Meet the Team
We recognize that all our patients are unique and deserve to receive dental care that reflects their individual needs. Our experienced and talented dental team is committed to working with you and your family to create a comfortable, stress-free, and rewarding dental experience every time you visit our practice.
We are pleased to welcome you and your family, and we look forward to working with you.
Theresa keeps the dental practice running smoothly and provides backup for staff when needed. She has been with NGDI since they opened in 2007. Theresa loves to see patients excited about their new smile and loves to help our patients feel comfortable and relaxed. In her spare time Theresa is a avid Harley Davidson rider, she has her own bike; which is a Streat Glide. She also is the Director of the Athens HOG chapter, which keeps her busy. She loves spending time with her fur babies, 2 dogs and 2 cats, and doing stained glass if she gets a free moment. Theresa is orginally from Wisconsin and loves the Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin Badgers.
Maricela is the first person you see upon entering our office and the last person upon leaving. She makes your appointments and is available to help with your insurance forms. She’s done her best to keep the office running smoothly since joining us in 2012. Maricela enjoys meeting new people every day and helping them achieve beautiful, healthy smiles. At home, Maricela is blessed with a wonderful family.
Maria has been with NGDI since 2011. She enjoys making sure that our patients are comfortable and getting the best care they can receive. Maria loves working with the doctors and assisting with surgery, taking impressions and doing any adjustment that you might need. Maria is married and has handsome twin sons, that are her pride and joy.
Samantha assists the dentist with taking impressions and adjusting dentures and partials, and helps out wherever she can to make our patients’ experience as comfortable and convenient as possible while in our dental office. She joined NGDI in 2013 but has worked in dentistry for the past six years. Samantha lives in Murrayville, GA with her husband, Erik, dog Adele, and horse Princess. The thing she enjoys the most is competing in barrel races!
Sammi’s role as an assistant allows her to work with patients alongside our doctors, making sure each person is happy and as comfortable as possible. She also completes records, like taking X-rays and impressions. Sammi loves being able to bring a smile back to our patients’ faces. Sammi has a son, Chandler, who is her pride and joy. In her spare time, Sammi enjoys playing outdoors with her son and going on family adventures.
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Dayna is committed to helping our patients feel comfortable and relaxed. Dayna will be assisinting the doctors, taking patient X-rays and impressions along with other dental procedures. Dayna is recently engaged to the love ofher life Colin. They are currently working towards purchasing their first home together. They have two amazing pittbulls; Spud and Callie and one kitty; Dexter. Dayne and Colin love going on hike and adventures on the bike. Dayna also like to paint and learn new things.
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Hilary joined NGDI in 2016 to provide patient care and oral hygiene education. With almost 20 years of previous experience, she is terrific at educating patients and making sure their teeth are clean and smiles are happy.
Ed supervises our lab, assists the doctors with patient care and surgical procedures, and helps with All-on-4® implant-supported dentures. His 25 years of experience serve our patients well, as he has exceptional skill when it comes to patient care. Ed shares the same goal with the rest of our team: making people smile. Ed is married to his beautiful wife, Gina. They have a son and a daughter-in-law of whom they are very proud. In his spare time, Ed loves to work on cars and spend time with his family.
Joey has been a mainstay in our lab since 2008. He creates and duplicates models, finishes and polishes dentures and partials, and repairs and relines whatever else may come his way. Joey takes great joy in seeing our patients happy with the work he and his coworkers in the lab produce. Joey has been happily married for 13 years to his beautiful wife, Virginia. They have two children, Joseph and Jewell, and three pets: a dog named Leo, a bunny named Comet, and a guinea pig named Beabea. Joey is a comic nerd and enjoys playing Magic the Gathering in his leisure time.
Lisa began her career in dentistry more than 32 years ago, and joined NGDI in 2012. She can be found expressing her creative side in the lab, where she processes, repairs, and relines dentures and partials. It’s really an art form for her! Lisa enjoys knowing that the work she does helps people have a better smile. When she’s not in the office, Lisa enjoys gardening and spending time outdoors with her husband of 25 years and two children at their home on Lake Lanier.
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David began working for NGDI in 2007 and worked for NGDI for five years until wanting to start his own dental lab, which was a great success. David began his dental career in 1990, with all his experience he is a great technician who loves to make "Happy Smiles". David returned to NGDI to work wih a great team and outstanding doctors that care about their patients. David is dedicated to providing the best care for our patients.