Meet the Team



Financial Coordinator

Carita will be the first to welcome you to our practice with a smile. It is her responsibility to schedule appointments, assist with financial/insurance duties. The best part of her job is building relationships with our patients and their families.  She loves to see the rewards of a great smile.  She is constantly sharing with our patients that a retainer is a life time commitment.  She wears her retainers every night. When Carita is not working, she enjoys her grandkids’ events, biking, baking, and shopping. 



Treatment Coordinator

Cara’s goal as treatment coordinator is to help you feel welcome and informed as you are introduced to the orthodontic process.  Being part of an office that offers the newest technology for your comfort makes her job easy.  She loves seeing people invest in their smile so that they want to share it with others.  In her spare time Cara enjoys spending time with her husband and four children.



Clinical Assistant for Dr. Smith

Alicia has been with Ankeny and Pella Orthodontics since April 2015. She is a registered dental assistant, and loves the orthodontic field. What she loves most about working in the orthodontic field is being a part of building beautiful smiles and witnessing that moment when a patient’s braces are off and they can’t stop smiling. Alicia enjoys spending time with her husband Adam and their 2 dogs Jaxon and Riley.



Clinical Assistant for Dr. Smith

Marissa is a state certified dental assistant, and is passionate about orthodontics. Her favorite part of her job is watching our patient’s confidence grow as their smile transforms.  Marissa enjoys cooking, traveling, being outdoors, and spending time with her husband and their French bulldog Nala.



Clinical Assistant for Dr. Smith

Paige is the newest member of our orthodontics team, bringing a broad range of experience to our office. She graduated the Dental Assisting Program in 2008 and fell in love with orthodontics right away. Her favorite part of orthodontics is getting to know patients and seeing the changes in their smile. Paige enjoys summer outdoor activities, biking, fishing and kayaking. She stays busy with her puppy Murphy.



Pella Scheduling Coordinator

Sandi is our scheduling coordinator in the Pella office. She works with patients from their initial exam through their consultation. She and her husband Ward live on a farm near Pella with their four kids, Jocelyn, Landon, Todd, and Kayleen. In her free time Sandi enjoys attending her kids’ activities.



Clinical Assistant for Dr. Wass

Kelly is a clinical assistant who has been with our office since 1983.  She loves being a part of a process that brings wonderful lifelong changes to so many people. Outside the office Kelly enjoys helping her husband, Steve, with their farm operation, motorcycling, tractor pulling and snowmobiling.  She also has fun playing with her dogs, Rusty and Charlie.



Clinical Assistant for Dr. Wass

Ashlee has worked as a dental assistant, lab technician and office assistant for Dr. Wass since 2010. She enjoys working in the orthodontic field and seeing the difference a new smile can bring. Outside of work Ashless loves spending time with her husband, Tyler, their daughter, Brynna, and two dogs, Zoey & Khloe. Her other interests include spending time with friends and family, traveling and cheering for the Cyclones.



Clinical Assistant for Dr. Wass

Brittany has worked for Dr. Wass since 2011 as a dental assistant, assisting in all phases of our patients’ orthodontic treatment. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband, David, and stepson, Brayden, being outdoors, cheering on the Cyclones and Vikings, and being around her friends and family.



Clinical Assistant for Dr. Wass

Misty joined our office in August 2015 and assists Dr. Wass with a variety of treatment procedures including removal of braces and sterilization of instruments. Outside the office Misty enjoys spending time with her three children, Kelsey, Gage and Caden. They love to stay active and enjoy walking, hiking at the Ledges, fishing and biking on the High Trestle Trail.



Treatment Coordinator for Dr. Wass

Janel joined Dr. Wass in 2014 as our treatment coordinator and she enjoys her role in helping patients as they begin the journey to a better, more confident smile.  Outside the office Janel and her husband, Kent, enjoy spending time with her children and grandchildren, traveling and cheering on the Cyclones.  They also adore their French Bulldog, Howie.