- Samar Arafat
- Marketing Coordinator
We recognize that each of our patients is unique and deserves to receive orthodontic care that reflects his or her 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 us. Our orthodontists, resident dentists, clinical staff, and administrative staff are here to ensure our patients’ experience is absolutely perfect.
We are pleased to welcome you and your family to our practice, and we look forward to providing you with the quality care you deserve.
Learn more about our clinical and administrative team leaders by clicking on their pictures below.
Samar has been a doctor liaison in the dental industry since 2008. She is a sales professional with over 10 years of experience achieving and surpassing goals, through strengths in evaluating market conditions, building relationships, and collaborating with team members. Her background includes consultative sales, event organization, provider/patient education.
Prior to Joining the GSO team, Johnathon attended Augusta University where he earned a Bachelor’s degrees in Sociology with a focus on research and Criminal Justice. Prior to acquiring his degrees, Johnathon was a member of the United States Air Force and spent his time in Anchorage, Alaska.
Johnathon has lived most of his life over-seas and most of those years growing up in Japan. This is where he developed a passion for Japanese Domestic Imports (JDM). This has fueled a passion of importing parts and cars from japan to the United States for niche collectors and general enthusiasts. He is also a self-proclaimed chef, drawing inspiration from his varied experience over-seas to curate formidable dishes that will delight you taste buds and enlighten your palate.
Brendea is originally from Cordele, Georgia. She brings with her over eight years of experience working in the dental field. Outside of work, she enjoys taking care of her puppy, Lola. She loves to be spontaneous and travel. During her free time she enjoys painting, trying new foods, and spending time with her family.
Emily graduated from the University of Alabama in 2015. Since graduation, Emily has always been interested in patient relations within the healthcare field. Her previous experience includes extensive work for a multi-location Vascular Surgery/OBGYN clinic. There, she worked as an office manager where she exceled in marketing and surgery scheduling. In her free time, Emily enjoys watching football and going to the games. She also enjoys spending time with her new puppy, Goose!
Faith is a seasoned professional in the orthodontic field. She has 9 years of experience with a record of achievement and has demonstrated success in leadership in both the Patient Relations and Business Office departments. After graduating with degrees in Administrative Assisting and Computer Science, she began her career as a Patient Relations Representative, where she became an expert in critical thinking and patient education. Faith’s bi-lingual ability brings great strength to the team. In her time as a Business Office Assistant, she mastered the new patient process, Accounts Receivables, financial, and administrative roles. She has an unprecedented ability to train others, maintain positive relationships, and improve best practices. Faith is now the Georgia School of Orthodontics’ Business Office Manager and oversees contracts, Accounts Receivables, insurance, and patient relations.
Inna has over 8 years of experience working in the marketing and advertising industry. Prior to joining the GSO team Inna worked as a Graphic Designer and Digital Coordinator for a major market broadcast company in Detroit Michigan. Inna was responsible for designing compelling and effective advertising and marketing collateral for a diverse client base while monitoring and managing the performance of key advertiser campaigns. Her work included creating custom webpages, contests, corporate communications, print publications and email blasts.
Besides her extensive experience in the marketing sector Inna has years of experience producing freelance design work for the broadcast industry. She also has several years of experience working in the non-profit sector, aiding and empowering individuals with cognitive disabilities by helping them build relationships in the community. In fact, her passion for helping others is one of the many things that drew her to GSO. Inna is proud to work for a company whose mission is to provide superior education while providing affordable care to the community. Inna is excited to bring her marketing, digital and creative knowledge to the orthodontic field.
Inna was born in Ukraine and moved to the United States at the age of 7. Raised in the suburbs of Metro Detroit she attended Eastern Michigan University where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Graphic Design. She now resides with her significant other in Atlanta, GA. Inna enjoys outdoor activities, cooking, photography, spending time with her dog Gabby and exploring Atlanta.
Hannah has over 5 years of experience in the legal and healthcare field. Hannah graduated from Tulane University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Neuroscience and English. After undergrad, Hannah went on to earn her Juris Doctorate from Emory University School of Law. During law school Hannah worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Georgia Department of Community Health where she gained valuable experience in operating large healthcare programs. After law school, Hannah clerked for a judge on the Georgia Court of Appeals to advance her legal career. Hannah began at GSO after her clerkship. Recently promoted to Junior Vice President of Operations, her responsibilities include management of the patient relations department, working with our practice administrator and clinical director to ensure operational success, and implementing GSO policies and procedures. Her goal is to help GSO grow as an educational institution and to that ensure patients are provided with quality care throughout the length of their treatment.
Hannah lives in Grant Park with her significant other and cat. She enjoys reading, traveling, playing trivia, and attending concerts in her free time.
Crystle attended Central Georgia Tech where she received a degree in Early Childhood Education and is currently attending Gwinnett Tech for Health Sciences. Crystle brings over ten years in customer service and experience in orthodontics to GSO. Crystle is originally from Illinois but currently lives in Lawrenceville with her two daughters. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her daughters and friends, reading, dancing, and traveling.
Laykin has over six years of orthodontic assisting experience. She loves working in orthodontics because she gets to see the wonderful transformation braces can give. When she’s not at work her hobbies include doing anything outdoors and hanging out with her family and two cats.
Joshua Leabeater is originally from Greenville, South Carolina, but has had the privilege of living in several major cities in the US. While living in San Francisco, California, he obtained his Master’s in Surgical Engineering from Stanford University. Joshua has lived in Atlanta for nearly six years, in which time he has added his certification for dental assisting and radiology. Joshua is a very talented photographer in his outside of his work at GSO.
Maria is currently enrolled in the Georgia School of Dental Assisting. Outside of work and school, she enjoys spending time with her two sons, Aaron and Lucas. Her interests include baseball, trying new things, and having fun.
Charles has over 15 years technology and management experience and a proven track record delivering software and business development initiatives. He is focused primarily on the clinical information systems and all of the involved internal and external software integrations that deliver value to our business and educational units. Charles has taught software development and project management classes in the Atlanta area, as well held technical and executive management level positions for ISTA’s North American operations. During his tenure with ISTA, his team implemented customer facing, enterprise-level projects that profitably grew the US business unit from 10k accounts to over 1.2 million in 10 years. He continues delivering that same passion and expertise at The Georgia School of Orthodontics.
Charles graduated from the University of South Florida with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He enjoys learning to speak Korean, serving in his local church, and spending time with his wife and three sons in Atlanta, GA.
Jan has over 17 years of practice management experience, including overseeing the daily operations of a large multi-location orthodontic practice in Atlanta. Her record of achievement and success in leadership as a Practice Administrator is evident through her strength in managing multiple projects simultaneously and fostering a cohesive staff. Jan began her career as a chairside assistant where she learned that quality assurance, attention to detail, critical thinking, and patient education create the foundation for a successful practice and a rewarding career. Jan strives for excellence as she continues her education in periodontics, dental implant therapy, and leadership training.
Jan is a certified orthodontic assistant and is also x-ray and CPR certified. Jan lives in Bethlehem, GA with her husband and four children. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, journaling, roller skating, and riding motorcycles.
Dena applies her 25+ years of successful marketing, advertising, and public relations experience to The Georgia School of Orthodontics. As an orthodontic and dental communication specialist, she incorporates internal and external marketing strategies to connect with existing and prospective patients. Creating strong relationship referral building programs, managing the brand voice and team training are critical keys to her success in generating practice growth. With 17 years dedicated to working with private and group practices, she served as the Director of Marketing for the largest privately-owned orthodontic practice in the US, where she spearheaded initiatives that increased revenue 141%. Dena’s diverse background also includes developing multi-media branding campaigns and communications strategies for Coca Cola, Chevrolet, Cox Media, and JMB Realty.
Dena graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a degree in Journalism with an emphasis in Public Relations and completed her graduate work at the University of Mississippi. Dena lives near Atlanta with her husband and enjoys playing tennis in her free time.
Bria earned her Bachelor’s in Sociology and is currently pursuing another Bachelor’s degree in Pyschology. She brings over seven years of experience in the dentistry industry to the GSO team as well as an additional two years in orthodontics, specifically. In her spare time, she loves to spend time with her puppy, a Maltese. She also enjoys hiking at Stone Mountain and going to the movies.
Alaini was born and raised in Georgia from parents of Peruvian and Dominican descent and lived most of her life in a small town in Barrow County called Hoschton, GA. In her spare time, her hobbies include hiking, riding her bikeon the beltline, reading, and cheering on the dawgs in Athens!
Ronda is an Atlanta native attended college at the University of West Georgia. After the school she began working with the City of Atlanta Police for 8 years. Ronda has always had an innate love of color, graphics, computers, so she attended Auburn University for Graphic Design. After volunteering at the YMCA as Cheer Coach for 5-7 year olds she began to see her love for empowering and teaching youth and thus changed her major to Art Education. Through this experience, and others, she was validated in her love for helping students reach their goals and thus her love for the academic arena. She went on to completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration at Faulkner University in Montgomery. After moving back to Georgia she quickly realized her heart was in academia which led her to her position with the Georgia School of Orthodontics.
Inez was born in the Bahamas, and moved to Miami, Florida at the age of 7 where she lived until 2000. While living in Miami, Inez attended the George T. Baker Aviation School. She was the Top Scoring student on the ASVAB Aptitude Test and was about to enter the Air Force when
she realized flight made her feel unwell and her career goal of becoming a pilot in the Air Force took a sudden turn. Inez moved to Georgia in 2000 and started managing call centers and dental practices. She has 2 kids – her son, Mikal, is 16 and is enrolled in the International Baccalaureate Program at Shiloh High and her daughter, Madisyn, attends Charles Drew Charter School as a member of the Honors Program. Outside of GSO, Inez enjoys cooking and baking – she even caters on the weekends! She also is in the process of writing a couple of books.
Evan brings nearly 20 years of IT experience to The Georgia School of Orthodontics. In his role, he oversees the infrastructure, networks, software systems, security, audio visual, telecomm systems, integrations, mobility strategy, and data mining. He also establishes vendor relationships and selects appropriate solutions. His professional experience includes working with companies such as Teradata, Charles Schwab, Eli Lilly, Addit, ICON, JetStar, and Klipsch. Evan has experience within many facets of IT, including help desk, system administration, project management, custom reporting, quality assurance, and performance tuning.
Evan graduated from Butler University in Indianapolis with a double major in Philosophy and Pre-Med. He recently moved to the north side of Atlanta, GA with his wife and two sons. In his free time, he enjoys outdoor activities including mountain biking, swimming, tennis, and most recently, camping with his son’s cub scout troop. He also attends and volunteers at his local church.
Aaron brings over 10 years of IT experience to Georgia School of Orthodontics. Prior to joining GSO, his experience in the IT field included web design, implementation and support of IT infrastructure, software deployment and maintenance, security and camera systems installation and programming, as well as audio video equipment. His experience working for companies such as the University of Michigan, NYSAES, Countrywide, Home Deport, RiteRug, and the Allen Company have allowed him to excel in expanding environments where his intuitive problem solving skills are put to use and enhanced. He also taught English as a second language in Tokyo, Japan, which enabled to translate IT jargon into English.
Pam Thompson began her career in North Carolina over 40 years ago. She graduated from Alamance Community College and worked for Dr. Saunders Moore. a faculty member for the University of North Carolina. After her marriage she moved to Wichita, Kansas. Eventually and her family moved to Georgia where she worked for Dr. Gerald Samson until joining The Georgia School of Orthodontics. Pam brings to The Georgia School of Orthodontics her background of training, leadership, and a sunny personality. Having had a lifelong desire to be in education, Pam finds it an honor to participate in the educational process for the very first class of GSO residents.