Our Professional Team
  • Highly Skilled

    Our highly skilled team has been trained in the most advanced orthodontic treatment protocols in the world. From New York City to Los Angeles, you will not find more modern or efficient treatment methods.

  • Passionate

    We love what we do! Our team is passionate about creating the most beautiful smiles. We work hard to give each patient the amazing smile that they deserve.

  • Caring

    You don't just become a patient of our practice. You become a family member. Our hearts our full of love for our patients and work hard to provide the best for everyone of them.

Carla Erickson, Office Manager

MOEFDA - Missouri Expanded Functions Dental Assistant
COA - Certified Orthodontic Assistant


Hi, my name is Carla. I graduated from Smith County High School in Carthage, TN. Afterwards, I went to Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin, TN.


I started my dental career in the United States Navy in 1987. I loved being in the military and being in the dental field. While in the Navy I worked in general dentistry and oral surgery. Once I started my family, I decided to get out of the military and resume my career in dentistry with private practice doctors. I was introduced to orthodontics in 1998, and LOVE LOVE this specialty! Theres nothing more satisfying then to watch someone who is very self-concious and afraid to smile, and then to see them the day their braces are removed. The specialty of orthodontics is so AMAZING and self rewarding. Especially here at Christensen Orthodontics!


Outside of the office, I enjoy 4 children, 2 grandchildren, 4 dogs, 2 cats, and 5 horses. I am an animal lover! I also enjoy horse back riding, scuba diving, and sports of any kind. Especially the Bronco’s, Tennessee Volunteers, Kansas University, and the Royals.





Maria Warren, Financial Coordinator and New Patient Coordinator

MOEFDA - Missouri Expanded Functions Dental Assistant
COA - Certified Orthodontic Assistant


Hello! My name is Maria. I was born in the Land of Oz, Kansas that is. I have lots of family in the area and love living close to them here in Kansas City! I graduated from Garden City High School. My family and I moved here to Kansas City, MO 15 yrs ago. I've been married for 20 yrs. My husband and I have two handsome and wonderful boys. They are involved in lots of sports which always keeps us very busy! But, I wouldn't have it any other way. They are everything to us.


I've worked in the orthodontic field for 10 years. I started as a Clinical Assistant but I am now the Financial Coordinator and New Patient Coordinator for our practice. I have been with Dr. Christensen since the beginning. So, don't be alarmed if you see me filing insurance one day and working on patients the next, I have learned to do it all. I am also bilingual and interpret for spanish speaking patients. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. We look forward to the summer time where we enjoy hanging out at the lake.






Angie Ewing, Clinic Coordinator

MOEFDA - Missouri Expanded Functions Dental Assistant
COA - Certified Orthodontic Assistant


Hi… My name is Angie. I have been an orthodontic assistant since 2009 and couldn't see myself doing anything else. We have the greatest profession. I love seeing people smile and making a positive impact on people.


I was born and raised in Kansas City, Kansas. I have lived here my entire life but would love to move somewhere with warm weather year round. If only I could move my job and my office with me! Lol.


My husband and I enjoy being at the lake on our boat with our two beautiful children as much as possible in the summer time. We also enjoy taking our old hotrod to car shows, going to Royals games, and hanging out with our friends. It doesn’t get any better than that! I spend the winter months rooting on the Kansas Jayhawks basketball team. ROCK CHALK!






Katrina Soper, Clinical Assistant

MOEFDA - Missouri Expanded Functions Dental Assistant
COA - Certified Orthodontic Assistant


Hello, I'm Katrina. I've been an orthodontic assistant for three years now and absolutely love it. I truly enjoy working for Dr. Christensen because he is a perfectionist. Changing people's lives and making them love their smile is such a great gig!


I'm a mother of two beautiful girls whom I love so much. It is an amazing experience being a mother, especially to my sweet girls. We spend lots of time together creating wonderful memories! My family and I love the warm weather months and visiting the zoo. Summertime is our favorite time.


One thing that is unqiue about me is that I like to speak my own language. Sometimes I get words and thoughts jumbled up as they move from my brain to my mouth. It doesn't bother me, I just laugh, and makes people laugh too. I live in a small town just outside Kansas City. We love it. I am orginally from Michigan but so happy to be here in Kansas City!





Jennifer Gray, Clinical Assistant

MOEFDA - Missouri Expanded Functions Dental Assistant
COA - Certified Orthodontic Assistant


Hello, my name is Jennifer Gray. I was born and raised in KC MO, grew up in the Gladstone area and just can’t seem to get away from here… ha-ha I graduated from Oak Park High School in 2001 and shortly after started my career in orthodontic assisting. I have been an assistant on and off for 10 years. I once took a break from Orthodontics to go to nursing school where I graduated with my LPN. I do plan on continuing my nursing degree but just love Orthodontics so much I just keep coming back!!! I am lukcy to be part of the Christensen team and working with some of my best friends and co-workers. It is so fun to see the progression of patients from start to finish especially the youngs ones. They start out so small and with lots of problems but then they grow up and evolve with beautiful smiles!!


I have one daughter whom is 6 years old and a son whom is 13 years old. Oh, and we have a little white Pomeranian who is 3 year old and her name is Bella. I LOVE SUMMER time and so glad to see it’s just around the corner. We spend any free time in the summer pool side or at Oceans of fun. I love to travel when I can and if I have the choice Id choose to go to any place near the ocean. In my spare time I enjoy making hair bows for little girls, reading, cooking, shopping, watching my son play sports and my daughter dance, and of course the most important… hanging out with my friends and family.





Kiera Stacker, Clinical Assistant

MOEFDA - Missouri Expanded Functions Dental Assistant
COA - Certified Orthodontic Assistant


Hello! My name is Kiera, and I love creating perfect smiles. It all started when I was a patient here at Christensen Orthodontics. Dr. Christensen had me use Invisalign to straighten my teeth. Throughout my treatment, I was made aware of exactly how important a healthy mouth and beautiful smile truly are. And it has changed my life. I love my smile! I am so happy to be helping others gain the satisfaction of a beautiful smile.


I have lived here in Missouri for as long as I can remember. I grew up in the Independence area. Somedays I wished I lived in an area with perfect weather all year long, but don’t we all? In my free time I enjoy spending time with family and friends and being outside in the sun. I also enjoy going to the gym and staying active. My favorite hobby is participating in adult gymnastics. I have tumbled since I was 4 and am so happy to continue the fun while I can. So tumble on into our office!! :)





Lora Gawatz, Clinical Assistant

MOEFDA - Missouri Expanded Functions Dental Assistant
COA - Certified Orthodontic Assistant


Hello! My name is Lora! I am a good ol’ country gal! I love fast cars, cruisin’ on my motorcycle, and my Border Collie, Bella. I am a true country Missourian.


In my spare time I enjoy dancing and fishing. I’ve been known to catch a few big ones in my day. At least the stories that I tell about them are big. And, they keep getting bigger and bigger.


I was born in a small town east of St. Joseph where I grew up all my life with my family. My favorite thing about working at Christensen Orthodontics is seeing our patients' eyes light up after we remove their braces. All of their hard work paying off summed up in their awesome smile brings such joy to my heart. I can’t wait to see you all boot scootin’ boogie into our office!





Lauren Breazile, Business Administrator


Hi there, my name is Lauren! I was born in sunny California where the weather pretty much stays the same; nice! When I was younger, I moved here to Missouri where I have spent most my life. Although Missouri doesn't have Califonia weather, it does have many charming aspects that I have grown to love and I call KC my home. I absolutely love kayaking and camping. I also enjoy painting, dancing and being with my dogs; a mutt named Dot and a Yorkie name Mowgli. I am always up for an adventure and try to travel as much as I can.


I started my adventure here at Christensen Orthodontics as a patient, where I received the most exceptional treatment. I loved the results and the people in the office so much that I just had to be a part of the team. Working here with such a talented and caring group has been such a blessing.


I strive to provide the same great care that I had experienced and hope that you will come join us here at Christensen Orthodontics to begin your journey to a more beautiful smile.





Laura Burns, Business Administrator and Clincial Assistant


Hello my name is Laura Burns. I was born in the Kansas City, MO and grew up most of my childhood in Independence, MO. I transferred schools my senior year and graduated from Liberty High School. I am married and have two wonderful children.


I have been working for Dr. Christensen for a few months and I am excited to start this new path in my life. I love watching the patients smiles transform and the confidence it gives each and every one of them. My son is also a patient of Dr. Christensen, and his smile is looking incredible!


Prior to working at Christensen Orthodontics I was a Teacher Assistant for Independence School District in their Early Education Department for 7 years. I loved teaching the children new things every day. I loved seeing the excitement and confidence it gave them.


In my free time I love spending time with my family and spending a lot of time at our lake house at the Lake of the Ozarks.





Taylor Houseworth, Business Administrator


Hi there! I’m Taylor and I am the newest addition to the Christensen Orthodontics team! I joined the office in August 2016 and have loved every minute of it!


I am originally from Excelsior Springs and graduated from ESHS in 2011. I am a big sports and history buff, JFK and Salvy are my guys! I do love to travel as much as I can! Discovering new places is something that I love but I always seem to make it back to my two favorite places, DC and Breckenridge. As much as I dream of living in either one of those places one day, I don’t think I could ever leave Kansas City. My love for KC is beyond my love for history and snow (and that’s a lot!)


I have recently moved closer to the city, which is a little different for me. I’m big on family and that small town feel and Christensen Orthodontics reminds me so much of home, where everyone knows everyone and treats you like a part of the family. We hope you too, soon, become apart of our family!





Big Beautiful Smiles.
It's what we do.

A Worthwhile Investment
Invest in your dental, medical, and psychological well being.

Braces are one of the best investments you can make in your appearance and health!


Financial considerations should not be an obstacle to obtaining this valuable and long-lasting service. We are sensitive to the fact that people have different financial needs which must be taken into account when arranging payment schedules.


Our office is a "Preferred Provider" for most Orthodontic Insurance Plans.

Prior to beginning any treatment, we will discuss financial and insurance options in detail.


Most insurance plans partially cover orthodontics, and we will gladly help complete the paperwork to get the full financial benefit from your insurance provider.


Orthodontic fees vary depending on the severity of your case, length of treatment, and the type of appliances used.

When you visit for your complimentary consultation, please ask to find out more about the wide variety of financial options available in our office.


We provide flexible, convienient, and personally tailored payment plans making a beautiful smile very affordable. Options include but are not limited to: low monthly payments, no down payment, extended terms, etc.


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