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Meet the Orthodontic Team – Cumming, GA

We Love to Transform Smiles!

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Here at Serenity Orthodontics, every team member feels great satisfaction from interacting with our patients every day. Whether we’re assisting Dr. Podray in a procedure, scheduling your next appointment, or answering an insurance question, we look forward to meeting you and helping you achieve your best smile through advanced orthodontic treatment. You can learn more about our team by reading the information provided below. We can’t wait to see you soon!

Two orthodontic office team members with patient who has traditional braces

Lisa Assistant Office Manager/Insurance Coordinator

Assistant dental office manager Lisa

Lisa Assistant Office Manager/Insurance Coordinator

Assistant dental office manager Lisa
Assistant dental office manager Lisa

Lisa

Assistant Office Manager/Insurance Coordinator

Lisa has been working in dentistry for almost a full decade so far, having studied at the University of Georgia. She was the first staff member Dr. Podray hired when she opened Serenity Orthodontics – as a result, her nickname around the office is “Princess!” For our patients who have dental insurance, she is the one responsible for filing claims with their respective providers. It’s rewarding for her to know that she’s helped others reduce their out-of-pocket costs and maximize benefits for orthodontic treatment. She also loves building relationships with patients! Seeing their smiles transform for the better is an amazing experience.

Originally from Gastonia, NC, Lisa has been married to her husband for over 25 years. They have one son and one daughter, both of whom are studying at the University of Georgia. The last member of the family is a Golden Retriever mix who they adopted from the Forsyth County Humane Society. As for personal hobbies, she enjoys spending quality time with friends and family, reading, taking fitness classes, traveling, and shopping.

Alia Front Office/Insurance Coordinator

Dental insurance coordinator Alia

Alia Front Office/Insurance Coordinator

Dental insurance coordinator Alia
Dental insurance coordinator Alia

Alia

Front Office/Insurance Coordinator

Alia completed her education at Ultimate Medical Academy, where she earned her Associates in Medical Billing and Coding. She’s been a member of the Serenity Orthodontics team for a few years now and LOVES meeting new people daily through her position. There are so many rewarding moments, but her absolute favorite is being able to help give someone back their smile and change not only their physical appearance, but the way they perceive themselves. Plus, she learns something new every day!

After many years of friendship and a relocation to Georgia, Alia married her high school sweetheart Mark in 2019. They have a baby boy named Dylan who completes them. In her spare time away from the office, she enjoys putting a big smile on her son’s face, going to the movies, eating out, golfing with her husband, and making treasured family memories. She also loves taking mini trips back home to Alabama to feast away on some fresh seafood or soul food. The beautiful view of the beach when the sun sets is her favorite part by far.

Mary Front Office/Financial Coordinator

Financial coordinator Mary

Mary Front Office/Financial Coordinator

Financial coordinator Mary
Financial coordinator Mary

Mary

Front Office/Financial Coordinator

Mary is an Atlanta native, and she studied at the University of Georgia. One of her favorite parts of this job is seeing how excited Dr. Podray gets when a patient finishes up treatment so beautifully – in fact, in addition to being a team member, she’s a patient at Serenity Orthodontics too! She’s working on achieving the gorgeous smile she’s always wanted with Dr. Podray’s expert assistance.

Mary and her husband Rusty just celebrated their 33rd wedding anniversary, and they have two grown children who live in the Atlanta area. Outside of working hours, you can often find her cheering on the Dawgs, traveling (especially to the beach), and boating.

Julie Front Office Coordinator

Dental office coordinator Julie

Julie Front Office Coordinator

Dental office coordinator Julie
Dental office coordinator Julie

Julie

Front Office Coordinator

Julie’s career in the dental field covers well over 20 years. She studied at the University of North Dakota at Grand Forks. Today, what she enjoys most about her job is getting to know the patients and their families while watching their smiles transform and their confidence grow so wonderfully!

Julie is originally from North Dakota, but she moved to Georgia in 1991 and has called this state home ever since. Needless to say, she does NOT like visiting her family in North Dakota in the winter months. Today, she lives in Cumming and has one college-aged daughter. Outside of work, her favorite hobby is spending quality time at the beach or the lake.

Kiesha Front Office Coordinator

Dental office coordinator Kiesha

Kiesha Front Office Coordinator

Dental office coordinator Kiesha
Dental office coordinator Kiesha

Kiesha

Front Office Coordinator

Kiesha has studied at Saint Petersburg Junior College and the University of Phoenix. Originally from Tarpon Springs, FL, she loves working for such an amazing doctor who genuinely cares about her patients and team members! She puts her whole heart into everything she does, which includes creating great care experiences at Serenity Orthodontics.

Kiesha currently lives in the Cleveland area with her husband Chip, their two children Xavier and Cierra, and three fur babies. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking, working in the yard, and traveling.

Kari Orthodontic Assistant

Orthodontic assistant Kari

Kari Orthodontic Assistant

Orthodontic assistant Kari
Orthodontic assistant Kari

Kari

Orthodontic Assistant

After attending the University of North Georgia, Kari studied at the Dental Assisting School of Atlanta. She has her Expanded Duties certification and in-depth training as an orthodontic assistant. Most of the patients she sees at Serenity Orthodontics don’t like their smile, which is why her favorite part of the job is seeing them change from being timid and nervous every time they come in to genuinely excited! When the braces finally come off and they can’t stop smiling, it warms her heart and often even leaves tears in her eyes.

Kari has wonderful parents and three amazing sisters, as well as two English Bulldogs named Diezel and Luna who she spends TONS of time with. Outside of work, she loves riding in the car with her windows down and blaring some good ole’ Garth Brooks and other country music. She also regularly hangs out with her friends and other loved ones. Here’s something interesting about her: even though she’s a total sweetheart, she has a black belt in karate!

BettyOrthodontic Assistant

Orthodontic assistant Betty

BettyOrthodontic Assistant

Orthodontic assistant Betty
Orthodontic assistant Betty

Betty

Orthodontic Assistant

Originally from Gainesville, Betty has her Orthodontic Expanded Duties Certificate and has been working in this field for over 15 years. She loves being part of creating such beautiful smiles here at Serenity Orthodontics!

At home, Betty has her husband, three wonderful kids, and a dog named Suki. Outside of working hours, she loves spending quality time with her family and watching the Atlanta United Soccer team and the Atlanta Falcons. She’s also bilingual and always up for learning more languages.

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Orthodontic team member Jalaya

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Orthodontic team member Jalaya
Orthodontic team member Jalaya

Jalaya

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MalloryOrthodontic Assistant

Orthodontic assistant Mallory

MalloryOrthodontic Assistant

Orthodontic assistant Mallory
Orthodontic assistant Mallory

Mallory

Orthodontic Assistant

Originally from Southeast Georgia, Mallory studied at the Orthodontic Assistant School of Atlanta. Today, she is certified in expanded duties and CPR-certified. She loves being a member of the Serenity Orthodontics team! It doesn’t even feel like work – every day has plenty of fun to offer. She will always go above and beyond to make our patients smile or laugh, even if she’s being a little embarrassing in the process.

Mallory has the most loving family which includes her two sisters who are more like best friends and her very supportive fiancé. Outside of work, she loves learning new things, taking naps, and trying new DIY projects.

MelissaClinical Manager

Clinical manager Melissa

MelissaClinical Manager

Clinical manager Melissa
Clinical manager Melissa

Melissa

Clinical Manager

Melissa has been working in dentistry for over a decade now. She studied at Gainesville State College; in addition to her managerial expertise, she is a certified orthodontic assistant and OSHA-certified. What she loves most about her job at Serenity Orthodontics is getting to see the confidence grow in every special patient during their smile journey!

Melissa is from Flowery Branch, GA and lives with her husband Nehemiah and their daughter Ava. They also have a dog named Boss and will becoming a son named August in 2020. Outside of work, her favorite hobbies include spending quality time with family, traveling, and cross-stitching, which she finds very relaxing.

TracyTreatment Coordinator

Orthodontic treatment coordinator Tracy

TracyTreatment Coordinator

Orthodontic treatment coordinator Tracy
Orthodontic treatment coordinator Tracy

Tracy

Office Manager/Treatment Coordinator

Tracy has been working in the dental field for over 15 years so far, having studied at Lanier Technical College and State University. In addition to her managerial expertise, she is an Expanded Duties Certified Assistant, BLS/CPR certified, and a member of the American Association of Dental Office Management. What she enjoys most about her work is getting to be a part of such a life-changing transformation for our patients! She also loves being part of such an amazing team. Dr. Podray is such a positive influence!

Tracy and her husband Carey have five children named Trenton, Baleigh, Blake, Carrington, and Piper. Outside of the practice, she spends lots of time supporting the kids in all of their extracurricular activities, as well as riding their Harley, boating, keeping up with college football (Geaux Tigers!), and just being outdoors, especially wherever there’s sand and waves. She also always enjoys a good day at the casino!