The staff at Collins Orthodontics is dedicated to providing the highest quality of orthodontic care in the safest and most effective manner possible. Our staff members are compassionate, friendly and accommodating. They stay current with new technology and techniques by attending continuing education courses on a consistent basis. Each member of Dr. Collins’ staff is professional, highly skilled and available to answer any concerns or questions you may have regarding your orthodontic treatment.
When Dr. C was a 7-year old little boy, he opened a lemonade stand in his parents' front yard in order to help people "beat the heat." Every Sunday, neighborhood families would come out to have a taste of the sweet concoction, with the number of customers doubling every week. What was lil' Dr. C's secret (besides using tons of sugar)? He greeted every single person who stopped by the stand with a handshake and said "thank you for coming." Fast-forward to present day, and Dr. C now is the owner of a much bigger lemonade stand, in which he calls "Collins Orthodontics." After 11 years of post high school training to become an orthodontist, Dr. C says the most important part of his job remains the exact same as when he was seven years old - kindness to everyone he meets. Dr. C has the best job in the world, and he is blessed by having an incredibly talented team, a loving family, and strong faith. Aside from being happily married and spending time with his sons, Dr. C also enjoys art, playing guitar, coaching the girls varsity soccer team at Mayo High School, and volunteering for community service projects. And yes...he now knows that too much sugar in lemonade is bad for your teeth :)
I’ve met a lot of positive people in my life. Most are pleasant to be around - friendly, easy-going, kind to others. But what’s more rare is to meet someone whose positivity is so contagious that it can change the energy of an entire room. Someone who doesn’t let the negativity of others dictate how their day will go. Someone who finds the positive in even the most difficult of situations. That someone is our very own Dental Hygienist at Collins Orthodontics - Cathern Fischer. First she was my invisalign patient. Then she was a babysitter for my boys. And now we are THRILLED that Cathern has launched her career at Collins Orthodontics on the clinical team. When Cathern isn’t gracing us with her adorable and upbeat personality at Collins, you can find this Rochester native spending her time with family, hanging out at the pool, traveling, and dancing.
Little does she know, the main reason why Chelsea was hired at Collins Orthodontics is because she routinely laughs at Dr. Collins' jokes, even when they aren't funny (which according to him, is "extremely rare"). But seriously, this girl has the friendliest smile and most contagious laugh ever, with an exceptional ability to brighten even the gloomiest of days with her positive energy and vibrant personality. Chelsea continues the Collins Orthodontics trend of being a 'hometown girl,' as she hails from the great city of Byron, MN. Chelsea is a wonderful addition to the team, and we know you will love seeing her!
Financial Coordinator & Executive Assistant
I've never met an Icelandic princess before, but I'm 99% sure that Danielle ran away from her castle in Iceland to unleash her can-do attitude and creative potential at Collins Orthodontics. A curious soul with a thirst for knowledge, Danielle is the perfect fit at Collins Orthodontics, as she serves a dual role of Financial Coordinator and Executive Assistant. When Danielle isn't working hard behind the scenes to make our patients' experiences better, you can find her spending time with her family, perusing Pinterest for creative ideas for crafts, or re-charging with a great book. Collins Orthodontics is lucky to have found the ultimate 'team player' in Danielle, which means all-around better care and service for our patients!
If we didn't hire Hannah as a dental assistant at Collins Orthodontics, then I'm certain she would have ended up as a cast member on Saturday Night Live to unleash her quirky sense of humor on the world. Hannah may seem shy at first, but she has one of the most charming personalities ever with a heart of gold to match. When Hannah isn't helping you get the smile of your dreams at Collins Orthodontics, she enjoys spending time with family, riding her horse, cleaning, napping, eating and relaxing. Hannah is originally from Adams, MN (graduating from Southland H.S.), and we know you will love her as much as we do!
One of my all-time favorite quotes is none other than Maya Angelou's "People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." And if there is anyone that knows how to make people feel important, comfortable, and special, it's Jennifer A! Jen's warm, friendly and engaging personality is put to great use at Collins Orthodontics as the most caring, outgoing, fun and energetic Orthodontic Treatment Coordinator in all of Rochester! When Jen isn’t helping you decide on the perfect treatment to get the smile of your dreams, she enjoys exercise, reading, spending time with her two beautiful girls and husband, bowling and going to concerts! Jen also happens to be a hometown girl, where she is a proud alumna of Kenyon-Wanamingo High School. Jen is such an amazing part of the team, and we know you will love seeing her at your orthodontic appointments!
Creative Director & Marketing Coordinator
As Dr. C's little sister, Jenna recalls him treating her more like the "brother he never had" during their childhood - rifling footballs at her as they played "catch" in the front yard, lifting weights, and playing video games. Fast-forward to present day and now Jenna is showing Dr. C (or "Dr. Brother" as she calls him) a thing or two about artistically creating all sorts of cool stuff to make the 'office experience' for our patients and staff second to none! As a former graduate of Century High School, Jenna is yet another hometown girl on the Collins Orthodontics team. Jenna also enjoys exercising, art, and spending time with her family and her coonhound - Briar. Her graphic design ability and artistic eye are absolutely off-the-charts amazing, and we are so incredibly lucky to have her at Collins Orthodontics.
If I could describe Keanna in one word, it would be...impossible to do. This girl has way too many amazing gifts and talents to sum up in just one word. Genuine, positive, talented, compassionate, humble, and loyal just to name a few. Oh, and Keanna has the work ethic of a farmer and the strength of two dozen oxen (specifically, the ones from Oregon Trail), which I'm pretty sure she picked up when spending quality time on the family farm. Although we don't let her wear her jean overalls to work, we absolutely love having Keanna as one of our talented Dental Assistants at Collins Orthodontics. When not gracing us with her adorable and upbeat personality at work, you can find Keanna spending time with family and friends, camping, or reading a great book. Keanna is also a local hometown girl, hailing from the great city of Kasson! We absolutely love that she is part of our team at Collins Orthodontics!
Remember those kids in high school who were multi-sport athletes, played 37 musical instruments, could type 1.5 million words per minute, were super nice and sweet to everyone, and managed to be incredibly humble about all of their talents? At Collins Orthodontics, Kimberly is "that kid"... Really, she serves the role of Treatment Coordinator, Office Manager, Financial Coordinator, and part-time Super Hero. In her spare time, you will often find Kimberly singing like an angel with the likes of the Rochester Symphony and Orchestra, the Autumn Ridge worship team, and to her adorable children, who also happen to enjoy singing (read: yelling) to their friends (read: disney stuffed animals). Kimberly is yet another great team member at Collins Orthodontics.
Patient Care Coordinator
We are thrilled to have yet another "hometown" girl, whose alma mater is John Marshall. A few things you will be sure to love about this former JM Rocket are her heartwarming smile, her contagious laugh, and her outgoing personality. When not changing lives at Collins Orthodontics, you can find Lannie helping at her family’s restaurant, Wong's Café, doing fun activities with her son, Collin, and grabbing some good eats in Rochester - she’s quite the cheese curd connoisseur! We are lucky to have Lannie on the team - with an easy-going, fun, bright and charming personality, Lannie not only makes Collins a better place, but also she makes the world a better place!
The three sweetest things I know are 1 - Nutella, 2 - Flapdoodles birthday cake ice cream, and 3 – one of our Dental Assistants, Laura! Trust me - you will not meet a kinder soul with a stronger desire to serve others. Laura and I had the pleasure of working together early on in my career as an orthodontist, and I was ecstatic when she applied for a position at Collins Orthodontics several years later. Laura has a "Be the Hero" mentality in which she always finds the positive in situations and in people, and is 100% committed to making sure your experience at Collins Orthodontics is nothing short of exceptional. When Laura isn't gracing us with her genuine and sweet personality at the office, you can find her spending time with her family, grabbing some Ichi Tokyo, watching sports, or kayaking! Laura is such a gem, we know you will love her just as much as we do!
Business Development Specialist & Executive Assistant
Early on in my career, I was given the advice too "surround yourself with people smarter than you." And proof that I have done just that is Lynn! As our Business Development Specialist & Executive Assistant, this girl uses her incredibly sharp attention to detail to make sure Collins Orthodontics is constantly pushing to operate at the highest level for our patients and team. In fact, Lynn is so detail-oriented that by the time she reads this, I'm certain she is still thinking about my incorrect use of "too" in the first sentence. ;) In all seriousness, Lynn is an employer's dream. She is incredibly hard-working, intelligent, punctual, compassionate, genuine, and fiercely loyal. Lynn is a hometown girl (Chatfield and Rochester), and when she isn't making Collins Orthodontics a better place, you can find Lynn spending time with her family, boating, and working on various projects around the house! We know you will love Lynn as much as we do!
If Mother Theresa has a long lost granddaughter, then we are 99% certain that it's Shawna. In 2014, Dr. C called the Salvation Army to volunteer serving meals to families in need, only to find out that someone else had already reserved Thanksgiving week. That someone was Shawna, and less than 6 months later, we hired her at Collins Orthodontics. Aside from having a passion to serve others. Shawna loves hiking, playing soccer, pallet art, taking pictures and spending time with her family. Shawna is a hometown girl as well, where she graduated from John Marshall High School as a soccer star. Shawna is a wonderful part of the Collins Orthodontics team and you will love meeting her!
In the Spring of 2018, Vanessa walked into our office, hoping to get braces to improve her smile. Little did she know that her friendly demeanor, charming personality, and kindness to others would earn her a job offer at Collins Orthodontics! Now, Vanessa's sweet, warm and inviting personality are on full display as one of our highly valued Treatment Care Coordinators at Collins Orthodontics. When she's not welcoming new patients into the Collins Orthodontics family, she enjoys caring for her adorable dogs - Scout and Ellie - as well as taking trips to Duluth with her husband! We are so thankful to have Vanessa on the Collins Team, and we know you'll love her as much as we do!
Imagine Jennifer Lopez meets Maya Angelou meets the girl who gives you extra guac (no charge) at Chipotle. That's Veronica (or as I like to call her..."V. Lo"). Veronica is chock-full of personality and one of the most amazing, positive, appreciative, talented and genuine people you will ever meet. She speaks Spanish, which is wonderful because Dr. C's Spanish speaking ability begins and ends with "Abre la boca" and "Tengo hambre." When she is not working at Collins Orthodontics, she loves spending time with her family, shopping, dancing, roller blading, and raising her two beautiful children. Veronica is also a hometown girl as she is a proud graduate of Mayo High School. Veronica is such a gem - you will love meeting her at Collins Orthodontics. Trust me.