Drake Orthodontics Staff

Drake Orthodontics Staff

Nina Wile – Treatment Coordinator

Nina at Drake Orthodontics

I have worked at Drake Orthodontics since July 27, 1985. Yes, almost 28 years. I was hired to work in the lab but I have worked my way through the maze of many tasks only to come to realize that I really enjoyed working in an orthodontic office. Coming to know many aspects of the practice has been challenging at times, but it has also been a very rewarding experience for me and has allowed me to learn orthodontics literally from the ground level up. My experience with Dr. David Drake has been very pleasant and rewarding as I have not only learned a lot about orthodontics but also I have been able to join him on his journey to see the wonderful person he has become. Certainly all of the relationships you build over the years with co- workers, patients, parents and even grandparents has also been very special to me because I have enjoyed those relationships for many years and that is what I find makes orthodontics so special. I’m very proud to be able to say I am an employee here at Drake Orthodontics and look forward to continue working with Dr. David Drake and now Dr. Ethan Drake as well.

I have been married for 39 years and have 2 beautiful daughters that have blessed us with 7 beautiful grandchildren (6 boys and 1 girl). Our family enjoys the simple things in life like being together for a meal, sitting together in church, taking a hike in the mountains, fishing, swimming in the summers, or getting together with extended family members and playing our special version of softball in our back yard all together. Some of the other hobbies and interests that I enjoy doing is spending time with my family, cooking, baking, decorating, sewing, reading and traveling given the time. Sports? No, not so much, unless it’s watching my oldest grandson play soccer, which I enjoy very much.

Julie Martin – Front Desk

Julie at Drake Orthodontics

I have worked at Drake Orthodontics for 5 1/2 years and I have enjoyed working here at Drake Orthodontics mostly because the staff here is like family. I have never worked anywhere where the staff is so close knit. My job here also allows me get to know the patients and their parents, which is one of my favorite parts of my job.

Some things that I enjoy are watching sports but not on TV because I fall asleep while watching. I do like going to watch sports live though and I really get into the games. My favorite NFL team is the St. Louis Rams with my second favorite team being the Baltimore Ravens mostly because I love their colors. I also really enjoy going to watch the Hershey Bears play and love doing their chant after they score a goal. Some other hobbies of mine include knitting, scrapbooking and any summer activities because its warm outside.

I have been married for 22 years to my husband Keith and we have two beautiful children. Our son is studying music education in college and will be excellent in this field once he graduates. Our daughter who will be graduating high school this year is looking to go on to college to study special education.

Apryl Kane – Clinical Assistant

Julie at Drake Orthodontics

I have worked in the dental field for 23 years. The first 16 years were in a general dentist practice and the last 7 years have been in Orthodontics. I have always wanted to work in an orthodontic office and when the opportunity came about 7 years ago I was very excited for the opportunity. The thing that I have enjoyed the most about working at Drake Orthodontics is all the patients and their different personalities. I especially like how the young adults will laugh and joke with us like we have known them forever! The staff members here are like another family and we are all very supportive of each other and truly love doing our job!

I am a single parent with two grown daughters. One which is 22 year old and another that is 20 and soon to be adding two son-in-laws! I have many interests, but one I enjoy the most is football. I am a HUGE Penn State fan and have been forever!! WE ARE…! I enjoy attending the games in Happy Valley and tailgating with my family and friends. I also like to cheer on the NY Giants! My second favorite hobby is fitness and eating healthy and trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle. I also enjoy cooking and baking, but that puts a damper on my healthy lifestyle, as I love sweets…. In the summer months I love to be near the beach and in the ocean or floating in a pool. I enjoy all seasons outdoors whether its biking, hiking, swimming, or sitting on the sidelines at a football game, you can find me participating in them all!

Kara Riegsecker – Clinical Assistant

Julie at Drake Orthodontics

I have worked in orthodontics for a total of 7 years with 5 of those years being at Drake Orthodontics. I also worked in general dentistry for a 1 year but found that what I enjoyed most about my job is getting to know and develop relationships and just having fun with patients, which is why I love working here so much. All of the people I work with here at Drake Orthodontics are awesome and are truly like family, which makes coming to work so much fun everyday.

I have truly come to respect and admire Dr. David Drake as an orthodontist in the 5 years I have worked for him because I have seen him give his very best to each and every patient he treats. I also think it is super exciting that Dr. Ethan Drake has joined his father in practice and know that this will allow Drake Orthodontics to continue serving the Chambersburg/ Shippensburg area for many more years to come.

With my “free” time I enjoy cheering for my favorite NFL team, the Pittsburgh Steelers… of course, as well as cooking and baking. And lets get serious, what woman does not like to do some shopping. Of course I also enjoy spending as much time with my husband who I have been married to for 6 years and have two beautiful daughters with.

Mitzi Heckman – Clinical Assistant/ Lab Tech

Julie at Drake Orthodontics

I have worked in orthodontics for a total of 12 years with the last 5 years being at Drake Orthodontics. I have really enjoyed working here because I love the way that our staff and doctors work so well together. We have such a great TEAM!

Some of the hobbies I enjoy are cooking, crafts like sewing and knitting along with caring for my pets (7 cats and 1 rescue greyhound- Bridget). I also love spending time with my husband Bob who I’ve been married to for 32 years and my 2 wonderful daughters and 1 awesome grandson.


Donna Wenger – Clinical Assistant

Julie at Drake Orthodontics

I’ve worked in orthodontics a total of 34 years with 24 of those years being here at Drake Orthodontics. I have greatly enjoyed working here at Drake Orthodontics because everyone here likes to have fun. It’s not your typical doctors office. We sing, dance and first and foremost we just like to have a good time. The patients seem to enjoy it also and everyone is just like one big family.

I have been married to my husband Jeff for 35 years and we both enjoy taking care of our several cats and dogs, which have been like kids to us over the years. We also enjoy spending a lot of time in the mountains camping or fishing and I personally enjoy all the time I spend in my garden and hunting mushrooms in the spring.