We recognize that all of our patients are unique and deserve to receive orthodontic care that reflects their individual needs. Our experienced and talented team is committed to working with you and your family to create a comfortable, stress-free, and rewarding orthodontic experience every time you visit our practice. We are pleased to welcome you and your family, and we look forward to working with you.
Daxton John West
Hi, my name is Daxton, but people call me Dax. I was born at Jupiter Medical Center on November 13, 2013, and I am stoked to call myself a “Jupiter Native”. My mommy was born in Florida, and my daddy is practically a Florida native, as he was born in the Bahamas and moved here in 1979. I don’t think my daddy was even considering me or my brother back then but I’m sure glad he did now.
My mommy and daddy are the proud owners of Family Orthodontics. Currently, my mommy and I are on a leave of absence so she can raise me and my brother, but occasionally we will swing by the office so you may catch us there. If we are not at the office, you can usually find us doing something outside. I like to go to the park, go kayaking, go for long walks, or play with my trucks. Over the summer I learned how to swim and my daddy even started teaching me how to surf. I do have to wear my life jacket when I surf but it’s cool. Recently I have also been adjusting to having a little brother and have been learning how to share. I still get jealous sometimes when my mommy picks up my little brother but he’s starting to grow on me.
Lastly, I’ve been thinking about what orthodontic residency program I want to attend so I can take over the practice one day, but I haven’t made up my mind yet. Well I think that’s all for now so I hope you decide to join our office and watch me grow. Catch you in the line up!
Porter John West
Hi, my name is Porter, but people call me Port for short. I was born at Jupiter Medical Center on May 21, 2015, so I’m a “Jupiter Native” just like my big brother Dax! The first 6 months of life has been pretty awesome so far. I have done a lot of eating and sleeping, and as of a few weeks ago I have been holding my head up. My older brother Dax is just like my daddy, and can’t sit still. So I’m working real hard on learning how to sit up and crawl so I can try to keep up with them. I dream of the day when I will be able to run and play with Dax on the playground. Watching from my mommy’s arms while Dax runs can get real boring real fast.
Lately, I’ve also been learning how to eat real food. The first food I tried was sweet potatoes, they were delicious. And the other day my mommy gave me a taste of her popsicle at the farmers market, but don’t tell my dad! That’s about all I’ve tried so far as I’m pretty much toothless. If I happen to catch you at the office I’ll make sure to flash you a toothless smile, because it’s pretty darn cute.
Lastly, I’m not so sure about this orthodontic thing, being as I have not teeth yet, but if it’s cool enough for my dad and big brother then it’s cool with me. So I guess I should start thinking about what residency I want to attend. Well I think that’s all for now so I hope you decide to join our office family and watch us grow.
Hello, my name is Shelley A. West. I was born and raised in Palm Beach County, Florida, and very proud of it. I am the daughter of Keith and Judy Harrelson and the middle sister of three girls. I graduated in 1998 with honors from Boca Raton Community High School and was a varsity cheerleader for the Boca Bobcats! After high school I went on to Florida State University where I completed my bachelor’s degree in Biological Science, with a minor in Chemistry. While attending FSU I was an active member of the Delta Zeta sorority and participated in numerous campus activities.
I met Christopher (aka Dr. West) while on vacation in the Florida Keys in the summer of 1998. (No he was not a doctor yet). We dated throughout college and eventually moved to Philadelphia where he completed his dental education. After dental school we moved back to Florida, and settled in Jupiter where we were married in July of 2008.
After taking some time for ourselves, buying an orthodontic practice, and purchasing our first home we decided that two dogs weren’t enough and worked to expand our family. We had our amazing son Daxton John West in November of 2013. Being a mom has been my greatest pleasure, EVER. I truly never knew I could love someone so much.
In the past I would have said that in my spare time I enjoy boating, fishing, scuba diving, snowboarding, and just about anything outside. However, let’s be honest, I don’t have any spare time these days. I still enjoy all of those activities, but now I look forward to introducing them to Dax and finding out what he enjoys. So far he loves to be outside like his mommy and daddy so we are on the right path!
Head Certified Orthodontic Assistant
Hi, my name is Natalie, and I am proud to be the Head Orthodontic Assistant to Dr. West. I have been working as a Certified Orthodontic Assistant for over 12 years and I am happy to say that I love what I do. I was born in New York, but raised here in South Florida. I graduated top of my class from Piper High School. After high school, I first became certified as an orthodontic assistant and then later completed my certification for Dental Radiology from Nova Southeastern University.
In my personal life, I love to travel. I have had the great opportunity to visit Morocco. While visiting there, I met and fell in love with my husband. We have been married for nine years and the greatest reward of our marriage has been the gift of our son, Adam. Adam brings us so much happiness! When I can, I enjoy photography, cooking, and baking. I am best at being a mom, a wife, a daughter, a sister, and a friend.
Hi! My name is LeeAnne and I am happy to be part of the “Family Orthodontics” team. For those of you who don’t know me yet, I’m Shelley’s little sister, which makes Dr. West my Brother-in-law and also makes me the favorite aunt to their boy’s Dax and Porter.
In 2001 I graduated from Boca Raton High School with Honors and then went on to attend Florida State University. In 2005 I completed my Bachelors of Arts and Science degree with a focus on consumer science and textiles, as well as a minor in Business. Although I enjoyed my freedom at college, I did manage to stay on the Dean’s list, and hold a position as Judicial Board Delegate for my sorority Delta Zeta. After graduation I moved to Charleston, SC, and began a career as an Interior Designer. I later moved to Denver, CO, where I stayed for about year, and moved back to Florida as soon I heard Shelley and Dr. West were planning to start a family.
When I am not at Family Orthodontics, I work as a free lance Aesthetician in Jupiter. In 2010, I attended the Palm Beach Academy of Health and Beauty, where I received my Facial Specialty license, as well as my certificate for eye lash extensions. I continue to grow as an aesthetician and regularly take continuing education classes. I’ve always loved using the creative side of my brain, so when I’m not working or spending time with my family, I love to read, knit, sew and pretty much any other arts and crafts project I can get my hands on.
Certified Orthodontic Assistant
Hi, my name is Rachel and for the past 6 years I have been a certified dental assistant. I am excited to be part of the Family Orthodontic team. Although I was born in the beautiful state of Hawaii, I feel like a true Jupiter native at heart. I love the outdoors whether it be out in the woods or on the water. Most of all I love sharing these experiences with my daughter MollieMae, who graced us with her presence in February 2015. You can often find us playing on the beach or out in our mud truck getting dirty. I look forward to growing with my new orthodontic family.