We Invite You to Meet Our Team

When you visit our office, you won’t just be interacting with Dr. Austin Rahaim. Smiles by Design Orthodontics is staffed by a team of caring professionals. All of us are here to help you with your care and make you feel comfortable. As crazy as it may sound, we want you to look forward to visiting the orthodontist. 


Office Manager
Dotsie has worked in all aspects of the dental field since 1989. She is a native of New Orleans but has been on the Gulf Coast since 1981 and has strong roots in this area. She strives daily to provide a positive atmosphere for Dr. Rahaim and his team that will result in the best care for the patients and the practice. Dotsie loves traveling and spending time with friends and family!

Front desk/Schedule Coordinator
Taryn has been part of our team since December 2015 and is usually the first person you speak to or see when you begin your journey with our office. She is the best person for this job and always makes everyone feel like they are part of our family here at Smiles by Design. Taryn enjoys going to the gym, jet-skiing, and cooking. She makes all of delicious birthday cakes for our team on each of their birthdays!

Insurance Coordinator
Madison has been part of our team since May of 2016. She is from Pass Christian and is not only an experienced orthodontic assistant, but she also handles our insurance claims for the practice. Madison is a team player and is always ready to help our team and the patients any time or anywhere she is needed. She enjoys any activities that involve being on the water and camping with her fiancé, and fur babies, Hank and Chino.

Lee Ann
Certified Orthodontic Assistant
Lee Ann assists Dr. Rahaim with all aspects of our patients’ orthodontic treatment, including lab work and treatment coordination with more than 25 years of experience in this field. She is happy to be part of a group that embraces a teamwork concept. In her spare time, Lee Ann enjoys going to the beach, walks in the park, and traveling to north Mississippi to see her Mom and sister. Her favorite part of living on the Coast is being able to have quick access to the beach, and being close to the apple of her eye, her son.

Orthodontic Assistant
Jennifer has been part of our team since April 2015. Her favorite part of being an orthodontic assistant is working with patients and seeing the transformation from when she puts patients’ braces on and when they come off. Jen is always willing to help her team whenever help is needed! When not perfecting smiles, Jennifer enjoys camping, fishing, and spending time with her family. Jennifer’s most prized possession is her gorgeous lab, Cash.

Certified Orthodontic Assistant
Kristen, a Certified Orthodontic Assistant, has been in the dental field for 10 years. She joined our team in April 2017. Kristen’s favorite part of orthodontics is taking braces off and revealing patients’ beautiful new smiles! In her spare time, Kristen enjoys kayaking with her husband, visiting her home town of Mobile, and playing with her three dogs.

Orthodontic Assistant
Felicia joined our team in May of 2018. Felicia enjoys the bond she is forming with our patients and mastering new skills every day. Felicia enjoys spending time with her family, and her beloved dog, Clyde!

Orthodontic Assistant
 Whitney has worked in the dental field since 2014, and joined our team in September 2018. Though Whitney enjoys every aspect of the dental field, she finds orthodontics most exciting. In her spare time, Whitney enjoys barrel racing, playing fetch with her cat, and spending time with her fiancé and family. Fun fact: Before beginning a career in the dental field, Whitney worked on a farm!

Smiles by Design Orthodontics is proud to provide orthodontic care to patients in D’Iberville, Diamondhead, Gulfport, Long Beach, and all surrounding Mississippi Gulf Coast areas. To make an appointment, please fill out our appointment request form online, and one of our team members will contact you shortly. We look forward to making you a part of our orthodontic family!