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Meet the Team

We recognize that all 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.

the team


Mark Higginbottom, DMD

dr mark higginbottom

As an orthodontist, I believe in the amazing benefits of a beautiful smile, and as your orthodontist, I want to help you achieve a smile that gives you the confidence and happiness you deserve. I was born and raised right here in Easton so I feel a great connection to the wonderful community I serve, and I consider all of my patients to be like family. From my fellow dentists and peers, to my dedicated office staff, to my wonderful patients who put a smile on my face, every day I am reminded why I chose to become an orthodontist!

Education and Continuing Education

I received a BA in biology from Syracuse University, and graduated magna cum laude with honors from Phi Beta Kappa — the nation’s oldest and most prestigious academic honor society. My dental school education occurred at the University of Pennsylvania, where I received my Doctorate of Dental Medicine (DMD).

I went to the University of Maryland’s Baltimore College of Dental Surgery to obtain my certificate in orthodontics. It was also at that institution that I was recruited to teach in the Department of Orthodontics as an assistant clinical professor of orthodontics. I have been in the exclusive practice of orthodontics for almost 40 years.

I strongly believe in continuing education as a way to stay current on the latest products and treatment techniques in orthodontics. I am always interested in attending continuing education courses, especially those that will allow me to learn more about the upcoming topics and trends in orthodontics. I regularly participate in continuing education by being a member of several orthodontic and dental associations, including:

  • American Association of Orthodontists
  • Middle Atlantic Society of Orthodontists
  • Maryland State Society of Orthodontists
  • American Dental Association
  • Eastern Shore Dental Society

I always have something to smile about!

I value the time I spend with my family, so when I am away from the practice you can often find me in the company of my loved ones. My wife Rhonda and I have three grown sons, three daughters-in-law, two precious granddaughters, two wonderful grandsons, and another granddaughter on the way. I am very proud of my family, and welcoming new family members into my life is such a joy!

In addition to spending time with my family, I enjoy music, traveling, and raising thoroughbred horses. Music, especially the piano, organ, and singing ensembles, has always played an important role in my life, and I actively participate in a variety of music programs at my church and within the Easton community.


Erik Higginbottom, DDS

dr erik higginbottom

I believe that exceptional orthodontic care has the amazing ability to change lives. As your orthodontist, I look forward to giving you the life-changing experience you deserve and the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted.

Having grown up right here in Easton, I feel that being an orthodontist is a great way to give back to a community that has given me so much over the years. I feel honored whenever I have the opportunity to change the life of a patient through orthodontic care, and I look forward to keeping Easton smiling for many years to come.

Education and Continuing Education

After graduating from Easton High School, I attended Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College), where I received a Bachelor of Arts in biology and graduated magna cum laude with Phi Beta Kappa honors. I went on to attend the University of Maryland Dental School, where I earned my Doctorate of Dental Surgery, graduated summa cum laude, and ranked number one in my class.

After finishing dental school, I chose to continue my pursuit of becoming an orthodontist. I attended the University of Maryland and received my certificate in orthodontics as well as a master’s degree in oral biology. During my orthodontic residency, I was trained in the orthodontic treatment of children, teenagers, and adults with conventional braces, Damon® Smile, and Invisalign®. In addition, I served on the Cleft Lip and Palate Teams at Johns Hopkins University and Kernan Hospital.

I believe in the benefits of continuing education as a way to stay up to date with current orthodontic products and treatment techniques in order to provide the best experience for our patients. I enjoy going to various courses around the country and listening to world-renowned lecturers discuss the most up-to-date treatment philosophies through my professional affiliations:

  • American Association of Orthodontists
  • Middle Atlantic Society of Orthodontists
  • Maryland State Society of Orthodontists
  • American Dental Association

Smiling is a big part of my life!

When I’m away from the practice I enjoy spending time with my family. My wife Melissa and I met in high school and were married in 2003. Melissa is a pediatric hygienist and she really enjoys her job working with children. We have two sons, Grant and Chad, and we are also very proud parents of our cat, Roxy!

In addition to spending time with family, I love being outdoors and on the water, watching sports, cheering on my favorite teams, and playing golf! There isn’t a sport that I don’t enjoy! My favorite teams are the Washington Redskins, Baltimore Ravens, and Baltimore Orioles!

One of the goals of our practice is to support our local community. I am involved in coaching soccer, serve on church committees, and am the co-founder of the Talbot Kickball League, an adult co-ed kickball league designed to bring exercise and social interactions to adults of all ages.


Kyle Higginbottom, DDS

dr kyle higginbottom

Orthodontics means the world to me, and has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. As a child, I got to see the impact orthodontics had on my father’s patients: It was life changing!

Now, as an orthodontist myself, I enjoy the uniqueness of my patients, both in their treatment needs and personalities. No two days are ever the same! I love the fact that we can make a difference in peoples’ lives, how they look at themselves, and how they feel about themselves. Being able to see and interact with so many wonderful people in the community on a daily basis is one of the best perks of the job!

Education and Continuing Education

I graduated from Easton High School and began my undergraduate education at Washington College in Chestertown, MD. I received a Bachelor of Science in biology and graduated magna cum laude with Beta Beta Beta honors. I also received the Department of Biology Professional Award. I continued on to the University of Maryland, Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, where I earned my Doctorate of Dental Surgery and graduated magna cum laude. I stayed there for my residency in orthodontics, and was awarded my certificate of orthodontics and a master’s degree in oral biology.

During my residency I had the opportunity to be trained in various treatment methodologies, including conventional braces for children and adults, orthognathic surgeries, the Damon System, Invisalign, and accelerated orthodontics, and I served on the Cleft Lip and Palate teams at Johns Hopkins University and Kernan Hospital.

I am very interested in new and developing technology, whether it be in orthodontics or just everyday life. It is always important to stay current on the latest technology and treatment modalities in orthodontics so our patients can receive the best care possible. The majority of my continuing education is completed through my professional affiliations:

  • American Association of Orthodontists
  • Middle Atlantic Society of Orthodontists
  • Maryland State Society of Orthodontists
  • American Dental Association
  • Eastern Shore Dental Society

What makes me smile?

I met my wife, Lindsey Faulkner Higginbottom, in grade school. We started dating in high school and got married in the summer of 2010. She is a third-grade teacher for Talbot County at Easton Elementary. Our first child was born in 2016, Aubrey MacRae, and we have enjoyed being first time parents and looking at life through the eyes of a little child!

Besides spending time with my loving wife and daughter, I love to be outdoors and on the water. I got into photography while I was in dental school and I love getting out in nature and photographing all the beauty that nature provides. In the summers I enjoy sailing and fishing, and in the fall and springtime I love to ride horses and hunt. There is nothing more peaceful then sitting in the woods in a tree stand and taking in nature’s beauty. I also love to watch sports, play tennis and golf, run, and bike.




Certified Orthodontic Assistant

I joined the practice in 1984 and am a certified orthodontic assistant. When you come to our office, you will find a warm, friendly, and fun team of people who genuinely want to get to know you. Our doctors treat each patient as an individual and our team puts our patients’ needs and best interest first. That is why I love my job so much!

My husband Tim and I have been married for 30+ years. We have three sons, two daughters-in-law, and three grandchildren. I am active with the Cordova Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, and at my church. My free time is spent with my family, reading, and camping.




Certified Orthodontic Assistant, Bookkeeper

I have been with Higginbottom Orthodontics since 2001 as a certified orthodontic assistant, and also am the practice bookkeeper. We have a great staff; we enjoy our time together at work, as well as outside the office. We hope that our fun and caring attitude demonstrates to our patients that we have a relaxing and fun office. We pride ourselves on our efficient office and friendly smiles. Our doctors and team make it an exciting place to work! 

My husband and I have been married since 1988 and live in Easton with our son, Brandon.  Our daughter, Brooke, was recently married to her husband Josh and they reside in Farmington, DE with their dog Suzy. I enjoy spending time with family, being involved with the local community and church events, and visiting the Amish communities in Lancaster.




Certified Dental Assistant

I have been with Higginbottom Orthodontics since 2005 as a certified dental assistant. I enjoy watching the relationships our doctors and staff build with patients of all ages and backgrounds. Dr. Mark Higginbottom was my orthodontist when I was a teenager, and both of my daughters have been his patients as well. Now, as an employee, it’s fun to watch the transformation of smiles from a different perspective!

I am a native of Easton. When I’m not working, I enjoy the beach, kayaking, and spending time with my two daughters and three granddaughters.




Certified Orthodontic Assistant

I have been in the field of dentistry since 1989 and joined the Higginbottom Team in 2010. I really enjoy watching the changes in the patients, not only physically but emotionally as well, and take such pride in being a part of that. The power of a beautiful smile is priceless. As a former patient of Dr. Mark Higginbottom’s, I know his patients are in good hands. Some of the staff that treated me are still here!

I live outside of Hurlock with my son and three cats. When I am not at work I enjoy reading, playing games, watching movies, and listening to music.




Administrative Assistant, Insurance Specialist

I joined the team at Higginbottom Orthodontics in 2009. I am passionate about customer service and strive to make each and every visit easy and enjoyable, whether by explaining financials and insurance or scheduling appointments. I look forward to seeing each patient achieve the beautiful smile they have always wanted and deserved.

My husband Steve and I live in Cordova with our two children, Lane and Jack, and our dog, Tucker. In my spare time I enjoy spending quality time with my family and watching baseball and football.




Certified Orthodontic Assistant

I became a member of the Higginbottom Team in 2014. In the time I’ve been here, it’s been a pleasure to help patients feel better about themselves by helping to create a beautiful smile for them.  The doctors and the rest of my teammates are very positive and helpful; I’m so happy to work in a place with such wonderful doctors and coworkers!

I was married in 2016 to the love of my life, Frankie, and our house if full with our four dogs.  In November, there will be another set of paws present, as we are expecting the birth of our first child! 




Administrative Assistant, Financial Coordinator

I joined the Higginbottom Orthodontics Team in 2016 and am a financial coordinator and administrative assistant. I feel that I am a people person and enjoy interacting with and helping patients coordinate their appointments to further their treatment. One of my greatest enjoyments is seeing each patient’s confidence evolve as they go through treatment.

I live in Cambridge, MD with my wonderful/loving dog, Teddy. In my free time, I enjoy boating with family and spending time with friends.




Certified Orthodontic Assistant

I have been in the field of dentistry since 2003 and joined Higginbottom Orthodontics in 2017.  I feel privileged to be part of such a caring, professional practice where patients always come first!

I live in Easton with my husband Joe, and our two daughters.  When I am away from work, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends.  We love going to gymnastic meets and watching the Washington Capitals play!

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