Michelle was born and grew up in the most northern city of Georgia, Blue Ridge. Michelle graduated in the top ten of her high school class and attended Georgia Perimeter College where she obtained her Associates in dental hygiene degree – graduating with honors. Michelle has also studied music her entire life.
During the summer months of Michelle’s high school years, she would spend time with her older twin cousins, who were hygienists. It was during the time spent with them that Michelle developed an interest for dentistry. She knew going into her junior year of high school that she wanted to become a hygienist.
Michelle was a certified Life Guard during her high school and college years and was actually named the 1991 American Red Cross Hero for Georgia because of her rescue effort to save a drowning 16 year old teenager. Michelle said, “It paid off that day to be CPR certified and have training as a life guard, otherwise the result could have ended very differently.”
Michelle was hired by DentFirst in 1986 just after starting college. She began as a dental hygiene assistant and has worked for DentFirst for over 25 years. As her love for patients grew, thus did her desire to have a new challenge. Since 2009, Michelle has served the Cumming office as Practice Administrator. She still enjoys treating patients once a week, but truly enjoys developing long term relationships with patients, discussing treatment plans to help them achieve the smile everyone deserves.
Michelle is married to her husband of 28 years, Joey Pirkle who serves as the deputy superintendent for Forsyth County Schools. Together, they have two daughters, Lydia who is in nursing school and Caroline who is in high school. In her spare time, Michelle serves as an administrator for The North Georgia School of Gospel Music and is a minister of music. She also sings in a Christian group, along with her husband who plays piano. Michelle and her family love traveling, shopping and spending time outdoors.