It's our goal to make all our patients feel right at home! We put your needs first to achieve efficient and comprehensive treatment. Our staff is trained and skilled, and we strive to provide energetic and fun-loving service to each patient. Each member of our treatment team is a registered assistant, and our office staff has years of experience in treating patients with the highest level of care. We strive to stay current with the very latest in technology and advances by regularly attending continuing education courses and seminars.
Julie Germain – Office Manager, Treatment Coordinator
Hello to all of you! I joined our team over 20 years ago and am a proud bearer of many hats. My multi-task position is wonderful, and I love to contribute to such a positive working atmosphere that the entire staff has created here at Valley Orthodontics. Every aspect of our patients’ care is important to me, and I truly love the joy our patients express from their healthy smiles achieved by Dr. Maher and the assistants.
Away from the office, I have served on many community boards. I enjoy music and time spent in my vegetable and flower gardens. And because I am a bit of a social extrovert, I thoroughly welcome social time with family, friends and of course my Valley Orthodontic teammates. My husband of over 30 years and I value family time with our children and grandchildren. We love the outdoors and are avid sports fans.
Andrea Schmidt – Registered and Licensed Dental Assistant, Lab Technician
I’ve been a Registered and Certified Dental Assistant since 1999. I received my clinical training at Lakeland Medical/Dental Academy in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I joined Dr. Maher’s staff in April 2005. I head up the lab at Valley Orthodontics as well as working chair-side with patients. What drew me to orthodontics was seeing the beautiful smiles we create every day. It makes it all worthwhile to see the patient walk out the door with a new self-assurance. I enjoy working at Valley Orthodontics because Dr. Maher and staff are some of the warmest and most compassionate people I have worked with. Plus, we have the best patients around!
When I’m out of the office, I enjoy spending time with my husband, Tom; daughter, Fiona; and sweetheart of a dog, Luther. I enjoy hiking along the North Shore, running, shopping with Fiona and going out to dinner with our family and friends.
Gina Hierlmeir – Orthodontic Assistant
In 2012, I graduated with a degree in Biology with an emphasis in Biotechnology from Viterbo University in LaCrosse, WI. Since then I have found that working in orthodontics is a gratifying career best suited for me; the variety and patient interactions make each and every day fun and unique. Watching our patients grow and transform personally and through their orthodontic treatment is another reward of working in orthodontics. Dr. Maher and the other staff at Valley Orthodontics make for a truly enjoyable work experience.
Away from work, I enjoy spending time with my husband, Ben, and our energetic dog, Remi. We are avid Wisconsin sports fans and enjoy getting to as many games each season as we can. Additionally, I enjoy spending time in the kitchen baking and cooking new things.
Samantha Aarthun – Scheduling Coordinator, Marketing Director
I grew up in North Hudson and loved playing hockey for the Hudson Raiders. After High School, I went to Hamline University where I majored in Legal Studies and Social Justice, while playing college hockey for the university. After college, I have been employed in many different environments across the country….even Alaska! Throughout my experiences, I have found that my true passion is working with people. As a prior patient of Valley Orthodontics, I recall how great my experience was and I am proud to be a part of a team that changes so many people’s lives with a healthy smile. I love the positive family atmosphere that Dr. Maher and the other staff have created here. I enjoy waking up and coming to work every day to see our patients and welcome them to the practice!
When I am not at work, my passion is spending time with my husband Alex, daughter Luella and Pasha our puppy. We love doing things as a family; whether it is traveling, shopping, fishing, hunting, camping or going out to eat. We try to attend as many Red Wing, Wild and Packer games as possible. Alex and I are both involved in the community with coaching, volunteering and promoting various organizations depending on the time of year.