About Us:

Dr. Brian Schabel & Dr. Vivian Chan are a husband-and-wife team of orthodontists specializing exclusively in braces and Invisalign for children, teens, and adults.

OUR VISION
We are a team of dedicated professionals committed to delivering exceptional results and the highest quality of service and orthodontic care, in an environment that is compassionate and enriching to our patients, our community, and our entire team.

OUR MISSION STATEMENT
We are committed to setting THE STANDARD for personalized treatment and service in a professional and caring environment.

OUR VALUES
We are honest and ethical in everything we say and do – no exceptions.
We will find out what your expectations are, and exceed them.
We will respect you as an individual.
We take pride in our work and are driven by the pursuit of excellence.
We are a family, and we will care for you as one of our own.
We take our business seriously, and always conduct ourselves as professionals.
We educate our patients and keep them informed about their progress.
We listen to our patients, not just hear them.
We will provide positive reinforcement and will find solutions to problems
We are here to help and encourage, not to lecture or condemn.
We support our community.
We will be the highlight of your day.
We work hard and have fun while doing it.
We will make a lasting impression.

We look forward to welcoming you into our orthodontic family!

Meet Our Doctors

Dr. Brian Schabel was raised in Santa Cruz, and he attended Mission Hill Junior High, Scotts Valley Middle School and Harbor High School, where he played varsity football, basketball, and water polo. He attended Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and received a Bachelor’s degree in Biology with a concentration in Anatomy and Physiology. Dr. Schabel obtained his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he was class president and was honored with the Board of Counselor’s Endowed Scholarship and the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology Award. He completed a three-year orthodontic residency at the distinguished Department of Orthodontics at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Dr. Schabel’s research interests include smile and facial esthetics. Four manuscripts based on his Master’s thesis, “Orthodontic Esthetics: A Systemic Evaluation of the Smile,” have been published in prominent international orthodontics journals (The Angle Orthodontist and American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics).

Immediately following his orthodontic residency, Dr. Schabel moved back to Santa Cruz and took over the practice started in 1966 by Dr. Robert (Bob) Matlack, who had treated many of Dr. Schabel's friends throughout junior high and high school. Although many changes to the practice have taken place since 1966, Dr. Schabel's dedication to providing exceptional orthodontic treatment in a compassionate atmosphere and a state-of-the-art facility has remained his top priority.

To stay progressive with the ever-changing world of technology and advances in orthodontics, Dr. Schabel regularly hosts and attends training and continuing education seminars and is the co-founder of the Paradigm Orthodontic Study Club. He is also an active member of several professional organizations, including the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), American Dental Association (ADA), Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists (PCSO), California Association of Orthodontists (CAO), California Dental Association (CDA), and the Monterey Bay Dental Society (MBDS).

Dr. Schabel’s wife, Dr. Vivian Chan, is also his partner in orthodontic practice. Together they live in Capitola with their son, Kaeden, and rambunctious boxer, Ronan, who keeps them active, whether they like it or not. Dr. Schabel is an avid Michigan football and UCLA basketball fan. He has completed several triathlons, including the California half-Ironman. Dr. Schabel finished 3rd in his age group in the Wildflower traithlon and he was a top 50 age group finisher in the Los Angeles Marathon. He also enjoys mountain biking, golf, snowboarding, and surfing.

Dr. Vivian H. Chan is a native of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Dr. Chan received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Calgary, and achieved the highest overall grade point average in her graduating class. After completing a Master of Science degree in Neuroscience with support from several prestigious scholarships, Dr. Chan received her Doctor of Dental Surgery from New York University, where she graduated at the top of her class and was inducted into a national Dental Honor Society (Omicron Kappa Upsilon, Omega Chapter). She received her Master of Science degree in Orthodontics from the distinguished Department of Orthodontics at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She presented her thesis, “The Role of Female Reproductive Hormones in the Etiopathogenesis of Temporomandibular Joint Disease in Women,” at the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) International Conference in 2007. For her academic and research achievements, Dr. Chan has won numerous awards and received several scholarships at the university, provincial, and national levels.

Dr. Chan is committed to advancing her expertise in the specialty of orthodontics. She attends continuing education (CE) seminars and, along with Dr. Schabel, she hosts CE courses on a variety of topics related to treatment timing in orthodontics, Invisalign, and inter-disciplinary orthodontic treatment. She is also an active member of several professional organizations, including the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), American Dental Association (ADA), Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists (PCSO), California Association of Orthodontists (CAO), California Dental Association (CDA), and the Monterey Bay Dental Society (MBDS).

Dr. Chan is married to Dr. Brian Schabel, and is also his partner in orthodontic practice. Together, they have a son, Kaeden, and a dog, Ronan, a boxer who has extended her puppyhood far beyond her puppy years. Dr. Chan speaks English, French, and Chinese (Mandarin and basic Cantonese) and has started learning Spanish. She started playing classical piano at the age of eight, and went on to receive her Performer’s degree from the Royal Conservatory of Toronto. She enjoys running, mountain biking, and great food.

Meet Our Staff

Tiffanie was born and raised in Tracy, California. She graduated from Tracy High School in 1990 and got married in 1998 to her husband Eddie. They have been together for 20 years and married for 15. Her husband works in Santa Clara for a high tech company where he is a Senior Buyer. She has 2 beautiful children. Her son Aaron is 12 and he attends New Brighton Middle School and her daughter Torie is 10 and she attends Soquel Elementary.
In June of 2013 her family discussed moving to the Santa Cruz area not expecting everybody to be on board with it. She spent a weekend in the Capitola area dropping off her resume to local offices. North Coast Orthodontics offered her a position on Tuesday and we secured our condo on Wednesday. Everything fully fell into place and she couldn't have been happier!
Tiffanie has been working in the dental profession for 27 years. Tiffanie started working at a dental office part time in high school at age 14. Over the years she obtained a vast amount of knowledge working in both front and back office settings. In 1990 she started working for a private General Dental Practice in Tracy where she was trained as a dental assistant. Tiffanie attended Sac City College in Sacramento where she obtained her x-ray license and coronal polish certificate. In early 1998 she took the R.D.A. written and practical exams given by the Dental Board of California & received my R.D.A. license. Shortly after receiving her license she enrolled in the R.D.A.E.F. (registered dental assistant extended functions) program at U.C.S.F. This was an 8 week extensive program that once she completed & passed the Exam, would entitle her to complete treatment on patients under doctor supervision. These procedures were preventive sealants, final crown and bridge impressions, and finalizing root canal treatment. Tiffanie has worked as an assistant for many years in General Dentistry, Periodontal, and Pediatric Dentistry. In Pediatric dentistry she assisted the doctor with a large amount of oral conscious sedation cases and occasional general anesthesia cases. She has been a back office lead, implemented supply inventory systems, performed OSHA training and trained new hires. Over the years she worked her way through back office and moved to front office as a Treatment Coordinator. With knowledge of how procedures should be done this made the transition very easy for Tiffanie and how to explain treatment to patients in a way they could understand. Her front office experience includes but not limited to verifying insurance benefits, answering phones with heavy call volume, greeting patients, insurance claim submission, and accounts receivables/payables. Having the knowledge with dental insurance like I do makes it easy for me to explain to patients how their dental benefits work for them.

Kayla has a diverse working background, from machining, retail, and banking. She has always excelled in the job opportunities that she pursued and yet none have captured her attention and admiration to make a lifelong career. That all changed when she walked into the doors of North Coast Orthodontics. The professionalism and patient driven environment of the practice immediately caught her attention and Kayla knew she wanted to be part of that atmosphere. Kayla has never been more empowered and is excited and honored to be joining the team as a clinical assistant.

Kayla’s biology background at University of California, Santa Cruz has also greatly influenced her interest in being in a medical profession, specifically in Dentistry. Kayla has obtained her certification in Infection Control and understands the importance of sterilization and proper handling of tools in medical professions. Kayla will continue her education and training to become the best assisting our patients and their needs.

Above all, Kayla is excited to help create an orthodontic experience that will not be forgotten, and be alongside patients throughout their treatment.

Kayla was born in San Jose and after schooling in Santa Cruz, she fell in love with the beach and decided to stay on this side of the hill. Kayla is very family oriented and makes the quick trip to San Jose often. She loves to run, eat, watch movies, and spend time with her eight-year-old Great Dane, Cargo.

Erin is a recent resident of Santa Cruz, California. She was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota and has lived in Santa Cruz now for only one year. Five years ago, she began her college career at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Within her first year she was very interested in going into the dental hygiene field, but decided to pursue a Marketing Degree instead. Although she finished college with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, her deep fascination with all of the dental courses she had taken her first semester at the University had not diminished. When she was given the opportunity to start at North Coast Orthodontics, she was more than just ecstatic. She is not only able to fulfill her dream of being involved in the field of Orthodontia, but she has been given the opportunity to be a part of the marketing team for the business as well. She has really enjoyed being able to put her creativity to use through her participation in the Marketing team as well as be a part of the health care field of Orthodontics. Over the past year and a half, Erin has really grown to appreciate all the hard work that goes into orthodontics.
She truly enjoys watching all of her patients transform right before her eyes!
In her free time, she has recently discovered a passion for SUP boarding and hiking. Both of which, she was not able to do back home in Minnesota. Well, at least not year-round, like here! She has really enjoyed discovering her new home with her boyfriend, Alex. Together, they have found some pretty spectacular views that are purely breathtaking. She has really grown to love Santa Cruz and is looking forward to many more years as a part of Dr. Schabel and Dr. Chan’s amazing team at North Coast Orthodontics.

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