How can you leave a place like Amelia Island? “That is exactly my question!” I am a true native of Fernandina Beach, born on the island and attending the public schools here. I enjoyed growing up on the beach with my four brothers. My love for swimming and all things involving the water eventually led to several great summer jobs, lifeguarding and teaching swimming lessons. In a quest to experience the city life I attended Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia after graduating from Fernandina Beach High School. My chemistry teacher inspired me to seek a degree in chemistry and, later, I decided to follow my father’s footsteps into the field of dentistry. Having experienced orthodontic treatment as a student, I was excited to pursue a degree in orthodontics and was accepted into the residency program at Emory. There, I met my husband and eventual partner in practice, Dr. Tod Garner. Returning to Amelia Island was our goal and we established the first of four offices in north Florida. I am very blessed to have been raised in such a wonderful community and to have been allowed to raise our four daughters in the same family-friendly environment. I believe orthodontic therapy is a tremendous gift and practicing orthodontics is the perfect career. As a Jacksonville, Macclenny and Fernandina Beach, FL, orthodontist, orthodontics is my passion.