Meet the Team



Lisa

Lisa

Office Manager and Treatment Coordinator

I love meeting new patients and families: I get to introduce them to our practice and the amazing world of orthodontics! It’s so much fun to see the excitement on a person’s face at the thought of starting treatment. Each person grows and changes as their teeth straighten, and those finished smiles – and the person’s genuine happiness – makes me smile!

In addition to walking patients through their new patient exam, I answer their questions and review their treatment plan. I also handle all front office duties, from the phones to setting appointments and handling paperwork.

When not working, my husband and I love going to the lake for long boating weekends spent wake surfing, wake skating, and waterskiing. Occasionally we make it to a Colorado Avalanche hockey game, which we always enjoy. We also love traveling and each year go to an island for some rest and relaxation.

Yvette

Yvette

Clinical Director and Chairside Assistant

I enjoy getting to know our patients and learning about their interests. They always have some new adventure they can’t wait to tell Dr. Phillis and our team about and we’re always laughing together. Working in orthodontics is rewarding: I help amazing people develop smiles that change their lives!

I’m in charge of the clinical part of our practice, overseeing regulatory compliance, safety, and patient flow. I also support my coworkers with clinical decision-making and assist Dr. Phillis during various procedures.

Born and raised in El Paso, TX, I love living in Durango. I’ve worked in the dental field as a chairside assistant and clinical supervisor since 2012 and love being part of our practice! When not in the office, I enjoy many outdoor activities and hanging out with my family. I’m also a Dallas Cowboys and Michael Jordan fanatic!

Chelsea

Chelsea

Chairside Assistant

Working with patients is an act of discovery. It’s amazing to see a person grow and change during treatment, becoming more confident and happier. My favorite day is when they finish and see that incredible new smile for their first time: they can’t stop looking in the mirror and grinning!

I provide chairside assistance, helping Dr. Phillis with procedures while supporting our patient and telling them what we’re doing. I also offer home care instructions and encourage patients to keep their teeth clean and healthy!

I was born and raised in Grand Junction and moved Durango to attend Fort Lewis College. I was fortunate to study abroad, in New Zealand, for a year! After returning and graduating, I decided to stay in Durango. I enjoy taking my dog, Basher, on hikes, spending summers floating on the river, and snowboarding in the winter. Year round I love cooking and entertaining.

Erika

Erika

Chairside Assistant

I love being part of a great team, where we provide an exceptional orthodontic experience and create beautiful smiles. Our patients are some of the best people and I’m so happy to help them achieve a smile that improves their oral health and self-confidence. Watching a person go from being embarrassed by their teeth to smiling without concern is incredible!

I work in our clinic, assisting Dr. Phillis as she tends to patients. Sitting chairside, I make sure the doctor has what she needs. At the same time, I talk with our patient and make sure they’re comfortable.

I’m originally from Grand Rapids, MI, and my parents, youngest sister, and dog are still there. My younger sister lives and works in Seattle, WA. I’m an avid hiker, foodie, and enjoy the outdoors as often as I can. I also like dog sitting, camping with friends, and exploring Colorado and surrounding states. The Durango community has been very welcoming to this Michigander!

Mariah

Mariah

Administrative Assistant

Our patients and families are the best part of my day. I look forward to hearing what they’ve been up to since their last visit and love the happy excitement they bring to our office.

I assist Lisa, our office manager, with various administrative duties. I schedule visits, collect payments, update records, and do everything possible to ensure a smooth day-to-day office process. Along with Dr. Phillis and my teammates, I want our patients to have a great experience at every visit!

In 2013, I left Michigan and headed west to the mountains. Durango was my first stop and I never left! I love the area and the community! In my spare time, I enjoy snowboarding, running, cooking, and being with my friends.