Sonia Perales

Sonia Perales

Sonia joined the Black Orthodontics team in 2007 and is a very important clinical chairside assistant as well as our lab technician. She is fluent in both English and Spanish. Before coming to work for Dr. Black, Sonia worked at a pediatric dental clinic and still loves working with children and helping them improve their smiles. She still remembers how orthodontics changed the way she felt about herself for the better. “A smile lasts a lifetime, and being able to touch an individual and give them the gift of a smile is amazing.” She wants people to know that it’s never too late, though, even if you’re an adult. “Braces are not as noticeable as they were in the past. They are less invasive and more comfortable. You’re never too old to get the smile you’ve always wanted!” Sonia grew up in Mexico, and her husband, Wladimir, is from Chile. She loves spending time with him and their children, Emily and Santiago. “I like to garden, hike, and be in nature,” she says. Her other hobbies include jewelry making, flower arranging, traveling, sleeping, and spending time with her... Read More
Danielle Shea

Danielle Shea

Danielle “Dee” is the first smile you see when you walk through the door at Black Orthodontics. She is the cheerful and bright administrative assistant who loves making sure everyone leaves feeling better than they arrived. Before joining the team at Black’s in 2015, she served as a teacher’s assistant in regular and special needs classrooms for Madison County Schools. One of Danielle’s passions is painting murals and canvas wall art. She credits this skill to her parents—her father is talented at drawing and her mother worked with children and is super creative, which Danielle translated into artistic forms. Clients at Black Orthodontics benefit from this talent, as some will ask her to produce art they can give as gifts to their loved ones. When she’s not at work or creating art, Danielle loves to work out and quote lines from her favorite TV show, “The Office.” She can be seen around Asheville driving her Jeep Wrangler with the roof off and a smile on her face! “If you make an impact in somebody’s life, you’re going to get that back,” she says. “You never know what you’re going to say or do to someone that will make them feel better. It’s all about giving their confidence a boost! I love that Dr. Black provides amazing smiles to our patients and truly makes a difference in everyone’s... Read More
Marie Duckett

Marie Duckett

Marie is the first one here every morning! She opens shop and bakes all the delicious cookies fresh, so they’re warm when we open the doors. Dr. Black welcomed her to the team in 1991, and she is our Sterilization Coordinator, helps out in the lab, and serves as the right hand to each of our chairside assistants. Her work here is very important and she helps with many tasks in lots of other areas of the office as well. Marie had braces as an adult and loves her smile! She loves coming to work and spending time with her work family. Most of the time she’s pretty quiet, but she lets loose around her friends! You’ll recognize Marie because most days you’ll see her dancing around the office and working like crazy. When Marie is not working, she enjoys going to church, spending time with her husband and family, and listening to all kinds of music. She likes to relax by creating beautiful art pictures. Her favorite TV shows are “Dancing with the Stars” and “So You Think You Can Dance.” What makes her smile? “Life and... Read More
Pam Anderson

Pam Anderson

Pam has been with Black Orthodontics for over 22 years. She has a B.A. in Sociology from Appalachian State University and worked with the Head Start program before shifting into orthodontics. Pam is a Haywood County native and has been happily married to her husband, Steve, for over 37 years. They have a son, Blake, who is a graduate student at Rutgers University in New Jersey. “We are avid outdoor enthusiasts,” she shares, “I love to hike and bike around beautiful WNC and beyond. We backpacked in the Rocky Mountain National Park in summer 2014 and hiked over the highest non-technical mountain during a thunderstorm. I was terrified!” Pam says, “For me, there is no place like Black Orthodontics. One of the many reasons is because of Dr. Black’s involvement in charities and community service projects. Also, Dr. Black is a fabulous orthodontist and we have a wonderful team that I am proud to call my friends!” She loves to see patients finish with a beautiful... Read More
Bri Zachary

Bri Zachary

“Smiles are your first impression!” she says with a big smile on her face. Bri began with our office in January 2017. Born in High Point, NC, she grew up in Rock Hill, SC and recently moved back to WNC to enjoy her family, amazing Asheville eats, and the beautiful scenery. Bri has a 5 year old daughter, Raelynn, who is a certified “full-time diva” and shopping partner in crime. Raelynn is always excited to match her mother’s clothing style-even with matching dinosaur bathing suits! At the office, always be on the lookout for Bri’s fun socks and earrings! In her free time, Bri loves anything outdoors and especially enjoys kayaking with her father. On the weekend, you can find Bri hanging out with her family and friends. Bri shares, “I love working with Dr. B and our team! Dr. B is very innovative and strives to create personal relationships with each patient. It is amazing.” She feels grateful to Dr. Black for the opportunities he provides to continue to grow and... Read More