Meet the Team





Financial Coordinator

AJ loves seeing the excitement in each patient as they begin their orthodontic treatment.  She joined our practice in 2015 and is responsible for working with our patients in developing a flexible payment plan so they are comfortable with their orthodontic investment.  AJ also assists with insurance claims, so our patients are able to best utilize their orthodontic benefits.

When AJ is not at the office you can expect to see her spending time with family, her adorable grandchildren and many farm animals.




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

Whitney enjoys greeting and meeting our new patients, observing the progress of their smile, and seeing the amazing transformation in their confidence. 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. Whitney makes sure we have time to deliver personal care to each patient, which is our goal.

Whitney enjoys traveling with her husband, live music, and anything water related.  She loves spending time with her family and friends and her "fur" baby, Cooper.




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

Heidi started working in the dental field in 2006 and joined Whitesides Orthodontics in 2016. She loves seeing the transformation that patients go through during and after their orthodontic treament and especially enjoys helping to give the gift of a beautiful smile.  Heidi also speaks Spanish and is available to help patients in need of translation.

In her spare time, Heidi spends quality time with her husband and two young daughters.  She enjoys going to the beach, shopping, painting and dancing to Latin music.




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.