We are especially interested in making all our patients feel right at home! We have over 125 years of combined dental and orthodontic experience. Our team is trained and skilled, and we strive to provide energetic and fun-loving service to each patient. Each member of our treatment team is a registered assistant, and our office team has years of experience in treating patients with the highest level of care. We strive to stay abreast of the very latest in technology and advances by regularly attending continuing education courses and seminars through the American Association of Orthodontists, Alabama Dental Association, CPR and OSHA.

We are very proud of our orthodontic family so please take a moment and acquaint yourself with our team members:

Treatment Coordinator: Martie Martindale


Martie has been with the practice since 1981 as a Chairside Assistant, Clinical Coordinator and now, Treatment Coordinator.  She has been in orthodontics since 1976 and is a licensed Registered Dental Hygenist.  Martie is described as being self-motivated, loyal, cheerful and multi-talented. Outside the office, Martie enjoys time with her husband, Allen, extended family, tennis, Auburn football, and Lake Martin.


Scheduling Coordinator: Alex Mays Whilding


Alex joined the Backus Smiles Team and orthodontic field in December 2015. She has a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration from the University of Alabama and has worked in the physician credentialing field prior to joining the team. Alex is dedicated to providing superior patient communication and welcoming families to our practice. She is described by her colleagues as entertaining, friendly, and outgoing. Outside of the office, Alex enjoys concerts, cheering for the Tide, and spending time with her husband, Kasey, and dog, Oliver.


Financial Coordinator: Amanda McPoland


Amanda has been with the Backus Smiles team since June 2017 and is also a certified Dental Assistant. In addition, she graduated from UAB with a BS in Business. Amanda strives to deliver top-notch customer service to our patient families and is described as cheerful, compassionate, thorough, and a problem-solver. Outside the office, Amanda enjoys spending time with her boyfriend and cheering on the UAB Blazers football team. Amanda also enjoys listening to live music, reading, and running.


Marketing Coordinator: Allison Youngblood


Allison has been with the practice since February 2018. Prior to entering into the orthodontic field, she worked in the Senior Care field in Marketing and Operations. She has a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies from Auburn University. Allison enjoys interacting with patients, parents and referring dentists. Outside of the office, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, sewing, traveling and spending her fall Saturdays cheering on the Auburn tigers.


Clinical Coordinator: Caroline Bell


Caroline became a member of the Backus Smiles Team in April 2013 and has been in the dental and orthodontic fields since 2011. She is an orthodontic assistant, clinical coordinator, and is a licensed Registered Dental Hygienist. She is committed to providing patients with top customer service and a confident smile that will last a lifetime. Caroline is described by her teammates as friendly, outgoing, and entertaining. When she is not creating beautiful smiles, Caroline enjoys riding motorcycles with her husband, loving on her baby boy, Charlie, watching Alabama Football, and shooting photography.


Clinical Assistant: Rachel Franklin


Rachel joined the practice in May 2013 and has been in the orthodontic field since 2011. She is dedicated to providing our patients with a positive orthodontic experience and building relationships with their families. Rachel is described by her teammates as kind, caring, and friendly. When she is not creating beautiful smiles, Rachel enjoys watching Alabama Football and spending time with her husband and three children.


Clinical Assistant: Kristen Cullins


Kristen has been in the dental field since 2017 and joined the Backus Smiles team in 2019. Kristen enjoys all aspects of orthodontics, especially meeting and making our patients feel welcome, watching patients’ confidence transform with their smiles, and being a part of a team. Kristen is described by her teammates as friendly, dependable, and hard-working. Outside of the office, Kristen enjoys being on the water, spending time with family and friends, and watching football.


Clinical Assistant: Brittany Worthen


Brittany joined the Backus Smiles Team in April 2016 and has worked in the dental field since 2014. She is currently earning her degree in Early Childhood Education at Jefferson State Community College and University of Montevallo. She is also training to become a Registered Dental Hygienist. Brittany is described as calm, compassionate, and organized. Outside of the office, Brittany enjoys time with her husband and adorable daughter, Arlie, running, beach trips, riding ATVs, and Auburn football.


Clinical Assistant: Autumn Bates


Bio coming soon.