I am passionate about creating a beautiful smile for each person I see and treat. A healthy, wonderful smile permeates a person’s entire life, building his or her self-esteem and increasing confidence. As a family dentist, it’s an honor to care for people of all ages. I love seeing young persons blossom when I create a brighter, healthier smile for them, and it makes me feel the same joy for my older patients when I help restore their oral health to optimal levels.
I have been practicing dentistry for 15 years, but I was born into the profession. I was one of the first patients treated by my father, Dr. Theo Elzie, when I was a toddler and he was in dental school. I worked in his practice before I went to dental school myself, and I practiced with him until he retired. It was a pleasure to be mentored by my father; I learned so much from him about the technical aspects of dentistry and the importance of developing strong relationships with patients.
My Education and Belief in Continuing Education
I attended Meharry Medical College, where I was awarded my Doctorate in Dental Surgery. That education gave me a solid foundation in dentistry. However, this is a constantly changing profession, with new technologies being developed and new treatment methodologies becoming available.
I owe it to my patients to provide them with the best, most current care options, and can only do so by staying at the leading edge of knowledge. Each year I participate in multiple continuing education opportunities to expand my skills and strengthen my abilities, including a preceptorship in oral implantology at the University of Texas Health Science Center.
I’m an active member of the Academy of General Dentistry and Georgia Dental Society. Through these organizations I have access to the latest literature in oral healthcare, and multiple meetings, seminars, and lectures.
Outside the Office
While I was born in Birmingham, AL, my father was a dentist in the Navy, so my family moved a lot when I was a child. We eventually settled in Marietta, GA. Now I live in the low country of Bluffton, SC. My family, including my phenomenal daughter, fiancé, and dog, are very important to me, and I do everything I can to spend time with them. I love the water: Whether I’m on the beach, at the pool, or at the lake, I’m happy.
As someone passionate about health and healthcare, I participate in many activities involving health awareness and physical well-being. I volunteer a lot of time through my church, with programs that provide health fairs and screenings to our community.