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Great smiles begin with a visit to Dr. Ronald Champion’s office! Dr. Champion is a board-certified orthodontic specialist and a diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics. He has been in dental practice since 1973 and an orthodontist since 1981. He completed his dental education and earned his Master of Science degree and specialty certification in orthodontics at the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. Dr. Champion is a member of several prestigious professional organizations, including:

  • American Association of Orthodontists
  • American Dental Association®
  • Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists
  • California Dental Association
  • California Association of Orthodontists
  • Edward H. Angle Society of Orthodontists
  • Peninsula Orthodontic Research Group
  • INPUT Study Club

Dr. Champion has served as president of the Stanislaus Dental Society and president of the Northern California Edward H. Angle Society of Orthodontists. The Angle Society is an exclusive world-renowned international orthodontic study club consisting of approximately 600 members. Membership is by invitation only and is based upon proven clinical excellence and commitment to both the highest ethical standards and the advancement of the art and science of orthodontics.

The Peninsula Orthodontics Study Group
Dr. Champion is proud to be one of the select members of the Peninsula Orthodontic Study Group, which was founded in 1960. It continues to be the premier orthodontic study club with an ongoing legacy of studying and sharing the latest advancements in orthodontic care and commitment to achieving the highest quality of patient care.

American Dental Association®
The ADA is the largest professional organization of dental professionals and a great source of information on dental and oral health topics.

American Board of Orthodontics
The world’s oldest organization for orthodontists.

American Association of Orthodontists
The world’s largest organization for orthodontists.

Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists
Founded in 1917 and with over 3,000 members, the PCSO is the largest component organization of the American Association of Orthodontists, representing orthodontic professionals from the western United States, western Canada, Alaska and Hawaii.

California Dental Association
Founded in 1870 and representing over 24,000 dental professionals, the CDA is the largest state dental organization in the United States.

California Association of Orthodontists
The leading organization for orthodontic professionals in California, the CAO promotes ethical and successful orthodontic practice of the highest quality.

Dr. Champion and his team are committed to offering comprehensive orthodontic solutions for children, teens and adults in a friendly, cheerful and professional environment. We promise to give you something to smile about!

Meet Our Team
At Champion Orthodontics, our team members do whatever they can to provide patients with the professional, comfortable orthodontic care they need. Come meet our team and learn more about what they do for our orthodontist in Modesto, California. Call us today at 209-575-5888. We look forward to getting to know you and your family!


Clinical Assistant

My name is Amber, and I have worked for Dr. Champion since 2000. I have gone from clinical supervisor to a stay-at-home mom and now back to work with Dr. Champion. I am the patient check-in person on Thursdays and I perform all the COVID-19 screenings. I assist in the clinic by helping clean chairs, escort patients into the clinic, run sterilization and keep the schedule of patients flowing on time. I interact first with the patient when they enter the office and that’s what I enjoy the most. I have always appreciated the work of Dr. Champion and the enthusiastic responses that come from his patient and their families with the outcome of that work! I have a few work mates from back in the early years still here. I am happy to be reunited with them as well as meeting and working with those that came after me.

When I’m not at the office, I work at my church and keep track of three wonderful children, Avery, Chloe and Preston — the girls are almost grown and Preston is not far behind! I have a wonderful husband, Cliff, who, along with the kids, are a family I am so fortunate to have.



Hi, I am Katie, and I joined Champion Orthodontics in of March of 2020. I am a part of the administrative team and the scheduling coordination team for the practice. I have been in the dental field for over 12 years. I am so happy to have joined such a wonderful team here at Champion Orthodontics. I work with a group of strong and funny women who bring much joy to the day.

When I’m not here at the office, you will most likely find me with my husband, Sam, our son, Zachary, and our large extended families. Zachary keeps our lives busy as he is a very busy and curious 2 year old. My husband and I have just moved back to the valley after 10 years of living and working in the bay area. We are so blessed to be home with our families once again. I look forward to meeting all of our patients and helping assist in any way possible with their financial and orthodontic scheduling needs!


Treatment Coordinator

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Social Media, Internal Marketing

Hi, I’m Charlie! I have been working for over five years as a team member at Champion Orthodontics and could not be more excited! I manage the office’s social media, office contests and assist in a variety of practice marketing projects. I enjoy being able to provide orthodontic information to the patients through various social media websites under Dr. Champion’s direction. It is especially fun for me to set up office contests and engage our patients in the fun side of orthodontics.

I am currently a full-time graduate student at Arizona State University, where I will graduate with my PhD in clinical psychology in 2020. I am currently seeing clients part-time as I gain the working hours necessary for introduction into my intern program. I miss seeing the patients and team at the office in Modesto, but when I do come by, the reunion is always amazing. I enjoy the work of putting together social media communication with our patients and look forward to continuing in this capacity until graduation and maybe even beyond!

In my spare time, when I have it, I enjoy cooking, pleasure reading, movies and spending time with my family.



Sterilization Technician/Operational Supervisor

Hi! My name is Ross. Besides Dr. Champion, I am the only man in our office, so without saying much, you can imagine how fortunate I think my life is! On a more serious note: I work in the sterilization department, operating Dr. Champion’s state-of-the-art, hospital-grade sterilizing units, which is something I am very proud of!

In addition, I make a variety of translucent retainers, athletic mouth guards and other appliances in-house. I also serve as the operational supervisor, dealing with ongoing maintenance and repairs of all aspects of our building. I’m even the guy who keeps the floors sparkling clean at the end of the day. I enjoy the interaction with the vendors, patients and co-workers. I have even been known to fill a flat tire or two for a patient family to get them to the tire shop, assisted in retrieving keys locked in their car. If your battery is dead, I have jumped a few of those for our patients too! We joke about it, but we really do see ourselves as a one-stop, ful- service office! It always makes me happy to hear someone talk about how professional yet comfortable our office is, and I’m even happier to know I am a part of making that happen.

In my spare time, I enjoy tinkering with computers, bike riding and cooking for my family.


Registered Dental Assistant

Hi, my name is Amanda. I am a registered dental assistant and earned my degree at Modesto Junior College. The best part of being a registered dental assistant is watching the magic unfold while being a part of creating the patient’s beautiful smile! Seeing how happy our patients are at the end of treatment is very rewarding and an exciting day for everyone.

I really enjoy staying busy and am always seeking out what I can do to assist my team. I love talking with patients and learning about their interests. Over a couple of years, we become friends and that makes the job even more enjoyable. I take tremendous pride in my work ethic and look forward to seeing you in the clinic!

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I love to bake, travel and spoil my dog.



Registered Dental Assistant

Maria attended Galen College in Modesto, CA. She recently moved back to Modesto from Oxnard, CA, to marry and feels fortunate to have found her new home at Dr. Ronald L. Champion, D.D.S. Maria always stays positive and is willing to learn. She enjoys our professional team and the opportunity to learn the latest in orthodontics. Maria has a husband named Jose, and they are the proud parents of a young daughter, Mikayla. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, reading, running and bicycling.



Dental Assistant, Clinical

Traci is a clinical RDA with over five years of experience. She is patient, gentle, and kind. Her soft-spoken nature and light touch are what give Traci her win with our patients! Prior to her RDA licensing, Traci attended Modesto Junior College and obtained a degree in general education and art. Traci is an accomplished professional artist, which fits in so perfectly with the artistic nature of orthodontics! Her favorite medium is watercolors, and we are so proud of her talents. We hope you visit her website to see more! You can find Traci’s art at www.traciswatercolors.com. You can also see her out and about the third Thursday of the month at the downtown Art Walk, where she displays her pieces in various locations. We are thrilled to have Traci join the team!


Orthodontic Assistant

I have worked in orthodontics for over nine years now. My favorite part of my position with Dr. Champion is seeing our patient’s confidence grow as their teeth start to move and they see the improvements in their smile and the way their teeth fit together. I’m happy to say we have a really good time in the clinic. We laugh a lot and love visiting with our patients. We have a great team that really supports each other, so we know even in these unprecedented times during the pandemic, we can do our jobs to the fullest and put our patients at ease. I love learning everyday and that just makes me even better at assisting, making me proud of the work I do!

In my spare time, I love being a mother to my son, Dustin, and I am expecting baby number two in the fall! My husband, Gerold, is a great support and we love everything that involves the outdoors, especially camping. Family time helps keep the balance, so you can say I have the best of both worlds!



Practice Administrator

Hi! My name is Karen and I am the practice administrator responsible for maintaining superior patient service, as well as serving as one of the two treatment coordinators. My most important function in Dr. Champion’s office is in patient care. It is our goal to provide you with the best orthodontic result possible, as well as ensuring the experience along the way is pleasant and efficient. Any one of Dr. Champion’s team members can answer any request or questions you have, but if you are not completely satisfied, I am the person to contact.

I have been a team member at Dr. Ronald L. Champion, D.D.S. for over 15 years and have enjoyed every day. I have the privilege of welcoming the new patients to our office and preparing them for their examination. Once they have been evaluated for treatment by Dr. Champion, I can explain in “layman’s terms” what Dr. Champion has outlined for them in their treatment plan. In addition to this, I also assist our patients with their financing. We here at Champion Orthodontics realize we are in unprecedented times with our economy and give each family who wants braces for their children or themselves a way to make that happen. We are proud to offer no-interest financing as well as a variety of options to meet your financial needs.

The most rewarding part of my job is taking a patient – whether it be a child or adult – who may be fearful or has no prior orthodontic experience and removing their fears. I can address their concerns while giving them a full education in how braces work. All of us at Dr. Champion’s office take enormous pride in serving all of our patients with what we consider beyond the highest standard of care. We look forward to seeing you and letting you experience this for yourself.


Front office Administrator

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Front Office Administrator

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Tara C.

Registered Dental Assistant/Alternate Treatment Coordinator

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Dental Assistant/Orthodontic Assistant Student

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We look forward to meeting you!