Carlene

I have been a certified orthodontic assistant for more than 20 years. I enjoy working with all ages, but being around kids is the best! They are so much fun, and I like to hear all about what’s going on in their lives. It is amazing to see the changes they go through, both in their smiles and their confidence. Dr. Catania enjoys his work and we all enjoy working with him. Our office is always upbeat and fun; we have a great time while we work!

I am married, and in my free time, I enjoy gardening, making jewelry, traveling, and spending time with family.

Kim

I am a member of our clinical staff; I work as one of Dr. Catania’s orthodontic assistants. It is my job to help patients understand their orthodontic treatment, and I feel it is important to help them feel comfortable during their appointments. I enjoy developing relationships with our patients and their families, as well as seeing their confidence improve as their teeth straighten. Our entire team has been working with Dr. Catania for a very long time, and we all love to have fun!

I’ve been married to my high-school sweetheart for more than two decades. Our son graduated in 2020. We enjoy camping, visits to Tennessee, and spending time at the beach.

Lee

As our scheduling coordinator, I will be one of the first people to welcome patients to a warm, friendly experience at our office and accommodate everyone’s busy schedule. My main goal is to have everyone leave our office knowing they are now part of the Catania Orthodontics family! I have made some wonderful, lasting friendships through the years and truly enjoy helping people leave with a smile.

In my spare time, I enjoy traveling, reading, and spending time with my dog.

Midge

I am Dr. Catania’s dental hygienist. I assist him with the placement, adjustment, and removal of our patients’ orthodontic appliances. I love to see a patient transition into a more confident, happy person because of a new, beautiful smile. I pride myself on perfectionism and give my very best, both in and out of the office.

In addition to Catania Orthodontics, I also work with Syracuse University Athletics — Go Orange! I enjoy the outdoors but can just as easily stay at home and binge television. To me, enrichment in life is measured in the numbers of people you connect with, love, and care for.

Missy

As the financial coordinator, I am here to answer any billing questions and manage payments. I also help at the front desk: scheduling appointments and answering phone calls. I love coming to work every day because we are always having fun! We are like a family and we have the chance to make a difference in people’s lives.

Sara

I have the privilege of welcoming new patients and families to our practice. As a scheduling coordinator, I help guide patients through their initial visits, discuss their individual treatment plan, and assist with financial and insurance processing. I have enjoyed working with Dr. Catania since 1989 and am proud to be a part of his orthodontic family. Patients actually look forward to coming to our office because we make having treatment so much fun! Dr. Catania relates well to each patient, whether a child, teen, or adult, and it is very gratifying to see the benefits of orthodontics and know that I contributed to the result.

Kahley

It has been a great experience to work as a dental assistant under Dr. Catania and the senior staff at his office. Many of them, including the doctor, have been there for more than 25 years serving local families. Dr. Catania is great to work for and with; he has a sense of humor, and makes the office an enjoyable place for all of his employees. As with the rest of my team, I feel that we work very well together in a professional manner. I like to see the relationships that we make, not just between our team, but with our patients as well. We put our best efforts together to make our patients feel as comfortable as possible.

When I’m not at work or at school to become a certified dental assistant, I enjoy being outside in the summer: swimming, hiking, and spending time with my friends and family.

Amber

As an orthodontic assistant, I can be found in the clinical areas, where I help Dr. Catania with patient care, sterilization, and appliance fabrication. I have a background in pediatric assisting, so I love working with kids and seeing them grow up. It’s very satisfying to help people feel confident about their smiles!

When I’m not in the office, I love spending time with my young son and boyfriend. We are a hockey family and love the outdoors!

Talitha Ann

I completed the OCM BOCES program for dental assisting in 2018, and graduated at the top of my class. I assist Dr. Catania by taking patient records, sterilizing equipment, changing arch wires, and informing patients about orthodontics and home care. The best part of my job is seeing a smile on patients’ faces, especially for those who were previously embarrassed by their teeth. We are not only an orthodontic practice; we are like family! I really look up to Dr. Catania and our team, and can always count on them for help if needed.

At home, I have a cat named Delilah that I rescued when she was a baby. In my spare time, I volunteer and donate to local pet rescues. Some hobbies I enjoy are hiking, kayaking, fishing, gardening, ice skating, and target shooting.

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