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

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.

 
Amanda Burris, Financial Coordinator at Nelson Orthodontics
 

Amanda Burris

Financial Coordinator

What she does at work:
Amanda is the Financial Coordinator at Nelson Orthodontics. She assists with finances and insurance, helping move each client one step closer to their perfect smile.

What she does outside of work:

Amanda grew up in Colorado until she was 19 years old. From there she has lived in California, Utah, and now Washington. She loves any outdoor activity, especially trail running, rock climbing, and backpacking. When she isn't outside, her free time is either spent with friends and family, reading books, or trying new food.

 
Marena Kleinpeter, Scheduling Coordinator at Nelson Orthodontics
 

Marena Kleinpeter

Scheduling Coordinator

What she does at work:

As a scheduling coordinator, Marena enjoys greeting every patient of Dr. Nelson's (new and returning) with a smile. She does everything she can to make the first, and all future appointments run smoothly and punctually.

What she does outside of work:

With a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Northern Colorado, when she isn't writing in one of many journals, reading, or scrolling through Pinterest, Marena can be found performing (usually Shakespeare, sometimes more contemporary plays) on any number of Seattle area stages. Since moving here after college, she's worked with theatre companies such as GreenStage, Intiman, 5th Ave, Infinity Box, 14/48, and Seattle Public Theatre. Apart from acting, she's also passionate about (because that sounds better than addicted to) ice cream and Swedish fish. She's loved living surrounded by so much green, in contrast to the dryness of her native Las Vegas.

 
 
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.

 
Cristina Chun, Assistant 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.

 
Kyleigh Woodruff, Assistant at Nelson Orthodontics
 

Kyleigh Woodruff

Assistant

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.

 
Diana Nguyen, Assistant at Nelson Orthodontics
 

Diana Nguyen

Assistant

What she does at work:
Diana is a Seattle native and a 2017 graduate of Western Washington University. Diana joined our team in the middle of 2019 and strives to bring confidence to each patient by assisting in creating your perfect smile.

What she does outside of work:

Outside of the office, you can find Diana at the gym, at church, spending time with family, or hanging out a local dessert shop. She also enjoys fashion and lifestyle culture and can be found out and about taking photos.

 

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