Meet the team
Bessy – Certified Orthodontic Assistant
Hi, my name is Bessy. I am a certified Orthodontic Assistant. Besides assisting Dr. Hodges, I make sure our tools are organized and clean. I make the clear retainers you get to wear when you are done with your treatment. You can also see me taking X-rays or updating patient pictures to monitor their progress. My favorite part about being an Orthodontic Assistant is being able to see the changes on a patient, not just their smile, but the confidence it brings to them.
On my free time, I like to go to the gym, listen to music, DANCE, and cook up new recipes. My favorite food is Thai and Mexican. On the weekends, I enjoy going to church and spending time with my granddaughter, Solaris, who is 5 years old. I also have two small dogs that keep me busy.
Kara – Records and Sterilization
HI! I’m Kara, I sanitize and organize all the instruments Dr. Hodges and the assistants use. I direct patients to their appropriate chair and bring up their charts for Doctor. I love seeing how happy everyone is as their teeth make progress! In my free time I love being with my fiance, dancing, painting, and roller skating. I grew up in Thousand Oaks and after living in Idaho, Texas, and Florida, I’m excited to be back in California. After working decorating cakes, being a nanny, and even being princesses such as Rapunzel and Anna at Disney World i’m so excited to be learning about orthodontics here in the office!
Ruby – Registered Dental Assistant
Hola! I’m Ruby. I am a Registered Dental Assistant. Aside from freezing most of the day in the office, I assist Dr. Hodges in creating beautiful smiles. What I enjoy the most about being an assistant is being able to see the transformation a smiles go through and knowing that I was able to help create it.
On my free time, I like to create different makeup looks and film tutorials. I also enjoy hanging out with family, friends and going to rodeos. My current food obsession is sushi and Wingstop. I Look forward to seeing you guys!
Maritza – Treatment Coordinator
As a treatment coordinator I introduce new patients to our office and inform them of the treatment process Doctor recommends. Behind the scenes, I coordinate with referring offices, verify insurances and I also help out with scheduling appointments. I truly enjoy working here, and love having the feeling of waking up in the morning and looking forward to going to work. I love seeing the transformations patients go through to achieve their perfect smile.
I grew up in Moorpark and after having lived in Thousand oaks for a number of years, my husband and I are happy to call Moorpark our home. With two little ones, my free time is limited but I enjoy spending time with family, and playing soccer.
Lorena – Scheduling Coordinator
Hi my name is Lorena and i have been in the dental field for 5 years. I joined this awesome team in May of 2018. I am grateful to work in a fun and caring environment where I get to learn something new everyday. I love meeting and interacting with all our patients and watching their smiles transform throughout their treatment. In my spare time I enjoy going to museums, the zoo and watching funny movies with my husband and daughter.
Kristen – Financial Coordinator
I knew at a young age that I wanted to be in the dental field. Now, I have over 17 years in the dental field. I went to Simi Adult School for dental assisting and graduated in 2000. I started as a dental assistant, then moved to the front office. While the majority of my experience is in general dentistry, I have enjoyed the last seven years in the orthodontic field. I truly enjoy my job and love the relationships that I have built with our patients.
I have been with my wonderful husband, Franky, since High School (my high school sweetheart). I don’t have children but I am one amazing aunt to six nieces and nephews. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with family, watching movies with my husband and traveling to new places that I never thought I would ever see.