Meet the Team


Carolyn Vinton (Orthodontic Assistant)Carolyn Carolyn has been at The Brace Place since 2006.  She really enjoys getting to know the patients and building a lasting friendship with them.  She enjoys riding quads at the sand dunes, hunting and camping.  She and her husband, Jason stay busy raising their three children: Jason, Jr., Justin and Anna. She is most impressed with how well the doctors communicate with one another as well as the staff and loves the great working environment. 

LoraLora Demmon (Orthodontic Assistant) Lora has worked in orthodontics for 28 years and been at The Brace Place since 1994. Her favorite part of her job is being able to help others. She is a native of Indiana and has lived in Bend for the last 15 years. During her free time she enjoys camping, snowmobiling, shopping, eating chocolate, and spending time with her two very spoiled dogs, Tucker and Arty. She especially appreciates how the doctors accomplish their goals with each patient while keeping a fun upbeat atmosphere at the same time.  

Becky Grindeland(Orthodontic Assistant)

Becky has been in ortho since 1995 and enjoys interacting with the patients and watching them progress from reserved smiles to beaming confident smiles!  Becky, husband Shane and their young daughter Samantha are looking forward to exploring all that Central Oregon has to offer, especially all the festivals!  They enjoy the outdoors on their bikes and motorcycles and their chocolate lab Porter really loves all the water around our area!

Cyndi (Orthodontic & Lab Technician)   Cyndi
Cyndi has worked at The Brace Place since 1983. On her 20th anniversary the doctors gifted her with a trip to Italy to show their appreciation! She is called ‚ÄúFairy Godmother‚ÄĚ because she loves helping people to become their best selves and feels privileged to help give the gift of a wonderful smile. She believes a beautiful smile is such a great asset in life. She has lived in Central Oregon for 30 years and enjoys movies, cooking, traveling, and her family. Her kitty, Katey-Sue, rules her house. Cyndi has a great passion for her work and the work the doctors do with the specialized care and expertise they provide each individual. She finds it exciting to work with such a high caliber of people, and it makes her job even more rewarding. She really enjoys the sense of play that each doctor brings to work that lightens the environment.¬†

Karla Swan (Financial Specialist)Karla Karla has been at The Brace Place since 1995 and wears many hats; she's our "Go To Gal" for most everything. She appreciates her coworkers very much and loves how everybody pitches in and does what needs to be done, plus how well everyone works as a team. Her friendly personality makes the patients feel like part of "Our Family." In her spare time, she enjoys skiing and playing in her yard. Karla has been happily married for 28 years. She appreciates our doctors' commitment, passion, and care they give to each patient. 

KelliKelli Smith (Insurance Specialist) Kelli has spent 30 years in the orthodontic field and been with The Brace Place since 1999. Because of her vast experience she can assist in many aspects of our office. She spends most of her time with her buddy Karla in the financial end of the practice. Kelli was born in Oregon, lived in Northern California in the fabulous Redwoods for 10 years and returned to Oregon at the age of 16. She stays busy with her 3 boys, 2 grandchildren, and a spoiled Welsh Corgi. She and her husband enjoy camping, fishing, traveling, and working in the yard. Her favorite part about her job is the positive work environment. She believes our doctors are perfectionists and very dedicated and is impressed with how well they communicate with patients and family members. 

Shanda Finley (Communications Coordinator)
Shanda Shanda was a recent patient at The Brace Place and spent 16 years as a radio personality and promotions director. She is originally from El Centro, California, and has lived in San Diego, Ohio, and Germany before settling in Central Oregon 22 years ago. She is a professional belly dancer and enjoys riding horses, running, reading, dancing  and spending time with her family.  Shanda loves the age range of the patients and is especially thrilled to see more adults coming in for braces.

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