Meet the team
Amanda – Certified Orthodontic Assistant
I’m excited to be part of the Hodge Orthodontics team. Having been an Orthodontic assistant for ten years now, I can truly say the best part of being an Assistant is the way we’re able to connect with families through smiles. It is common for you to hear me sing or hum as I work on our patients or assist Doctor. My favorite part of working at Hodges Orthodontics is the friendly and fun environment we work in.
Away from the office, I enjoy time being at home with my husband and three kids. Together we enjoy funny movies, playing games and cooking together. My favorite movie is The Little Mermaid and my favorite foods includes pizza and Mexican food.
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.
Jason- Dental Assistant
Hello, I am Jason. I truly enjoy the Orthodontic field and actually hope to become an orthodontist myself one day. I grew up in the Philippines and moved here in 2009. I really enjoy watching and participating in sports, such as football, baseball and especially basketball. Of course, I am a huge Lakers fan. I love to have a good time and enjoy having a good laugh as well.
Ruby – 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!
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.
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.
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.