Meet the Team

At Explore Orthodontics, we recognize that all of our patients are unique and deserve to receive orthodontic care that reflects their individual needs. Our team is truly unique as well! You will always see the same familiar faces at each appointment no matter which office you happen to go to and most of our team members have been with the practice five years or more. Dr. Daniel is dedicated to the team’s continued education in the specialty of orthodontics with on-going training, seminars and conventions.

At our front desk, Joie will probably be the first friendly face that greets you. Margaret, our Treatment Coordinator will help make the transition “Discover your Smile” smooth sailing! Shari is our scheduling guru here to keep you appointed and on track. As our office manager, Brandy is available to assist in almost any aspect of your experience at Explore Orthodontics - including managing the financial and insurance portion of your experience. Our office team is available five days a week by phone, text, or email. The answer to all of your questions or concerns is just a click away!

As our treatment planning clinician, Dominique will probably your first point of contact in the clinic. She will help with all the diagnostic procedures necessary for Dr. Kay to develop a treatment plan designed specific for each patient. Erica, Dusti, Kim, and Sam complete our team of clinicians with a combined 40+ years of orthodontic experience!

Our knowledgeable 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


Get to know our team!

Dusti

Dusti

Orthodontic Clinician

What is your superpower of choice?     

  • Telepathy

What is your favorite movie quote?

  • “My cup runneth over.” – Hope Floats

What is your favorite season & why?

  • Summer; the beach

What is your favorite TV show?

  • “Grey’s Anatomy”

What did you want to be when you were little?

  • A flight attendant

Favorite flower?

  • Peach rose

Which store would you want to win a shopping spree for?

  • World Market

What is your favorite color?

  • Blue

What is your favorite cuisine?  

  • Mexican

Who is your go to band or artist?

  • Journey

What is your favorite music to listen to?

  • Today’s hit music

What is your perfect weekend?

  • Relaxing on a beach, no worries

What sound or noise do you love?

  • Baby giggles

What sound or noise do you hate?

  • Dogs scratching

What are three interesting facts about you?

  • I was named after a “dusty” garbage bag in my mom’s hospital room.
  • I am extremely crafty, a DIY girl.
  • My birthday and anniversary are all within days of each other and my son was born on my anniversary.
Shari

Shari

Scheduling Coordinator

What is your favorite movie quote?

  • “You had me at hello” – Jerry Maguire

What is your favorite season & why?

  • Fall; warm days and cool nights

What is your favorite TV show?

  • “Investigation Discovery”

What did you want to be when you were little?

  • Beautician

Which store would you want to win a shopping spree for?

  • Walmart

What is your favorite color?

  • Blue

What is your favorite cuisine?

  • Thai

What food do you dislike?

  • Anything green and olives

What made you decide to do the work you do?

  • I love working with people.

Who is your go to band or artist?

  • Eagles, 70’s Rock

What would be your first question if you fell asleep and woke up 100 years from now?

  • Is my hair on straight?

There are two types of people in this world. What are the two types?

  • Those who work hard and those who watch.

What dumb accomplishment are you most proud of?

  • Bowled a 300 game and received a pin

What are three interesting facts about you?

  • I’m originally from Pennsylvania.
  • My siblings are 20 and 17 years older than me.
  • I have had many names… my favorite is Nana.
Sam

Sam

Orthodontic Clinician

What is your superpower of choice?

  • Reading people’s minds

What is your favorite movie quote?

  • “You should be kissed, and often, by someone who knows how.” – Gone with the Wind

If you were stranded on a tropical island what two things would you want with you?

  • Chicken while I wait for rescue

What is your favorite season & why?

  • Winter because you can always put more clothes on and no allergies.

What is your favorite TV show?

  • ”Jeopardy”

What made you decide to do the work you do?

  • I wanted to be in the medical field because it’s always been fascinating to me how we can all be the same and yet our bodies and conditions so different.

What is your favorite music to listen to?

  • 90s country radio

What is your perfect weekend?

  • A country concert or a weekend outdoors hunting or fishing and relaxing with family

There are two types of people in this world. What are the two types?

  • Just like the candies: Smarties and Dum Dums!

What dumb accomplishment are you most proud of?

  • I am the ultimate couponer.

What other profession would you like to attempt?

  • Pathologist

What would be some of the most annoying things about having yourself as a roommate?

  • I do laundry but never put it up.

What are three interesting facts about you?

  • I have four kiddos.
  • I know a lot of song lyrics to tons of songs, movie lines, and soundtracks.
  • I love Disney like a little kid.
Margaret

Margaret

Treatment Coordinator

What is your superpower of choice?

  • Mind reader

What is your favorite movie quote?

  • “You’ll shoot your eye out” – A Christmas Story

What is your favorite season & why?

  • Fall – nice weather

What is your favorite TV show?

  • “Hawaii  5-0”

What is your favorite flower?

  • Lotus

Which store would you want to win a shopping spree for?

  • Banana Republic

What is your favorite color?

  • Red

What is your favorite cuisine?

  • Latin American

What food do you dislike?

  • Cottage cheese

What made you decide to do the work you do?

  • I love people!

Who is your go to band or artist?

  • Garth Brooks, country music

What is your perfect weekend?

  • At the beach

What sound or noise do you love?

  • Train horn

What sound or noise do you hate?

  • Fire alarm

What other profession would you like to attempt?

  • Nurse

What profession would you not like to try?

  • Retail
Kim

Kim

Lab/Orthodontic Clinician

What is your superpower of choice?

  • Mind reader

What is your favorite movie quote?

  • “Slippery little suckers!!” – Pretty Woman

What is your favorite flower?

  • Tulips

What is your favorite color?

  • Green

What other profession would you like to attempt?

  • Flight attendant

What profession would you not like to do?

  • Waitress
Joie

Joie

Scheduling Coordinator

What is your superpower of choice? 

  • Telekinetic

What is your favorite season & why?

  • Fall-I love the pretty colors outside

What is your favorite TV show? 

  • “The Middle”

What did you want to be when you were little?

  • A mermaid

What is your favorite flower?

  • White roses

Which store would you want to win a shopping spree for?

  • Target

What is your favorite color?

  • Blue

What is your favorite cuisine?

  • I love cheeseburgers and fries

What is your perfect weekend?

  • Disney World with no waiting in any lines

What dumb accomplishment are you most proud of? 

  • Catching a shoe at Muses parade

What are three interesting facts about you?

  • I love pugs.
  • I have three kids.
  • I enjoy going to movies, music concerts, and the theater to see plays.
Erica

Erica

Clinic Manager/Lead Clinician

What is your superpower of choice?

  • Invisibility

What is your favorite movie quote?

  • “Hakuna Matata” – Lion King

What is your favorite season & why?

  • Summer because I don’t like to be cold

What is your favorite TV show?

  • “NCIS Los Angeles” and “NCIS New Orleans”

What did you want to be when you were little?

  • Own my own gymnastics gym/club

Which store would you want to win a shopping spree for?

  • Target

What is your favorite color?

  • Orange

What is your favorite music to listen to?

  • Country

What is your perfect weekend?

  • Watching football!

There are two types of people in this world. What are the two types?

  • Blind Referees & The Who Dat Nation

What are three interesting facts about you?

  • I have been pregnant four times but I have five kids.
  • I got married on April Fool’s Day.
  • I know more about football than most dudes.
Dominique

Dominique

Treatment Planning Clinician

What is your superpower of choice? 

  • Telekinetic

What is your favorite movie quote?

  • “There is no way I’m kissing a frog and eating a bug on the same day!” – The Princess and the Frog

If you were stranded on a tropical island what two things would you want with you?

  • Food and transportation home

What is your favorite season & why?

  • Summer because I was born in August

What is your favorite TV show? 

  • “The Young and the Restless”

What did you want to be when you were little?

  • A pro WNBA player

What is your favorite flower?

  • Magnolia

Which store would you want to win a shopping spree for?

  • Gucci

What is your favorite color?

  • Purple

What is your favorite cuisine?

  • Soul food

What sound or noise do you love?

  • The ocean and rain

What sound or noise do you hate?

  • Scratching on a chalkboard!!

Who is your go to band or artist?

  • Frankie Beverly & Maze – I love old school R & B

What are three interesting facts about you?

  • I love spending time with my daughter and family.
  • I am an awesome pool player.
  • I love cooking.
Brandy

Brandy

Office Manager

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What is your favorite movie quote?

  • “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” –
    Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

What is your favorite TV show?               

  • “Law and Order,” but only the original and I’m super bummed TNT has quit airing it on the weekends.

What did you want to be when you were little?

  • I was really disappointed when I found out I was too short to be a Rockette.

Who is your go to band or artist?

  • I have a very healthy obsession with the Foo Fighters but not in a creeper kinda way. A girl’s just gotta rock!!

What dumb accomplishment are you most proud of?

  • I won a smiling contest in third grade and got on the front page of the Slidell paper.

There are two types of people in this world. What are the two types?

  • “Don’t the best of them bleed it out while the rest of them peter out?”

What other profession would you like to attempt?

  • If Dr. Kay ever put me to the curb, I would have to say I would want to be a forensic accountant or investigator.

What profession would you not like to do?

  • A teacher or bus driver. God Bless ‘em.

What are three interesting facts about you?

  • I retain a plethora of completely useless knowledge.
  • One of my boys was born on my birthday.
  • I wasn’t born in Louisiana but I got here as fast as I could.