Our team is dedicated to make your dental visit as pleasant and comfortable as you would expect from a family oriented dental practice. From the moment you enter the office, you will be treated with the utmost respect you and your family deserves.
- Dr. G
Dr. Brant Sandifer
Dr. Brant Sandifer attended Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton and The University of Georgia in Athens, earning a Bachelor of Science in biological sciences. He continued his education at the Dental College of Georgia, where he graduated with a DMD. During his final year of dental school, Dr. Sandifer received the senior esthetics award from the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry. He is an active member of the American Dental Association and the Georgia Dental Association. Dr. Sandifer also participates in local and global mission trips, and served with a team of dentists in Haiti in 2016.
Brant is married to his high school sweetheart, Abbey. They are excited to be back in Athens and look forward to getting involved in a local church and the community. Together they enjoy gardening, camping, hunting, fishing, and cheering on the Bulldogs!
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I began my career in 2001 as a pharmacy technician while attending the
University of Georgia. I soon learned how much I loved patient care
so I went on to Mercer University’s Doctor of Pharmacy program for
my graduate degree. In 2005 I graduated and continued my career in pharmacy.
For the past few years I was privileged to serve as the Medication
Safety and Quality Pharmacist at Saint Joseph’s Hospital of Atlanta.
As of 2009, I am very happy to say that I am now able to be a part of
this wonderful practice. I have been a part of many teams in the past
and have made many friends along the way; however, this team really
works well together! Everyone here truly cares about each other
and our patients. This caring attitude comes across in all the
little day-to-day interactions that make this practice so special.
It is great to come to work everyday and
really love what you do. I believe that the
patients, staff, and dentist here really make
the work I do so enjoyable.
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I began my interest in Dental Hygiene
when I received the privilege to do volunteer
work at Oakwood Smiles for a work-based Learning
program at my high school. I
was able to
observe the hygienists and learn information
that will be beneficial to myfuture. I soon
realized that dental hygiene was a career that I
would seriously pursue.
I am currently working part-time in the front
office as a student of West Hall High
I plan to attend Gainesville State College and
Lanier technical College in the
fall of 2011
to start my Dental Hygiene Major.
I am very proud to say that it has been
a great experience getting to know the dentist,
our staff, and our patients. It is truly a joy
to work with such friendly people who
care about our patients and their health.
Natalie is the youngest of the practice,
joining our group when she was only 16 years
old. She is a fast learner who we feel has a
bright future in dentistry. Now heading
college, Natalie is the kind voice your hear
when you receive your appointment
phone call. These reminder calls lead to one of
our patients to say, “who was
angel that called to remind me of my
appointment” when he came to his
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I began my interest in Dentistry as a young child, my mother worked with the only Dentist in Buford.
Mother was trained back in the day when Hygienist were trained by their Dentist.
I am a 1978 graduate of Dekalb College. When my son was born 30 years ago I did leave hygiene. I returned to the dental world 21 years ago.
I was so fortunate when Oakwood Smiles called me to temp. Now I am a permanent employee with happy people and a beautiful office.
You have realized by now I am not the youngest person here. Growing up in Buford I am now living in the over 55 community of Village At Deaton Creek.
My Son is an Attorney in Florida about to move to Birmingham. I have 2 dogs, Rosie and Poppy.
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I am a 1979 graduate of Macon college of
Dental Hygiene with an associate of science
degree. I have been a member of the oral health
profession for 31 years. I have practiced in
public health, periodontal and general
I joined this practice in 1996. I feel our
mission is to improve the dental health of our
patients and help them to have a beautiful
smile. Teamwork is the ability to work together
toward a common vision. We work as a dental team
and our patients quickly become aware of our
outstanding commitment to service, making their
visit more comfortable, our commitment to
patient education makes decisions about dental
care easier and our constant focus is on the
I attend CE classes yearly where I learn
about the latest procedures and the most
advanced technology available.
We love Phyllis’s outgoing personality! We
have also decided that it seems that she has
provided dental care for everyone in Northeast
Georgia at some point over the last 30+ years
she has been providing care. She is very active
with The Moose Lodge, with her husband Kenny.
They are often seen performing at local venues
with Phyllis at the Mike and Kenny on his
guitar. Now that their son is grown and a father
himself they spend their free time traveling. We
are all very proud of her son, Mac, for serving
and protecting us all as an active service man
of the U.S. Army. Most recently she became a
very proud grandmother of an adorable little
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Education: Lanier Technical College
I began my career in the dental field in 1986
and joined this practice in 1994.
What I enjoy most about working in the dental
field is improving people’s smiles along with
their self-confidence, easing patient's dental
phobias, meeting new people and developing their
trust as well as their friendship.
What I enjoy most about this practice is the
ability that we share to work as a team, the
friendship and the fun we have in as well as
outside of the office. This is just a great
place to work!
Shawn is our native “Gainesville-ian.” She
not only grew up here but also married and
raised her son, Trey, in Gainesville. So a lot
of our patients are literally like family to
her. Shawn always has a sweet smile and kind
words for our patients. Whether you are family
or it’s the first time you meet her Shawn is
always very gentle and makes everyone feel at
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I began my career in dentistry as a dental assistant while still in high school. I graduated from DeKalb College in 1985 with my degree in Dental Hygiene. I have two awesome daughter. My oldest is a paralegal and my youngest one is at Kennesaw State studying environmental science. My hobbies are kayaking, traveling, and anything outdoors! I’m a big animal and nature person. I do animal rescue and currently have two cat fur babies. I am proud to be a part of a quality dental practice where patients receive the best dental care available. I look forward to meeting and treating your whole family.
Tammie joined our team in 2011 and is always happy and bubbly. We feel it’s impossible to be around her without smiling. You will often her laughter coming from her room several times a day. She has a natural ability to brighten everyone’s day!
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With 22 years experience in the dental, financial, and administrative field, I strive to provide the best for Oakwood Smiles in order to establish complete patient satisfaction. I believe that assisting patients with financial question is key to helping obtain optimal care for our patients. We as a team enjoy creating relationships with each patient and strive to demonstrate a welcoming and warm environment as they walk through the door.
I enjoy and appreciate being a member of a qualified and friendly office that operates with a high tech advantage, without diminishing the human touch quality. I feel very blessed to be part of such a wonderful team.
After spending 12 years in South Carolina, I relocated to Georgia in June of 2007. I am blessed to have three beautiful children and four wonderful grandchildren. I live in Habershan County with my son and enjoy traveling to Colorado and Florida as often as possible to visit with my precious grandchildren.
Tammy is reliable and smart so when we created a new position, in 2010, and interviewed many, Tammy was an easy choice. Being the loving mother of three she has proven herself to be a natural leader time and time again. herself to be a natural leader time and time again.
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After graduating high school in Savannah, TN, I attended West Tennessee Business College in Jackson, TN.
I worked for the Tennessee Department of Labor in Knoxville, TN while my husband went to the University of Tennessee. My son Kevin was born in Knoxville. After graduation, we moved to Nashville where my son Eric was born. We moved to Gainesville, GA in 1979. I was a stay at home Mom for many years before I went to work as an Administrative Assistant at Liberty Mutual here in Gainesville. I was employed there 16 years.
I have been happily employed at Oakwood Smiles since 2007. We have a terrific staff and a gifted Doctor. We have the best patients in all of North Georgia.
On a personal note, I enjoy spending time with my 6 year old granddaughter. She and her parents recently moved to Gainesville from the Philippines. I occasionally visit my son and family in Austin, TX. I love to be spend time there with my step granddaughter. I spend most of my time with my best friend Ed. We enjoy traveling especially the western part of our beautiful country.
Linda is the perfect person for our front desk! She always has smile on her face and a kind word to share with our patients (and us). She’s here bright and early to make sure everyone's day begins on time and with a little added happiness.
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An experienced dental assistant who loves taking care of her patients. She got the certification as Expanded Duties Dental Assistant at West Georgia Technical College, and has been assisting for 12 years. She holds an associates certificate on health and is a member of the Association of Dental Implant Auxiliaries. She became a member of The National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, and the Golden Key International Honor Society in 2016 while attending the University of North Georgia. She has volunteered at the Good News at Noon as dental assistant for the last two years. Celina is currently applying to the dental hygiene program to become a Dental Hygienist.
In addition to dentistry, Celina enjoys spending quality time with her family, reading a good book, and traveling. She resides in Gainesville, GA with her husband and two beautiful daughters. Favorite quote: “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7
Celina has been a wonderful addition to our team! She is so sweet and kind to not only her coworkers but also her patients. She truly cares to make each patient’s experience a positive one.
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My career in dentistry began in 2004 in North Carolina. I am passionate about providing the best atmosphere possible for our clientele and being a patient advocate. I have spent many hours with insurance “fighting the good fight” for our patients. Developing relationships and getting to know people is the best part of what I do. I enjoy working in a positive, upbeat environment and that is certainly Oakwood Smiles. I love my job and I love the amazing people I work with!
At home I enjoy reading, knitting and playing with my
granddaughter. My husband and I relocated to this area in 2015 and have found a wonderful home here in north Georgia. We love to camp and explore so this is a perfect area for us.
Abby is just the best! We’re so glad she joined our team when we created a new position in 2016. She has a wonderfully witty personality that brings so much joy to the office! We really enjoy all the laughs her fun personality brings to the office!
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After graduating from Athens Technical College Dental Assisting Program I began my career as a Dental Assistant in the Athens area. Interacting and forming a bond with patients and coworkers is very rewarding. I have been with Oakwood Smiles since March 2017. I couldn’t imagine a better doctor to work for and have enjoyed every moment with the amazing team and patients.
I have lived in Gwinnett County since 2012 with my husband (Ryan), son (Colby) and my precious Australian Sheppard (Sampson). In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, watching my son play football and I also have a slight obsession with crafting.
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