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Pediatric dentist Dr. Paul Elkin

Paul Elkin, D.D.S.

Board Certified Pediatric Dentist

Dr. Paul Elkin earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery in 1994.

Dr. Elkin immediately followed up with Pediatric Specialty training at Schneider Children’s Hospital where he served as a Resident and then Chief Resident from 1994-1996.

Dr. Elkin is a Diplomate of the AMERICAN BOARD OF PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY. He has been teaching Pediatric Dentistry and treating infants, children, adolescents and patients with special healthcare needs for over 20 years.

Dr. Paul (as he is affectionately known to his patients) is an active member of the following groups:

  • American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
  • American Board of Pediatric Dentistry
  • American Dental Association
  • Kansas Dental Association
  • Kansas City Association of Pediatric Dentists
  • First District Dental Society
  • American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry
  • Medicaid/Medicare/CHIP Services Dental Association
  • Columbia University Alumni Association
General dentist Dr. Terrence Vandiver

Terrence Vandiver, DMD

Dr. Terrence Vandiver is a native of Evans, GA and a graduate of Fort Valley State University and the Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry.

Dr. Vandiver began with Augusta Smiles Youth Dentistry in 2005 and has enjoyed serving the Augusta community.

A 2015 graduate of Erskine Theological Seminary, Dr. Vandiver is a local pastor, serving Thankful Missionary Baptist Church in Blythe, GA.

Dr. Vandiver is married to his lovely wife Maria and they are parents to three outstanding children.

He is a proud member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

General dentist Dr. Shermnae Jones

Shermnae Jones, DDS

Dr. Shermnae D. Jones, D.D.S. was born and raised in Augusta, Georgia. She graduated with honors from the Academy of Richmond County, then went on to Spelman College to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science. While there she was active with the Health Careers Program and was involved with the Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement program. She was named a Boehringer Ingelheim scholar, was placed on the National Deans List, and won the Georgia Dwelle, M.D. award, which was given to the senior most dedicated to a career in healthcare.

She attended the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry. During her time there, she has served as class representative on the College of Dentistry's Student Government Association, as well as class representative in the College of Dentistry's chapters of the American Dental Education Association and American Association of Women Dentists. She also served as Treasurer of the Student National Dental Association. At graduation, she received the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology Award.

Dr. Jones is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, the National Dental Association, the American Association of Women Dentists, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Dental Association, and the Georgia Dental Association. She enjoys many activities, to include spending time with her daughter, reading, working out, and traveling.

General dentist

Marlina Manhiani, DMD

Dr. Manhiani was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and moved to the United States in her teens. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the College of Charleston and her PhD from the Medical College of Georgia and worked as a researcher for 5 years. Following an interest in dentistry sparked by her own dentist, she started dental school in 2012. She graduated from the Dental College of Georgia in 2017. Dr. Manhiani’s professional interests include general and pediatric dentistry, as well as, bruxism, sleep apnea and TMJ disorders. She holds active memberships in the American Dental Association, Georgia Dental Association, American Academy of General Dentistry and the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. Dr. Manhiani resides in Martinez with her husband and three sons aged 14, 10 and 6.