About Us

Positively impacting lives with convenient family orthodontics in Souderton, Perkasie, and Quakertown, PA.

Justin Silvestre, DMD

“Worry not, my child (or child at heart), we’re not here to do anything to you, we’re here to do it WITH you.”

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Life brought Dr. Silvestre into dentistry, but his passion led him to orthodontics. Our board-certified orthodontist loves creating the ultimate smile (with both beauty and function in mind), helping our patients achieve better well-being.

One of Dr. Silvestre’s favorite parts of the job is working with our amazing community and the dedicated team at Orthodontic Specialists. He believes in always giving – whether transforming smiles in the office or contributing to our community outside of work.

In his free time, Dr. Silvestre stays busy with his wife, Candice, and four children, Eli, Sammy, David, and Lucy. In addition, he enjoys fishing, running, hiking, and going on adventures with his family.

His heroes are his parents. He gets his easygoing, “focus on what’s important” attitude from his mom and hard work and “always keep your head up” attitude from his dad.

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Gannon Van Allen, DDS

“I’m here to help you find the beautiful smile you desire in a way that’s healthy and effective. Together, we’ll make this happen!”

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Dr. Gannon loves everything about orthodontics, but he especially enjoys early interceptive treatment. Early intervention, when appropriate, is a chance for him to help young patients’ mouths grow in a balanced manner, simplifying treatments in the future.

His favorite part of the job is experiencing shared moments with patients as they begin to see their new beautiful smiles form. Dr. Gannon believes the best dentistry is a combination of evidence-based scientific theory, a creative eye, and skillful hands to execute.

Outside the office, Dr. Gannon stays busy with his wife, Shayna, and son, Tolman. The best day of his life was when Tolman was born – he and his wife realized they were no longer just a couple but a family.

A few fun facts – he was previously a Lieutenant in the United States Navy and was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal for humanitarian efforts on deployment. Dr. Gannon also loves long-distance running and completed a 660+ mile, four-month-long running challenge (he did this twice!).

Robert A. Azarik, DMD, MDS

“I’m fortunate to have been doing orthodontics for a long time, and I’ve seen almost everything. I’ll find a solution even if it’s not obvious.”

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Dr. Azarik has always loved building things and still enjoys putting things together. From a young age, he was inspired to join the dental field by his own orthodontist, family members who were in the field, and his brother-in-law (they worked together for 20 years, and Dr. Azarik ran the practice after his brother-in-law’s retirement).

The best part of Dr. Azarik’s job is seeing the end result and the smile on the patient’s and parents’ faces. He feels very fortunate to be able to contribute to our community in a meaningful way.

In his free time, our orthodontist loves spending time with his wife of 40+ years and their two sons and daughter-in-law. He enjoys playing golf, traveling, and spending time at the beach or riding his bike in Maine.

A few fun facts? Dr. Azarik’s hero is his dad, who taught him so much and made him the man he is today. The best day of his life was when he became a parent for the first time. Being responsible for a little person was scary and the most exciting time for him and his wife.

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A+ staff, front desk to orthodontist. Professional doctor, yet relatable, humble, and connected to the community. I feel the type of staff you have says a lot about the boss. Dr. Silvestre has a great team working alongside him. I was impressed 18 months ago at my daughter’s consultation and thrilled with her gorgeous smile today.

- Nanette R

Orthodontic Specialists is hands down the most amazing office we’ve ever stepped into! From the moment we walked in, we felt right at home. All the assistants are friendly and upbeat. Dr. Justin explains things so the kids can understand them, and takes the time to answer any questions the parents might have as well. He’s compassionate and knowledgeable. The entire office staff makes the whole experience smooth and effortless.

- Diana S.

Dr. Justin and his staff are excellent to work with. So much so, half of my household is currently under orthodontic treatment with them! My daughter just had her braces removed yesterday. Prior to treatment, she had an underbite and was on the cusp of needing jaw surgery. Her treatment plan worked great. No more underbite, and we were able to avoid jaw surgery.

- Nicole B.

Your Caring Smile Team

Determined to provide you with an exceptional experience from start to finish.

Click on each image to learn about our team at Orthodontic Specialists.

Gina with Orthodontic Specialists
Gina

Operations Manager

Gina specifically chose orthodontics because of how fun it is! Watching each patient’s smile transform is the best part of her job. She aims to make all our patients feel welcome while helping them understand the treatment options.

The team at Orthodontic Specialists and patients like you make it easy for our operations manager to come to work each day. In her free time, Gina enjoys “Sunday Funday” with her friends and family (she especially loves brunch). A fun fact? Her favorite quote is, “Go Birds!”

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Julia

Office Manager

Julia has more than ten years of orthodontic insurance and financial experience. She loves helping patients maximize coverage and understand the insurance process. Navigating insurance throughout orthodontic treatment can be tricky, but Julia makes it easier.

In her spare time, she enjoys competitive horseback riding and creating memories with her husband and three children. Julia’s active in the community at church and in her boys’ extracurricular activities. She finds her own moral compass aligns with Orthodontic Specialists and loves helping others anytime she can.

Lauren with Orthodontic Specialists
Lauren

Office Manager

Lauren fell into orthodontics through Dr. Azarik’s wife, who worked in the field for 17 years. She loves getting to know our families by interacting with patients and parents. Her favorite quote is, “Every cloud has a silver lining” and she always tries to find the positive in every situation.

Outside the office, Lauren enjoys being involved at church, spending time with family and friends, cooking out, riding bikes with her husband, and traveling/exploring new places. Her bucket list includes going back to Taiwan and traveling to Japan and China.

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Brooke

Treatment Coordinator

Before joining our team, Brooke’s daughter was a patient at Orthodontic Specialists, and their experience surpassed their expectations. In turn, Brooke knew she wanted to join our team. Her favorite part of the job is getting to know new faces and helping our patients start a journey to a new smile.

In her free time, Brooke enjoys spending time with friends and family. On most weekends, you can find her on the soccer field sidelines cheering on her oldest daughter or on the football sidelines watching her youngest daughter cheer. Some fun facts? Brooke’s favorite quote is “Just keep swimming” by Dory, and she was born/raised in Quakertown where she’s raising her family today.

Kitty with Orthodontic Specialists
Kitty

Administrative Assistant

Kitty graduated from Penn State Lehigh Valley with a degree in childhood education and spent the last few years working in childcare settings and the dental field. She found orthodontics to be the perfect combination of both!

She loves building relationships with patients and their families during their journeys to great smiles. Working with our amazing team also taught her the importance of giving back to the community. Outside of work, Kitty enjoys spending time with her family and friends, doing house projects, and snuggling with her dog, Apollo.

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Kiersten

Orthodontic Technician

Kiersten had braces when she was younger and was always interested in how they work. As she got older, she realized how amazing it is to see the before and after transformations of friends and co-workers who underwent treatment themselves. Today, she’s on the other side, working at Orthodontic Specialists – interacting with patients, seeing their progress, and witnessing final results.

In her free time, Kiersten likes to be with family and friends, spend time outside with her dogs, or ride her motorcycle. Traveling outside of the US is on her bucket list!

Jenna with Orthodontic Specialists
Jenna

Orthodontic Technician

Jenna graduated from the Upper Bucks Technical School with a certificate in dental assisting. She feels lucky to work at Orthodontic Specialists, where she started during her senior year’s co-op program.

Our dental assistant is grateful to have learned so much working here, not just about orthodontics but about giving back and building relationships with our community. When not at work, Jenna likes to spend her free time with family, friends, and her dog, Red. She also loves spending the summer at the beach.

Kristen with Orthodontic Specialists
Kristen

Orthodontic Technician

Kristen is from Philadelphia, attended Delaware Valley Academy for dental assisting school, and brings over ten years of experience. She chose dentistry because she loves seeing our patients’ smiles upon treatment completion.

Outside the office, Kristen stays busy spending time with family/friends and watching her son play football. Her favorite quote is, “Teamwork makes the dream work” and she’s proud of her great communication skills – she finds it very easy to relate to others.

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Emily

Orthodontic Technician

Emily attended Pennridge High School, was a cheerleader, and completed dental assisting courses at Upper Bucks County Technical School.
She began working at Orthodontic Specialists during her senior year’s co-op program.

In her spare time, Emily likes to hang out with friends, go camping, ride dirt bikes, and go fishing with her family. Her friends and co-workers describe her as fun, bubbly, and energetic.

Donielle with Orthodontic Specialists
Donielle

Orthodontic Technician

Donielle lived across most of the country, growing up as a “Navy brat.” Upon graduating high school in Bucks County, PA, she became interested in orthodontics. Donielle is now trained as an orthodontic assistant and completed her nursing degree.

She loves working with kids and making their orthodontic experience extra comfortable and fun. Her heart is truly in orthodontics! Outside of the office, Donielle enjoys being with her family, husband Ryan, and pets (which keep them busy!)

Jules with Orthodontic Specialists
Jules

Clinical Coordinator

Jules graduated from the dental assisting program at the Berks Career and Technology Center. She feels lucky to have the opportunity to work alongside such a supportive and loving team while expanding her skills.

Her goal is to help patients (like you) feel comfortable in our care and leave feeling more confident in their smile and confident in themselves! When she’s not at work, Jules enjoys spending time with friends and family. She also loves meeting new people and traveling to different places.

Maddie with Orthodontic Specialists
Maddie

Orthodontic Technician

Maddie grew up in Perkasie, PA, attending Pennridge High School and Upper Bucks County Technical School. Ever since she was young, Maddie loved going to the dentist and found it fascinating. Today, the best part of her job is meeting new people each day and working with such a supportive team.

She considers herself a child at heart and loves to have fun. Outside the office, Maddie enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing soccer and field hockey, and snowboarding in the winter. Her bucket list includes going skydiving!

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