Meet the Team

Emily

Health Wellness Coordinator and Receptionist

Hello, and welcome to Blue Sky Orthodontics! My name is Emily and I’m the person who greets, performs a COVID scan, and checks you in. I will also assist with scheduling and coordinating your appointments. I really enjoy chatting with and getting to know our patients, and am excited I will get to know you as you achieve your new smile!

Dr. Poss and I met at Creighton University, got married in the Vatican, and then he studied for dental exams while I cut lamination and prepped art projects for my kindergarten classes. Eventually we moved to Ames and have loved this community and Blue Sky Orthodontics ever since! Our kids, Jack and Thea, keep us quite busy with board games, Ms. Pac-Man tournaments, and piano duets. I always have at least three books I’m reading, enjoy walks with friends and watching TV — and pretty much anything involving chocolate!

 

BethBeth

Treatment and Financial Coordinator

Hello! I’m Beth and I will have the pleasure of helping you get started on your orthodontic experience. I will walk you through the treatment plan, review financials, including insurance, and answer all your questions. When you are ready to start, I’ll assist with scheduling, too. I really enjoy meeting new patients and their families and helping everyone feel at home at Blue Sky Orthodontics!

When I go home in the evening it’s to be with my husband of almost 40 years, Steve. We were high-school sweethearts and now have two adult children who are both married to wonderful people. We also have two amazing grandchildren and I adore them both! Being with my family is my favorite thing to do. We love going to the lake, boating, relaxing on the beach, tailgating, and just hanging out. I also love ice cream as well as doing crafts and playing board games.

 

Breanna

Dental Assistant

Hello and welcome! My name is Breanna and we’ll meet in our clinic. I offer chairside assistance: helping the doctors with procedures while making sure you are comfortable. I also handle sterilization and work in our lab. It’s a good feeling to be part of a team that is professional while also low-key, as we help people develop great smiles!

Most of my time is spoken for, since I’m studying kinesiology at Iowa State in addition to working at Blue Sky Orthodontics. When I do have free hours, though, I love playing volleyball and hanging out with friends.

 

Shawnia

Certified Dental Assistant

Welcome to Blue Sky Orthodontics! My name is Shawnia and I spend my days in the clinic. In addition to working directly with the doctors and patients, I change elastics and wires, and assist with placing and removing appliances and brackets. It is fun to be hands-on with the treatment process, because it allows me to build lasting, positive relationships with people. I’m excited to get to know you while helping you achieve your most beautiful smile!

Outside the office, I love spending time with my son, our dog, and my family. Being outdoors is always enjoyable, as is reading, watching movies, playing games, creating art of all kinds, and all things 80s and 90s genre. I like to have fun and share laughter with people.

 

TriciaTricia

Receptionist and Schedule Coordinator

Hi and welcome to Blue Sky Orthodontics! I’m Tricia and we’ll likely first “meet” when you call the office, since I answer our phones. I also schedule appointments, send letters, and handle a range of front office tasks, all of which involve making your time here efficient and stress-free. I enjoy meeting people of all ages, watching our young patients grow up, and seeing adults who love their new smiles. I look forward to seeing your excitement as you start treatment and then watching that excitement grow as you see your awesome new smile take shape!

My husband Scott and I have been married for many years. We have two adult children, Max and Sam, and a “Teddy Bear” dog named Charlie. We all enjoy spending time with our close friends and family, and like boating, golfing, and tailgating. Cheering on the Iowa State Cyclones in football is a family passion!

 

Cheree

Dental Assistant

I offer chairside assistance to Dr. Poss and Dr. Cassaidy during appointments, but my focus is always on our patient. I check to make sure they’re comfortable, tell them what we’re doing, and am always smiling and encouraging them along the way! Our goal at Blue Sky Orthodontics is to help patients look and feel their best, and everyone here works together to make sure that happens!

I have one daughter who I spend most of my free time with. We used to live in Nevada, so we love being outdoors and playing!

 

TriciaShelly

Orthodontic Assistant

I began my career in dentistry in 1984, spending eight years as an assistant in general dentistry before shifting focus to orthodontics. It’s been super rewarding to work with the Blue Sky Orthodontics team for the past six years. We’re all dedicated to improving our patients’ smiles, and we all love seeing their self-esteem soar as treatment progresses.

I have been married to my husband Brian for more than 35 years. We have two grown children, Ally and Joe, as well as two furry kids still at home named Maizy and Myra. In our free time, we enjoy riding our motorcycle and traveling. We especially enjoyed our trip to Ireland and Scotland and hope to travel back there again!

 

Michelle

Orthodontic Assistant

I started working in orthodontics in 1998 in Council Bluffs, Iowa. I worked at that office for nine years before my family moved to the Ames area in 2007, and have been working at Blue Sky ever since! I really enjoy getting to know and welcoming our patients and families when I’m at the front desk. It’s so rewarding to see our patients’ progress and results throughout treatment and how excited they are through it all!

I’ve been married to my high school sweetheart for 30 years. We have three amazing kids and an awesome daughter-in-law. Don’t let us forget our miniature golden doodle, Daizee Mae, who truly runs the house! I enjoy many outdoor activities such as gardening, boating, going on walks, anything sports related, and so much more!