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.
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.
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.
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.
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 for Dr. Smith: Tiffany
Welcome to Peak Orthodontics, where smiles are contagious!
As office manager, I have the satisfaction of seeing people’s lives change one smile at a time.
I have had braces myself and HEAD GEAR! (It’s not that bad)
I’ve been in the orthodontic field since 1996 and look forward to many more years. I am a very social person and I am lucky that my job has allowed me the opportunity to meet some amazing new people. I am a Disneyland fanatic, if you need someone to go with then please take me!!!
I love cuddling with my three daughters and my sweet husband while watching movies. On the weekends I enjoy hanging out with friends and playing board games, or hauling our camper to the mountains for a relaxing break away from technology. A fun fact about me is that I have lived in Spanish Fork my entire life.
Office Manager for Dr. Karras: David
I’ve lived in lots of states and been to many places, but I love being here in Utah. I have a bunch of kids and an amazing wife.
I worked at a general dental office for five years and now found a great place here at PEAK. I’m a people person. I love being able to meet new people.
My ideal vacation is touring through Japan with my family. I spend all my time with the fam hiking, fishing, camping, frisbee golf and we BBQ close to four times a week.
Scheduling Coordinator: Whitney
Hey! Hi! Hello! My name is Whitney Anne!
When I’m not at work, you’ll find me with a camera in my hand. I’ve always enjoyed photography and have recently started capturing weddings, engagements, bridals and families.
If you ever catch me without my camera that means I’m hiking, camping, or hammocking in Utah’s wide variety of landscapes. I am in love with Utah! From the red rocks of St. George to the snowy peaks of the Uintah’s.
Scheduling Coordinator: Nancy
I grew up in California and moved to Utah in 2006. Thanks to that amazing move I was blessed enough to find my amazing husband and now we have six kids. I’ve been in the dental field for five years now and I LOVE IT. I’m happy to be part of the Peak team. When I’m not at work I love spending time with my family. We enjoy watching anime, looking for new ramen shops, and when possible we like to travel but above all we love baseball!! Go Dodgers!!! Biggest dream is to be able to experience worldwide traveling adventures as a family; our first destination would be Japan.
Head 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.
Orthodontic Assistant: Sierra
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.
Orthodontic Assistant: Jennifer
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.
Orthodontic Assistant: Kira
I am from Utah, born and raised. I have been a Dental assistant since 2007 and currently working at a Pediatric Dental Office. I started my Orthodontic assisting career in January and have loved being a Peak Team Member.
I have three kids, two boys and one girl that keep me plenty busy, along with two cats, two dogs and a duck.
When I am not working my two jobs I spend time renovating my home, fishing with my kids and eating CRUMBL COOKIES while binge watching Stranger Things.
Orthodontic Assistant: Shayla
Hey! Guess what? I have never been to Disneyland or broken a bone.
I’ve been in the dental field since 2018 and it has been the BEST DECISION EVER!!
When I am not at Peak Orthodontics, you’ll find me at home with my family, wrapped in my four minky couture blankets, cuddling with my cats. I am such a Cat Lady! I rescued my Siamese cat when he was a kitten and I carried him in a scarf around my neck.
I’m loud, crazy and always willing to try new things. My next adventure is skydiving, and I hope someday to swim with sharks.
Orthodontic Assistant: Amber
Hi, I’m Amber. I grew up in Northern California, but moved to Utah in 2000. I enjoy spending time with my husband and five children, going camping, visiting Bodega Bay, California, trying new things and traveling. I love animals but only have one cat. If I could have any animal, I’d own a monkey as well! I recently jumped into the dental field in January of 2019 after being a stay at home mom for sixteen years.
Orthodontic Assistant: Caitlin
My name is Caitlin, you can call me Cait!
I have been an Orthodontic Assistant since 2017. I grew up in California and Utah, and my childhood dream job was to be a DISNEY PRINCESS!
I love the outdoors; some of my favorite outdoor adventures include wake surfing, hiking, rock climbing and snowboarding. I have many traveling trips planned but I love going to Europe and can’t wait to go back.
Donuts are the best, I am always willing to receive them for FREE 😉