Meet the Team

We recognize that all 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.

Michelle F.
Orthodontic Assistant

My name is Michelle, but I’m known as "Figgy" around the office. I was born and raised in Northern California and I have six brothers.

I became an RDA in 2010 and have been working in the orthodontic field for five exciting years. It’s very rewarding to see the progress of our patients and I love watching their smiles transform. I enjoy each of the different communities I get to be a part of at our three locations as I assist in our marketing efforts in the schools and community.

When I'm away from work you can find me in the great outdoors with my fiancé Greg! We love nature and enjoy spending our time hiking, swimming, and playing outdoor sports.

Baigalmaa
Orthodontic Assistant

My name is Baigalmaa and I'm a proud member of the Sunrise Orthodontics team! I recently graduated from Sacramento City College with my A.S. in Dental Assisting degree and I have become an RDA and CDA. I got the opportunity to join this amazing team by studying here as a dental assisting student extern. Dr. Sanders and the entire staff have been a joy to learn from.

One of the most rewarding parts of being an orthodontic assistant is the happiness and appreciation our patients give us for what we do. We enjoy making people more confident in themselves and helping them achieve better bite function and a beautiful smile.

Away from the office I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. My husband and I have been married for 11 years and we have a son and a daughter who make our lives brighter and joyful. We love traveling and learning new cultures!

Zaira
Placerville Office Manager / Treatment Coordinator

Hi! I’m Zaira! I manage our Placerville location and also work as a treatment coordinator. As the office manager of Placerville, it’s important for me to make sure your visit runs as smoothly as possible and that you enjoy your experience in our office!

I also work as a treatment coordinator and will help new patients during their first visit with our team. I get to 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 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’m also a proud Tia (Auntie) to my darling niece and nephew, Luna and Jonah.

Erica
Regional Business Manager / Human Resources

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 of all of our locations. In 2020 I made the transition into the role of managing the business and personnel on a larger scale. It’s been such a privilege to experience this growth in our team over the years! While you may not see me at every visit anymore, I’m still deeply committed to making sure our team makes 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 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; Cape Town, South Africa has become my second home and is where I met my husband. I am also very passionate about fostering my creative side. I love to paint, design, and you can likely find me doing freelance photography on the weekend.

Carrie
Treatment Coordinator (RDA)

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 nearly 20 years. They keep my life very busy and exciting. Outside work, I love to spend time with friends and family, I run half marathons and weekends are filled with watching our oldest daughter play on her competitive soccer team!

Linsey
Clinical Coordinator / Orthodontic Assistant

I have been working in the dental field for nearly two decades and have been an RDA for more than half of that time! I previously worked in pediatrics for ten years and fell in love with orthodontics soon after that. 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.

As our clinical coordinator I help manage the clinical team daily, and make sure that our team provides you with the most excellent care during your treatment. I help to develop the clinical staff to ensure accuracy and efficiency always.

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!

Michele M.
Orthodontic Assistant

I have been in the orthodontic field for over 18 years and I really enjoy what I do! I joined Dr. Sanders's team in early 2016 when I relocated from the Bay Area and I have enjoyed working in multiple positions in the office. Most days you will find me assisting the doctor chairside. What I most enjoy is seeing our patients' smiles transform.

I have a beautiful daughter who is going into her senior year of high school soon! 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.

Chelsea
Rancho Cordova Office Manager

Aloha! I’m Chelsea! I joined Dr. Sanders team in 2015 and started out as the financial coordinator. Now, as the manager of our central office in Rancho Cordova I get to help the team in all areas of our daily operations. I’m still involved in helping with financial plans and insurance, but my primary focus is to help our team succeed in making your visit with us the best it can be.

I really enjoy catching up with our patients whenever I can and seeing their smiles progress. I may even try to persuade you to feature that beautiful smile on our social media from time to time! You worked hard for it and It deserves to shine!

Outside of work, my favorite place to be is around the dinner table spending time with friends and family or serving the youth in my church! I love traveling, arts and crafts time, being in the water, and all things SacTown!

Michelle S.
Orthodontic Assistant / Lab Technician

I am the other Michelle in the office who's known for her rapid walk and goofy song impersonations. I have been an orthodontic assistant for over 25 years and have called Washington and Louisiana home as well. My focus is doing the lab work for the office, which includes same-day deliveries for retainers. I love coming to work because I get to spread my infectious positive energy and jam out to upbeat music throughout my day.

Fun pastimes for me occur when I'm involved in any outdoor activity ranging from four-wheeling to kayaking. My son keeps me young and competitive when we play X-box. Having a son also allows me to connect easily with my patients. My longest project has been renovating my house. I have two dogs and recently rescued a pet squirrel I named Steve. In ten years from now, you can still find me riding my Harley and having glow stick pool parties with my husband.

I'm mostly grateful for my family and to be able to work a fulfilling job with a great team of co-workers. I look forward to creating new memories like dressing up as fun characters from movies like “Trolls” or "Toy Story" and finding out what next year's Halloween costume theme will be.

Veronica
Registered Dental Assistant / Spanish Interpreter

My family moved from Guadalajara, Mexico to California in 2016. Originally, I was born in San Francisco but moved to Guadalajara to complete my education and formal training as a foreign dentist. Since calling California home, I am blessed to have found a job where the work atmosphere is awesome. There are a lot of patients here who provide me the opportunity to practice orthodontics, which I love. These are a few of the things that make me smile and I hope to share with my patients.

The two most important people in my life are my baby daughter and my husband. On weekends, I look forward to long walks with my daughter and soaking in the moments I see her laugh and grow. Some of my favorite things include Chinese food, R & B music, and watching the show “Friends.”

Una sonrisa es única. Sonríe siempre.

Issa
Elk Grove Office Manager / Administrative Assistant

Hola! I’m Issa! I'm part of the front office team and also manage our Elk Grove office! I also speak Spanish fluently so I love helping our Spanish speaking patients in their native language to help make them more comfortable.

I feel very blessed to work here. Having the opportunity to work for Dr. Sanders is incredible because I'm getting to know so many people and I’m able to witness changes through their treatment, which is something really unique. I enjoy celebrating with each of them when they have their braces removed; those smiles are priceless!!! Dr. Sanders and all the staff are amazing people; they make me feel part of this family; it really is a happy place :)

When I'm not at work, I am with my husband and my son. We moved recently from El Salvador so we are still getting used to everything!!! We love to spend our time meeting new people, trying new foods, and exploring new places. We are super coffee lovers so finding good coffee shops is a must on our weekends.

Anthony
Orthodontic Assistant / Dental Supply Coordinator

I started my dental career in 2011, once I started ortho assisting I never looked back, I love the fast pace environment and hands on experience! The favorite part of my job I would have to say is, providing great customer service to all of our patients, I love seeing new smiles and meeting new people of all ages.

Working with Dr. Sanders has been amazing. I love the fact he has a good heart and treats people like you would want to be treated. He is well respected all around, as far as my team; I wouldn't want to work with any other group of people. Everyone here treats each other like they are family. I love working with a group of people that are all on the same page and have lots of respect for one another, happiest place on earth to work, Yeeeeeee two thumbs up!

I'm a proud husband to my beautiful wife Joanne (The Queen), who is my best friend, my rock and my biggest fan. I'm also a father of 7 fabulous boys. We all enjoy going on family trips and spending quality time together. As a father I love to be involved in all my kids’ sports activities from coaching baseball and football or being they're biggest fan on the sideline or in the bleachers cheering them on!

Brianna
Sterilization Technician

Hi! I’m Brianna! My jobs main focus is to clean and sterilize instruments used in the clinic throughout the day. I also help the Orthodontic assistants with anything they need, from cleaning chairs and setting up trays for the next appointments to taking records if they need my help.

My favorite thing about working at Sunrise Orthodontics is the way everyone works as a team. Everyone is so positive and helpful. It truly makes working here a huge plus.

Outside of work, I enjoy spending my time with my lovely little family; my son Kaiden and boyfriend Anthony. We enjoy anything from watching movies together to going on walks to get ice cream.

Raelynne
Orthodontic Assistant

My name is Raelynne, but you can call me Rae for short. I'm an orthodontic assistant and I have so much fun helping our patients smile!

I get to work in the clinic and help our patients on their orthodontic journey, whether it be with braces, Invisalign, or treatment with an appliance. I absolutely love working with Doctor Sanders and this whole amazing team! The environment is positive and energetic, and my day flies by since I get to do a little bit of everything. I also love that I get to have conversations with my fabulous patients to find out how their lives are going.

When I'm not working, I enjoy hiking outside and photographing birds and whatever other animals I can find. I also have an Etsy shop where I sell my awesome crotchet work. Other than that, I'll either have my nose in a book, or be writing a book of my own.

Monica
Russian/English Scheduling Coordinator

Working in the front office, I get to greet all of the wonderful patients that come in, help them schedule, and answer any questions or concerns. I also get to help new patients calling to schedule their consultation with questions and verification of insurance benefits to assure the transition is as easy as possible. As a fluent Russian speaker, I love that I get to help our Russian speaking patients and their families in their native language whenever needed.

The most wonderful part of my job is being in an environment that is so encouraging, cheerful and hardworking! Dr. Sanders and the team try their hardest to bring the best quality of treatment, and our patients are truly a ray of sunshine that makes me excited to come back every day!

My favorite activities on summer days is going to the lake on a paddle board or inflatable island with a group of friends. I love road trips and traveling, especially when it's spontaneous! During rainy days, I enjoy opening all the doors and windows and curling up in three blankets with a good book to read, a fun educational podcast to listen to or an old TV show to re-watch with my husband, Richard.

Jasmine
Spanish/English Scheduling Coordinator

I am one of Dr. Sander’s Front Office Scheduling Coordinators and Spanish Interpreters. I get to help patients find the right appointment time that works for them, answer incoming calls, and greet patients every day. Working with my team at Sunrise Orthodontics has been an amazing experience. From the care Dr. Sanders takes with each and every one of his patients to the way he treats his staff like family, I wouldn’t want to work anywhere else.

It has been such a privilege to watch patients walk into our offices and take their first steps towards improving their smiles and, most of all, witnessing patients walk out of the back office at the end of their orthodontic treatment and being there to celebrate the journey and commitment it took to get to that point. I feel very fortunate to be able to work with such an amazing and welcoming team and to be able to be part of the process in providing patients with smiles they can feel confident showing off!

When I’m not in office, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends as well as planning as many trips and adventures as I possibly can. Some of my favorite destinations include Northern California beaches and state parks as well as little coastal beach towns. When I’m not exploring nature, you can find me relaxing with a good book, absorbed into some Netflix series, and spending quality time with my precious son Jayce

Elia
Financial Coordinator

Hi, my name is Elia! I joined Dr. Sanders and the team as a scheduling coordinator and Spanish interpreter and in 2020 I promoted to be the teams Financial Coordinator. I’m still likely one of the faces you will be greeted by when you first walk into our office, but my primary focus now consists of handing all of our financial systems and processes. This includes setting up contracts, payment arrangements, and processing collections. This is a really great role for me because I am an organization enthusiast and love spreading that enthusiasm around the office 😊

I love getting to know all of our wonderful patients and seeing everyone transition into their new smile. I also love that I get to help make treatment more affordable for people so that they can invest in their smiles; which is priceless. I enjoy working in such a fun office with my wonderful coworkers.

Out of the office, you can find me spending time outdoors with my fiancé and our dog Van. We love to go on hikes and visit new restaurants in our new city of Folsom. Our most favorite place to visit is Lake Tahoe. I also enjoy taking drives to anywhere I can stop and look at cows, which are my favorite.

Dr. Sanders
Practice Owner / Orthodontist

No introductions needed here! It’s me Dr. Sanders! I just wanted to get in on the silly photo action going on with staff pics. Aside from being your orthodontist, I have also found a recent thrill for making TikTok videos. I LOVE engaging with you guys online, especially during times like the pandemic where it’s important that we can stay connected. I really care about you guys and want you to know I’m here to take the best care of you! To read more about me, please see the “Meet Dr. Sanders” section!

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Michelle F.
Michelle F.
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Baigalmaa
Baigalmaa
Zaira
Zaira
Zaira
Erica
Erica
Erica
Carrie
Carrie
Carrie
Linsey
Linsey
Linsey
Michele
Michele M.
Michele M.
Chelsea
Chelsea
Chelsea
Michelle
Michelle S.
Michelle S.
Veronica
Veronica
Veronica
Issa
Issa
Issa
Anthony
Anthony
Anthony
Brianna
Brianna
Brianna
Raelynne
Raelynne
Raelynne
Monica
Monica
Monica
Jasmine
Jasmine
Jasmine
Elia
Elia
Elia
Dr. Matthew Sanders
Dr. Sanders
Dr. Sanders
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