Lani Guillermo Treatment Coordinator

I was born and raised on the island of Kaua’i and have called O’ahu home for many years. I have an extensive background in securities trading and marketing. I totally love my job! Our team works diligently to provide our patients with the highest quality of orthodontic care. It’s about creating genuine relationships and beautiful smiles that will last a lifetime. My greatest rewards are the hugs I receive from our patients and their families who love the final results. I enjoy spending time with my family and close friends, hula dancing, traveling, shopping and working out.

Sue McLafferty Financial Coordinator

I joined Hawaiian Smiles with a deep background in Medical Management, from orthopedics to plastic and reconstructive surgery. I have enjoyed working here the last few years and am grateful for the opportunity to add orthodontics to my repertoire. I was born and raised on the East Coast, and have lived in New York, Colorado, Maine and California. I moved to Hawaiʻi in 1998 with my husband and daughter. I most enjoy spending time with my family and pets, growing orchids and watching sports. 

Mercedes Demello Scheduling Coordinator

I was born on Oahu but grew up on the island of Hawai’i until returning back to Oahu in 2019 with my family. My previous work experience is mainly in sales, so orthodontics is new and exciting to me! Outside of work, I love crafting, spending time at the beach with my family, and doing arts and crafts with my children Taylee Love and Aiden. 

Veronica West New Patient Coordinator

I joined Hawaiian Smiles in 2019 and have loved watching the transformation of our patient’s smiles and confidence throughout their treatment with us. I feel grateful to be a part of the Hawaiian Smiles team! Born and raised in Bend, Oregon, I studied at the University of Oregon before moving out to Hawai’i to pursue a Master’s Degree in Teaching and Education. In my free time, I enjoy running, hiking, reading and watching Survivor.

Maribel Bazell Clinical Assistant

A smile is the prettiest thing a person can have!  Creating beautiful smiles has been my passion for the last 11 years with this practice.  Before moving to Hawaii from Arkansas where I graduated from Eastern College of Health Vocations, I worked in general dentistry for four years.  I enjoy helping our patients achieve their best smiles!

Aileen Silva Clinical Assistant

I’ve worked in the orthodontic field for more than 20 years, including a period when I served as a Dental Specialist in the U.S. Army.  The best part of my profession is building relationships with patients and supporting them in their orthodontic journey.  Growing up in Louisiana, I’m a huge LSU and New Orleans Saints fan!

Kylie Amarino Clinical Assistant

I always loved going to the dentist and since intermediate school have been interested in teeth.  My training at the Hawaii School of Dental Arts prepared me for working in dentistry, and I am also a pharmacy technician. I love spending time with my family and friends on Hawaii Island, trying new things and going out of my comfort zone.

Tihani Medeiros Clinical Assistant

I was born and raised here in Hawaii and have been working for Dr. Yim since 2013. I have over seven years of experience working with my orthodontic family! I love spending any free time with my family, especially my three year old daughter, Akira. We love to spend our time together going to the beach, fishing, traveling, hiking, and–my personal favorite–gardening.

Kary Medina Clinical Assistant

The greatest reward of my job is being a part in creating beautiful smiles. Born and raised in Kailua Kona, I stepped into the dental field in 2009 with a fascination in the industry. Fast forward to present day, I’m driven with the same desire and passion for the trade. My background consists of experience in general dentistry, endodontics, orthodontics, as well as oral and maxillofacial surgery. When I’m not living in scrubs, I practice muscular massage therapy. My days are spent raising my beautiful children, enjoying our island and all its beauty, and growing our love for Hawaiian language and culture. 

“My daughter and I visited today for a consultation. Dr. Yim & Lani were very nice and personable. They put my nervous daughter at ease. Lani took the time to answer all of our questions with care. We look forward to working with Dr. Yim and his staff.”

Lillian Felte

“Dr. Yim and his staff are very friendly and amazing. They made sure my daughter felt very comfortable each visit, and they were always readily available for any questions. They took the time and care needed for my daughter’s concerns. We are absolutely satisfied and happy with the results! Being that we drove from Hilo to Kona each visit, they were very accommodating to our scheduling. I highly recommend Dr. Yim to anyone!”

Nazareth Lee

“I can highly recommend Dr. Yim and his wonderful Team! The office works like a well oiled machine. Everyone working hard…but having fun too. I’m very pleased with both the service and the price. But what I’m most happy about…is my beautiful straight white teeth!! Thanks Dr. Yim and Team!!”

Norm Stuard

“We are very appreciative of the whole process for Invisalign for my daughter. The staff and doctor made this very easy to understand and are extremely helpful in every way. We couldn’t be happier! Invisalign is such a benefit and really made my daughter not only happy but excited of this experience. Thank you so much!!”

Leinani Wessel

“Dr Yim is the man!! I brought my 2 children in for a consultation just today and you just KNOW he is VERY experienced in his field and his staff is very friendly. I left feeling very pleased and at ease after a dentist (who obviously didn’t know what they were talking about) made me very worried about my child’s palate. What a kind and sweet man!”

Anna Windler

“Dr. Yim and his staff are so great that words can’t describe them. My daughter has such beautiful teeth now thanks to this wonderful team. Every time we visit for a follow up we feel like we’re at a family reunion. I do not know how Dr. Yim has put together such a great team in Hawaii with the difficulties finding good long term help but thankfully he has and our family is indebted to them for everything they have done for our daughter.”

John Poggensee

“Best dentist/orthodontist on the Big Island! I was so pleased with my appointment. Their customer care is phenomenal. Very clean space, well organized. Very professional. I highly recommend Hawaiian Smiles for any dental needs!”

Madeline Kiel