Dental School: University of Illinois at Chicago 2002/D.D.S. Stratton Veterans Medical Center 2003/General
Practice Residency West Los Angeles Veterans Hospital 2004 / General Practice Residency
Undergraduate School: University Of Evansville 1993/B.A. Communication
Harold Washington College
Dr. Barnes was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. She originally wanted a career in the exciting world of broadcast advertising but her life’s path led her to the dental profession. Dr. Barnes is currently also a staff dentist with the Veterans Administration Hospital in Atlanta, and in her spare time enjoys reading, teaching zumba, martial arts, and traveling throughout the U.S. She loves communicating the value of having a beautiful smile and great oral health to her patients.
Patients can visit Dr. Barnes at our DentFirst Smyrna office.
Dental School: Emory University DDS/ 1963
Undergraduate School: Emory University
Dr. Blass was born and raised in Atlanta, GA. He attended Emory University where he obtained a B.A. degree. Dr. Blass then decided that he would continue his education at Emory University at the School of Dentistry. He has been with DentFirst since 2011. He is married to his wife, Betty, and together they have three very accomplished adult children. He has served our country in the U.S. Airforce. When Dr. Blass is not practicing dentistry, you can find him gardening and planting vegetables.
Patients can visit Dr. Blass at the DentFirst Smyrna office.
Dental School: Meharry Medical College, School of Dentistry
Undergraduate School: University of Alabama 1993
Dr. Lisa Chatman attended the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa for her undergraduate studies. Following graduation, she attended Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry. With her dental degree in hand, Dr. Chatman then attended the University of Mississippi School of Dentistry residency program where she received additional and specialized training; treating sedated children as well as hospitalized and other medically compromised patients. She first joined DentFirst in 2000.
Dr. Chatman was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. She has been married to her husband, Keifer Rackley, since October 2008. Keifer has worked for the Southern Company since 1998. Their son Keifer Langston was born in May 2010. She also has a beautiful step-daughter who currently attends Georgia State University.
She and her family recently moved to Kennesaw. Dr. Chatman loves traveling and a few of her favorite destinations are Turks and Caicos, Antigua, St. Lucia, Jamaica, Spain and various parts of Mexico. She enjoys preventative and cosmetic dentistry, but, most of all, she enjoys seeing her patients smile! Patients can visit Dr. Chatman at our DentFirst Kennesaw and Smyrna locations.
Graduate School: Temple University 2008 Board Certified Periodontist Dental School: Temple University 2005 DMD
Undergraduate/Graduate School: Oregon State University 1999/ M.S. Biochemistry and Biophysics
Dr. Chong was born in Seoul, Korea and grew up in Portland, Oregon. He attended undergraduate school at Oregon State University, where he graduated with his Master’s degree in Biochemistry and Biophysics in 1999. He then attended Temple University and completed his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree in 2005. Dr. Chong also received his specialty degree in Periodontics and Implant Dentistry from Temple in 2008. When he’s not treating patients, Dr. Chong spends time with his wife and their 4 year old son. He also enjoys playing goalie in soccer. Dr. Chong served on the AEGD Faculty at Temple from 2010-2013. He is certified for IV sedation, Botox and dental implants. Dr. Chong has diplomatic status for Periodontics and Implantology.
Patients can visit Dr. Chong at our DentFirst Perimeter, Johns Creek, and Kennesaw offices.
Dental School: Medical College of Georgia 1987/DMD;
Univ of Connecticut 1992/Orthodontics
Undergraduate School: Georgia Tech 1988/BS Chemical Engineering
Dr. Corbitt was raised in Atlanta, Georgia and attended Georgia Tech receiving a degree in Chemical Engineering and a Certificate in Biomaterials. In Dental School and in his orthodontic residency, Dr. Corbitt was a Hinman Scholar and conducted research in the area of dental materials and authored several publications. He was an assistant professor at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, Georgia, where he taught orthodontics, treated patients, and conducted research. He currently lives in Cumming with his wife Frances (a pharmacist), and his three children. In his spare time, Dr. Corbitt enjoys gardening, reading, and personal fitness training. Dr. Corbitt is a member of the American Dental Association, the American Association of Orthodontists, and the American Board of Orthodontists. He is also a member and deacon of Bethany Primitive Baptist Church in Suwanee, Georgia.
Patients can visit Dr. Corbitt at the DentFirst Kennesaw and Johns Creek offices.
Dental School: University of Missouri-Kansas City 2000 / D.D.S. Undergraduate School: University of Missouri-Kansas City 1996 / B.A. Biology/Chemistry
Dr. Debowsky was born and grew up in St. Petersburg, Florida. He attended both Undergraduate and Dental School in a special Combined Degree program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Upon graduation, Dr. Debowsky served in the U.S. Air Force Dental Corps for five years, during which he completed a one year Advanced Education Program for General Dentistry. While on active duty, Dr. Debowsky was stationed at Andrews/Bolling Air Force Base in Washington, D.C., Incirlik Air Force Base in Turkey, and finally at Charleston Air Force Base in South Carolina.
During his Air Force career, Dr. Debowsky was able to develop a wide range of surgical, endodontic, and special restorative Dental skills. After leaving Charleston, Bryan chose to settle in Tucker with his wife Michelle, their young son and daughter, and a hound dog named Rosie. Dr. Debowsky is an avid soccer player (ask him about his Air Force soccer experiences) and enjoys playing and following many sports as well as traveling. He has also recently added Amateur Radio to his list of hobbies!Dr. Debowsky joined the DentFirst family in 2005 and patients can visit him at our Johns Creek, McDonough, Stonecrest, and Norcross locations.
Dental School: Emory University Dental 1976 / DDS
Undergraduate School: Emory University 1972 / B.S. Biology
Dr. Edwards is an Atlanta native who spent eight years at Emory University earning both a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Doctor of Dental Surgery. Graduating first in his class, he received an award of merit in three specialties (periodontics, endodontics, and prosthetics) and is a member of OKU (the national honorary dental society). He was in private practice in Cedartown and Cave Spring, Georgia for 18 years. During this period, he was a dental consultant for Georgia School for the Deaf and the Public Health Departments of Floyd, Polk, Paulding and Haralson Counties.
Ken has participated in many medical mission trips (1977, 1978, 1980, 2005) to St. Vincent, Dominican Republic, Peru, and Ethiopia. Since 1960, The Boy Scouts of America have been an integral part of his life. Having achieved the rank of Eagle in 1964, he has continued to be an adult teacher and mentor. Patients can visit Dr. Edwards at the DentFirst Duluth office.
Dental School: Emory University 1972 / DDS
Undergraduate School: Georgia State University 1968 / BA Philosophy
Dr. Galvin was born in the Presidential Suite of the Greenbrier Hotel in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia (during World War II this suite was used as a maternity ward!) After the war, the Galvin family moved to Atlanta and Bill grew up in Decatur, Georgia. He currently lives with his wife, Sandy and two daughters in Duluth.
Dr. Galvin served as a Major in the US Army Dental Corps in Stuttgart, Germany (where he was able to travel extensively through Europe), and then was an Associate Professor of Oral Medicine at Emory Dental School for 13 years. He has been associated with DENTFIRST since 1979 and Dr. Dowd since 1976.
In his free time, Bill enjoys tennis, golf, fly-fishing, cooking and is an avid skier. Patients can visit Dr. Galvin at our DentFirst Norcross office.
General Practice Residency: Johns Hopkins Hospital 1985-1986
Dental School: Georgetown University 1985/DDS
Undergraduate School: Howard University 1981/Zoology
Dr. McMahon-Harley was born in St. Andrew, Jamaica W.I. She migrated with her family to the USA at the age of 15. She was a Phi Beta Kappa Honor Soceity member and graduated Magna Cum Laude from college.
Dr. McMahon-Harley has two children, Ryan and Marie, and lives with her husband, Sidney Harley, in Locust Grove. Her hobbies include reading, gardening and watching sports – especially track and field. Dr. McMahon-Harley is a member of the American Dental Association. Patients can visit Dr. McMahon- Harley at the DentFirst Perimeter and McDonough locations.
Dental School: Medical College of Georgia 1977 / D.M.D.
Undergraduate School: Georgia State University 1974 / University of Georgia 1972
Dr. Hays, his wife Marie, and two of their younger children live in Fayetteville, Georgia. Born in Atlanta, he attended Woodward Academy (Georgia Military Academy) where his parents taught in the music and business departments. At Georgia State, he was an award winning Organic Chemistry student before deciding on a career in dentistry. In addition to spending time with his family and new grandchild, he enjoys weight lifting, golfing, running, reading novels, and traveling to any beach. Dr. Hays particularly likes crown-and-bridge restorative dentistry. He is a member of the American Dental Association, Georgia Dental Association and Northern District Dental Society.
Dr. Hays joined DentFirst in 1985 and enjoys treating patients in our McDonough office.