Meet Our Orthodontists
At BracesBracesBraces, it’s about more than just straightening teeth. Our experienced doctors will develop a care plan that’s tailored to your needs and preferences, giving you a healthy smile along with the confidence you desire. Keep scrolling to meet our amazing doctors in Kentucky, Indiana, and Texas.
Dr. Eric Bednar
Board Certified Orthodontist
Dr. Bednar loves “saving the world from crooked teeth!” With his trademark smile that never seems to disappear, Dr. B (as his patients and staff call him) loves rolling up his sleeves and working with patients to help them achieve the perfect smile.
Dr. Bednar completed dental school and orthodontic residency training at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, generally regarded as one of the best orthodontic programs in the nation and the world. After graduating from the orthodontic residency program, he was invited to join the UNC orthodontic faculty as the William R. Proffit Teaching Fellow, where he was involved in clinical patient care, teaching and research.
While at UNC, Dr. Bednar conducted research evaluating distance learning in orthodontic education, and collaborated with several schools including the University of Louisville. Through this research project, he met Dr. Engilman, also an alumnus of the UNC orthodontic department. This interaction with UofL and Dr. Engilman ultimately led to an invitation to join the orthodontic faculty at UofL and join Dr. Engilman’s private practice. Dr. Bednar and his family moved to Oldham County in 2008.
Dr. Bednar spends approximately half of his time in private practice in Oldham County, and the other half on the orthodontic faculty of the University of Louisville School of Dentistry. As a faculty member, he teaches orthodontics to dental students and trains orthodontic residents in the graduate orthodontic program.
In 1999, Dr. Bednar married WonderWoman (his wife, Francine), and they are the proud parents of 5 children – Whitney, Ashley, Katherine, and twins Andrew and Caroline. In their spare time… oh, wait – they had 5 kids in 6 years! When he does get some time, Dr. Bednar enjoys being an amateur photographer, watching college athletics, and working in the yard. The Bednars’ enjoy spending time together as a family and love living in Kentucky!
Dr. Carl Gioia
Board Certified Orthodontist
One of the things that Dr. Carl Gioia loves most about being an orthodontist is building relationships with his patients and their families. Seeing his patients grow into young adults during their treatment, and watching his patients’ beautiful new smiles emerge once their braces are removed is extremely rewarding.
Dr. Gioia grew up in Valparaiso, Indiana and earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame, where he played football for the Fighting Irish. After appearing in both the Fiesta Bowl and the Sugar Bowl as a place kicker, Dr. Gioia went on to complete his dental training and orthodontics specialty training at the University of Louisville School of Dentistry.
When he isn’t creating beautiful smiles at BracesBracesBraces, Dr. Gioia and his family are always on the go with activities. Dr. Gioia’s wife, Diane, and three children, Collin, Maggie, and Molly, are very involved in numerous sports such as soccer, baseball and basketball, as well as the St. Margaret Mary Catholic Community. During the fall, Dr. Gioia officiates college football on the weekends throughout the country. If you happen to run into Dr. Gioia during the fall, you can be sure that he will always greet you with a smile, even if you don’t agree with his calls.
Dr. Jean Anne Jensen
Dr. Jensen loves orthodontics! As a former orthodontic patient herself, she understands and can relate to both the excitement and nervousness that can be associated with having braces. She looks forward to meeting new patients and working with them to create the smile that they have always wanted.
Dr. Jensen grew up in Lexington, Kentucky, and later graduated from Transylvania University where she majored in Biology and minored in Studio Art. She then attended the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry and graduated dental school with high distinction in 2006. After graduation she moved to Louisville and completed a general practice residency (GPR) at the University of Louisville School of Dentistry. She was then invited to join the GPR faculty, and taught until she began her orthodontic training at the University of Louisville orthodontic residency program.
Dr. Jensen is committed to providing the highest level of orthodontic care for her patients. She strives to attain a beautiful smile and a healthy bite on every patient. While creating beautiful and healthy smiles, Dr. Jensen and her team strive to provide treatment in a caring, relaxed and friendly environment.
When she is not creating beautiful smiles, Dr. Jensen enjoys spending time with her family, watching movies, and experimenting with different art projects.
Dr. Jacquie Nickele Way
Dr. Jacquie’s favorite thing about being an orthodontist is building relationships with her patients and their parents. Hearing about the new things in her patient’s lives really makes her day. The most rewarding aspect of her job is watching her patients gain confidence through their beautiful new smiles. Dr. Jacquie is very grateful to have the opportunity to help people achieve that confidence. She has so much fun coming to work and her goal is to make visits fun for her patient’s too!
Dr. Jacquie grew up in Arlington Heights, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. Dr. Jacquie completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Notre Dame. At Notre Dame, besides being an avid football fan, she was also member of the Dance Company of Notre Dame.
After undergrad, Dr. Jacquie completed dental school at the University Louisville where she met her husband. Finally, Dr. Jacquie did her orthodontics training at the University of Louisville.
When she isn’t working, she enjoys spending time with her Husband and her son Trip. She also enjoys running, reading and cooking.
Dr. December Parker
Board Certified Orthodontist
Dr. Parker was raised in Benton, Kentucky and moved to Louisville to study Chemical Engineering on academic scholarship at the Speed School of Engineering. She completed three cooperative externships at the Rohm and Haas Company (now part of the Dow Chemical Company) to gain experience and graduated from this rigorous program earning highest honors. Although Dr. Parker loved engineering, she was attracted to a career in Dentistry by its ability to make a special and individual difference in the lives of others. She attended Dental School at the University of Louisville, where she discovered the ability to use her engineering background in the field of orthodontics. She was attracted to orthodontics because it combined her love of engineering with a unique personal application. Orthodontic treatment had a positive and long-lasting impact on Dr. Parker as a child, she wanted to be able to help her patients in the same way. She applied to and was accepted into the highly competitive University of Louisville orthodontic specialist post-graduate residency program and joined the team at BracesBracesBraces after its completion.
Dr. Parker’s favorite part of being an orthodontist is comparing before and after pictures with patients and celebrating their new smiles. She also enjoys teaching and sharing her orthodontic knowledge with dental students from the University of Louisville. Occasionally, dental students come and spend time at our Dixie Highway office. She is committed to staying up to date with the most advanced orthodontic treatment methods available and frequently travels across the country to attend conferences for orthodontic specialists. Dr. Parker gives back to her community and continues to touch people’s lives by participating in a program called Smiles Change Lives. This program allows Dr. Parker to treat more patients whose families struggle with the full cost of braces.
When she isn’t seeing patients, Dr. Parker enjoys traveling to new places with her husband, Steve. She has visited over 30 states and over 20 foreign countries (and is still adding more to the list). She enjoys running, diving, hiking, photography, and trying food from all over the world. When she is at home you will often find her cooking with her husband, doing Insanity workouts, or spending time with her twin nieces.
Dr. Lauren Renaud
Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, Dr. Renaud attended Vanderbilt University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in molecular and cellular biology. She then went on to complete her dental degree and orthodontic residency at the University of Louisville School of Dentistry.
Dr. Renaud’s childhood orthodontist influenced her to become an orthodontist. Her love for developing relationships with patients is the most enjoyable part of career. Dr. Renaud currently lives in Louisville, Kentucky and has a rescue dog, Ellie ! In her spare time, she enjoys painting, playing tennis, doing CrossFit and traveling.
Dr. Naurine Shah
Dr. Naurine Shah is from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham for her postgraduate degree in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics and received her Bachelor of Dental Surgery from Baqai University in Karachi Pakistan. Dr. Shah is a certified orofacial myologist with an interest in myofunctional orthodontics. She is passionate about working with the oro-facial muscles to prevent sleep-disordered breathing and growth disorders by addressing functional issues like incorrect swallowing and mouth breathing.
Dr. Shah was influenced by her experiences with relapse of orthodontic treatment, which made her realize she needed to pursue orthodontics as a career so she could treat the cause and not just the symptoms of crooked teeth. Her main focus is helping patients eat, drink, breathe, sleep better and prevent relapse for life. Dr. Shah was on the board of directors for the International Association of Oral Myology and has helped mentor numerous speech pathologists and hygienists in the field of orofacial myology. She has taken various advanced courses in oro-facial myology and has lectured both in the U.S. and Canada for over 12 years. She is a member of International Association of Orofacial Myology, Academy of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy, American Dental Association and American Association of Orthodontics.
Dr. Shah is a die-hard NHL fan and her favorite team is the Calgary Flames. She loves trying new foods, hiking, reading and watching mystery movies. She also has two children —Dayyan, 18, and Annya, 15.
Dr. Nandar Shar
Dr. Nandar Shar joined the Odessa, Big Spring and Midland offices in 2013 after treating patients of all ages in a busy private office in Dallas, TX for more than four years. She graduated from the University of Texas at Houston, School of Dentistry in 2009. Dr. Shar is a member of the Texas Dental Association, Southwest Dental Association, and American Dental Association. She earned a B.S. in Neuroscience from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2005. A native of Plano, TX, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling and cooking.
Dr. Matthew Stephenson
Dr. Matthew Stephenson joined Abbeville in 2010. He grew up in Utah where he completed his undergraduate studies at Utah Valley University before attending Creighton University School of Dentistry in Omaha, Nebraska. Dr. Stephenson is a father of four and has been married for almost 10 years to a woman he says is much too good for him! He enjoys all aspects of dentistry, especially getting to know his patients and being able to constantly learn more.
Dr. Marcus Woods
Dr. Woods is the first to arrive at the office each day, wearing that signature smile that he is so well known for. His constant smile, along with his humble demeanor, makes patients instantly comfortable with him. All of these factors contribute to the atmosphere of his office, which is always fun and playful while remaining very attentive to the needs of his patients.
As a native of South Carolina, Dr. Woods attended Clemson University where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences. Although he had always been interested in dentistry, he wasn’t sure what career path he wanted to pursue. His love for children led him to take a full-time position with the local YMCA that he had spent the previous summers working at. Over that next year, it became obvious to him what path he should take. Once decided, Dr. Woods applied for and began Dental School at the University of Louisville and had earned his degree by 2003. After completing a yearlong residency in Hospital Dentistry at the University of Louisville Hospital, he decided to continue with his education to specialize in orthodontics. By 2007, his many years of schooling were finally complete and he was ready to begin putting his education to use. Dr. Woods joined the practice in June of 2007.
It is always a huge compliment to hear that patients love coming to the office. Parents have joked that their children make up excuses just to hang out at the office with Dr. Woods and his staff. His energy is contagious and, although he seems shy, he can frequently be heard singing or may even be caught in a dance move. His dedication to his patients remains incomparable. The beauty of his treatment is the proactive role patients are encouraged to take in their treatment by discussing openly any concerns they may have. Dr. Woods realizes that each patient requires individual treatment. He may meet these people as patients, but they leave as friends.
Dr. Erin Zervas
Dr. Zervas says one of the best parts of orthodontics is the opportunity to get to know her patients and their families while creating exceptional smiles and improving self esteem. She understands the importance of taking the time to answer questions and make the office a fun and relaxed environment. Dr. Zervas prides herself on making parents feel involved and kids to feel engaged.
Dr. Zervas earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University where she completed the training that would prepare her for dental school. She graduated from the University of Louisville School of Dentistry with the distinction of cum laude. She went on to complete her training in orthodontics at the University of Illinois at Chicago, one of the oldest and most distinctive programs in the country. She was eager to trade in the big city life of Chicago to come to Louisville where she feels truly at home.
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Michael. They particularly enjoy home improvement and gardening projects, as well as running, biking, and hiking in the park.