Professional Relations Coordinator/Treatment Coordinator
Mel is a 1991 graduate of Shaler Area High School and Beattie Technical School's Dental Assisting program. She began her dental career working as a dental assistant and joined our practice in 1992. For 22 years, she was an orthodontic assistant, and in 2013, she took on the role of professional relations coordinator.
Mel's outgoing, energetic, and enthusiastic personality and commitment to our practice success makes her the ideal person for this position! She is highly involved in creating and building strong relationships with our referring dentists and their staff. Mel creates the fun contests that are held in our office, and makes visits to the local schools, helping to educate the students on the importance of excellent oral health. She participates in community-sponsored events, answering our neighbors' questions about orthodontic care and promoting the benefits of orthodontic treatment. She also runs the referral marketing program in the practice and coordinates our Make-A-Wish® fundraising events.
If you see Mel at a community event representing our practice, please stop by and say hello!
Sarah has a long history with GKG Orthodontics: she was a patient of ours many years ago. She had such a great orthodontic experience that she knew she wanted to work here. She finally joined our team in 2006. As our treatment coordinator, Sarah works with new patients to explain their treatment options and related costs. She loves getting to know all the different personalities of our patients and seeing their smiles transform during treatment.
Outside the office, Sarah is involved with the community, coaching cross country for a local school, and participating in various church activities.
Mary Beth joined our office in 2016, bringing her bright smile and friendly attitude to our front desk. It soon became apparent that her background in accounting could also be of great benefit and, in 2018, Mary Beth took on her new role as business manager. She enjoys the fast-paced, fun environment of our office, but especially loves that everyone here is truly a team player!
Mary Beth enjoys traveling, sports, and spending time with friends, family, and her two pups, Toby and Izzy.
Front Office Coordinator
Miranda is extremely dedicated to providing all patients of Drs. Grady, Kastner, and Gornick with a superior customer service experience. She is a major contributor to the positive, upbeat, and patient-oriented setting of GKG and her dependability, optimism, and gentle nature are a great asset to the front desk team.
When she is not at work, Miranda enjoys spending time with her husband, four nephews, and is excited to start the adventure of motherhood.
Tamara began working in the dental field in 2013. She’s highly experienced in front desk and insurance, then in 2019 joined the GKG family as the financial coordinator.
When Tamara is not with her GKG Ortho family, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two boys.
Ashley joined GKG in 2021, where she loves engaging with the patients during the scheduling process. Her favorite part is when the kids show her their new elastics colors or their bright smiles when the braces are removed. Ashley is also grateful for the friendships she’s made at GKG.
When she’s not at work, Ashley enjoys spending time with her family. She can also be found camping, fishing, or riding RZR and dirt bikes with her boyfriend, or hanging out with her cat, Jinx.
Kate joined the front desk team in 2022 after experiencing GKG as a patient and as a patient-mom. Her friendly demeanor is a welcomed addition to the GKG family.
When Kate isn’t at work, she can be found enjoying the outdoors either camping or fishing, or gathering around a campfire with her three children and boyfriend. In addition to being a talented scheduler, Kate also earned a cosmetology license.
After loving GKG as a patient and as a mom to two patients, Lori enthusiastically joined the front desk crew in 2022. She enjoys working with such a talented group who bring big smiles to happy patients.
In addition to helping GKG patients, Lori is also an author of children and women’s fiction, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Children’s Heart Foundation. When not working or writing, she loves spending time with her family, her Australian shepherd, and her giant bunny.