Meet the Staff


Melissa Avelino

Certified Clinical Assistant

Melissa was born and raised in NYC until the age of eighteen. She then moved to Jacksonville and several years later that’s when her career began in Orthodontics. Although she lives in sunny South Florida now, she will always be a “New Yorker” at heart she says. Melissa joined Sage Dental in 2014; with her being bilingual, humble, driven and well rounded we knew she was a perfect fit for Dr. Short and his team! Our patients love her compassion & gentle touch and she feels blessed to be a part of their “new smiles”. Out of the office, Melissa spends time with her boyfriend and friends as well as traveling back home to see her family as often as she can.


Lea Donoso

Certified Clinical Assistant

Lea’s career in orthodontics began over 10 years ago when she became Dr. Short’s orthodontic patient. Recognizing her outgoing personality, Dr. Short persuaded Lea to change her career path by offering the training to be a team member. She is a valuable team member as she is a Certified Orthodontic Assistant, Marketing Director, as well as our Scheduling Coordinator. Lea was born and raised in South Florida, making her a true Floridian. Lea has graduated from Liberty University with a BS degree. She also enjoys traveling, snow boarding, and spending time with her son, husband, friends and family. Lea is gratified to know that she contributes to creating healthy and beautiful smiles that will last a lifetime to our family of patients.


Susan White

Certified Clinical Assistant

Susan joined Short Orthodontics in March of 1998. She is a Certified Orthodontic Assistant with over 44 years of experience. Susan came by way of Boston, MA. She is a very warm and caring person and puts the patients’ needs first.
She is also our office decorator for holidays and special events. Anytime you are in the office please feel free to complement the décor; that always brightens her day!
We consider her the office mom, always making sure that the staff has plenty of treats to keep us going on those long busy days!


Katie Geissler

Patient Care Advocate

Katie started her career with Dr. Short in 2003, making her one of the senior members of our team. She can work any position in the office, whether it’s answering phones, meeting with new patients, or assisting Dr. Short. Besides treatment coordinating and being a Certified Orthodontic Technician, Katie is also our Invisalign specialist. She works side by side with Dr. Short on each and every Invisalign case, and even attends continuing education courses with him to make sure that every Invisalign case is a success. Katie is compassionate and gentle with her patients and is excellent at making them comfortable. She was born and raised in Fort Lauderdale, FL and enjoys shopping, relaxing by the pool, and spending time with her husband, family, and cat Gabi. Katie takes pride assisting Dr. Short in providing patients with beautiful smiles that last a lifetime and being a positive part of their day!

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6171 N Federal Hwy.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33308
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