Who Are We?
Meet Dr. Jones and The Team
Dr. Jones is an orthodontist in Ocala, Florida. That means he uses braces to straighten teeth. It’s kind of awesome.
Know what’s even cooler? Dr. Jones only treats young people (ages 7–25). If you are young and have crooked teeth (or if you take care of someone who fits that description), we just might be the place for you.
Our practice has only one doctor, and only one location. Dr. Jones lives five minutes away from the office, and our patients have his cell phone number. So, if a patient encounters a problem with their braces in the evening or on the weekend, their doctor is just a phone call away.
Want to hear a crazy story? Ask Dr. Jones about getting his appendix removed in Africa and having his stitches removed with a pocketknife. Or, ask him what it was like growing up in France until age 13. Not satisfied? Ask him how he won Fear Factor at Universal Studios. Please do NOT ask him about his lead role in “Aladdin” in the 8th grade. If you’re really lucky one day, you might behold a scene that many talk about but few have ever witnessed, a sight that could frighten you or make you erupt in uncontrollable laughter: Dr. Jones rapping in French!
Likes: Caramel cake, The Princess Bride, being authentic, sports (ultimate frisbee, basketball, mountain biking), travel, corn on the cob, summer camp, Christmas time, being outside, the color blue, Nutella, grammar/spelling.
Dislikes: Traffic, V8 juice, boring speeches, tags on clothes, cucumbers, ironing, long books that could be shorter.
Other Stuff: Dr. Jones received his dental degree (D.M.D.) from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and his orthodontic specialty degree (M.S., Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics) from the University of Florida.
Orthodontics suits Dr. Jones’ personality. He has always been drawn to math, physics, and simple engineering. Throughout his education, when he took a non-math course (like English), he tended to focus on whatever part of the course looked most like logic or math (like Grammar). He loves to analyze and creatively problem-solve. Because he also enjoys interacting with kids and teenagers, orthodontics was a natural fit.
Though trained in the latest technologies, Dr. Jones maintains a distinctly conservative approach. Our patients and parents appreciate how Dr. Jones takes time to communicate with them in an easy-to-understand way. His careful and thorough nature means consistency in his final product: a beautiful smile.
Certified Orthodontic Assistant / Office Manager
Jessica is a certified orthodontic assistant as well as our office manager! She enjoys running, cycling, Saturday morning group rides, spider cake, smiles, laughter, New York City, music, funny jokes, marathons, people who inspire her, kettle corn, Napoleon Dynamite, salsa dancing, and optimism. She does NOT enjoy negativity, fish, camping, computer viruses, super spicy foods, marathons, or Debbie Downers.
Certified Orthodontic Assistant
Laura is a certified orthodontic assistant with over 30 years experience who enjoys going to the beach, sea turtles, boating, scalloping, kayaking, music, coffee, anything made with coconut, NCIS, sour things, shopping, and gardening. She does NOT enjoy water chestnuts, inconsiderate people, bad drivers, freezing weather, public speaking, or laziness.
With 15 years experience in customer service, Kristine is our hostess-with-the-mostess and our scheduling coordinator. She enjoys good hugs, naps, Publix, working out, passport stamps, Criminal Minds, the New England Patriots, hanging out with her nieces and nephews, Amazon Prime, baseball season, thunderstorms, Jennifer’s belly laughs, and Sonic Butterfinger Blasts. She does NOT enjoy spiders, tomatoes, driving on State Road 200, walking slowly, the Yankees, being late, being in the spotlight, humming, or whistling.
Emily is an orthodontic assistant who enjoys being at the lake, being at the ocean, camping, hiking, farm animals, writing poetry, music, family, friends, iced coffee, espresso, hammocks, spontaneous day trips, Christmas time, making people laugh, and laughing. She does NOT enjoy cottage cheese, rudeness, traffic, fire ants, nuts in her salad, nuts in her ice cream, or being late.
Certified Orthodontic Assistant
Jennifer is a certified orthodontic assistant with over 20 years experience who enjoys camping, the beach, thunderstorms at bedtime, getting packages, flumes at the water park, Alfred Hitchcock, surprise birthdays, watching AFV, classic rock (especially Led Zeppelin!), bumper cars, baby goat sounds, a really good belly laugh, Thanksgiving, ice cream, state parks, Guitar Hero, the History Channel, concerts, Renninger’s, the smell of Gain laundry detergent, and when her pug snorts. She does NOT enjoy wool sweaters, long car rides, raisins in her chicken salad, getting tickled, opening presents before Christmas, three way stops, salmon patties, gnats, pomegranate juice, or commercials.
Tommie is our financial coordinator. She enjoys babies (she should–she’s had six!), volunteering, Jennifer’s cookies, being right, meeting quotas, statistics, analyzing, chicken curry, Big Brother, spending time with family, laughing, chocolate, moosetracks ice cream, reading, traveling, eating, crossword puzzles, purple, and when it rains. She does NOT enjoy roundabouts, having to have a cell phone, cottage cheese, birds, driving, diet drinks, relish, mean people, running late, furry caterpillars, making decisions, and sci-fi.
Social Media Coordinator
Melanie is our social media coordinator. She enjoys laughing hard, traveling with her family, writing with Sharpies, all things stationery, snail mail, kayaking at the springs, jeans, taking pictures, bananas, peanut butter, windy days, the smell of orange blossoms, HAMILTON, hanging out with teenagers, keeping plants alive, and riding bikes. She does NOT enjoy ginger, getting dressed up, people chewing loudly, carbonation, El Caminos, being bossed (which can make things awkward at the office), staying up super late, jokes at the expense of others, going slow, choosing paint colors, and listing things she doesn’t enjoy.