exceptional smiles for all ages

Meet Our Team



Each member of the Willes Ortho team chose to work in orthodontics because of the awesome, life-changing impact it can have for our patients — and because the journey to that goal is so much fun! We aspire to create beautiful smiles not just when the braces come off, but at every appointment. We invite you to get to know us. We would love to make you smile!


Marissa combines kindness, humor, and 15 years of orthodontic expertise in fulfilling her responsibilities as a treatment coordinator. She ensures that every patient understands and is comfortable with each step of treatment. From assisting Dr. Willes in the initial orthodontic examination to explaining financial options and making insurance arrangements to coordinating appointments and taking X-rays, Marissa enjoys the opportunity to guide patients down the path to a happier, healthier smile. She says, “I love watching our patients’ confidence grow … seeing their personalities really come out as a gorgeous smile emerges. Orthodontics really changes people’s lives in such a great way! And I love that we sincerely want our patients to feel right at home. Dr. Willes truly cares about each and every person … and he makes it so much fun!”



Carrie is usually the first person you’ll meet when you call or come into Willes Orthodontics. With more than 30 years of orthodontic experience — both in the front office and as RDA, Carrie is qualified to help, whatever your needs. Even more important than her experience, though, is that she loves the chance to serve each patient — and her warmth, enthusiasm, and genuine concern for others show through. Carrie explains, “It is exciting to see patients’ smiles transform over the course of treatment, and it is rewarding to see how happy patients are with the end result! I enjoy the opportunity to get to know each patient and hear all the exciting things that happen in their lives during their treatment.” She adds, “Working for Dr. Willes is an honor. He is a great orthodontist!”



Julie draws upon nearly two decades of orthodontic experience and her organizational aptitude to serve in many capacities. She is not only a talented RDA, but keeps our various office systems running smoothly and manages inventory. Regardless of what duty she’s fulfilling at the moment, she always handles it with grace and competence. Of her job, Julie says she enjoys “being part of an amazing team and making a difference in people’s lives by helping them get the smile of their dreams.” Of Dr. Willes she adds, “He always provides the highest quality care to his patients, and he’s always professional and friendly.”



Stephanie began working in the dental field nearly twenty years ago and has a wide range of orthodontic experience. She took time off to raise her children, and is now enjoying the best of both worlds. Her skill, kindness, and upbeat attitude represent everything that is important to us at Willes Orthodontics. Stephanie says, “Dr. Willes is the best orthodontist around, and he really cares for his patients. I love working with the entire Willes Orthodontic team — we have a lot of fun together. I love to see the amazing smile transformations from the beginning to the end of treatment, and the new self-confidence that a patient feels after the braces come off! It makes me happy knowing that I helped in that process.”



Jocelin chose to work in orthodontics not because of positive orthodontic memories from her youth, but for the opposite reason—because her experience hadn’t been ideal, and she wanted to make orthodontics great for others. Her goal is to help each patient feel comfortable, cared for, and have fun. As she explains, “Ortho is definitely the most fun, enjoyable, rewarding specialty to work in. Getting to know each patient and helping them feel like family is one of my favorite things, especially knowing I’ve helped change patients’ lives one smile at a time.” Her experience here is completely opposite that of her youth: “Working at Willes Orthodontics is awesome! The team is great, and I love how Dr. Willes is a perfectionist; he truly wants what’s best for our patients!”



Heidi loves being part of the Willes Orthodontic team, even though she’s usually doing it from home. As Dr. Willes’s wife and stay-at-home mom, she utilizes her background in journalism and public relations to oversee the marketing aspects of the practice. She also pays the office bills — and she can make a Costco run with the best of ’em! Her favorite part of being on the team, though, is being able to attend staff meetings and staff lunches and any other opportunity she has to associate with the incredible people that are Willes Orthodontics. As for the doctor himself, Heidi thinks he’s the greatest! But, of course, she’s biased. (Heidi also enjoyed taking the beach scene photos for our website.)

Our Patients
love us

“As a dental hygienist in Carlsbad for thirteen years, my expectations are higher than most. The results I have seen on patients over the years as well as on my own children are five stars all the way around.
Thank you, Dr. Willes!”
Debbie, Carlsbad
“We have had four children benefit from the care and expertise of Dr. Willes and his staff. The people in the office really care about not just making beautiful smiles, but engaging and understanding their patients.” Jennifer, Oceanside
“Couldn’t ask for a better team. Always prompt and courteous, with great skills and service.” Richard, San Marcos
“Dr. Willes and his staff clearly love what they do. They are knowledgeable, genuine, and professional, and take pride in creating healthy, beautiful smiles.” Colleen, Carlsbad
“I love Dr. Willes and all the staff! I look forward to my regular visits because it’s like seeing family. My teeth are getting so straight, and I can hardly wait to see my forever smile!” Brandon, Vista
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