Meet the Team

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 dog, Emma. 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 one smile at a time! She is very thankful to work for three intelligent and skilled orthodontists who pride themselves on quality patient care and being a part of a team that works diligently to make every day a success.
In her free time, she enjoys spending time outside. Whether it be gardening, trail walks, going to the beach, reading, and always making time for family and friends.


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.


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, daughter and husband are her world.


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!


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.


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.


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.


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.

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