• About Us

  • The Team

  • James W. Thomas DMD MSD

    Dr. Thomas received a Bachelor’s in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Utah. He graduated near the top of his class with his dental degree at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. He then finished his orthodontic residency at the University of Colorado.

    Dr. Thomas and his wife, Tricia, have four children. The Thomas family loves living in this beautiful area.

    Dr. Thomas enjoys yardwork (really!), riding bikes with his family, the great outdoors, crossfit and running. When not at the office, you might find Dr. Thomas on the golf course looking for his golf ball, at the hardware store getting supplies for a new project, or driving his kids around on the four-wheeler.

    Distinctions and Awards

    47th Annual American Dental Association/DENTSPLY Student Clinician Program – Second Place Award in Category 1
    Eugene M. Seidner Scholarship Award
    Earned Standard Proficiency Certification from the Academy of Laser Dentistry in the use of dental lasers


    Photomed. Laser Surg. August 2009 “Thermal safety of Er:YAG and Er,Cr:YSGG lasers in hard tissue removal: thermal safety of erbium lasers on hard tissues.”

    Dr. Thomas was active in biomaterial research during dental school and has 8 abstracts and 1 oral presentation with the IADR/AADR/CADR.


    Professional Affiliations

    • American Association of Orthodontists
    • Rocky Mountain Association of Orthodontists
    • Utah Association of Orthodontists
    • American Dental Association
  • Kim Turner – Office Manager

    I was born in Seeley Lake, Montana. My husband Trent and I live in Elk Ridge and have two amazing kids. My son Morgan, who is 16, and my daughter Kalin, who is 13. We enjoy being outdoors, camping, watching movies, and traveling. I personally love exercising, running, being in the sun, and baking lots of treats. I started working for Thomas Orthodontics in September of 2014. As a patient myself, I know the confidence a beautiful smile can give someone. We have the best patients and I love getting to know them, taking care of them, and being part of their smile transformations!

  • Karin Smith - Scheduling Coordinator

    I grew up in Springville, UT and now live in Spanish Fork. My husband and I have 5 amazingly awesome kids, ranging in age from 21-10. In my spare time I love to travel, read, and shop (especially at TJ Maxx). I became a part of the Thomas Orthodontics team in September of 2018 and have loved every minute. I love being part of a team that really cares about their patients and makes everyone feel like family.

  • Sara Hunsaker – Treatment Coordinator

    I am from Bountiful, Utah but have loved living in Payson for the last 13 years. Me and my husband have four beautiful children and a goldendoodle, named Birdie that we spoil rotten. I love reading, dancing, eating chocolate, and watching football in my spare time. Always self-conscious about my crooked teeth, I was a patient of Dr. Thomas before becoming Treatment Coordinator. I am in love with my new smile and love to help others start the process to have their own transformation. I have found that a beautiful smile really is priceless. 

  • Mykell Hass – Clinical Coordinator

    I graduated from Northern Utah Orthodontic assisting school (NUOA) in 22011. I’ve worked for Dr. Thomas since July 2015 and I couldn’t love it more. I am 24 years old and from Layton, Utah. I LOVE to meet new people and I live to laugh. There is nothing more satisfying than watching patients walk out of our office with a big smile on their face the day they get their braces off and knowing you helped make that happen. I love working out, being with friends and family, being in the sun/outdoors, and traveling.

  • Skyler Staheli – Orthodontic Assistant

    I'm Skyler Stahlei. I truly enjoy helping people have a beautiful smile. When I'm not working, I enjoy spending time with my husband and daughter. We enjoy bowling, camping, boating, and fishing.

  • Carey Heaton - Orthodontic Assistant

    I joined the Thomas Orthodontics team in October of 2018. One of the best parts about being here is the fun loving environment. I love what I do and work with an amazing, hard working team! I enjoy developing relationships with the patients and their families month after month. It's so rewarding to get to know each patient, ease their minds, and help create beautiful smiles. I have lived in Utah County since 2003. In my spare time I love to sing, play the piano, cook, play games with my children, and read.

  • Shawnie Craig – Marketing

    I grew up in the Gunnison Valley and graduated as a dental hygienist from CNCC in 2002. It was there I met my husband and we now have two busy boys. They are the love and joy of my life. Dr. Thomas has given me the opportunity to expand my experience in the dental field as their office representative. I enjoy meeting and visiting with the offices in the area and their staff–not to mention bringing them treats to brighten their day.