Dental college

Class Notes

Drs. Rico Short (’99) and Marcos Tadros (’14) were recognized in the December 2020 edition of Dentistry Today as one of 240 clinicians nationwide who are leaders in continuing education.

Dr. R. Jeremy Hammond (’11), who earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry in 2006 from the Georgia Southern University Armstrong Campus (formerly Armstrong State University), received a GSU 40 under 40 Award for 2020. The honor, sponsored by the GSU Alumni Association, recognizes young alumni leading the way in business, leadership, community, educational and/or philanthropic endeavors. A selection committee chooses the 40 honorees annually based on professional achievements and expertise, as well as dedication to charitable and community initiatives. Hammond practices at Sea Pines Oral and Facial Surgery in Brunswick, Georgia.

Dr. Justin Ragan (’16), who earned bachelor’s degrees in construction management and biology from Georgia Southern University, received a GSU 40 under 40 Award for 2020. He earned his GSU degrees in 2007 and 2012, respectively. The honor, sponsored by the GSU Alumni Association, recognizes young alumni leading the way in business, leadership, community, educational and/or philanthropic endeavors. A selection committee chooses the 40 honorees annually based on professional achievements and expertise, as well as dedication to charitable and community initiatives. Ragan practices general dentistry in Wrightsville, Georgia.

Dr. Kevin Shepherd (’19, and Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency, ’20) was named assistant program director for the University of Tennessee General Practice Residency Program in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Dr. Joseph Moore (’21) was honored in the category of collegiality in the Augusta University 2020 Values Week awards. The awards recognize collegiality, compassion, excellence, inclusivity, integrity and leadership. Moore was noted for his three-year membership on the DCG Admissions Committee and his distinction as a Dorothy “Dolly” Hearn Scholar.

Dr. Brandon Sadberry (’21) was honored in the category of inclusiveness in the Augusta University 2020 Values Week awards. The awards recognize collegiality, compassion, excellence, inclusivity, integrity and leadership. His nomination letter cited characteristics including open-mindedness and empathy.

Drs. Brielle Bowerman, Pierpont Brown IV (Pep), Maria Caras, Andrew Huber, Candace Cosby Jones, Laura Klein, Holly Leavengood, Sarah Ozturk, Jerry Spillers III (Trey), Lana Tran, and Dylan Walker (’21) were elected as Alumni Members of the Kappa Lambda Chapter of OKU, The National Dental Honor Society.

Dr. Mark Peacock (’82) was elected as a Faculty Member into OKU by the Kappa Lambda Chapter. He is a DCG Professor of Periodontics and Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontics. He joined the DCG faculty full-time in 2013 after retiring as a Colonel in the US Army.

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