- 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.
Elene is originally from Miami, FL and is of Haitian descent. She brings over six years of Healthcare Administration and customer service to the GSO team. Elene is also a certified Makeup Artist. In her free time, she enjoys traveling with her family and can sit on the beach for hours.
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.
Tammy Cagle has over 30 years of experience in the clinical and administrative healthcare industry. She has been an adjunct professor teaching healthcare and business courses for over seven years. She holds a Master’s in Business Administration and Healthcare Management. She is currently working on her doctorate in Leadership in Higher Education. Her experience includes administration and clinic operations in private practice and in the outpatient hospital setting. Her background also includes executive level leadership in an academic hospital surgical department and a residency program. Tammy spent 15 years at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and held several senior level leadership positions, including Administrative Officer/Residency Coordinator for the Department of Gastroenterology, Assistant Director Section of Surgical Sciences and Manager of the Patient Care Center. She also worked in the oral surgery department for a short time. She joined the University of Phoenix in May, 2015 as the College Campus Chair in the College of Health Professions and was promoted to Program Chair over the College of Humanities and Sciences in June 2017. Tammy’s special interests include telemedicine, medical ethics and transformational leadership. Her passion is fostering and mentoring students to excel and reach their dreams.
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.
Tammy has been in the orthodontic field for over 15 years. She is originally from Ohio but has lived in Georgia for 25 years. Tammy has 3 adult sons and enjoy tennis, motorcycles and the beach.
Rebecca is originally from Myrtle Beach, SC but traveled the U.S. for most of her life. She has been an Orthodontic Assistant for over 23 years. In her spare time she likes to sing, travel, check out diners and dives and cheer for her favorite sports teams – The Cubs, Packers, and Blackhawks!
Dontay joins GSO with years of experience in the IT field, including desktop support, help desk, and telecommunications. He is a graduate of Kaplan University with a degree in Applied Science in Information Technology. In his spare time, Dontay enjoys video games, sports, and is a car enthusiast.
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.
An Evanston, Illinois native, Eva relocated Georgia in 2007. Eva brings over seventeen years of orthodontic assistant experience to GSO. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband and children.
Deanna Hughes was raised in Detroit, Michigan and relocated to Atlanta in 2001. She graduated from Dental assisting school in 2005 and has worked in general practice for thirteen years. She has received multiple certifications in the field. Deanna has passion for dentistry and loves working with her hands and helping people attain the smile of their dreams.
Joshua Leabeater is originally from Greenville, South Carolina, but has had the privilege of living in several major cities in the United States. While living in San Francisco, he obtained his Masters in Surgical Engineering from Stanford University. Joshua has lived in Atlanta for nearly six years, in which time he has obtained certifications for dental assisting and radiology. Joshua is a very talented photographer outside of his work at GSO.
Kecia Jones is from Jackson, Mississippi. She is happily married with four children, three girls and one boy. She and her family moved to Atlanta to further her career goals by joining the GSO team. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends.
Andrew was born in Atlanta and is a 2017 graduate from The University of Georgia. Prior to finishing school and starting work at The Georgia School of Orthodontics, Andrew conducted undergraduate research at Davison Life Sciences and Complex Carbohydrates Research Center. His honors thesis involved breast cancer cell lines and was presented at the Biochemistry Undergraduate Society symposium. In his spare time, Andrew enjoys taking kickboxing and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes.
Carmen has 16 years of experience in the Orthodontic Field. She comes from a Military background of extensive training from several Cosmetics Orthodontists from all over the United States. Carmen has received her Dental Assistant National Board Certification and Expanded Function License and she has expanded her knowledge in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Carmen worked as a Clinical Coordinator for the last past 10 years, making sure that the clinic flows smoothly as she trained new assistants into the orthodontic field. Carmen was born on the Island of Puerto Rico. Her native Language is Spanish which has played a large part in her career and has been so helpful to patients understanding their treatment plan and expenses. When she is not at work she spends time with 3 sons. The best part of being in Orthodontics for Carmen is the joy of seeing a person go from feeling self-conscious to being thrilled with their smile and having a new outlook on life by smiling at the world!
Mykera is originally from Spartanburg, SC. After attending the College of Charleston with a double major in biology and psychology, she moved to the greater Atlanta area in 2014. She brings with her over 6 years of customer service experience and 3 years of health care administration experience. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends.
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.
Daisy has recently moved to Atlanta, Georgia from New Jersey. Originally, Daisy is from Puerto Rico. In her spare time, she loves to cook and spend time with her two children.
Ana graduated as a Medical Administrative Assistant in 2008 and a Certified Dental Assistant in 2014 and has worked in general dentistry since then. She chose orthodontics because she truly loves helping people get the healthiest smile of their dreams. Outside of work, she has a passion for running, baking, going to the gym and spending time with her college-aged son.
Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Zoe is a 2019 graduate of The Orthodontic Assistant School Of Atlanta. She is excited to join the GSO clinical team as an Orthodontic Assistant and expand her career in orthodontics. In her free time I enjoy reading, taking walks, and spending time with my family and friends.
Dena applies her 30+ years of successful marketing, advertising, and public relations experience to The Georgia School of Orthodontics. As an orthodontic and dental communications 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.
Aris moved to the United States from Honduras at the age of 10. He graduated from Meadow Creek High School in 2005 and proceeded to work in a fast-paced environment where he helped ensure patients’ quality of care. Aris has been in the dental field for 10 years. His linguistic superiority in both Spanish and English and work experience have enabled him to develop a wide range of skills. Aris strives to ensure that GSO patients always feel welcome. In his free time, Aris loves spending time with his son and his girlfriend.
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.
Vladimir is originally from Haiti and recently moved to Atlanta from New Jersey to become a surgical assistant. He attended Andrews University in Michigan where he studied Applied Science. He worked for five years as the back staff lead assistant supervisor at Atlanta Oral Facial Surgery and is now thrilled to be working with GSO as a Treatment Coordinator. He is excited to work with a great sales team, staff and residents who set the tone for our patients.
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.
Jennifer Webster is an Atlanta native, who comes to us with over 15 years of sales and marketing expertise. Her vast experience includes Director of Sales and Marketing for an outpatient medical facility, and National Sales Manager for a teleconferencing company. Jennifer is known for her professional presentation skills and personable nature. She is active in her community, and recently served as Social Chair for her neighborhood Community Club Board. When not working, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her husband and twin 10-year old girls. She also loves cooking, traveling and playing tennis.