Our Staff

We are especially interested in making all our patients in Bethesda, Laurel, North Potomac, and the surrounding Maryland areas 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. Our staff includes two highly trained orthodontic assistants, a receptionist and a treatment coordinator.

Our goal – rendering the best orthodontic therapy possible in a caring and nurturing environment – provides the foundation upon which we build. As a team, we work to achieve our goals in the shortest amount of treatment time and at a reasonable cost to our patients. We are here to serve our patients and their families. Please feel free to ask questions throughout treatment. We are happy to help. An attractive, healthy smile is an asset to you and an accomplishment for us.

Our highly-skilled staff is committed to friendly and efficient service for all your orthodontic needs.

Administrative Staff

AJ Deocares – Treatment Coordinator

My name is AJ and I am the office treatment coordinator. I have been working for Heller Orthodontics since 2006. I’m proud to be a member of such an outgoing and friendly team. The best part of working in the orthodontic field is the opportunity to meet such wonderful patients, their parents and other family members.

My husband and I are blessed with two beautiful boys, George and Sebastian. On weekends, we enjoy spending quality time together. We all love football and are BIG fans of the Baltimore RAVENS!

Katie – Receptionist

Hi, I’m Katie. I am a new member here at Heller Orthodontics and am fortunate to work with such a wonderful team of people. Working at the front desk I get to meet families from all parts of the U.S. and around the world. I especially enjoy seeing the smiles on the families’ faces when they get their braces off!

I recently moved back to the area from an 8 year adventure in beautiful Colorado. I am an avid snowboarder and I love the outdoors. I am excited to be back on the east coast beginning a new adventure as we will be expecting a little girl this June!

Clinical Staff


Jennifer – Lead Orthodontic Assistant

Hi my name is Jennifer and I have been working for Dr. Heller since July 2001. My family moved to Memphis, TN in November 2006 and moved back to Bethesda in July 2013. I had no other orthodontic office on my mind when I returned. I enjoy what I do. I love seeing a patient’s smile transform from start to finish! There is no better satisfaction than seeing our patients’ BIG smiles on the day they get their brace off.

I have been married to my high school sweetheart since 1993 and we have two beautiful children. Our son Brandon has served in the U.S. Navy for over two years. Our daughter Alexis is a junior at Walter Johnson High School. My hobbies include cross-stitching, cooking and spending quality time with my family.

Ligia – Orthodontic Assistant

My name is Ligia Molina. I'm happily married to my husband David and we have two wonderful children. I have been working with Dr. Heller since September 2012, and have worked as an orthodontic assistant since 2010. My favorite part of orthodontics is watching the transforming smiles every day and getting to know all of our interesting patients. I'm currently in braces so I have first-hand knowledge of what our patients are experiencing.

When I'm not at work I enjoy spending time with my family.