Meet the Team





Financial Coordinator

Robin loves seeing the excitement in each patient as they begin their orthodontic treatment.  She joined our practice in 2018 and is responsible for working with our patients in developing a flexible payment plan so they are comfortable with their orthodontic investment.  Robin also assists with insurance claims, so our patients are able to best utilize their orthodontic benefits.

When Robin is not at the office you can expect to see her spending time with her family, either poolside with her three children or playing longside her granddaughter at many of the local parks.




Business Administrator

With a background in accounting and bookkeeping, Laurie became part of Whitesides Orthodontics in 2015 bringing with her 15 years of experience in the orthodontic field. She loves keeping everything running perfectly, so the team can focus on delivering exceptional care to our patients. Laurie’s duties include planning and budgeting, payroll, bookkeeping, marketing and advertising.

Laurie is a Florida native and grew up here in South West Florida.  She loves traveling, camping and boating with her husband and two daughters.




Scheduling Coordinator

Michele enjoys greeting patients as they arrive. Answering our phones, setting appointments that work with patient's school hours and parent's work schedules, and keeping our office flowing smoothly are all her duties. Michele enjoys getting to know each patient, and being able to see them progress through their treatment is the best part of her job.

Originally from New York, Michele enjoys living the Florida lifestyle with her husband and two sons.




Clinic Coordinator

Debie became part of the Whitesides Orthodontics team in 2003, having started in the dental field back in 1981. She loves getting to know our wonderful patients, helping them get a healthy smile, and seeing their reaction when they see their new smile for the first time. Debie also has quite the green thumb and is responsibile for keeping our flower garden looking beautiful year round.

Originally from Texas, Debie is married with three children and five grandchildren. She loves gardening and cooking with the fruits and veggies she’s grown.




Treatment Coordinator

With her friendly nature and encyclopedic knowledge of orthodontics, Eileen excels at helping patients and their families understand what their proposed treatment will involve. She’s been part of our team since 2008, having started in the dental field in 1994. Eileen assists the doctor with new patient exams, then sits down with the patient and the family to discuss the treatment options, related costs, and to answer their questions.

Eileen has a background in culinary arts and loves creating delectable treats for our team members. She enjoys the easygoing lifestyle of the Florida Gulf Coast.



Orthodontic Assistant

With more than 30 years of experience in the dental field, Lori loves working in orthodontics. For her, seeing each patient’s face light up when they see their new smile for their first time, is incredibly rewarding, as is witnessing the growth in that person’s self-esteem. Lori provides chairside assistance to Dr. Whitesides during orthodontic procedures, and educates our patients about their treatment.

Lori is married and has one daughter. Her favorite way to spend her hours away from work is riding her horse.




Orthodontic Assistant

Audum has been working as an orthodontic assistant since 2006 and has recently joined our team in 2018.  She enjoys watching all the little changes in the patient's treatment that eventually leads up to their beautiful and healthy smile. 

Audum enjoys gardening, foraging for wild edibles, weight training and spending time with her son.




Orthodontic Assistant

Krystal has worked in orthdontics since 2003 and enjoys building friendships with our patients.  She loves all aspects of working in the orthodontic field, and what she loves most is seeing patients grow throughout their treatment and to know she was part of creating that beautiful smile. According to Krystal, watching patient's smiles and confidence change over the course of treatment is extremely rewarding. 

Krystal is married with two children.  In her spare time she enjoys spending time on their farm.