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 28 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 40 years and I value family time with our children and grandchildren. We love the outdoors and are avid sports fans.

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.

Katie Johns

- Dental Assistant

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Hi everyone! I have been a dental assistant since November 2020 and working for Valley Orthodontics since March 2022.  I have loved every work day and greatly enjoy being part of a team that is helping create beautiful smiles.

Outside of work I love spending time with my daughter. We love any activity outside and our favorite hobby is rock hunting and spending time on the North Shore.

I look forward to meeting you and helping you through your journey!


Destynee Willert

- Certified and Lisenced Dental Assistant


I am one of your chairside assistants and have been in the dental field since 2019 ranging from general dentistry, oral surgery, and now orthodontics. I graduated with a Dental Assisting degree from Century College and later obtained my certification and licensure. 

What intrigues me about ortho is watching a patient's smile and confidence improve throughout their treatment. 

I enjoy working at Valley Orthodontics with Dr. Maher and my other teammates. We have one common task that we work toward everyday; which is excellence and creating healthy smiles for a lifetime. 

In my free time, I enjoy relaxing in front of the fireplace, going to sporting events and coaching youth hockey. 


Jillian Hanne

- Front desk/Marketing director

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Hello everyone! I am the marketing director and your front desk coordinator at Valley Orthodontics. I have previous experience in office administration and marketing and absolutely love the atmosphere of our close team. To ensure you  have a great experience I will always make you feel welcomed into our office which is what Dr. Maher and the entire team take pride in. I am a people person so I will enjoy chatting and getting to know all of you.

I earned my Bachelor's degree in Individualized Studies with a focus in Marketing and Management in 2018. In addition, I followed my other passion - cosmetics. I earned my professional multi-media makeup certification from Faces Etc. MN in 2014.

On the weekends I spend my time working as a freelance bridal makeup artist and going for walks with my spouse and our two dogs. I love seeing all of the beautiful smiles in our community and am thankful to be a part of a great team!