Placerville Ortho Team

 Samuel Hernandez

Registered Dental Assistant / Spanish Interpreter

I am one of the newest additions to this awesome team. I am passionate about Orthodontics because I believe a smile is a very important aspect that promotes confidence. One of the reasons why my focus is in Orthodontics is because you never get bored, I get to work closely with the patients and I enjoy seeing them evolve throughout the treatment.
A little bit more about myself is that I am from Mexico hence I am fluent in Spanish. I am part of the Spanish interpreter team and together we help our Spanish speaking patients by offering a clearer understanding of the procedure or help with any questions they may have. My wife, Vanessa and I have been married for almost 5years and are proud parents of our firstborn, Daniel. My hobbies are outdoor activities like hiking, swimming, snorkeling, fishing, and hunting.


Zaira Miranda

Treatment Coordinator / Spanish Interpreter

As treatment coordinator, my primary focus is coordinating our patients’ treatment. I educate patients about their specific treatment plans, help coordinate insurance benefits, and assist patients in making financial arrangements that fit within their family’s budget. My favorite part of my job is patient interaction! Our patient family is so diverse; it is so fun getting to know families and patients while they are in the office. I enjoy having the tools to help them and make their orthodontic experience as pleasant as possible. As I am fluent in Spanish, I enjoy being able to help our patients and parents who speak Spanish feel at ease and comfortable when starting and going through treatment. It is so exciting to see how patients progress and to see their great smiles at the end of treatment.
I am a recent graduate of California State University Sacramento where I received my bachelor’s degree in child development with an emphasis on early childhood education. I enjoy cooking, (attempts at) baking, and being outdoors. Day hikes and trips are my favorite thing to do on any weekend. Although I am not a sports enthusiast, I am a sports fan and love going to soccer, baseball, and football games. I am very involved locally in my church where I have the opportunity to participate in service and volunteer work in the Sacramento area.


Erica Savage-Sitokisi

Office Manager 

I was given the opportunity to join Dr. Sanders’s team in 2012. I started out as a scheduling coordinator, transitioned into the role of insurance coordinator, and from there to office manager; so I do a little bit of everything!  I oversee the day-to-day organization of the practice with a goal to keep our daily operations running smoothly as possible at all times. I am committed to making everyone’s experience in our office positive and enjoyable. Our patients are like family and it's so fun to watch them grow and change throughout their treatment. 
It is truly a privilege to work with talented professionals who like to make a difference in our patients’ lives as much as I do. Dr. Sanders is truly a compassionate individual and values me for the contributions I make to our team, which makes all the difference to me. He is the kindest doctor I’ve ever met and he has a really big heart. He exceeds expectations as a boss, a doctor (I was a patient myself), and overall as a really great individual.
Outside of the office you can find me traveling abroad; South Africa has become my second home and is where I met my husband.  I am also very passionate about portrait photography and often enjoy doing freelance work.


Linsey Freeman

Registered Dental Assistant 

I have been working in the dental field for16 years and have been an RDA for the past 14.  I previously worked in pediatrics for 10 years and fell in love with orthodontics 5 years ago. I love watching smiles change and confidence grow in each of our patients.  The best part of this job is the relationships we build with the families in our practice.  When I am not working I enjoy spending time with my family, friends and most importantly my dogs :).  I love being outdoors and enjoy camping, fishing and hiking.  I look forward to seeing you at your next appointment!








Carrie McEachin

Treatment Coordinator /

Registered Dental Assistant 

I love getting to know the wonderful people in our community. Along with my team members, I’m driven to give our patients the best orthodontics experience and make sure they’re always laughing during their visits. Seeing their warm and happy smiles, and how confident they become, is the best feeling. I’ve been part of the office since 2016 and love everything about it.
I have two beautiful daughters and a WONDERFUL husband of 16 years who keep my life very busy and exciting. Outside work, I love to spend time with friends and family, I run 1/2 marathons and weekends are filled with watching our oldest daughter play on her competitive soccer team!!!



Michele Melton 

Insurance Coordinator /

Registered Dental Assistant 

I have been in the orthodontic field for 16 years and I really enjoy what I do! I joined Dr. Sander’s team in early 2016 when I relocated from the Bay Area and I have enjoyed working in multiple positions in the office. Some days you will find me assisting the doctor chairside, but I also help people with their insurance and financial questions. What I most enjoy is seeing our patients smiles transform.
I have a daughter who is now a freshman in high school. My family and I also foster dogs through a dog rescue organization. We all enjoy cooling off in the river and going for walks at the park.









Shaunty Garcia

Scheduling Coordinator /

Spanish Interpreter

As a scheduling coordinator I schedule patients’ appointments, answer calls and lots of questions. This allows me to get to know all of our patients and their families one by one. I truly love the relationships we are able to have with our patients and their families. We get the privilege to see them grow in inches and in confidence with their new smiles; it’s inspiring and wonderful!
I am also one of the Spanish interpreters here in the office and I love it!! I learned Spanish in Chile while living there for a year and a half and working here allows me lots of opportunities to practice. I’m a senior this year at BYU-I and I am finishing up classes online. I love spending time with my fiancé. We’ve come up with a list of adventures to accomplish this year which include everything from hiking to seeing musicals. We are having a blast checking them off one by one.



Athena Gerkin 

Clinical Coordinator / Registered Dental Assistant 

I love Orthodontics!! I’ve been in the field since 2000. I started my Ortho journey by working for Invisalign, there I was treatment planning and staging teeth movements with computer simulations, from there I made my move into a private practice and began seeing first hand how the progress of a beautiful smile can really make a difference in ones self esteem. I feel like a smile is a universal language that everyone can understand and I love helping to create them!!
I love learning new things, meeting new people and hanging out with my big family and close circle of friends. I’m a huge fan of live sporting events, New Kids on the Block and pretty much all shows on the Bravo network!!

Chelsea Suafoa

Financial Coordinator

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Ana Muntean

Scheduling Coordinator / Russian Interpreter

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Bryana Goold

Scheduling Coordinator / Spanish Interpreter

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Michelle Shrader

Registered Dental Assistant

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