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.

Julie Germain

– Office Manager, Treatment Coordinator

Hello to all of you! I joined our team more than 25 years ago and am a proud wearer of many hats. My multi-task position is a wonderful job, 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 because of 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. 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 for over 35 years and I value family time with our children and grandchildren. We love the outdoors and are avid sports fans.

Ashley Chouinard

– Front Desk and Marketing Coordinator

In 2015 I graduated from UW-Stout with a bachelor’s degree in hotel, restaurant, and tourism management with an emphasis on event management. Until Valley Orthodontics, my career had been in sales and catering. The COVID-19 pandemic led me to search for a new path and I landed happily upon Valley Orthodontics. As I continue to grow my career here, I use many of my prior learned skills and new knowledge to excel in a patient-based environment. My passion for customer service, organization, and seeing people smile continues to motivate me. I look forward to being the smiling face (behind the mask) when you arrive!

In my time away from work, I enjoy spending time outdoors, doing projects, and being “foodies” with my husband Nate and two children, Madison and Cameron. We enjoy taking the kids to the cabin, camping, swimming, and playing in the snow. When I have some time away from the kids, I enjoy pedicures, massages, and anything self-care-related!

Andrea Schmidt

– Certified and Licensed Dental Assistant, Lab Technician

I’ve been a licensed and certified dental assistant since 1999. I received my clinical training at Lakeland Medical Dental Academy in Minneapolis. I joined Dr. Maher’s staff in April 2005. I head up the lab at Valley Orthodontics as well as working chairside 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.

Cyann Nielsen

– Dental Assistant

Hello! I started at Valley in October of 2020, and I have enjoyed every second of it! Working in orthodontics has been my dream position since I had braces myself! It has been such a rewarding job to get to see all of our patients reach their smile goals, as well as getting to know all of our awesome patients and families.

Outside of the office, I enjoy listening to music, taking my Goldendoodle, Sully, to dog parks and for walks, hanging out and playing games with friends and family, as well as just being able to be outside, whether its snowing or sunshine. I look forward to getting to know you and your family!

Brittany Aldrich

– Licensed Dental Assistant

After completing my dental assistant program, and becoming licensed in 2007 I have worked in the orthodontic specialty fro most of my professional career. Being an orthodontic assistant is my passion because I get to change the lives of our patients, by giving them the smile they have always dreamed of. Last year I was extremely fortunate to be chosen to join the Valley Orthodontics team. Since being at Valley Orthodontics, I have had the opportunity to build relationships with our amazing patients, and of course the best team around.

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my four children Hayden, Alaina, Brecken, and Bennett. We love pretty much anything outside, but our favorite is definitely the beach! When the weather isn’t nice, and we cannot be outside we enjoy arts and crafts, baking, playing game, and watching movies.