Tharon L. Smith, DDS, MS
Coming from the blazing Arizona heat, Dr. Tharon Smith and his family are happy to be settled here in Utah. The outdoors is where Dr. Smith’s passion lies, whether it is feeling the crisp winter air whooshing past him while snowboarding on the slopes or an adventurous fishing trip. His other passions include hiking, hunting, playing basketball, tennis and golf. He loves when his wife and three children join him on his excursions.
At Peak Orthodontics, his passion shows through in his belief that orthodontic treatment can be a fun and rewarding experience. Lifelong learning is important to Dr. Smith. He continues to attend advanced seminars and continuing education courses. Combining today’s orthodontic science and his artistic creativity, Dr. Smith is able to offer solutions to even the most challenging dental conditions.
Dr. Smith is an orthodontic specialist, which means that after receiving his dental degree from The Ohio State University, he completed an advanced university training program at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He obtained his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from The Ohio State University and graduated first out of 105 dentists. There is no question that he possesses the expertise to not only straighten teeth but correct irregularities of the bite and jaws. Our team is thankful for the opportunities to create long-lasting smiles and bring confidence to every patient.
Jeremy Karras, DDS, MS
Dr. Karras is a Utah native and graduated from the University of Utah where he was awarded the President’s Scholarship. He continued his studies at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry, graduating with a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree. As one of the top students in his class, Dr. Karras was inducted into the prestigious honorary dental fraternity Omicron Kappa Upsilon.
Following dental school, Dr. Karras attended the University of Minnesota where he received outstanding specialty training in orthodontics and also earned a specialty certificate and master’s degree. During the course of his dental education, Dr. Karras received a number of scholarships and awards for academics, leadership and scientific research. He also co-authored scientific articles in the fields of neuroscience, genetics and clinical orthodontics.
In addition to the knowledge and experience he has gained over many years in clinical practice, Dr. Karras loves to learn and is continually working to stay on the cutting edge of information and techniques used in the practice of orthodontics. Dr. Karras has also completed the process to become board certified by the American Board of Orthodontics.
Dr. Karras enjoys all aspects of the orthodontic profession, but he especially enjoys getting to know patients and their families. When he is not in the office, his favorite activity is to spend time with his wife, Risa, and their four children. He enjoys serving in his church as well as in the community in a variety of ways. He also enjoys sports of all kinds, traveling, and spending time outdoors.
Meet Our Team
Below you can learn more about the experienced and caring team members at Peak Orthodontics. We’ve also listed the team at each location, so you can know who to expect at your visit. If you have questions regarding our orthodontic services in American Fork, Spanish Fork, Saratoga Springs and Vineyard, Utah, please call 801-477-7325! We will gladly address your concerns or help you arrange a visit with our orthodontists.
Office Manager: Tiffany
Welcome to the Peak Orthodontic Team, where smiles are contagious! As office manager, I have the satisfaction of seeing people’s lives change one smile at a time. I’ve been in the orthodontic field for over 16 years and look forward to many more years. I am a very social person and I am lucky my job has allowed me the opportunity to meet some amazing patients. I love cuddling with my three daughters and my sweet husband watching movies. I have lived in Spanish Fork my entire life. On the weekends I enjoy playing board games with friends, hanging out and camping.
Treatment Coordinator: Whitney
I grew up in Utah and have lived in three other states. I am a very outgoing person, and if you ever need a friend, I am the person for you. I was a dental assistant for 2 years but fell in love with orthodontics about 10 years ago, and I am proud to be a Peak Team member. I especially love children; the tiny humans have my heart. I have three of my own. My husband and I finished building our home with 40 acres, 45 chickens and 3 dogs; soon we will be adding pigs and cattle.
Scheduling Coordinator: Whitney C.
Hey! Hi! Hello! Another Whitney Team member! I have lived in Utah my entire life, and I absolutely LOVE everything about living here! I enjoy driving through the canyons to find the perfect camping spot. I look forward to fishing every year at Barker Reservoir in Escalante. I’m an avid photographer; I love capturing the tender moments between families members and especially engaged couples. One day I hope to own horses and a large beautiful ranch, the good ol’ American dream, that’s me!
Orthodontic Assistant: Destrilee
It is an honor to be apart of the Peak Orthodontic Team, helping to create that perfect smile and confidence in each one of our patients! I have been in the dental profession since 2014. I love learning and teaching others new things, and I get to do that every time I come to work.
Outside of working, I love spending time with my husband, my adorable daughter, family and horses. I am a member of the Rocky Mountain Professional Rodeo Association, and I am competing in breakaway roping and barrel racing. We enjoy traveling as a family to rodeos all over the state.
Howdy Y’all! I enjoy anything outdoors. My family has a cabin in Flaming Gorge and that is where I do most of my hunting, kokanee fishing, and camping. We also have a large farm that I help with. We have cows, 5 miniature horses, chickens, a goat and ducks. Did you know we even have an ostrich? My favorite thing to do in my spare time is riding my horse with my family. I have always liked going to the Dentist as a child and I am happy to be a part of the Orthodontic team.
Hola! I am the funniest team member here at Peak Orthodontics! *wink, wink* I love hiking cool trails to find the most gorgeous land scapes. The hardest hike for me was Angels Landing at Zions National park, but I am glad I did it! I enjoy paddle boarding, especially at Bear Lake. My room is full of plants, it’s like a jungle. I have many air plants, which are my favorite.
American Fork Team
Spanish Fork Team
Saratoga Springs Team