WHO's Who?

Natalia Menjivar, DMD, MS

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Dr. Menjivar was born to be an orthodontist. She set her sights on orthodontics after being an orthodontic patient herself, having had phase I and phase II treatment. She even wore headgear! She followed in the footsteps of her orthodontist and long-time mentor Dr. Chu of Racine, Wisconsin. 

 

Dr. Menjivar attended Vanderbilt University where she majored in Biology and Spanish and also met her husband, Walter, a native of Florida. After undergrad, Dr. Menjivar attended dental school at the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine followed by the University of Minnesota orthodontic residency program where she received her masters and certificate in Orthodontics.

The Flock

Combined, our team has almost 200 years of experience in the orthodontic field. 

We're a wise bunch! 

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Shellene

Scheduling Coordinator

  • Orthodontic experience: 32 years

  • Hometown: Columbia, CT

  • Family & Pets: Husband Greg and two little Shih Tzus, Dudley and Dexter

  • Hobbies: Going to the lake, biking, and swimming

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Susan

Orthodontic Assistant

  • Orthodontic experience: 30 years

  • Hometown: Newington, CT

  • Family & Pets: Husband Derrick and two children, Dante and Isabella, and a Shih Tzu named Iris 

  • Hobbies: Cooking, relaxing, spending time with my family

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TAMSIN

Orthodontic Assistant

  • Orthodontic experience: 6 years

  • Hometown: Barkhamsted, CT

  • Family & Pets: Husband Tyler, a dog, cat, and 11 ducks

  • Hobbies: Reading, cooking, and going to concerts

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Annette

Financial Coordinator

  • Orthodontic experience: 32 years

  • Hometown: Barkhamsted, CT

  • Family & Pets: Husband Doug and two daughters, Alexandra and Kristyn

  • Hobbies: Spending time with family and friends

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Nancy

Orthodontic Assistant

  • Orthodontic experience: 24 years

  • Hometown:  Bristol, CT

  • Family & Pets: Husband Bill and two children, Caleigh and Connor, and a dog Milo and cat Lucy

  • Hobbies: Hiking, baking, and reading

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Anrita

Orthodontic Assistant

  • Years in Orthodontics: 13 years

  • Hometown: Wethersfield, CT

  • Family & Pets: Husband Adrian and two children Briana and Kaiden

  • Hobbies: Running, baking, and traveling

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grace

Orthodontic Assistant

  • Orthodontic experience: 18 years

  • Hometown: Farmington, CT

  • Family & Pets: Husband David and 3 kids Justin, Ashley, and Nathan and dog Lynx

  • Hobbies: Spending time with family, swimming in our pool, and taking the dog for a walk

Combined, our team has over ____ years of experience in the orthodontic field. They’re a wise bunch! Along with their expertise, their caring personalities and passion for what they do is obvious.

 

We are in the business of serving you and ensuring your smile journey is a positive and memorable one!

 
 
 

First Flight

First Orthodontic Evaluation By Age 7 

The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that all seven year-olds have their first orthodontic check-up. While most kids don’t need braces at this age, it is a great opportunity to evaluate the teeth that are in place and assess the developing bite. We recommend an annual evaluation after this point to monitor growth and development and ensure appropriate timing for the loss of baby teeth and the eruption of the permanent teeth.

First Visit: What to Expect

At your first visit, you’ll be greeted by the friendly faces of our team. You’ll get to meet our treatment coordinator and doctors, Dr. Menjivar and Dr. Drew. They will evaluate orthodontic issues such as bite classification, overbite, overjet, and crowding among other findings. The doctor will review these orthodontic findings with you and your family as they relate to an ideal model of teeth, discussing functional and cosmetic issues of the bite and tooth alignment.

 

If it's determined that you're not ready for orthodontic treatment, a recall visit will be established to continue monitoring growth and development. Valuable information can be gleaned from this review, and any questions you have as they pertain to orthodontics will be answered.

 

If you are indeed a good candidate for orthodontic treatment, digital photographs will be taken so that the doctors can create a personalized treatment plan that's ready when you are. The doctor will present recommendations for treatment and give an estimate of treatment duration. A team member will review financials including payment option plans, insurance benefits and discounts such as paid-in-full discount and family discount.

Early Treatment
Teen Treatment
Adult Treatment

The Nest

You’ll find a bright, airy and contemporary office with a spacious waiting area and glass windows all throughout the treatment area letting in natural light. It feels more like a spa or yoga studio than a dentist office. Enjoy complimentary coffee, water or flavored seltzer. Make yourself at home in our reception area with wifi and beverages or feel free to come on back with your family member and attend their appointment. Though orthodontic visits are short, feel free to come early or stay late! Don't forget to help yourself to the coolest swag you won't find anywhere else - hydroflasks, thermal stickers, popsockets, custom gibbitz and more. 

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Coffee bar
Smile bar
Celebration board
 

Swoop on Over!

Contact Us

345 North Main St, Suite 312

West Hartford, CT 06117

Phone: 860-236-6888 

Fax: 860-236-6619

Email: info@westhartfordorthodontics.com

6 Airport Rd

North Windham, CT 06256

Phone: 860-456-0430

Fax: 860-456-7624

Email: info@westhartfordorthodontics.com

Hours

West Hartford

Monday – Friday  9 AM – 5 PM

 

North Windham

Monday – Friday  9 AM – 5 PM

 

To schedule a complimentary new patient evaluation, please fill out the form below. A member of our team will reach out to help you schedule your visit.

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