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 playing sports of all kinds, traveling and spending time outdoors.
Meet Our Team
Scheduling Coordinator: Sadie
Hey, everyone! My name is Sadie, and I’ll most likely be the first face you see when you come to our Saratoga Springs or Vineyard offices! I’ve been at Peak since February of 2020 and have loved every minute! I’m a BIG Patriots fan (#gopats) and recently got married! When I’m not working here or doing lashes, you can find me with my husband snowboarding, RZR riding, wakesurfing, camping or hanging out with our family and two baby puppies!
Insurance Specialist: Marcie
Hello! My name is Marcie. I have been in the dental field for almost six years. I started as a dental assistant in 2013 and I have been lucky to be able to gain experience in most aspects of the dental world. Besides being a dental assistant, I have done orthodontic assisting, schedule coordinating, treatment planning and insurance. It has been such a great career choice for me. I joined the Peak Orthodontics team as an insurance specialist in June of 2020. I am loving it!
I am so lucky to be a mom to three amazing, beautiful daughters (one who is now an adult)! Time sure flies! We enjoy watching a good movie or Netflix series or playing cards and other games. If it is warm outside, we do what we can to get outdoors, but if it is cold, we hibernate as much as possible.
Orthodontic Assistant: Katy
I recently jumped into the dental field and have been enjoying every minute! When I’m not working in mouths, I’m at home loving on my Shih Tzu and indulging in every crime documentary, TV show and podcast. I enjoying traveling, cooking, and making myself and others laugh. I fall in love with every dog and cat I see, and maybe someday I’ll own a pet sanctuary on a private island. But until then, you can find me at Peak Orthodontics!
Orthodontic Assistant: Jennifer
Hola amigas and amigos! My name is Jennifer, but all my friends call me JFIZZ! I’ve been working with Peak since 2018 and LOVE it here; I even have braces myself!! If I’m not working, you can always catch me in the mountains hiking around trying to find Bigfoot. Anyways — that’s all for now. I love being an orthodontic assistant to Dr. Karras, and I am excited to meet you! 🙂
Orthodontic Assistant: Marina
Hey guys! My name is Marina which means “Of the Sea,” and basically wraps up who I am. I love anything water related; swimming, snorkeling, boating, paddle boarding, etc. I am half Brazilian, which initiated my love for other cultures, and for the last few years I have travelled the world, going on humanitarian trips to Cambodia, Jordan, China, Argentina, etc. I recently joined the dental field in 2020 and have loved working at Peak Orthodontics. When I’m not at work I’m most likely playing Spikeball or Pickleball with my husband or hanging out with family.
Orthodontic Assistant: Michelle
Hi! My name is Michelle, and I am an orthodontic assistant here at Peak Orthodontics. I am Southern girl at heart, being born and raised in Peachtree City, Georgia. I recently graduated from Louisiana State University in vocal performance. During my free time, I like to be outdoors hiking, being with friends and trying new recipes!