Doctors and Staff

Founder

Dr. Hernandez

Doctor Miguel Hernandez is the founder and chief dental officer of Vital Smiles Georgia.

Dr. Hernandez has spent his entire career focused on the care of underprivileged children. After receiving his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from New York University in 2000, he went on to play leadership roles in two other companies that were pioneers in this field. With 12 years of experience, he brings a level of expertise that is unparalleled in this highly specialized field.

Dr. Hernandez has built Vital Smile Georgia with the mission and focus to provide the very best care in a kid friendly environment.

A native of Barranquilla, Columbia Dr. Hernandez lives in Atlanta with his wife and teenage son. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, reading and playing soccer.

Albany Staff

Dr. Scott

Dr. Brett Scott received his DDS degree from Howard University in 2002. He has been practicing in the Albany area for 7 years, largely focusing on providing care to the underserved members of our society. A native of Kansas, Dr. Scott received his undergraduate degree in Biology from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas.

Dr. Scott lives in Albany with his wife and their three children. When he is not working or driving his kids to dance class, Dr. Scott enjoys playing golf and spending time with this family.

Dr. Pruett

Dr. Pruett built the General Practice Residency (GPR) program at MCG to one of, if not the premiere, GPR programs in the entire country. In addition to this, Dr. Pruett works in his private practices in Americus and Cordele — having served as the director of the GPR Program at the Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry in Augusta, Georgia since 1998.  As a general dentist, Dr. Pruett’s practice focuses primarily on oral surgery, implant, and comprehensive general dentistry including the use of intravenous (IV) conscious sedation, as licensed by the state of Georgia. His primary concern and commitment is to maintain the overall dental and oral health of his patients. In order to provide the highest quality of care for his patients, Dr. Pruett is not only current with the latest advances in dentistry by attending many continuing education courses, meetings, and workshops, but he also is an instructor of continuing education at many of the aforementioned.

Dr. Hamilton

Dr. Hamilton’s primary concern and commitment is to maintain the overall dental and oral health of his patients. Alongside his strong educational background, Dr. Hamilton is a caring and gentle dentist that prioritizes the well being and comfort of his patients. Dr. Hamilton’s practice focuses on cosmetic, implant, and comprehensive general dentistry. In order to provide the highest quality of care for his patients, Dr. Hamilton is current with the latest advances in dentistry by attending many continuing education courses, meetings, and workshops.

Dr. Brooks

Dr. C. Paschal Brooks is a 1968 graduate of Emory University School of Dentistry in Atlanta, Georgia.   Dr. Brooks has completed over 5,000 hours of continuing education hours in all areas of dentistry.   Dr. Brooks has done extensive research in temporomandibular joint disorders and has taught this subject to many students through Framework International, Inc.  Dr. Brooks is board eligible as a practitioner in orthodontics.  Dr. Brooks is a Fellow of ICCMO.

Dr. Brooks has practiced dentistry in Blakely since 1968 and is still active in the practice of Brooks Dental Associates.  Dr. Brooks’ goal is to educate and promote the oral health of his patients while giving the best quality care possible.

Norcross Staff

Dr. Patel

Dr. Niveda Patel recieved her DDS degree from New York University in 1994. With 18 years of experience, Dr. Patel is one of the most experienced dentists, specializing in the care of children, to be found in the greater Atlanta area. A native of Vadodara, India, Dr. Patel received her undergraduate degree from Alembic School and received her first dental degree from Ahmedabad Medical and Dental College.

Dr. Patel is a member of the American Dental Association and she lives in Snellville with her husband and three children. In her free time, Dr. Patel enjoys climbing, hiking and spending time with her kids. She is also a passionate fan of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Blue Devils – two of her children are students there.

Dr. Suk

Dr. Hye-Jung “Regina” Suk received her DDS degree from the University of Louisville in 2005. Dr. Suk has been passionate about working with the less fortunate members of our society for her entire life. She received an undergraduate degree in social work from Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea and a Master’s degree in social work from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

Dr. Suk loves to care for children, especially those in need. She participates in dental mission trips to the Dominican Republic and Costa Rica, where she provides care to those without access to dentists.

Dr. Suk is a member of the American Dental Association and the Alpha Omega International Dental Organization. She lives in Alpharetta with her with her husband and two children. Dr. Suk is an active member of her church and enjoys traveling and camping with her family.

Cleaning

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We keep your child’s teeth sparkling clean with the help of our electric tooth brush (a motorized prophy brush). We then apply bubbles (fluoride) to keep his or her teeth strong.

Filling Cavities

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We use fun tools like Mr. Bumpy (our slow speed drill) to remove decay. Your child will then receive a silver star (filling), and the tooth will be good as new.

Sealants

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Sealants are thin, protective coatings used to prevent tooth decay. They fill in the tiny grooves of the tooth surface so that brushing becomes more effective.

X-Rays

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We use a tooth camera (X-ray machine) to take pictures of your child’s teeth. This gives us a better look at his or her smile. Our Digital X-rays are state of the art, limiting radiation exposure.