Feel Right At Home

Meet your Magnolia and Ballard orthodontist team

Knowledgeable | Fun | Professional

The expert Ballard orthodontist team at Nelson Orthodontics, working with actual patients.
 

We want to make all our patients feel right at home!

Our treatment team has years of experience providing patients the highest level of care while always maintaining a fun, friendly environment.

Our Magnolia and Ballard orthodontist staff stay on top of the latest changes in technological advances by regularly attending continuing education courses and seminars. You can be sure you’re benefiting from state of the art orthodontic care.

 

Meet Our Team

Giving exceptional care to our family of patients

Melissa Gorey, Office Manager at Nelson Orthodontics
 

Melissa Gorey

Office Manager

What she does at work:
Melissa is the Office Manager at Nelson Orthodontics.

What she does outside of work:
Melissa has spent her whole life in the Northwest, except for four years when she studied and played tennis at the University of Redlands. She keeps busy playing with her son Alexander, traveling, playing cribbage, and running around tennis courts and golf courses all over Washington.

 
Kristy Christianson, Treatment Coordinator at Nelson Orthodontics
 

Kristy Christianson

Treatment Coordinator

What she does at work:
Kristy is a product of the Nelson Orthodontics legacy as Dr. James Nelson was her orthodontist. Even in Junior High, she loved orthodontics and proudly wore her headgear to school. Now she brings that passion to the team as a Treatment Coordinator.

What she does outside of work:
With two young children, Kristy doesn’t have a lot of free time, but when she does, she likes to vacation with her family and to play soccer on her co-ed team.

 
Carly Flanagan, Scheduling Coordinator at Nelson Orthodontics
 

Carly Flanagan

Scheduling Coordinator

What she does at work:
Carly is a scheduling coordinator at Nelson Orthodontics. She loves greeting each patient with a smile and welcoming them into our office. Her infectious laugh helps keep Nelson Orthodontics a positive, fun place.

What she does outside of work:
Carly was raised in Longview, WA. She recently moved back to the Northwest after spending 6 years in Utah. She and her husband enjoy the music scene in Seattle and are usually found at concerts on the weekends or exploring the unique neighborhoods. She is very passionate about cooking and loves sharing recipes whenever she gets the chance.

 
Jordan Duncan, Scheduling Coordinator at Nelson Orthodontics
 

Kyleigh Woodruff

Scheduling Coordinator

What she does at work:
She enjoys meeting all the new smiles that come through the office! Kyleigh was a Nelson Orthodontic patient when she was in high school and loves the smile Dr.Nelson created for her.

What she does outside of work:
She was born and raised in Ballard and loves everything our city has to offer. Kyleigh enjoys watching college football, eating crunchy peanut butter every day and rooting for her favorite team Alabama Crimson Tide. You will often find her taking her golden retriever puppy on a hike throughout the beautiful forests all over Washington. A day spent outside is her ideal
day.

 
 
Laura Carson Assistant at Nelson Orthodontics
 

Laura Carson

Assistant

What she does at work:

Laura is a California native and received her dental assisting certification from Arizona College. She joined our team in June of 2016 after moving to Seattle.

What she does outside of work:

Laura enjoys being active and taking advantage of the outdoors. She loves hiking with her Yorkshire terrier. She also loves spending quality time with her family. You will often find Laura out dancing with her friends and eating at all the hot dog stands in the city.

 
Kaori Jedlicka, Assistant at Nelson Orthodontics
 

Kaori Jedlicka

Assistant

What she does at work:
Kaori began working at Nelson Orthodontics in 1994 as an Orthodontic Assistant and is now the Clinical Coordinator. She is certified by the Academy of Orthodontic Assisting.

What she does outside of work:
A native of Japan, Kaori enjoys making traditional Japanese tea and wearing kimono dresses. She also likes hiking, badminton, gardening, reading, and watching movies.

 
Karin Chickadel team member of Nelson Orthodontics.
 

Karin Chickadel

Lab Technician

What she does at work:
Karin earned her BA and a BS at the University of Washington, her MA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her MFA at Columbia College Chicago. She brings her artistic eye and variety of experience to our onsite lab. She is our lab technician and keeps busy preparing models, making retainers and other orthodontic appliances.

What she does outside of work:
Outside of the office, Karin is a teaching artist and a working book and paper artist. You can find her work around town in galleries and local shops like the Seattle Art Museum shop, the Schack Art Center in Everett and Venue in Ballard. She also enjoys maker culture, soccer, and exploring the many gorgeous parks, rivers, tidepools and beaches in the Northwest with her husband and two young sons.

 
Jordan Duncan, Scheduling Coordinator at Nelson Orthodontics
 

Jordan Duncan

Assistant

What she does at work:
Jordan is an Assistant at Nelson Orthodontics. She enjoys meeting and greeting all patients into our office. Have a good joke? She would love to hear it and give you one in exchange.

What she does outside of work:
Jordan was born and raised in Minnesota. She recently moved to Seattle after graduating from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 2016. In her spare time, she loves golfing, open-water swimming, wake surfing and watching sports with her friends. Her two favorite sports teams to root for are the Minnesota Wild and the St. Louis Cardinals.

 
Jordan Duncan, Scheduling Coordinator at Nelson Orthodontics
 

Cristina Chun

Assistant

What she does at work:
Cristina joined our team after graduating from SDSU. She was born and raised in San Diego and recently moved to Seattle. She has always had a passion for the dental field and can’t wait to change the world one smile at a time.

What she does outside of work:
She enjoys exploring Seattle with her rescue pup and her friends. She is the captain of a roller derby team and loves watching the WWE. Cristina has a passion for cooking and loves getting all the fresh fish our area has to offer.

 
Jordan Duncan, Scheduling Coordinator at Nelson Orthodontics
 

Maggie Horia

Assistant

What she does at work:
Maggie is a native Michigander who recently joined our team as an orthodontic assistant after moving to Seattle. She is excited to get to know all our Ballard and Magnolia families.

What she does outside of work:
In her free time she enjoys exploring the Pacific Northwest with her husband. She also enjoys watching movies and eating popcorn with ketchup. She also has found a love for skipping rocks across Lake Union.

 

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