Meet the Team

Our caring and professional team provides an exceptional orthodontic experience!
The result … a smile to EMBRACE!

Embrace your Smile. Embrace your Life!

 


 

Chuck

Office Manager

Chuck makes sure the office runs smoothly and goes out of his way to make each family feel right at home! He was born in California and raised in southern Illinois. Chuck met Dr. K. while he was working at the Saint Louis Zoo and she was finishing her Master’s Degree in Orthodontics.

When Chuck is not at Embrace, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Dr. K., and their two lovely boys. You can also find him smiling ear to ear while mountain biking, running, and wrestling with his boys.

“It never ceases to amaze me how braces can transform a person’s life. I really enjoy taking the journey towards a new smile with our patients and the bond we forge along the way.”

Josi, RDA

Treatment Coordinator

Josi is a native Texan, who grew up in nearby Bandera. She has a very outgoing personality and is a joy to be around! She has been in the dental field since 1999 and has worked in a variety of positions, including Orthodontic Clinician, Marketing Specialist, and Office Manager. When it comes to guiding a patient through the initial stages of their orthodontic journey, no one is better trained than Josi! She and her husband live in La Vernia, TX, with their two adorable daughters. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, visiting historic hotels, swimming, listening to Texas country music, crafting and watching the San Antonio Spurs! Most of all, Josi loves spending time with her family.

“My mission at Embrace Orthodontics is to make sure “The New Patient” experience is as enjoyable as possible.”

Shannon, RDA

Financial & Insurance Coordinator

Shannon has an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Dental Assisting Technology from San Antonio College. She has been in the dental field since 1992, with over twenty-five years of specialization in orthodontics. Shannon has worked in all areas of Orthodontics from Practice Administrator, Treatment Coordinator, Marketing Coordinator, Insurance Coordinator, Financial Coordinator, and Orthodontic Assistant. She was born in Utah, but grew up in San Antonio, Texas where she met her loving husband. They have a beautiful daughter and handsome son. Her biggest joy in life is spending time with her family! She also enjoys listening to music, cooking, and exercising.

“I love orthodontics! You get to see not so confident patients blossom into the amazing confident individuals, they always were but didn’t realize. Knowing you helped their confidence is the best reward!!”

Tally

Front Office Specialist

Tally is the first face you will see when you visit Embrace Orthodontics. Tally’s fun and vibrant personality makes her the perfect person to welcome you to the Embrace family! Tally was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina. She moved to San Antonio in 2012 and graduated from Churchill High School. She and Dr. K met through a mutual friend. She is an expert selfie-taker, and is always willing to make you laugh. Outside the office, Tally loves to exercise, shop, and spend time with her family and friends.

“I love being a part of the Embrace family where I am constantly surrounded by fun and friendly people!”

Emma, RDA

Lead Clinical Specialist

Emma has enjoyed working with Dr. Kalakech since 2004 and has over twenty years of experience in the dental field making her an excellent source of knowledge! Emma is detail-oriented and is our lead orthodontic assistant. She is known to be very patient and gentle during treatment. She was born and raised in Guadalajara, Mexico and graduated from the School of Dentistry at the University of Guadalajara in 1991. Emma and her husband have two amazing boys. She has a passion for cooking, reading, and fishing with her family.

“I’m passionate about orthodontics and helping patients achieve a beautiful smile!”

Danielle, RDA

Clinical Specialist

Danielle, better known as “Dani”, was born in Texas and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She moved to San Antonio in 2011 and has been a Registered Dental Assistant since 2013. Dani is great with children and has a vibrant personality. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, being with her family, her husband and their two energetic “fur babies.” A few fun facts about Dani are that she is a huge Harry Potter fan, loves unicorn décor and can shop ‘til she drops!

“I want to be the reason our patients smile!”

Stephany, RDA

Clinical Supervisor

Stephany was born and raised in Del Rio, TX. She moved to San Antonio in 2012 after graduating from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. Stephany is our Clinical Supervisor and understands how much our patients value their time. She ensures the flow of our office runs quickly and smoothly, so patients can return to their daily activities. Stephany was a secondary science educator, but is passionate about the dental field and has been working in orthodontics since 2012. When she takes her gloves and facemask off, she picks up her camera and transforms into a traveling professional photographer. In her spare time, she enjoys relaxing with family and hanging out with friends.

“It’s pretty cool to meet our patients as shy kids, and see them transition into tall confident teens!”