Staff Directory

We are especially interested in making all our patients feel right at home! We aim to provide energetic and fun-loving service to each patient, and we put your needs first to achieve efficient and comprehensive treatment.

Orthodontist in Laguna Niguel near Aliso Viejo

Our staff is trained and skilled, and each member of our team has years of experience in treating patients with the highest level of care. We strive to stay abreast of the very latest in technology and advances by regularly attending continuing education courses and seminars.

Dr. Christopher ZacharyDr. Christopher A. Zachary

Dr. Zachary was born and raised in Southern California. In 1990, he graduated with bachelor degrees in biology and social ecology here in Orange County from the University of California, Irvine, and in 1994, he obtained his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from University of Southern California. Dr. Zachary then completed a general practice residency at the University of California, San Francisco in 1996. He went on to complete a specialized degree in orthodontics, with top honors, from New York University in 1998. More about Dr. Zachary…

Dr. Harry L. WhiteDr. Harry L. White

Dr. White was born in Great Falls, Montana in 1949. He was the second of five sons born to Harry, Sr. and Helen White. He graduated from Stanford in 1971, and earned his Doctorate of Dental Medicine in 1975 from the University of Oregon, and completed his specialization in Orthodontics at USC in 1977. More about Dr. White…


Theresa brings experience to our office from all areas of dentistry. She has been a registered dental assistant (RDA) since 1988, with 6 years of experience in general dentistry, 6 years in pedodontics, and 11 years in orthodontics. Theresa, her husband, and 3 children live in Mission Viejo.

What makes Theresa tick? Her hobbies include gardening and sewing. “My family! And coffee gets me out of bed!”


Cristie brings 7 years of experience to the Zachary Orthodonics family. She has 2 children, and is a resident of South Orange County.

Ask Cristie her about her passion for genealogy and working on her dad’s ranch! Cristie also enjoys the beach and coffee!


Maria earned her RDA credential after graduating from Orange Coast College in 1985. She worked in general dentistry until 1988 when hired by Dr. White, and has been working at our office ever since, over 22 years!

The Browns attend Coast Hills Church. Maria and her husband have 3 great kids and a shy little kitty cat named Molly Muffin, all of whom live in Laguna Niguel. Maria enjoys bible study, sewing, cooking, baking, and making jam. “I love going to the beach and just hanging out with my family.”


Gail is an RDA, joined our practice in 2002, but has worked in orthodontics for the past 42 years! Said Gail, “I feel so blessed to have a career that I truly love.” Gail and her family are residents of Dana Point.

Like so many residents near the beach, Gail enjoys rising early and going on a morning walk (with Cooper, their 5-year old yellow lab). She is also a fan of crossword puzzles, reading, crocheting, and enjoying all that South Orange County has to offer.


Kim is an orthodontic professional with over 12 years experience, and a resident of Aliso Viejo. She joined our practice in 2003. Kim has two German Shepherds that have got to be a handful!

What makes Kim tick? “I love to smile and enjoy life! Love walking my dogs and spending time with my family and friends.”


Cindy is another veteran in our office since 1992, with 20 years of experience! She is a resident of Costa Mesa, where she lives with her handsome husband and beautiful daughters, Lucky the family dog, and 2 bunnies.

When she is not in the office helping to bend wires and make beautiful smiles, Cindy enjoys bending wires and making jewelry. She is also a big fan of Dunkin Donuts coffee, her family and gardening.


Julie is resident of Lake Forest, and brings to our staff a phenomenal 24 years of experience. Julie joined the practice in 1986, took a hiatus when she became a teacher in 1995, and returned to us in 1998.

When she is not here at Zachary Orthodontics, Julie enjoys long walks and gardening, and spending with her husband, 3 daughters and grandson.

Bonnie Bonnie

Bonnie has been an RDA since 1984, another of our experienced assistants. She comes to us from Mission Viejo where she and her husband (a “top chef”) are raising 3 kids, including two accomplished athletes at Mission Viejo High.

As with most busy working moms, Bonnie’s free time isn’t free! She volunteers at many of her kids’ school events and at church mission trips, and enjoys road trips with the kids!

Carolyn Carolyn

Carolyn began her orthodontic career as a receptionist in 1990, treatment coordinator in 1994, and joined Dr. Zachary in 2002. She and her husband have a daughter, twin boys, and a handsome boxer named Bogey. If you ask Carolyn, she will tell you that she absolutely loves helping people attain beautiful, healthy smiles!

When Carolyn is not floral arranging, crafting, or hosting BBQ’s with family, she raves about being outdoors and at the beach in the beautiful area we live in. According to her, “Nothing better than being at the beach with a good book and waves as background music.”

Kathy Kathy

Kathy has worked in the dental field, including extensive experience as an orthodontic assistant for over 25 years. Her knowledge of orthodontics, combined with her love for this profession is what makes Kathy a great front desk coordinator. Kathy says “What I love about working here at Dr. Zachary’s office is the interaction with the patients and their parents and the friendships I have made.”

When Kathy is not helping patients achieve the smile of the dreams, she enjoys spending time with her family. Reading and walking along the beach are some of her favorite activities. Kathy and her husband Michael have two children and seven beautiful grandchildren.

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