Meet the Team

Emily
Administrative Team Leader
Never one to stay seated for too long, Emily Mann works in just about every division of Irmo Smiles as our Administrative Team Leader. She began her Irmo Smiles career five years ago after a chance meeting with Dr. Misti Raman. Always one to have an iced coffee in hand, Emily can be found bouncing around, helping our teams solve challenges the day may bring and implementing systems to help keep things running efficiently and effectively. When her busy days at Irmo Smiles are over, Emily likes to unwind by making jewelry or restoring furniture. Family time is important to her (although you'll never find her spending it in the kitchen cooking); she loves playing with her two boxers, Maggie and Boomer, and exploring the world with her husband, Chris.

 

Lori
Orthodontic Assistant

Her quiet demeanor and her warm heart make Lori a good listener. But she will be glad to start talking if you ask her about her faith and her family, or her favorite Elvis songs. She has 25 years of experience in orthodontics and has been at Irmo Smiles for 13 years. Lori has three sons with her husband of 33 years, and two grandchildren. She enjoys food of all kinds, especially her son's cooking. If you find Lori cleaning up around the office, she just can't help herself. She is a self-proclaimed neat freak. While cleaning at home, she may be listening to Christian music or watching her favorite shows on the Hallmark Channel. Lori hopes to someday meet her sponsored Compassion Child, Ben, who lives in Africa.

 

Melody
Reception

One of the first bright smiles you will encounter at Irmo Smiles is Melody's. Helping patients make appointments and checking them in as they arrive, Melody provides information that helps patients get the help they need while they're here. Family is the center of her world, as she enjoys spending time with her husband, children and grandchild. While you wait for your appointment, Melody will happily discuss the latest episode of the Black List to pass the time. If you really want to see Melody smile, wear Clemson orange and shout, "Go Tigers!"

Lisa
Registered Dental Hygienist

For over a decade, Lisa has been part of the team at Irmo Smiles. Her patient relationships are some of her most treasured ones. Lisa has been a Registered Dental Hygienist since earning her degree at Midlands Technical College in 2004. After hours when she is not painting a smile on a patient, she enjoys taking painting classes, reading, or shopping. At home in Sumter,  Lisa's children, grandchildren, and her dog Foxy keep her busy and smiling.

Daina
Patient Care Specialist

Degreed in Health Science and blessed with superb people skills, Daina Jeffcoat is a pro at helping patients during their visits to our office. Having worked in dentistry for over a decade, Daina helps patients make sense of insurance and the components of treatment. Daina is bilingual and can speak Lithuanian, since both of her parents are Lithuanian immigrants, but you're more likely to hear her boisterous laugh echoing through the practice as she finds pure joy in getting to know and joking around with our patients. Daina loves gardening and when she isn't watering the office plants, you can find her implementing her nurturing nature to raising her two children.

 

Crystal
Registered Dental Hygienist

After studying at College of Charleston, USC and earning her degree in dental hygiene at Midlands Tech, Crystal settled into her role as a Registered Dental Hygienist. For over a decade, she has helped patients overcome their fears during dental appointments using her fun, crazy personality. Irmo Smiles is proud to call Crystal a team member for the past two years. Crystal enjoys her work family and treasures her close relationship with her parents and brother. Outside of her work life, Crystal enjoys supporting Gamecock football, kayaking, and traveling.

 

Erica
Patient Care Specialist

For Erica and her family, things seem to always come in twos. She is a twin and has two more sets of twins in the family. Originally from Jefferson, SC, Erica now lives in Irmo and has been in the dental field for over two years. Formerly a restaurant manager, Erica knows the value of great customer service and the importance of building relationships, and she has an incredible ability to help solve problems as quickly as they arise. Her work ethic and determination make her an asset to our team. When you step in the door at Irmo Smiles, you can expect to find Erica ready to help you make your smile twice as good as it was before.

 

Karen
Registered Dental Hygienist

A cleaning will be a great experience when you're in the care of Karen. It's hard to estimate how many teeth she has cleaned in her 28 years of experience as a dental hygienist. Working at Irmo Smiles for 26 years and alongside Dr. Raman for the past 8 years, she considers our patients to be just like family. Karen balances her steady career with excitement on wheels outside of work. She enjoys riding four-wheelers and motorcycles with her husband and son. She is happy at the beach or at the mountains, as long as she has her family and a cocker spaniel by her side.

Christi
Insurance Coordinator

When you need to talk insurance, Christi is the go-to girl for all things benefits and co-pays. At Irmo Smiles, Christi helps patients with applying their benefits to services rendered. She came to Irmo Smiles in 2015 with 11 years of experience in the dental industry. Originally from Charleston, Christi came to Columbia to be smack in the middle of Gamecock country. She loves sports, especially USC football and baseball. She also enjoys following the Oakland Raiders with her husband and her dog, Jake.

Robin
Dental Assistant, Team Leader

While volunteering at a dental office in Florida, Robin fell in love with the field and decided to make it her career. She earned her certifications at the University of Florida in 1998. She has been helping patients smile proudly ever since. Upon settling in Columbia, Robin became a dental assistant and team leader at Irmo Smiles. She feeds her creative side with arts and crafts, reading, and enjoying music. Her passion for helping others feel good about themselves comes through in her work and her daily life as a wife, mom, and grandmother.

Tammie
Orthodontics

As an orthodontic patient, you'll meet with Tammie at the beginning of your treatment. She will gather all the necessary information and photographs needed for Dr. Raman to develop a treatment plan. She also brings her decades of experience to the lab, where she makes 3D models and appliances like retainers. Outside of work, she likes to spend time with her family, watching football or watching the Walking Dead series. She is always striving for perfection and lives each day with purpose.

Tammy
Dental Assistant
Seeking a career change, Tammy decided she would follow her dream of entering the dental field. She joined the team at Irmo Smiles in 2016 as a dental assistant. Tammy enjoys assisting the dentists and making appointments pleasant for patients. As a mother and grandmother, she enjoys cooking meals for her family, especially when the recipe includes shrimp.

Heather
Orthodontics

Heather earned her BS degree in biology and chemistry, and at Irmo Smiles, she is focused on the science of leading the Orthodontics team. With 20 years in Orthodontics, Heather will make sure new and current patients are guided through their treatment plans and financial options. Whether working with patients or behind the scenes, Heather does whatever it takes to make things run smoothly here at Irmo Smiles. Her passion for decorating shows around the office. We all appreciate her ability to create a festive environment for every season.

Renee
Dental Assistant

After receiving her training in dental assisting at Fortis College, Renee joined the team at Irmo Smiles as a dental assistant. She can be found working alongside Dr. Raman and Dr. Rush to make sure our patients have a great experience. Renee's favorite part of her job is being able to make a difference in a patient's life and being a part of making people smile. You can catch Renee smiling when she has plans to eat her favorite food - Mexican!

Judie
Orthodontic Assistant

Judie came to South Carolina from Ohio and brought a wealth of skill and knowledge to her position as an orthodontic assistant. In her 25-year career, she has helped many patients realize their goal of having a beautiful smile. She is motivated each day by seeing the improved confidence in people when they complete their treatment. Reading, research, and walking keep Judie entertained when she's not at work. And she's always happy if she has a good cup of coffee.fda

Kimberly
Pediatric Dental Hygienist

As a pediatric dental hygienist, Kim is a natural at helping our pediatric patients feel at ease here at Irmo smiles. We were happy to add Kim to the Irmo Smiles team in 2016. She brings two decades of experience in dentistry along with a degree in health science from Midlands Technical College. Kim grew up in Sumter and now calls Chapin home. She loves reading, exercising, and dancing, but most of all, spending time with her three children.

Crystal
Orthodontic Assistant

For 10 years now, Crystal has been assisting orthodontists and giving patients the self-confidence that a beautiful smile brings. Crystal is originally from Fairfax, Virginia, lived and worked in Ohio for several years, and now calls Lexington, SC, home. At Irmo Smiles, you may hear Crystal humming tunes by her favorite artist, Celine Dion, while she works. Her dream is to see Celine in concert and travel to Alaska. Always the optimist, Crystal's personal motto is "keep looking to the future and remain hopeful about achieving your goals." She hopes to take part in giving patients the boost in confidence they need to be their best, starting with a great smile.

Sarah
Pediatric Dental Assistant

Born at the beach and raised in the mountains, Sarah and her close-knit family eventually settled in the Midlands where she is now raising her young family. Following in her mother's footsteps as a dental assistant, she studied at Palmetto School of Career Development and now helps Dr. Katherine Renne, our pediatric dentist. Sarah enjoys working with children to encourage good dental hygiene. Her gentle nature and kind smile help to eliminate our young patients' fears about going to the dentist.

Our talented team members bring years of combined dental experience to our ultra-modern office. Schedule a visit today at (803) 462-4437 to experience our team first hand.