Southern Rivers Dental

Meet the Team at Southern Rivers Dental

Our Newnan, GA dentists offer experience and compassion and place a strong emphasis on research. They welcome the opportunity to provide comprehensive dentistry to you and your family based on expertise and these important values. 

We invite you to learn more about the family-friendly team at Southern Rivers Dental below!

Dr. Charles Smith

Founder/Dentist

Dr. Charles Smith is the founder of Southern Rivers Dental. He is a second generation dentist. He holds degrees in biology and chemistry from Georgia College & State University, is a graduate of Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry, and received advanced education in general dentistry from South Texas Veterans Affairs. He enjoys making a difference in people’s lives through dental health.

Dr. Smith believes that a smile makes a great first and long-lasting impression, and he wants to help make that first impression a great one for his patients. His goal is to improve each patient’s oral health care and further the Kingdom of God through his dental talents. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Kyndall and his two daughters, Olivia and Hensley.

Dr. Scott Johnson

Dentist

Dr. Scott Johnson is one of our skilled Newnan, GA dentists. He graduated from the LSU school of dentistry and has been at our practice since 2005.

Dr. Scott Johnson loves his job and takes a proactive and customized approach to each patient’s oral care.

When he is not a work, he enjoys woodworking, furniture building, and playing golf.

Dr. Franklin Perlis

Dr. Franklin Perlis graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Biological Sciences. He then attended Augusta University’s Dental College of Georgia and graduated with Doctor of Dental Medicine.  Following dental school Dr. Perlis completed a residency at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in Hospital Dentistry and received a certificate in Advanced Education in General Dentistry. Dr. Perlis believes a healthy and confident smile plays an important role in the health and well being of the whole body. 

Lisa Harvey

Office Manager

Lisa Harvey has been our office manager since 2009, and she holds a degree in psychology.

Lisa enjoys seeing patients smiling faces after receiving exceptional dental care. She likes to make sure that patients are always comfortable and relaxed in our dental office. She loves the people she works with and feels blessed to be part of such a great group.

When Lisa is not working, she enjoys spending time with family, watching college football, swimming, biking, and leading Bible studies at church.

Kelsey Shelton

Scheduling Coordinator/Front Desk Check-Out

Kelsey Shelton, born and raised right here in Newnan, GA, is our office scheduling coordinator and front desk check-out person. She has been with our practice since 2018 and studied at the University of West Georgia.

Kelsey enjoys the fun, friendly, and energetic team at Southern Rivers Dental, and she feels that the patients are very loyal to the practice. Kelsey would not want to work anywhere else.

When she isn’t working, Kelsey loves spending time outdoors—hiking, swimming, yoga, and going to the beach. She also enjoys spending time with her friends and family, creating memories. 

Becca West

Front Desk Check-In/Check-Out

Becca West is a Newnan native and has been our front desk check-in and check-out person since 2018. She is currently enrolled in college and working toward a degree in nursing.

Becca loves the fast pace of her job and enjoys her team and the patients she encounters daily at Southern Rivers Dental.

When she is not working or at school, Becca enjoys going to the gym, to the pool, being outdoors, and having weekend cookouts with family and friends.

Amy Johnson

Dental Assistant

Amy Johnson is a dental assistant who has been with our Newnan, GA dental practice since 2003. She received her training through the UAB hygiene preceptorship program.

Amy enjoys the team she works with and likes to interact with patients, helping to provide customized and diverse care every day.

When she is not working, Amy enjoys reading, sitting by the pool, and spending time with friends and family.

Marla Morris

Dental Assistant

Marla Morris is a dental assistant who has been with our practice since 2011. She trained at Auburn University.

Marla enjoys the people she works with and loves meeting and helping her patients every day.

When Marla is not working, she likes to spend time with family going to college football games or the lake. She also enjoys getting together with friends and family for a movie or dinner.

Emily Owens

Dental Assistant

Emily Owens is a dental assistant who has been with Southern Rivers Dental since 2016. She studied at Atlanta Dental Assistant School in Buckhead.

Emily enjoys the team at our dental practice and interacting with our patients.

When she is not working, Emily loves spending time with friends and family and going to the lake.

Emily Overton

Dental Assistant

Emily is one of Southern Rivers' dental assistants. Emily enjoys helping Dr. Perlis make our patients feel good about their teeth and overall oral health. Emily is a life-long resident of Newnan, Georgia. In her spare time, Emily likes to hunt, fish, watch football and hang out with her friends. 

Jennifer Wells

Dental Hygienist

Jennifer Wells has been a dental hygienist for 36 years and has been with our dental practice since 2005.  She studied at Clayton State University.

Jennifer loves her patients and strives to make each person comfortable during treatment.

When she is not working, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family, including two sons who are United States Marines, and a daughter who is pursuing a nursing degree.

Katelyn Bedrosian

Dental Hygienist

Katelyn Bedrosian is a dental hygienist who has been with our practice since 2012. She received her training at West Georgia Technical College. She is also certified by the Georgia Board of Dentistry.

Katelyn loves spending time with patients, building relationships with them and explaining the importance of oral hygiene. She makes sure every patient is well-informed about their oral care, and she is always happy to answer any questions or address any concerns. Making patients feel welcomed and assuring them that they are receiving quality care is very important to her.

When she isn’t working, Katelyn enjoys Olympic weightlifting, playing video games with her four brothers, and hanging out with her adorable niece and nephew.

Kellie Willis

Dental Hygienist

Kellie Willis is a dental hygienist who hails from Newnan, GA and has been with our practice since early 2018. She trained at Georgia Technical College.

Kellie likes to build rapport and relationships with her patients and puts them at ease every day.

When Kellie is not working, she enjoys being home with her sons. The boys keep her busy and fill her heart with love and laughter. She also likes to work out at OrangeTheory Fitness as an approach to personal wellness.

Paige Bridges

Hygiene Assistant

Paige is one of Southern Rivers' hygiene assistants. She is just one of the friendly assistants who greet patients and assist with their dental cleaning appointments. Paige graduated from West Georgia Technical College with several awards in the hygiene assistant field. Helping others is just one thing Paige enjoys about her career as a hygiene assistant. Paige is from Belleville, Illinois and in her spare time she enjoys spending time with friends and family. Paige also likes to paint and draw, cook and explore the outdoors. 

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Great Experience

You know how your afraid to go to the dentist? Well, I'm that guy. Its been a while since I've been but couldn't take the pain any longer so I went to Southern Rivers. I must say I was terribly nervous but the staff was unbelievable. They are totally professional and thoughtful about their patients and Dr. Smith, well I can't say enough about him other than he was sensational at his job. -James

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