family and friends, being outdoors, and riding motorcycles along the coast.

 

Cassandra

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Office Assistant, Administration, and Orthodontic Assistant

Cassandra began working at Grants Pass Orthodontics in 2016 after moving here from California. She enjoys scheduling patients, assisting Dr. Erickson with new patient exams, and helping wherever she is needed. She loves working with our fun, energetic team to help ensure a fun experience for our patients.

Cassandra and her family are new to Grants Pass but already love the outdoor activities, changing colors of the seasons, and camping and hiking along the many rivers in the area. Her youngest son is in grade school and her oldest son enjoys teaching his love for ceramics. Cassandra enjoys being active, jogging, running, and yoga. 

 

Clinical Assistants

Sarah

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Sarah is originally from California, and moved to Grants Pass in 2002. She has worked in the dental field for 11 years, joined our practice in 2015, and received her EFODA certification in 2017! She works directly with Dr. Erickson and our patients to transform a great smile into something extraordinary. Sarah loves getting to know our awesome patients and families while being a part of the joy experienced as smiles transform with every passing appointment.

Sarah is married to her best friend Travis. They have two amazing young boys, Riley and Skyler. The family enjoys boating, snow skiing, riding at the Oregon Dunes, and all that Southern Oregon has to offer!

 

LaRae

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LaRae began her orthodontic career in Coos Bay, Oregon, where she earned her Expanded Functions and Radiology Certifications. She will help start your treatment by taking impressions for Dr. Erickson to use to plan your treatment. She also helps Dr. Erickson remove your braces to reveal your beautiful new smile for the first time! LaRae loves being part of an All-Star team whose goal is to get you the very best result possible!

LaRae and her husband have three beautiful adult children. They enjoy skiing, hiking, and all the great outdoor activities here in Southern Oregon.

 

Heather

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Heather was hired by Dr. Matthews to work in sterilization in 1991 and transitioned into orthodontic assisting one year later. She now has been a part of our awesome orthodontic team for 25 years, and is very proud to be a part of the beautiful smiles she sees around town. She loves getting to know our patients and cherishes the relationships she’s built with her coworkers. They’re one of the reasons why she’s loved working here for so long! Here at Grants Pass Orthodontics, we are an extended family where we support each other in all that we do.

Heather and her husband Dave have been together for 21 years. She has one son, two step children, and two beautiful grandchildren. She also has two Yorkies that keep her entertained. Heather enjoys game nights and spending time with family, and is enthusiastic about photography, welding, and being creative.

 

Holly

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Holly was born and raised in Grants Pass, graduating from North Valley High School. She began working in the orthodontic field with Dr. Matthews in 1979, and is very happy to have Dr. Erickson join the practice. She enjoys assisting during the course of treatment, fabricating orthodontic appliances in the lab, and helping create beautiful smiles.

When she isn't busy creating beautiful smiles, she enjoys spending her free time with her husband, Gregg, their three children, and seven grandchildren. They also have two dogs and two cats. Holly also likes being outdoors, camping, fishing, and hiking.

 

Tamie

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Tamie is the third generation to be raised in Grants Pass. She graduated from Hidden Valley High School, then attended Oregon College of Art and SOSC (SOU) in Ashland where she achieved a degree in art and photography, degrees that she utilizes in her side jobs as a licensed tattoo artist and professional photographer, specializing in weddings and portraits.

She started working in the orthodontic field with Dr. Matthews in 1983 and has found two roles in the office: being a chairside assistant and working in the lab making appliances such as retainers. The part of the job she enjoys most is the relationships that she forms with our patients.

In her free time, Tamie likes traveling and visiting with her two grown children, Ashlee and Ryan.

 

Brittany

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Brittany greets patients and their families, assists Dr. Erickson in orthodontic treatment, and provides education on good oral hygiene during orthodontic treatment to maintain a healthy smile. She has enjoyed getting to know our patients and seeing their smiles transform! Brittany has had a lifelong passion for dentistry and brought that enthusiasm to our office in 2017. She feels blessed to have finally found the dental home fit for her!

Brittany was born and raised in Grants Pass, along with her identical twin sister and two amazing older sisters. She and her boyfriend enjoy traveling, hunting, and fishing, and feel blessed to live along the Rogue River. They recently adopted a Golden-doodle named Benson—the perfect addition to their family. 

 

Sterilization

Tammy

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Tammy started working with Dr. Matthews in 1999 and is thrilled that Dr. Erickson joined the team at Grants Pass Orthodontics. Tammy thrives on the fast-paced nature of her job, where the sterilization of all instruments and operatories keep her busy. Most of all, she enjoys being a part of an amazing team who are more than coworkers; they are family.

Tammy was born and raised here in Grants Pass, where she and her husband Kevin liked it so much, they decided to stay! They now have three children and one grandchild. Tammy is also a cat lover and has two furry friends at home. She is an active member in church and enjoys spending time with family and friends, zip lining, cooking, baking, and spending time on the beaches of Oregon. 

 

Cindy

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Cindy grew up in Grants Pass, is married, and has two adult children. Her passion in life is her faith and her family! She enjoys camping with friends, dirt bike riding, and the great outdoors!

After staying home and raising her children, Cindy entered the workforce and was employed by UPS helping her husband during Christmas. She then worked as a records specialist for the State Courts. She joined Grants Pass Orthodontics as a sterilization technician in 2015 and enjoys the varied tasks, the patients, and her kind and supportive coworkers!

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