We’re so pleased to have Diane as part of the Smiles by Design team. She’s been working in dentistry since 1985 and is extremely knowledgeable about how to help patients afford a healthy smile that will last a lifetime. Diane is a graduate of Ball State University and dental assisting school, with numerous hours of continuing education incorporating all aspects of dentistry. Working with patients on a regular basis allows Diane the ability to forge great relationships as she helps them enhance their oral health, and discusses possible financial options. “The mouth is the doorway to your overall well being. The more we teach our patients about dental health, the healthier they will be.” What does she love best? When a patient finally attains a new, confident smile that’s truly priceless. Besides the great patients, Diane says her team makes coming to work each day truly enjoyable. She says the team is “absolutely awesome” and functions like a “little extended family” that works together to deliver optimal patient care. Outside the office this music lover is usually singing her heart out in the church choir or at home with family and friends.
Tina has been helping patients transform their smiles for over two decades. At Smiles by Design, she is extremely efficient and organized, which is why she excels at scheduling appointments, checking patients in and out, verifying dental insurance benefits, and answering phone calls. This helps her build and maintain strong relationships with patients on so many different levels. “I want our patients to feel like they are visiting friends when they come to the office. I think we are unique because our staff works together to make sure each patient has a pleasant experience from start to finish! We strive to give the BEST patient care.” Tina has been happily married to James for 25 years, and together they have one daughter who is in college. She’s also a proud mom to three dachshunds — Jake, Jessie, and Josie. Tina loves spending time with her family and friends, crafting, reading, and traveling.
We were glad to welcome Jessica on board our team, literally the day after she graduated from West Georgia Technical College in 2007 — and she’s been with us ever since. She helps Dr. Brown with fillings, crowns, impressions, ordering supplies, taking x-rays/photos, and sterilization. Aside from her regular office duties, Jessica goes out of her way every day to help all of our patients feel comfortable and make sure they have a great experience while they’re in the office. What makes Smiles by Design stand out from other dental practices? Jessica says the answer is simple. “Dr. Brown is what makes this practice unique. She is an exceptional dentist whom I’ve enjoyed working and learning with over the past nine years. I am truly blessed to call her my dentist.” Outside of the office, Jessica is usually having fun with family and friends. She’s also a movie buff who loves watching good films.
Coty is a graduate of Clayton State University, and has been working in dentistry since 1999. Aside from her degree, Coty also has five years of lab training and is a certified dental assistant with expanded duties. She says working alongside Dr. Brown is fulfilling and rewarding in so many ways, but what makes her day is helping patients really love to share their smile. “One thing that makes this practice so special is working with truly dedicated and caring people that really care about helping others.”
Shelley has a Bachelors of Science in Dental Hygiene from Clayton State University and an Associates of Science from Gordon College. She finished her schooling in 2007 and joined the Smiles by Design team a short time later. We love having her in the office to help educate patients to help them have a better understanding of the importance of dental hygiene. Shelley also performs perio charting, takes diagnostic x-rays, performs child and adult cleanings, and so much more. When she’s not helping patients in the dental chair, Shelley is usually having fun outdoors, running, exercising, spending time with her husband, their son, and two crazy dogs. She owes her many successes in life to Jesus Christ.
Prior to attending hygiene school at Central Georgia Technical College, Charity was a dental assistant. As an integral part of the Smiles by Design squad, she’s usually busy conducting oral cancer screenings, taking and developing x-rays, doing teeth cleanings, scaling and root planing, periodontal maintenance, dental charting, and discussing the most effective dental hygiene strategies with our patients. “My favorite thing about my job is helping my patients maintain a beautiful smile. I enjoy getting to know my patients on a personal level and establishing relationships with them and their families.” She enjoys working at Smiles by Design because of the level of camaraderie that can be hard to find at other practices. “The atmosphere of appreciation and respect makes every day at work enjoyable.” Charity has been married for 10 years and has two sons. She enjoys spending time with family, going to the lake, horses, cats, and shopping.
Melba has a Bachelors of Science in Dental Hygiene from Medical College of Georgia and an Associates of Psychology from Atlanta Metropolitan College. She has been working in dentistry for 21 years. We are pleased to have this dental professional on our team. Like her fellow team members, she takes pride in getting to know each patient to better understand their individual needs. She delivers quality dental care with a gentle touch. Away from the office, Melba enjoys spending time with her family and friends.