DCG Summer 2017 Class Notes


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On Campus

DCG awarded its first Doctor of Dental Medicine degrees to 13 dentists in June.

In the News

Richard Nixon is sworn in for a second term as President of the United States. U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War ends with the signing of the Paris Peace Accords. The first handheld mobile phone call is made by Martin Cooper of Motorola in New York City. Federal Express officially begins operations. The Sears Tower in Chicago is completed. Skylab, the United States’ first space station, is launched. A patent for the ATM is granted to Donald Wetzel, Tom Barnes and George Chastain. The Battle of the Sexes between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs is televised to an estimated viewing audience of 90 million. Henry Kissinger starts his term as United States Secretary of State. OPEC doubles the price of crude oil.


Dr. Melvin Baker (’74) has been elected to the Oxford, Georgia, City Council. He is a member of the American Dental Association, Georgia Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry and Newton Medical Center Board of Directors.

Dr. Ken McMillan (’74) led a group of nine DCG students on a mission trip to Haiti over spring break. Other participating alumni include Drs. Philip Koch (’74), Marlon Murrell (’74), Ken Hutchinson (’82), Wendy Cardenas (’13) and Charles Major (’14).

Dr. James A. “Jimmy” High, who completed an orthodontics residency at the DCG in 1975, is a retired orthodontist in Statesboro, Georgia, and was named the 2017 Citizen of the Year by the city’s two Rotary Clubs.


Dr. Louvina A. Rainge (’90; DCG Distinguished Alumna, 2016) was recognized by Georgia Southern University College of Science and Mathematics as a 2017 Distinguished Alumnus. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Georgia Southern in 1983.


Dr. Jamie De Stefano (’01; Certificate in Periodontics, ’12 ) was selected by the Class of 2017 to receive the Judson C. Hickey Excellence in Teaching Award. The class selects the faculty member who had the most impact on them over the four years of dental school.

Dr. Amish Naik (’08), who completed a general practice residency at DCG, has received a Mastership Award from the International College of Oral Implantologists.

Dr. Clint Baughm (’09), who completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency at DCG, has received a Fellowship Award from the International College of Oral Implantologists.

Drs. Alan Myers (’10) and Eliza Myers (’09) opened a new dental office in Fury’s Ferry Center in Augusta, Georgia, in June. In the new space, the practice is able to offer sedation dentistry and same-day crown service.


Dr. Ken Sellers (’13) will join Dr. Ron Fields (’12) in private practice at Southland Children’s Dentistry in Albany, Georgia, upon completion of his pediatric residency at DCG.

Dr. Thomas Bryan (’15) practices general dentistry at Bryan Dental Associates in St. Simons Island, Georgia.

Dr. Stephanie Fransoso (’15) has been inducted into the Greenbrier Athletics Hall of Fame in Columbia County, Georgia.
She graduated from Greenbrier High School as its all-time leading scorer in soccer with 113 goals.

Dr. Grayson Griffis (’15) opened Griffis Southern Dental Care in Waycross, Georgia, after spending a year working in public health at Compassionate Care Dental Clinic in Vidalia, Georgia.

Dr. Bridget Lyons (’15) was recently invited to compete on the Team USA Cross Country team in Boca Raton, Florida, and is currently training for the Olympic trials for the 2020 Olympic team. While an undergraduate at the University of Georgia, she ran the second-fastest time in UGA history for the 10,000-meter event.

Several alumni have recently joined the DCG faculty:

Dr. Courtney Babb (’10) was in private practice in Augusta, Georgia, until she joined the faculty of the Department of General Dentistry in 2016.

Dr. Monica Chana (’14) completed a general practice residency in 2015 and recently joined the faculty in the Department of Oral Health & Diagnostic Sciences.

Dr. Jackie Delash (’15) completed a general practice residency in 2016 and has joined the faculty of the Department of Restorative Sciences.

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