Our Orthodontic Team

Dr. Tara Emerick; DDS, MS

Orthodontist in Kokomo | Affordable Braces

Looking for a quality orthodontist in Kokomo? Dr. Tara Emerick is board certified in orthodontics and specializes in braces and Invisalign treatment.  She completed her undergraduate and master’s degrees at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and earned her DDS degree from IU School of Dentistry. After dental school, she completed her three-year residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago and received her certificate in orthodontics and MS in oral sciences! She is experienced in early diagnosis and treatment planning, adult ortho, interdisciplinary dentistry, Invisalign, orthognathic surgery cases, and the newest ortho technologies! She is a member of the American Dental Association, as well as the American Association of Orthodontists. Dr. Emerick absolutely loves creating beautiful smiles for all her patients! On a personal note, she and her husband, Jonathan, are happy to be moving back to Indiana, and they are in the process of adopting a puppy!  Give our quality orthodontics team a call today, and start smiling with confidence!

Rita Gorsuch- Practice Manager


 Rita was born and raised in Northern Illinois. She moved to the Kokomo area about 15 years ago where she now lives with her husband and two children. Rita has been working in the dental industry for 15 years, and loves being involved with helping patients look and feel their best! Her hobbies include bike riding, hiking, spending time with my family and my pets. What she likes best about working in the dental field is helping people smile with confidence and feel better about themselves!   

Jade Munsey- Ladd Orthodontics Clinical Assistant

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Jade has been a part of our Ladd family since September 2016. She graduated from Ivy Tech's Dental Assisting Program in early 2016, and currently lives in Kokomo. Jade has always had an interest in teeth, especially orthodontics!  She also has her coronal polishing/fluoride placement certification, X-ray license, and CPR certifications. She loves spending time at home, and especially enjoys being outdoors. Jade has a passion for photography and spending time with family, and friends! Her Favorite thing about working for Ladd Orthodontics is getting to know the patients on a personal level and having the ability to meet a lot of new people. She loves hearing patient’s stories and being a part of their transformation process. It is beautiful seeing our patient's smile and to witness how confident they are with their new look!

Taylor Raisor- Orthodontic Assistant

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Taylor began her career with Ladd Orthodontics in June 2017. Taylor came to Ladd bringing years of experience in specialty dentistry practice as well as general dentistry practice. She finds it very rewarding to be a positive part of creating beautiful smiles for so many patients and enjoys seeing former patients come back to the office to visit. Outside of her love for her job, Taylor enjoys spending quality time with her daughter and family, traveling, going to antique shops and taking motorcycle rides on warm summer days.

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