We recognize that all our patients are unique and deserve to receive orthodontic care that reflects their individual needs. Our experienced and talented team is committed to working with you and your family to create a comfortable, stress-free, and rewarding orthodontic experience every time you visit our practice.
We are pleased to welcome you and your family, and we look forward to working with you.
Valerie – Office Manager
Valerie started working as an orthodontic technician in 1999. After her time as a technician, she moved on to become a scheduling coordinator until she was offered the position of office manager in 2004. She loves that every day there is something different and new to learn. Her favorite part about her job is that she knows she is part of a team that changes lives by transforming smiles.
Valerie has two boys, Gaige and Fletcher, and she enjoys spending time with family and friends.
Polly – Financial Manager
Polly has an associate’s degree as a medical executive/assistant. She started in the dental field in 1999. She has always loved working with numbers and being the financial manager is very rewarding to her.
Polly has one child, is very family oriented, and loves going to the beach and traveling. She also started her own painting business in 2009.
Lisa – Billing and Insurance Coordinator
Lisa started her orthodontic career with insurance and billing in 1993. She loves working together as a team and genuinely cares for everyone she works with – to her, it’s more like a family.
Lisa has two grown children, Katelyn and Derek, of whom she’s very proud. She also has two dogs, two cats, and loves horses, especially KenKam. She enjoys cooking and spending time with family and friends.
Ashley – Treatment and Marketing Coordinator
Ashley’s orthodontic career began in January 2011 while she was still going to college for a degree in behavioral science. She received her bachelor’s degree in 2012, but decided she loved her job too much to leave to pursue something within that field. Her favorite part about her job is interacting with patients and getting them excited about starting treatment!
Ashley lives in Magnolia with her husband Andrew and their two dogs, Emma and Minerva. In her spare time, she likes to go kayaking, play cornhole with friends, and watch baseball. Go Phillies!
Beth – Treatment Coordinator
Beth has been in the dental field for the past 30 years. She likes interacting with and getting to know our patients. Beth says that Drs. Ahl and O’Connor offer a wealth of knowledge to all of our team members. You can tell they truly enjoy creating healthy, beautiful smiles and everyone always has the patients’ best interests at heart!
Beth is married to her best friend. Together they have two awesome kids and a kitty. When she’s not working, her time is dedicated to having fun with family and friends!
Katie – Treatment Coordinator
Katie went to college in California for dental assisting. There she received her X-ray and coronal polish licenses. She took the state boards to become a registered dental assistant. She loves meeting new people every day and being able to make a difference in their lives by creating self-confidence with beautiful smiles!
Katie has been married to her husband, William, for more than 15 years. They have two daughters, Thear’esa and Lillie Ellen, and one granddaughter, Mina. They also have three dogs and two cats. They love taking the dogs to the park, swimming in their pool, and camping.
Anita – Scheduling Coordinator
Anita’s orthodontic career began in 2015. She loves working for a team that treats each other like family, it makes coming to work especially enjoyable.
Anita has been married for more than 15 years to her husband Kevin who is active duty military. They have two beautiful girls, Halie and Zoie. They also have two puppies, Surf and Maverick. She loves spending time with family and friends and loves going to the beach!
Candace – Scheduling Coordinator
Candace began working with Ahl and O’Connor Orthodontics in September 2016. She has an MBA in healthcare administration from Wilmington University. Candace believes having a confident smile has such a positive impact on one’s life and it’s encouraging to know that we are helping change lives! She is very thankful to work for two intelligent and skilled orthodontists who pride themselves on quality and care of our patients and their staff!
Candace’s hobbies include going to the beach, going on road trips, yoga, and spending time with family and friends. She also enjoys helping out in the community and is a supporter of Autism Delaware and the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition.
Carolyn – Scheduling and Treatment Coordinator
Carolyn started her dental career in 1984. She loves interacting with patients and their families as well as watching patients’ confidence grow as their smile improves. She appreciates the level of dedication, education, and compassion that the doctors and staff possess.
Carolyn and her husband Keith will celebrate 25 years of marriage this year. They have a son, Cyrus, who just graduated from high school and will leave for Temple University in August. She loves to sing with her praise team at her church and enjoys worshiping with her church family. She also enjoys watching football and documentaries about sharks and oceans in her spare time.
Cassandra – Scheduling Coordinator and Lab Technician
Cassandra began her orthodontic career in 2016. She went to school and obtained a degree in surgical technology, but decided she loved being in the orthodontic field. She loves being hands-on in the lab making retainers as well as interacting with patients when she is at the front desk.
In her free time, Cassandra enjoys traveling, reading, working out, and spending time with her husband and their dog.
Lauren – Scheduling Coordinator
Lauren joined the AO team in August 2017. Seeing patients finish treatment with happy and beautiful smiles is so gratifying! She loves the team that she works with every day and has developed many personal relationships.
Lauren is a proud Air Force wife. She enjoys exploring new areas while traveling with her husband and their dog. They especially love being close to the beach and spend many weekends there.
Mandy – Scheduling Coordinator
Mandy joined the AO team in 2017. She comes to work every day with a smile on her face because she enjoys working with our wonderful team!
Mandy has an amazing family that supports her. She has a beautiful home that just keeps growing. Her son and husband are the world to her.
Nichole – Scheduling Coordinator
Nichole started her dental career in 2015. She loves working for a great group of people and watching patients’ treatment progress from start to finish! She also loves constantly learning and working in a fun, fast-paced environment.
Nichole’s husband, Brett, is in the Air Force. They have two kids who keep them busy with school and sports. They enjoy traveling and spending time with family and friends, as well as all kinds of sports!
Veronica – Scheduling Coordinator
Veronica started her dental career in 2018. She loves being able to help patients and make their orthodontic appointment the best part of their day! She loves working with a group of wonderful girls who are always willing to help each other out as needed. The teamwork and communication between the staff and doctors are amazing.
Veronica is a married mother of one. Her husband’s name is Ryan and their son’s name is Thomas. They enjoy trips to the gym, long walks, and dips in the pool!
Melanie – Clinical Coordinator
Melanie graduated from Hodgson Vo Tech’s dental assisting program in 2005. She started to co-op at an orthodontic office in her junior year and has been in the orthodontic field ever since. She enjoys making beautiful smile and seeing confidence shine after treatment is complete. Melanie feels empowered working for two female doctors and a team of strong ladies.
Melanie married her husband Nick in 2012. Together they have a daughter, Zoey, and a Rottweiler, Roxy. On the weekends they enjoy going to the beach.
Candice – Orthodontic Technician
Candice started her dental career in 2015. She loves patient interaction the most, because there are many opportunities to meet diverse people and learn about their varying interests and hobbies.
Candice is happily married to her high-school best friend. She loves to travel, especially internationally, because it gives her the chance to absorb history and sights that other cultures have to offer. She also loves going camping, hiking, and kayaking. Her husband drag races, so that is also a huge part of their lives.
Chelsie – Orthodontic Technician
Chelsie is a certified dental assistant who started her dental career in 2012. She loves being able to have a career where she can work hands-on and loves working as a team!
Chelsie is married with a beautiful daughter. She loves being around friends and family with good food and laughter all around!
Crystal – Orthodontic Technician
Crystal started her orthodontic career in 1989. Her favorite part of the job is being able to work with the patients. She loves that the entire AO team is so helpful to each other and truly work together as a team.
Crystal resides in Dover with her husband Chad and their dog Brandy.
Denise – Orthodontic Technician
While in high school, Denise picked dental as her field of study. She started her orthodontic career in 1999. Denise’s favorite part about her job is watching the more complex cases progress through treatment. She loves how fun and positive her fellow teammates are and says it’s like a second family that’s working together for the same goals.
In her spare time, Denise likes to relax at home with her family or go to the park with her grandkids.
Heather – Orthodontic Technician
Heather completed dental assisting training school in Maryland in 2015. Her orthodontic career started with the AO team in 2017. Her favorite part about her job is watching patients see their new smile in the mirror for the first time after treatment has been completed. Heather loves the feeling of family that comes with working at our office.
Heather is a military spouse: Her husband Jordan is on active duty in the United States Air Force. They have two young daughters, Jayden and Camryn. She enjoys coaching and playing basketball and softball in her free time.
Jennifer – Orthodontic Technician
Jennifer obtained her bachelor’s degree in early childhood education. After student teaching in 2013, she decided to make a career change and joined the AO team! She loves being able to watch the progression of patients’ treatment. She also enjoys working for two amazing, kind, and knowledgeable doctors!
Jenn has a husband of two years, a new house, and a baby on the way! They love to travel, go camping, and stay busy with family and friends.
London – Orthodontic Technician
London is a certified dental assistant who started her orthodontic career in 2016. She loves watching the amazing process of changing patients’ lives with a beautiful smile! She also loves working with a great group that constantly works together and makes each day run smoothly.
In her free time, London enjoys working out with her Sweat Angel family and going to the beach with her boyfriend Jackson. She has two beautiful fur babies, Poof and Paisley.
Nicolette – Orthodontic Technician
Nicolette joined the AO Team in 2018. She loves that all of her teammates work together and look out for each other. It’s a very safe and upbeat environment.
Nicolette just recently moved to Delaware from New Jersey. She enjoys outdoor activities like hiking, kayaking, and camping.
Renee – Orthodontic Technician
Renee went through an adult dental assisting program and started her dental career in 2000. Renee loves working for the doctors because they are always willing to teach and they have kind and caring personalities.
Renee is a mother of three awesome kids and an amazing puppy, Romeo. In her spare time, she enjoys going to the beach, going camping, and doing yard work.
Sam – Orthodontic Technician
Samantha (Sam) began her orthodontic career with the AO Team in 2018. She loves seeing patients smile! She also loves working for two compassionate, caring doctors. They have built a strong, positive team that she’s proud to be a part of.
Sam married her husband Anthony in 2009. They have two children, Heaven and Dominic. They built a house in 2016 in Hartly. They enjoy having family gatherings often because they have a huge family who loves to support each other.
Tess – Orthodontic Technician
Tess began working with the AO Team in 2015. She feels Drs. Ahl and O’Connor are two very amazing women who love their practice and their staff. Our team is like a big family that loves to laugh together! Tess is a very upbeat, positive, and silly kind of person.
Tess is a mother of a beautiful little girl. They have a sweet cat named Bow who loves cuddles. Their spare time is spent soaking up the sun and laughing with family!
Tori – Orthodontic Technician
Tori has been in the dental field since 2013 and is a certified dental assistant. She graduated from Polytech from the dental assisting program. She loves watching patients progress through treatment and gain confidence as their smiles improve. She also loves being able to build friendships with patients!
Tori is currently in college, taking night classes so she can be a part of the AO team during the day. She enjoys going to the beach and spending time with her family and boyfriend.