At Gorton & Schmohl Orthodontics, WE LOVE WHAT WE DO! Through orthodontics, we get to meet many people of all ages and effect a positive change for them. Our favorite moment is when it all comes together and we can say to our patients, “Go smile at everybody now!” knowing that they will because of their confidence in their new smile.
We aim to create a warm, informal, relaxed atmosphere where our patients feel comfortable. Parents, siblings, and friends are welcome to join the patient in the treatment area at any time during the appointments
Lindsay Salsman is licensed by the Dental Board of California as a Registered Dental Assistant with an additional Orthodontic Assistant Permit and the American Association of Orthodontists Orthodontic Assistant Certification. She completed her undergraduate education at Chico State University with a bachelor’s degree prior to finishing the dental assistant program at Santa Rosa Junior College. In 2013, she moved to Marin to help us in both clinical assisting and administrative functions. As a Treatment Coordinator, she acts as a liason for new patients to the practice.
Lori Murphy is licensed by the Dental Board of California as a Registered Dental Assistant. She coordinates with our families to ensure that the financial arrangements and appointment scheduling processes run as smoothly as possible. She also helps patients with comfort adjustments and initial appointments. She is a San Francisco native who moved to Marin, joining our practice in 1993.
Elena Hernandez is licensed by the Dental Board of California as a Registered Dental Assistant. In addition to clinical assisting, she manages interoffice communications and scheduling patient appointments. She completed the College of Marin dental assisting program has been part of our team since 2002. Although a native English speaker, Elena has lived in Mexico and is fluent in Spanish.
Kiauna Bryant is licensed by the Dental Board of California as a Registered Dental Assistant. She worked at an orthodontic office in the East Bay for 9 years as a chair side assistant and performing administrative duties, as well as running their occupational safety program. She joined our team as a clinical orthodontic assistant in 2016.
Elmira Lynch is licensed by the Dental Board of California as a Registered Dental Assistant with an additional Orthodontic Assistant Permit. She coordinates the ordering of clinical supplies and all laboratory work as well as clinical assisting. She has worked with our office since 1991.
Parisa Ghavamian is licensed by the Dental Board of California as a Registered Dental Assistant with an additional Orthodontic Assistant Permit. Parisa completed her college education and worked as a dietitian in Iran prior to moving to California. She finished the College of Marin dental assisting program and joined our office in 2009. She is fluent in Farsi.
Vanessa Luna is trained in the digital processing and sharing of our 3D xrays. In addition to her role as records coordinator, she provides support with administrative tasks, labwork and auxiliary clinic support. Vanessa is local to Marin, having graduated from San Domenico school and then returning to the area after completing coursework at Willamette University. She joined our team in 2016 and is fluent in Spanish.
Claudia Martinez is licensed by the state of California as a Dental X-ray Technician. She is trained in taking 3D CBCT x-rays, photographs and digital scans for our patients. She also is responsible for sterilization and labwork. Claudia has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for many years and is fluent is Spanish. She started working with our practice in 2016.
Meet the Team