Amber Kirby

Amber Kirby

Our amazing orthodontic assistant, Amber, became a part of the Black Orthodontics family in 2018. “Helping our patients throughout their treatment is my passion. I love to see smiles radiate! I feel so proud to work with Dr. Black; he is awesome!” Amber grew up in WNC and loves taking her dog, Scooter, for hikes in the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains. “We have the best time together. He loves to explore!” Amber enjoys traveling around the US and visiting new areas. “NYC is one of my favorite places to visit. The buzz of the city and all the different cultures is so amazing to see.” Fun fact about our Amber is that she is also a master woodworker! She has built and designed many things-wall art, furniture, and accessories that she sells or gives as gifts to family and friends. “I love expressing my creative side through this medium. It is relaxing and... Read More
Kasey Frady

Kasey Frady

Kasey joined Dr. Black’s team after studying dental assisting at A-B Tech and graduating in 2000. She had the privilege of getting a better smile as an adult as Dr. Black perfected her teeth using clear braces. “Having braces was a great experience!” she says. “It was more comfortable and no additional appliances were needed. It was also great that the cosmetic appearance of the clear brackets made it less noticeable.” Both a clinical and administrative specialist, she “likes working with happy and healthy patients” and she also “likes the hands on experience” that she gained by working with Dr. Black. Kasey grew up as the second oldest of five children, and is now a mother of four beautiful daughters and the wife of a football coach. She loves her big family, and in her free time (which is rare) she loves camping, going to the lake, the beach, or anything water related. She smiles as she says “I also spend a lot of time on the football field.” Now that her daughters are ready for braces she looks forward to experiencing braces from a mother’s perspective. Why does she love Black Orthodontics? “I love the staff! Everyone is fun and happy. We have the best boss who gives us opportunities to grow and learn in this profession. We laugh together, cry together, workout together, and share life together. I also love meeting new people and adore seeing lives change through their... Read More
Heather Blalock

Heather Blalock

Heather knows a lot about orthodontics! She wore braces as a kid for three years and then Dr. Black perfected her smile with Invisalign before her wedding. “No one ever noticed that I was straightening my teeth. After having braces for a very long time Invisalign was the perfect option for me!” This Georgia girl joined the Black Orthodontic Team not because of her experience in orthodontics, but because of her background in public relations and customer service. She had a B.A. in Business Marketing and has been a proud “mini-orthodontist” for Dr. Black since July 2007. “I absolutely love my job and feel extremely blessed to say that…not too many people get to love what they do and who they do it with.” When Heather is not working, she enjoys working out, eating, and of course shopping. She has two little girls, Mary Blair and Charlie, husband Patrick, and two Gold Retrievers, Sage and Simms. “Life is busy but good!” “Being a mom has been my biggest accomplishment by far and made me a better Treatment Coordinator. I love that Dr. Black is all about taking care of kids and adults like they were family. I’m learning every day to do the... Read More
Jessica Bryson

Jessica Bryson

Jessica almost didn’t work in the dental field, but somehow, she ended up following in the footsteps of her family. After studying Public Relations at Western Carolina Univesity, she graduated from the dental assisting program at AB-Tech. It was during one of her rotations at Black Orthodontics that she fell in love with the dynamic environment that only orthodontics provides. Jessica had Dr. Black perfect her smile, and she says, “Having braces myself has given me a better understanding of what we do. We are not just straightening teeth; we are changing lives! A beautiful, healthy smile can open doors and increase your confidence.” She joined the team at Black Orthodontics in 2003, and she is truly a Jane of all trades. She’s worked in all areas of the office and is now the office manager. Jessica says, “Our team is extraordinary, and we are all add something different to our group. Once you have experienced customer service from Black Orthodontics, you will understand why we are the best. We aren’t just co-workers, we are family.” When she’s not working, she enjoys spending time with her family. She also enjoys time with her friends, cooking, shopping, cleaning, and working... Read More
Svetlana “Lana” Lavrenyuk

Svetlana “Lana” Lavrenyuk

Lana joined the team in 2010 after graduating from the dental program at A-B Tech. She is our Clinical Coordinator and serves as Dr. Black’s “right hand”—helping him put braces on patients’ teeth, take them off when treatment is done, and everything else in between. She is the youngest daughter of 14 children and grew up in Ukraine. She and her family immigrated to the United States when she was 13; following in her uncle’s footsteps as he had moved here in search of religious freedom more than a decade before them. She is fluent in Ukrainian, Russian, and English. Lana loves spending time with her husband and their 3 children, Ben, Ella, and Samuel. They like to go hiking and ride their bikes together. “Family time is really cherished,” she says, as is time with her “work family.” Her favorite thing is helping Dr. Black take braces off. “I love it because the patients are so excited and happy to be there! They’ve looked forward to seeing their new and improved smile.” What does Lana want everyone to know about orthodontics? “It’s not just for aesthetics, it really benefits overall health. Also, the more you smile, the more positive you are, and people love it; they want to be around... Read More