Meet the Team

We recognize that all of our patients are unique and deserve to receive orthodontic care that reflects their individual needs. Our experienced and talented team is committed to working with you and your family to create a comfortable, stress-free, and rewarding orthodontic experience every time you visit our practice. We are pleased to welcome you and your family, and we look forward to working with you.


Scheduling Coordinator

Carolyn loves serving others. Her goal is making sure each person feels comfortable and welcomed at Braces by Barnes. You’ll meet Carolyn at our front desk. She’ll help you schedule visits, update paperwork, and answer your questions. You may also speak with her when you call. Carolyn provides general office support, too. She loves being part of a team that creates amazing smiles and looks forward to meeting you.

Carolyn enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and church family. She is a graphic designer and a devotional author. She creates, publishes, and distributes monthly devotionals and prayer calendars.


Clinical Assistant

Warm and friendly, Danielle will assist you during your visits. She loves building friendships and encouraging our patients to be the best person they can be. In addition to greeting and seating patients, Danielle takes X-rays, develops study models, and records patient information. Working chairside, Danielle helps the doctors during orthodontic procedures, while supporting and making sure our patient is comfortable.

Danielle loves writing, reading, singing, and playing the piano. She creates her own video games and competes in video game tournaments. Danielle also enjoys creating costumes for conventions.


Lab Technician

Earnest loves working with his hands in our onsite lab. He enjoys crafting custom appliances that gently shift a patient’s teeth. He also creates the custom retainers for patients at the end of treatment, so they can keep their incredible, finished smile for the rest of their life. Additionally, Earnest makes models of each patient’s teeth. Our doctors use these to determine the best treatment approach for a patient.

Earnest has a “first lady” in his life: his wife of more than 35 years. He also has eight children. Some of Earnest’s interests include cooking, his four large aquariums, and volunteering with the homeless through his church.


Treatment Coordinator

Kana loves working with people and helping them get the beautiful smile they deserve. She meets with our new patients, assists with their initial exam, and records a patient’s information. She will also help you understand the orthodontic process and answer your questions about treatment recommendations. Kana loves being part of a team that focuses on delivering great care for wonderful people.


Clinical Assistant

Lakeisha finds our patients to be delightful people. She says they encourage her, every day, to become a better orthodontic assistant. She enjoys helping each person and witnessing the changes in their personalities and smiles. Lakeisha assists the doctors. She sets up the trays, cleans and sterilizes instruments, and offers chairside assistance. She also will also teach you about hygiene and home care instructions.

Lakeisha has three beautiful children who are her life. She recently joined the UCC Covenant North Church and loves her church family. You can often find Lakeisha reading, cooking, and supporting her children’s school activities.

Maria B.

Clinical Assistant

Maria B. enjoys her time with our patients. She especially loves watching each person move through treatment, seeing the transformation of their personality as their smile changes. Delivering chairside assistance, Maria helps the doctors during procedures, such as tying arch wires, processing X-rays, and explaining home care instructions. She will also update you about the progress of your new smile.

Maria has two beautiful daughters who are the lights of her life. She also loves animals and has two cats, Shelby and Feefee. Maria enjoys reading, dancing, church functions, and time with friends and family.

Maria P.

Clinical and Lab Assistant

Maria P. enjoys communicating with patients and parents, learning about their lives and interests. She likes building friendships while helping each patient develop an incredible smile, one they’ll love for life. Wearing several hats in our office, Maria assists with the IDB trays and takes patient records. She also works in our onsite lab, pouring up models. Fluent in Spanish, Maria translates for patients and their families.

Maria’s family includes her husband, Omar, her daughter, Delilah, and her Chihuahua, Kloe. She loves boxing and trained at the South Chicago Boxing Club. Maria enjoys working out and time at Immaculate Conception Church.


Office Manager

Ramona enjoys the relationships she’s developed with our patients and their families, as well as our referring dentists and their staff members. As our Office Manager, Ramona ensures the overall efficiency and professionalism of our office. This allows the team to focus on what’s important: your smiles! She assists with patient insurance matters, contracts, consultations, and visits.

Ramona is a motivational speaker. She works diligently with her church, where she is a mentor to youth in the Chicago area. Currently, Ramona is attending the Chicago Baptist Institute International, completing a degree in Theology.


Clinical Supervisor

Sherri loves working in a practice where the doctors and team members provide a close family environment. This ensures a welcoming, friendly, and supportive atmosphere for you and your family. Sherri trains our new clinic employees. She also works with patients and their parents to ensure the patient understands their responsibilities, and offers hygiene education, too. Sherri motivates and keeps harmony within our team.

Sherri is blessed with three beautiful children and is actively involved with her church.

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