The Assistant Dean for Patient Services is the chief clinical officer of the Dental College of Georgia overseeing all patient care activity for the school, including clinical administration as well as clinic operations and patient care within the DCG dental medicine doctoral program.

Because patient care through the Dental College of Georgia is provided to the public within the context of dental education, the Office of the Assistant Dean of Patient Services is responsive to the needs of both patients and students providing leadership, strategic direction, oversight and management for the college in areas related to the clinical pre-doctoral and doctoral programs.

The Office of the Assistant Dean for Patient Services provides high-level oversight to program improvement and infection control activities, monitoring and improving the function of key clinic support units including central sterilization, the preclinical simulation laboratory, and junior/senior laboratories ensuring in-service training and compliance with university, and state regulations for students, faculty and staff. Our office also provides patient advocacy to ensure high quality care and patient satisfaction as well as formalized monitoring, reporting and follow-up related to patient complaints and incident reports.


Furness in Clinic

Our Staff

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Julie Paist

Director of Clinical Operations
P: (706) 721-2630 F: (706) 721-6795
photo of Tenishia Smith

Manager, Dental Services
P: (706) 721-8857F: (706) 721-6795
photo of Claire McElmurray, BS

Administrative Assistant
P: (706) 721-7019 F: (706) 723-0276