We know that our office is only as effective and as welcoming as the people who work in it, which is why we take pride in our friendly, well-trained staff members who hold multiple certifications. Each team member has years of experience in treating patients with the highest level of care.

As a team, we are especially interested in making all our patients feel right at home! We put your needs first to achieve efficient, comprehensive treatment in a supportive, nurturing environment. Our objective is to provide energetic and fun-loving service to each patient!

Omayra Ibarra

Office Manager

Hi, I’m Omayra. I have been working with Dr. Cardenas since 2010 and have worked in the dental field since 2006. I started off as a Certified Dental Assistant, followed by continuing my education for Orthodontics and grew my knowledge into becoming the Office Manager bringing a diverse work background to the practice. I am fluent in both Spanish and English. I love working with patients and their parents to help achieve their dream smile. I was born in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico. I love spending time with my family on the weekends. My kids Ali and Tani are a very important part of my life.

Kim Banks

Treatment Coordinator

Hi, I’m Kim, and I have worked in the orthodontic field since 2005. I enjoy playing a role in creating beautiful smiles. My primary goal is to make the first visit as enjoyable and informative as possible. I strive to make every patient smile and laugh, and go above and beyond to ensure that all new patients have a clear understanding of the value of orthodontic treatment. I was born in Hudson, NY and grew up in Germantown, NY. In my spare time, I love to travel and to spend time with my family and friends, and also my labradoodle Zambo.

Roza Potapchuk

Clinical CoordinatorCertified Orthodontic Assistant

Hello, my name is Roza and I have been in the orthodontic industry since 2003 and with Dr. Cardenas since 2007. I am the clinical coordinator of the practice. I am responsible for assistant training, ordering, and operatory flow. I am also the resident specialist in infection control procedures, conducting the annual review in prevention of cross-contamination and OSHA regulations. I am honored to be involved in the intricate process of orthodontics and love to watch the transformation of smiles. I am originally from Rivine, Ukraine, and speak Ukrainian, Russian and English. I enjoy reading and traveling.

Nichole Taylor

Appointment Coordinator

Rebeca Hanceri

Orthodontic Assistant

Hi, I’m Rebeca, I was born in Detroit, MI. I speak Romanian fluently and have 6 brothers and a sister. I’m married to my wonderful husband Stefan and we have a beautiful daughter, Josephina. I enjoy being with my family and friends, especially with my daughter. I enjoy outdoor activities, going to the beach, and traveling. I have been working as a dental assistant since 2012. I graduated from Everest Institute. I started at a pediatric dental practice and worked my way up to an orthodontic assistant. I chose orthodontics because I became inspired to make positive changes in people’s self esteem and that all started with a smile! I want to be part of that positive encouragement to smile. I have been working with Dr. Cardenas since May, 2018. Dr. Cardenas is an amazing orthodontist and I continue to work with him on creating beautiful new smiles and positive attitudes to the practice!

Elizabeth Mosquera


My name is Elizabeth Mosquera I’m from Colombia ?? My hobbies are crafts I like to create things, the other one is dancing ??, I’m also a balloon ? artist.

Emina Nukic


Hello my name is Emina. I am originally from Bosnia. I have been an orthodontic assistant for over 20 years. I have been married to my husband Sinan for 14 years and we have 2 beautiful children, Ayla and Adnan. In my free time I enjoy being outside, preferably by the water.

Aliyah Cruz


Hello, my name is Aliyah!! I started with Embrace in 2021, straight out of high school, and with the help of Dr. Cardenas and the team I’ve worked my way up to an Ortho Assistant!! My parents are from Colombia and Mexico, but I was born and raised in Georgia. Outside of work I love to play soccer, hangout with my family and spend time with my boyfriend. My favorite foods are Mexican flautas, anything with avocados, and most importantly ice cream.

Nina d'Almada


Hey my name is Nina and I have been an assistant in the Orthodontic world for 12 years now. I LOVE LOVE what I do and where I work. Everyone here is Awesome and fun.

When I am not at work I am watching racing, football, soccer and a great Netflix show. I love to go camping and off-roading. I have two older kids, Dottie and Lance. My husband Seth and I have been together since 2010 and got married in 2016. Give me a reason to dress up in a costume and I will be in my most HAPPY PLACE! See you soon!

Cathy Minish

Office Manager Commerce

Cathy has been at our Commerce location since it opened for business in June 2020. She is passionate about building relationships with our patients and their families and strives to assist with their individual needs while making them feel at home.
Cathy currently resides in Commerce, GA with her husband (Randy), son (Noah), and their dog (Cheerio). Outside of the office, Cathy loves spending quality time with her family, friends, and dog. Cathy currently has 11 grandchildren and anticipates more in the future.

Sherry Vaughn

Appointment Coordinator

Hi, I’m Sherry the Appointment Coordinator for the Embrace location in Commerce.

I enjoy getting to meet patients and seeing them become more confident in their smile!

I love spending time with my family. We love to show horses, go to the beach, play cornhole and take care of our 4 legged babies.

Ellie Navarrete


Hello, your favorite Certified Orthodontist Assistant here, Ellie. I am bilingual in both Spanish & English, given the Mexican roots.  I started working in Ortho in 2015 and since then I have loved every aspect of it…but most importantly the change of smile & confidence pop we give our patients during & after treatment. I am a mom of 2 handsome boys, Ociel & Thiago, that I love even if they keep me busy & insane lol. I enjoy the outdoors, traveling, crafts, music & family time the most.

Taliyah McCall

Appointment Coordinator

Hi, I’m Taliyah! I am so happy to be part of the team. In my spare time, I enjoy relaxing at home with my Rottweiler & Kitty. My all-time favorite thing though is crab boils!

Liz Thomas

Financial Coordinator

I look forward to seeing all of you at the Dacula office. The one thing I would love to share is that I love to sing!


Entertainment Manager

Hi, I’m Milo. I was born in Detroit, Michigan on May 20th, 2019. I flew from Detroit on August 2019 to meet my forever family who I love immensely. My sister’s Camila and Laura spoil me all the time. My brother Santi loves to play catch with me. My favorite pass time is to chew on my Mommy’s shoes. Mommy and daddy make sure I have eaten all my food every day! This is not a problem for me because I love to eat! My favorite fruit is blueberries! In my free time I get to spend time with my cousin Teddy Bear and we have lots of fun together. I speak both English and Spanish. I am very lucky to have such a great family. Please remember to always SMILE!


Communications Director / Hugger

Hi, I’m Kobi. I am a proud second generation Asian- American. My dad immigrated from Nepal and my mom, from China many years ago. I was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. I joined the practice of Dr. Cardenas in 2017 because I love to communicate and make people smile! I love to travel the world, learning new languages, reading, running and hiking. My favorite food is my mom’s bamboo salad and all kind of fruits, but berry biscuits are my weakness. I would like to visit some relatives in the Himalayan Mountains in the next years to know more about the culture of my ancestors.