Meet the Team

CarrieCarrie Hunter

Treatment and Financial Coordinator

Carrie brings great joy into our office each day! She joined the team in September 2012 and is the person you will meet first when you come into our office. She works closely with Dr. West to determine and present your treatment and financial arrangement, and has expertise working with many unique and different situations.

Carrie moved to Truckee in 2009, from Wilmington, North Carolina, and holds a degree from East Carolina University in hospitality management with a minor in business administration. She is married to her husband, Hunter, and has two adorable daughters, Ava and Carolina.

Carrie’s favorite part of working at West Orthodontics is seeing people that she knows from the local community and being able to help them afford a beautiful smile. She enjoys the orthodontic specialty because everyone is happy to be here: both our patients as well as the team she works with at West Orthodontics.

In her spare time, Carrie enjoys photography, surfing, snowshoeing, volunteering at her church, and exploring the 50 great states. She brings her sparkling personality and Southern hospitality to our office each day, and you will be pleased to meet her!

NikkiNikki Henry

Scheduling Coordinator

We are happy Nikki has been part of the team here at West Orthodontics since 2009. She has a vital role in that she is our front desk receptionist who helps you schedule appointments and coordinate any necessary adjunct procedures with your general dentist. Additionally, Nikki holds her X-ray licensure, and has had specialized training alongside Dr. West, so she is also the team member who may be taking your initial orthodontic records.

Nikki enjoys the relationships she forms with patients in the office. As a former orthodontic patient whose particular case required corrective jaw surgery, Nikki can relate well to each of our patients, and she knows how important a correct bite can be to someone’s long term dental health. Most importantly, she enjoys watching patients’ confidence grow and seeing the happiness on their faces when their treatment is complete.

Nikki has been proud to call Truckee home for more than 20 years, and she enjoys spending time with her husband Erik and her two grown children, Cloe and Levi. In her spare time, Nikki enjoys international travel, disk golf, and paddle boarding on Donner Lake. We love the artistic input and sparkle Nikki brings to our office!

SairaSaira West

Office Manager

Saira plays an essential role at West Orthodontics because she takes on many positions in the front office, including marketing, finances, and patient relations. She has a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene from the University of California, San Francisco, where she met Dr. West when he was a dental student and she was a dental hygiene student. She also holds a degree in biology from San Francisco State University.

Saira has more than 15 years of experience working in various roles in dental offices. Her favorite part about orthodontics is being able to work with patients who are excited about their treatment and the great outcome they will have.

Saira and Dr. West moved to Truckee in 2007 and together they have two sons, Jack Larkin and Ellis Alexander. She enjoys spending her spare time with her boys, doing yoga, finding new places to explore, and skiing. She is an active member of the California Dental Hygienists’ Association.

KelliKelli Glander.

Registered Dental Assistant

Kelli has been with our office since 2008, and you will most likely meet her in the back office, where she will be adjusting your braces. She earned her Associate of Arts from Truckee Meadows Community College and received her registered dental assistant training at Pasadena City College.

The best part about working at West Orthodontics for Kelli are her fun and friendly coworkers. She loves orthodontics because she likes to see smiles transform for the better in a short amount of time, and she enjoys seeing how that gives her patients joy and confidence.

Kelli has lived in Truckee since she was a child, and has a large family that is part of the Truckee community. She enjoys fun summertime activities like hiking, boating, and tubing down the Truckee River. Kelli and her husband Stefan have two sons, Jaxon William (December 2013), and Judah Wolfe (December 2015).

MauraMaura Contreras

Sterilization and Laboratory Technician / Spanish Language Interpreter

Maura has a crucial role in our practice, both behind the scenes, where she ensures the sterilization and disinfection standards of our clinic surpass regulations, and in the front office, where she takes the reins as our Spanish language translator. In addition, Maura is a meticulous laboratory technician, and chances are, she will be the one who makes your final retainers!

Maura enjoys orthodontics because it is a fun branch of dentistry, and everyone is happy to be here. She loves working with local members of the community and likes attending continuing education workshops to further her dental knowledge.

Maura has lived in the Tahoe Area for more than 20 years. She has two handsome young sons, Jose Jr. and Carlos. She spends her weekends cheering them on at soccer games. She is also an amazing cook and whips up a fantastic chile relleno dish!

CarrieAllison Corso

Registered Dental Assistant

Allie has been with our team since September 2013. She is a registered dental assistant with more than 20 years of experience in the field. She enjoys the challenge that orthodontics provides, and loves seeing the beautiful smiles that result from braces.

Allie’s favorite thing about our office is the connection she has with the other staff members, as well as developing relationships with our patients.

Allie and her family moved to Truckee in the summer of 2013, and they are enjoying all the area has to offer. She has two active sons, Carter and Tyler. In her spare time, between cheering on her sons at football games (Go Wolverines!), skiing, spending time at Donner Lake, and managing to fit in a good book here and there, she loves exploring the Tahoe area. We are excited to have Allie be a part of our team!


Jennifer Lopez

Sterilization and Back Office Assistant

Jenny has been with our team since September 2016 and we are very pleased to have found her! She is new to the dental field, and has shown a bright future in orthodontics.

Jenny is fascinated by how people’s appearances change so rapidly between appointments, and she enjoys seeing the quick transformation of a patient’s smile. She feels truly blessed be a part of the West Orthodontics team, and to be working for Dr. West.

Jenny was born and raised in Truckee, so she has deep connections with many people in town. She comes from a large family that includes three older sisters and one younger brother. In her spare time, she loves hiking near Donner Lake as well as Lake Tahoe. She also loves spending time with her two young nephews, reading with them, playing board games, and taking them to the lake to play.

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Sara Collins

Dental Assistant

Sara recently moved to the Tahoe area from Big Bear, so she is quite familiar with small mountain towns! She is a graduate of the dental assisting program at Concord Career College in San Bernardino, and is well trained in all facets of dentistry. This is her first experience with orthodontics, and she is delighted to see our patients’ confidence shine as much as their new smiles do!

Sara’s favorite thing about our office is how close we all are with our patients. She feels like the greatness of our team shows through our work and our patients know we truly care about them and their smile.

Sara moved to the Tahoe area with her husband Paul in 2016. Together they have five children: two boys, Keith and John, and three girls, Aurora, Dehlyla, and Piper. In her spare time, Sara loves dirt biking, family time, snow sports, and working on the family ranch in the Sierra Valley.

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