Born in Decatur, Dr. Tina Herington is a Georgia native. She received her Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering with Highest Honor from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1996. She went on to obtain her Doctor of Dental Medicine from the Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry in 2001 and started Suwanee Family Dentistry that same year. Since dental research is constantly evolving, Dr. Herington averages more than five times the minimum number of Continuing Education Courses each year. She is a member of the American Dental Association, Georgia Dental Association, Hinman Dental Society, Gwinnett Dental Society, and is a Master in the Academy of General Dentistry. Dr. Herington also has served as a clinical instructor at the Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry.
Dr. Herington became a Fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry in July 2008, and a Master in the Academy in June 2014. The Mastership program required 5 years to complete and required peer-reviewed case presentations in all areas of dentistry. Fewer than 1% of dentists ever achieve Mastership in the AGD! Dr. Herington has also served as the newsletter editor for the Georgia Academy of General Dentistry and a delegate to the national AGD meeting.
Dr. Herington also has a Commercial Pilot Certificate, Flight Instructor Certificate, and has been a part-time flight instructor since 1996. She obtained her NAFI Master Flight Instructor Designation in 2003. Dr. Herington is also a member of the Leadership Gwinnett Class of 2007-08, and participates in the Brighter Smiles for Brighter Futures Campaign to raise money to support the fight against breast cancer.
In her spare time, she enjoys aviation, hiking, biking, reading, and spending time with her husband and two young sons.
Dr. Ashley Starnes was born and raised in Conyers, GA. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology from the University of Georgia, graduating Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. She then attended the Medical College of Georgia where she obtained her Doctor of Dental Medicine in 2005, finishing in the top 5% of her class. Dr. Starnes is a member of the American Dental Association, Georgia Dental Association, Gwinnett Dental Society, and Omicron Kappa Upsilon, a dental honor society. She is ClearCorrect certified, Lumineers certified, and is an Arestin Certified Expert.
Dr. Starnes believes in the importance of oral health as it relates to overall health. She does not feel that her responsibility stops with your teeth... the mouth can be an important indicator of other conditions. She also enjoys cosmetic dentistry and helping her patients regain confidence in their smiles. Ask to see some of her before and after photographs.
Away from the office, Dr. Starnes enjoys spending time with her husband and three boys, loves the beach and lives for Georgia football.
Dr. Anisha Nathu was born and raised in Macon, Georgia. She went to the University of Georgia where she received a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology in 2012. After graduating from college, she made the move to Augusta, GA to attend the Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University (formerly the Medical College of Georgia) where she received her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree in 2016.
During her time in dental school, Dr. Nathu served as class president, advocated important dental issues during National Dental Student Lobby Day in Washington, D.C, and volunteered at the Georgia Department of Public Health Fair. During the summer after her first year of dental school, Dr. Nathu worked as a public oral health intern at the Rhode Island Department of Health. As the public oral health intern, she helped prepare for various oral health programs for individuals with special needs, pregnant women and young children.
Dr. Nathu enjoys providing compassionate care to the members of her community. She works hard to educate her patients about the importance of oral health care and enjoys getting to know each and every patient she treats. She is a member of the Georgia Dental Association and American Dental Association.
In her free time, Dr. Nathu enjoys experimenting with recipes, baking and spending time with family and friends.
Dr. Lyles was born and raised in Southern California and has lived in Boston, Minneapolis, and the San Francisco Bay Area. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology at University of California Los Angeles on a full-ride scholarship as a UC Regents Scholar. Then she graduated dental school at Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine Magna Cum Laude, in the top 10% of her class. She was selected as a MassHealth Access Program Scholarship recipient due to her commitment to provide care to the urban, underserved Boston community upon graduation. She also received the Dr. William Cummings Award for "Dedication, Generosity and Unique Love of Dentistry".
Following years of providing care in community health, Dr. Lyles continued her mission to meet community oral health needs through weekend dental events for military servicemen to be cleared for deployment. She has clinical experience in all general areas, including surgical extractions, restoring implants, endodontics, CEREC crown and bridge, Waterlase laser technology, and cosmetic dentistry. She believes in patient education to equip patients to understand the importance of oral health care and to maximize patient comfort in the dental chair.
She lives in Oak Grove/North Druid Hills with her husband and two children. She enjoys attending NBA games, reading, working out, cooking and hosting friends and family, volunteering in the community, being active in her local church, exploring with family and meeting new people.
Bartyce joined our team in July 2015 as patient coordinator. She manages the check in process and is likely the first smiling face you will see when you walk in! In her spare time she enjoys traveling, swimming, and volunteer activities. She is learning and loving all the possibilities to grow in the field of dentistry.
Jamie joined the team in 2014 as our Business Manager. Jamie brings over 16 years of dental, human resources, and payroll management experience. Jamie was born in Augusta, Ga., but was raised in Gwinnett County. She has been happily married to her husband for over 15 years and they are the proud parents of 2 children. In her spare time she loves to attend church, shop, go to the movies and spend time with her family.
Tiffany has been a dental assistant since 1989, and joined our team as Dr. Herington's assistant in 2004. She loves building relationships with her patients and making their dental experiences comfortable and pleasant. Outside the office she enjoys cooking and spending time with her family and pets.
Erika has been assisting here at Suwanee Family Dentistry since 2007 and works primarily with Dr. Starnes. She has a passion for dentistry and enjoys getting to know new people every day and helping them enjoy their dental experience. In her spare time she loves to read, try new recipes, and spend time with her family and friends.
Kristy joined our team in 2015. She loves being a team player and building relationships with our wonderful patients. Kristy works hard to create new smiles, one patient at a time! She has four boys and loves spending time with her family. Her favorite hobby is swimming.
Ashley joined our team in 2016. She has many years of experience and was trained by one of our former assistants. Please welcome her when you see her.
Colleen joined our team in 2016 as a sterilization specialist.She supports the entire practice by making sure instruments and materials are processed properly throughout the day.
Beth obtained her dental hygiene degree at Athens Technical College in 2003 and joined our team in 2005. She is a very caring person who strives to make each patient feel comfortable while achieving and maintaining optimal oral health. She is committed to quality and enjoys working with the latest technology and expanding her knowledge. She and her husband share their lives with three children. She is active in her church and her childrens' school and enjoys cooking, photography, traveling and Georgia football.
Jamie has been a registered dental hygienist for over 20 years and still enjoys giving gentle, quality care to her patients. A native of Kentucky, she moved to the area with her husband, Jay, and two children. When not in the office, Jamie enjoys traveling, cooking, being outdoors, and Georgia Tech football!
Laura attended Clayton State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Sciene in Dental Hygiene, joining our team in 2014. She enjoys guiding patients to attain and maintain a healthy mouth. She strives to make patients feel comfortable and relaxed at each appointment. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband Travis, her daughter Isabella and dogs Lucy and Miley. She also loves working out and the outdoors.
Debi is a native of Eau Claire, WI. She received her dental hygiene degree from Columbus State in 1996 and joined our team in 2002. She has a passion for helping people and her goal is to help patients improve their dental health through gentle hygiene and education. She and her husband, Greg, enjoy watching their daughter Kaela play travel soccer. She also enjoys time with family and friends and taking her two Yorkies, Cassie and Lola for long walks.
Danielle is our newest addition to the hygiene team. Be sure to say hi when you see her!
Dani joined our team in 2017. She earned her BS in Dental Hygiene from the University of Southern California in 2008. She practiced in Los Angeles for 10 years until she and her husband moved to Cumming, GA! She is enjoying the outdoors and seasons changing in the southeast very much. She loves sports and misses Dodgers Stadium, but SunTrust Park and the Atlanta Braves are a solid close second. She loves laughing, helping others have a happy, healthy smile and is excited to build new relationships with everyone in the SFD Family!
Allison was born in Dallas, Texas but has lived in Georgia since 1985. She graduated in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Georgia. It was Allison's own experience in the dental chair that led her to the field of dentistry and in 2012 she graduated from Athens Technical College and began practicing dental hygiene. She treats patients with compassion and can relate to dental fears! Allison has a sincere passion for patient education and also understands how a gentle touch can make such a difference in the dental chair. Allison has been temping with our office since 2015 and came on board full time in May of 2017. When Allison is not at work she loves spending time with her family, cooking, and working on their "fixer upper" house in Bethlehem, GA, and of course, cheering for the DAWGS!
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