I have been practicing dentistry for 33 years, and feel truly blessed to have found the profession I was meant to serve in early in life. I knew after my personal smile transformation that I wanted to do that for others as a dental professional. Taking care of the needs of my patients is a privilege I don’t take for granted. Meeting so many wonderful people and being a small part of their lives is the best part by far. Helping people smile with confidence, educating them to be able to enjoy their teeth for a lifetime, and protecting their overall health by achieving optimum oral health is my goal! I love providing comprehensive care for my patients. Guiding them through the progression toward complete oral health is exciting. Participating in a partnership with them to achieve the smile they want and deserve makes my job fun and rewarding. I love using my mind, my hands, and my heart every day on each patient. EDUCATION AND CONTINUING EDUCATION Gordon High School, Decatur, 1975 Bachelor of Arts in biology – Agnes Scott College, 1979 Doctorate of Dental Medicine – Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, 1983 Master of Divinity – The Interdenominational Theological Center, Atlanta, 2001 Being in a profession that is always changing and progressing keeps the work fascinating as new technology is introduced and adopted. I actively take continuing education courses in orthodontic treatment with Invisalign® and Fastbraces®, endodontic treatment, and implant dentistry. I am also a certified sedation dentist, which allows me to care for patients who may have anxiety or even a phobia associated with dental care. PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS Academy of General Dentistry American Orthodontic Society Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation FAMILY AND COMMUNITY I have been married to my husband Gregory for more than 36 years. We have two biological children, Clarissa and Brandon, both independent adults enjoying their chosen professions of broadcast journalism and photography. We have a third child, Joy, our niece, who is a chef and lives in North Carolina. We were blessed this year with our first grandchild, Dylan, who lives in Huntsville with his parents. When I’m off from work, I am usually hightailing it to Huntsville to spoil both Dylan and his parents. I am a doting Nana and I don’t want to miss anything during this first year of so many changes in his life! Some of my most fun-filled moments occur just sitting in the family room with my very opinionated and animated family talking, watching movies, or playing games. Other favorite activities for me include singing and dancing, which I do at my church, A New Thing Christian Church, in Lithonia. My husband and I also lead a ministry at church called Celebrate Recovery, which is a Christ-centered 12-step recovery program for healing from any kind of hurt, habit, or hang-up. I am always amazed to see God transform and set people free at CR, including me!