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Meet Dr. Suzanne Bird

Meet Dr. Suzanne Bird

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Practice Philosophy

As an Orthodontist and Board Certified Pediatric Dentist, Dr. Suzanne Bird is one of just a few Orthodontists in the United States who is also a Pediatric Dentist. This dual specialty helps Dr. Bird create a pleasurable experience for all of her patients, young and not as young. For your children, Dr. Bird’s demeanor will comfort them as she guides their growth and development with orthodontics. If you’re unhappy with your own smile, Dr. Bird can help you make the right choice that supports your lifestyle and desire for a straight and healthy beautiful smile.

Home Life

When not helping her family of patients attain and maintain straight and healthy teeth, Dr. Bird appreciates traveling to tropical destinations and spending time with her husband Jake and their five children, Jacob, Emily, Marilyn, Rosemary and Renee; the youngest of whom is an aspiring dentist! The family also enjoys the antics of their furry family members, a Cockapoo named Otto and a Labradoodle named Henry.
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Education & Professional Memberships

Dr. Bird earned her doctorate from UNC School of Dentistry, her Pediatric specialty from The Ohio State University and Columbus Children's Hospital, and her Certificate in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics from The University of Missouri in Kansas City. She is an active member of the following organizations:
  • American Board of Pediatric Dentistry
  • American Dental Association (ADA)
  • American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
  • North Carolina Society of Pediatric Dentistry
  • North Carolina Dental Society
  • Charlotte Dental Society

Meet Dr. Suzanne Bird

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Practice Philosophy

As an Orthodontist and Board Certified Pediatric Dentist, Dr. Suzanne Bird is one of just a few Orthodontists in the United States who is also a Pediatric Dentist. This dual specialty helps Dr. Bird create a pleasurable experience for all of her patients, young and not as young. For your children, Dr. Bird’s demeanor will comfort them as she guides their growth and development with orthodontics. If you’re unhappy with your own smile, Dr. Bird can help you make the right choice that supports your lifestyle and desire for a straight and healthy beautiful smile.

Home Life

When not helping her family of patients attain and maintain straight and healthy teeth, Dr. Bird appreciates traveling to tropical destinations and spending time with her husband Jake and their five children, Jacob, Emily, Marilyn, Rosemary and Renee; the youngest of whom is an aspiring dentist! The family also enjoys the antics of their furry family members, a Cockapoo named Otto and a Labradoodle named Henry.
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Education & Professional Memberships

Dr. Bird earned her doctorate from UNC School of Dentistry, her Pediatric specialty from The Ohio State University and Columbus Children's Hospital, and her Certificate in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics from The University of Missouri in Kansas City. She is an active member of the following organizations:
  • American Board of Pediatric Dentistry
  • American Dental Association (ADA)
  • American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
  • North Carolina Society of Pediatric Dentistry
  • North Carolina Dental Society
  • Charlotte Dental Society

About Our Team

Along with Dr. Bird, our team of dental professionals is dedicated to helping your family achieve the beautiful and functional smiles that you all deserve.
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Business Development Manager

Maria Ridge

Maria has lived in Charlotte all her life and can’t imagine living anywhere else – although traveling the world and attending a dental mission trip are high on her bucket list. With a background in dental assisting, Maria is perfectly suited to expand our patient base and spread the word about Braces by Bird. Away from the practice, she enjoys time with her teenaged son Austin and going to sporting events that he participates in as well as enjoying professional sporting events.
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Treatment Coordinator

Kristina Goulds

With dental assisting certification and a love of people, Kristina’s focus is to ensure you have the best patient experience possible when visiting our practice, from the moment you walk in the door to when she is helping you understand your treatment and financial plans.
Away from the practice, Kristina likes to relax on the beach, check out local wineries and breweries, or hike in the mountains and spend time with her daughter Peyton and their beloved rescue Martha Mae.
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Financial Coordinator

Cassandra Rick

As a Financial Coordinator, Cassandra works to strengthen, personalize, and enhance the relationships among our patients, their families, and our orthodontic team. She loves our team and our patients and places her focus on helping ensure your family is healthy and happy.
Away from the practice Cassandra and her fiancé Adam enjoy hiking, fishing, kayaking, and walking their dog Rolland. At home, they share their lives with Diesel the cat and a bearded dragon named Piston.
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Insurance Coordinator

Claudia Rhoades

Originally from Upstate New York, Claudia came to town when her husband Aaron landed a job in Charlotte after serving for 4 years in the US Marine Corps. Ensuring you are happy with all aspects of your visits, from how your children are treated to how your dental insurance is handled, is Claudia’s first concern.
Away from the practice, Claudia enjoys going to the gym, relaxing with friends, and serving in the Army National Guard and is currently in night-school training to become a dental assistant! At home, she enjoys spending time with her fur babies Molly, Wrangler, Jux, Darby, Dale and Sox who she adopted from Dr. Bird.
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Dental Assistant II & Orthodontics Assistant

Marianella Couttenye

With ten years’ experience in the dental field, Marianella began her career by spending three years at dental school in Venezuela. After falling in love with Charlotte, Marianella moved and earned her dental assisting credentials. Working at both of our practices is a dream for Marianella – she loves to see children grow and enjoys the bond she has with the children in her care and their parents. Marianella is dedicated to her community and serves weekly at Elevation Church. An avid and talented photographer, Marianella spends her free time building her photography business.
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Dental Assistant II & Orthodontics Assistant

Nakosha Gause

With certification in coronal polishing, radiography, chairside assisting, and Nitrous oxide, Nakosha is an invaluable resource for our patients of all ages. She approaches your families' care the same way she would want to be treated herself. Nakosha’s dedication to others extends to the community she calls home – she spends her free time volunteering at her church, the Red Cross, and at mens' homeless shelters. When not helping others, Nakosha enjoys spending time with family and friends, retail therapy, and vacationing.
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Dental Assistant II & Orthodontics Assistant

Amanda Gibson

People person and lover of all things dental, Amanda’s kind and understanding nature is a pleasure for our family of patients. She takes great joy from helping to create beautiful smiles that last a lifetime.
Away from the practice, Amanda and her husband Nathan have a daughter Hadley, and enjoy rock climbing and spending time together as a family. Originally from the small rural community of Advance, Amanda came to Charlotte so she could enjoy all the wonderful things our city has to offer.
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Dental Assistant II & Orthodontics Assistant

Kristy Kuhn

With a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Kristy is a wonder with all of our patients – she has a knack for understanding anxiety and enjoys every opportunity to help alleviate it and create a calm and enjoyable dental experience.
Originally from Western NY, Kristy moved to Charlotte to escape the cold. She is active in our community by fostering for local dog shelters and shares her home and life with Beagles Bentley, Jovi, and Waylon, her latest rescue, who used to live outside in a wooden box. Kristy enjoys hiking with her dogs and paddle boarding in her free time.
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Dental Assistant II & Orthodontics Assistant

Shyla Morse

A true people person, Shyla is happiest at work when she helps people smile. Born and raised in Charlotte, Shyla is dedicated to our city and the people who live here – it’s her dream to start up a mentoring program for young girls and young women. Away from the practice Shyla enjoys reading, hiking, and relaxing with the family dog, an Australian Shepherd/Husky mix named Zoe.
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Dental Assistant II & Orthodontics Assistant

Jennifer Scharfenberg

Jennifer grew up in New York, earned her Assisting credentials at the Dental Studies Institute of New Jersey, and moved to Charlotte because she and her husband love the mountains, the beach, and the warm weather we enjoy. Putting your family as her first priority, Jennifer loves seeing the happy smiles on our patients when they have completed treatment and have beautiful and healthy smiles. Jennifer spends her free time teaching the Bible, cooking, hiking, listening to live music, and traveling.

About Our Team

Along with Dr. Bird, our team of dental professionals is dedicated to helping your family achieve the beautiful and functional smiles that you all deserve.
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Business Development Manager

Maria Ridge

Maria has lived in Charlotte all her life and can’t imagine living anywhere else – although traveling the world and attending a dental mission trip are high on her bucket list. With a background in dental assisting, Maria is perfectly suited to expand our patient base and spread the word about Braces by Bird. Away from the practice, she enjoys time with her teenaged son Austin and going to sporting events that he participates in as well as enjoying professional sporting events.
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Treatment Coordinator

Kristina Goulds

With dental assisting certification and a love of people, Kristina’s focus is to ensure you have the best patient experience possible when visiting our practice, from the moment you walk in the door to when she is helping you understand your treatment and financial plans.
Away from the practice, Kristina likes to relax on the beach, check out local wineries and breweries, or hike in the mountains and spend time with her daughter Peyton and their beloved rescue Martha Mae.
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Financial Coordinator

Cassandra Rick

As a Financial Coordinator, Cassandra works to strengthen, personalize, and enhance the relationships among our patients, their families, and our orthodontic team. She loves our team and our patients and places her focus on helping ensure your family is healthy and happy.
Away from the practice Cassandra and her fiancé Adam enjoy hiking, fishing, kayaking, and walking their dog Rolland. At home, they share their lives with Diesel the cat and a bearded dragon named Piston.
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Insurance Coordinator

Claudia Rhoades

Originally from Upstate New York, Claudia came to town when her husband Aaron landed a job in Charlotte after serving for 4 years in the US Marine Corps. Ensuring you are happy with all aspects of your visits, from how your children are treated to how your dental insurance is handled, is Claudia’s first concern.
Away from the practice, Claudia enjoys going to the gym, relaxing with friends, and serving in the Army National Guard and is currently in night-school training to become a dental assistant! At home, she enjoys spending time with her fur babies Molly, Wrangler, Jux, Darby, Dale and Sox who she adopted from Dr. Bird.
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Dental Assistant II & Orthodontics Assistant

Marianella Couttenye

With ten years’ experience in the dental field, Marianella began her career by spending three years at dental school in Venezuela. After falling in love with Charlotte, Marianella moved and earned her dental assisting credentials. Working at both of our practices is a dream for Marianella – she loves to see children grow and enjoys the bond she has with the children in her care and their parents. Marianella is dedicated to her community and serves weekly at Elevation Church. An avid and talented photographer, Marianella spends her free time building her photography business.
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Dental Assistant II & Orthodontics Assistant

Nakosha Gause

With certification in coronal polishing, radiography, chairside assisting, and Nitrous oxide, Nakosha is an invaluable resource for our patients of all ages. She approaches your families' care the same way she would want to be treated herself. Nakosha’s dedication to others extends to the community she calls home – she spends her free time volunteering at her church, the Red Cross, and at mens' homeless shelters. When not helping others, Nakosha enjoys spending time with family and friends, retail therapy, and vacationing.
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Dental Assistant II & Orthodontics Assistant

Amanda Gibson

People person and lover of all things dental, Amanda’s kind and understanding nature is a pleasure for our family of patients. She takes great joy from helping to create beautiful smiles that last a lifetime.
Away from the practice, Amanda and her husband Nathan have a daughter Hadley, and enjoy rock climbing and spending time together as a family. Originally from the small rural community of Advance, Amanda came to Charlotte so she could enjoy all the wonderful things our city has to offer.
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Dental Assistant II & Orthodontics Assistant

Kristy Kuhn

With a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Kristy is a wonder with all of our patients – she has a knack for understanding anxiety and enjoys every opportunity to help alleviate it and create a calm and enjoyable dental experience.
Originally from Western NY, Kristy moved to Charlotte to escape the cold. She is active in our community by fostering for local dog shelters and shares her home and life with Beagles Bentley, Jovi, and Waylon, her latest rescue, who used to live outside in a wooden box. Kristy enjoys hiking with her dogs and paddle boarding in her free time.
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Dental Assistant II & Orthodontics Assistant

Shyla Morse

A true people person, Shyla is happiest at work when she helps people smile. Born and raised in Charlotte, Shyla is dedicated to our city and the people who live here – it’s her dream to start up a mentoring program for young girls and young women. Away from the practice Shyla enjoys reading, hiking, and relaxing with the family dog, an Australian Shepherd/Husky mix named Zoe.
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Dental Assistant II & Orthodontics Assistant

Jennifer Scharfenberg

Jennifer grew up in New York, earned her Assisting credentials at the Dental Studies Institute of New Jersey, and moved to Charlotte because she and her husband love the mountains, the beach, and the warm weather we enjoy. Putting your family as her first priority, Jennifer loves seeing the happy smiles on our patients when they have completed treatment and have beautiful and healthy smiles. Jennifer spends her free time teaching the Bible, cooking, hiking, listening to live music, and traveling.

Community Involvement

As a practice, and individually, we believe that giving back to people and providing sponsorship for events that benefit kids is our responsibility. We participate regularly in community support initiatives including:
  • School presentations to teach oral health
  • School festivals
  • 5 k runs
  • Safety days
  • YMCA events
  • Local swim teams
  • Recreational sports leagues
  • Local schools
  • Halloween candy buy-back
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Smiles Change Lives

Braces by Bird is proud to be associated with Smiles Change Lives. SCL promotes increased self-esteem and improved oral health for children from low-income families in need of orthodontic treatment. Their goal is to help families who cannot afford the full cost of braces secure treatment for their children by connecting them with local orthodontic providers willing to donate their services to deserving patients.
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"Partnering with SCL gives me the opportunity to improve the smile and quality of life itself for some deserving kids that truly cannot otherwise afford it. I am blessed with the opportunity to use my professional skills to help kids "love to smile." Creating beautiful smiles is a fantastic way for me to give back to the Charlotte community by instilling self-confidence in today’s youth." - Dr. Suzanne E. Bird.
For more information visit the SCL website.

Community Involvement

As a practice, and individually, we believe that giving back to people and providing sponsorship for events that benefit kids is our responsibility. We participate regularly in community support initiatives including:
  • School presentations to teach oral health
  • School festivals
  • 5 k runs
  • Safety days
  • YMCA events
  • Local swim teams
  • Recreational sports leagues
  • Local schools
  • Halloween candy buy-back
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Smiles Change Lives

Braces by Bird is proud to be associated with Smiles Change Lives. SCL promotes increased self-esteem and improved oral health for children from low-income families in need of orthodontic treatment. Their goal is to help families who cannot afford the full cost of braces secure treatment for their children by connecting them with local orthodontic providers willing to donate their services to deserving patients.
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"Partnering with SCL gives me the opportunity to improve the smile and quality of life itself for some deserving kids that truly cannot otherwise afford it. I am blessed with the opportunity to use my professional skills to help kids "love to smile." Creating beautiful smiles is a fantastic way for me to give back to the Charlotte community by instilling self-confidence in today’s youth." - Dr. Suzanne E. Bird.
For more information visit the SCL website.