Meet Our Dentists

Dr. Short

Dr. Kevin Short

Dr. Short is a 1993 graduate of the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond. He did his undergraduate work at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, and received his B.A. in biology. Upon completing training in dental school, Dr. Short served a fellowship at Emory University in oral and maxillofacial surgery during which he worked at Grady Memorial Hospital, Hughes Spaulding Children’s Hospital, Crawford Long Hospital, and the VA Clinic in Decatur. He has practiced at Cumming for many years and provides comprehensive treatment to all ages.

 

Dr. Kramer

Dr. Susan Kramer

​Dr. Kramer is a 1997 graduate of the Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry. She did her undergraduate work at the University of Georgia at Athens and obtained a B.S. in biology. She is a native of Savannah but enjoys the small-town feel of Cumming. She provides comprehensive dental treatment and has been a valuable member of our team for many years.

 

Dr. Swain

Dr. Susan Swain

Dr. Swain was born and raised on Long Island, New York. In 1992, she received a B.S. in biology from Binghamton University in Binghamton, New York. She attended the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine in Buffalo and graduated in 1996 with a Doctorate of Dental Surgery, with a minor in pediatrics. After graduation, Susan completed a general practice residency at Nassau County Medical Center in East Meadow, Long Island. There she practiced under specialists in endodontics, pediatrics, and oral surgery.

Dr. Swain was in private practice in Buffalo for four years. She married in 2000 and moved to Atlanta in 2001. Dr. Swain joined Cumming Dental Associates in 2002.

 

Dr. Esker

Dr. Teresa Esker

Dr. Esker is a 1999 graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry. She also attended the University of Louisville and graduated in 1995 with a B.A. in biology and psychology. In 2002, Dr. Esker attended the Pankey Institute for Advanced Dental Education. She joined our practice in 2003 and enjoys providing comprehensive dental care to our patients.

When Dr. Esker is not focusing on patient care, she enjoys many leisure and outdoor activities. Spending time with her children Anna and Michael is her greatest joy.

 

Dr. Upshaw

Dr. Blake Upshaw

Dr. Upshaw graduated from the Dental College of Georgia in 2014. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Georgia, where he earned a degree in biology. Dr. Upshaw is a member of the Georgia Dental Association, the Hinman Dental Society, and the Academy of General Dentistry.

Dr. Upshaw and his wife have a little boy named Carter. He is a huge Georgia Bulldogs and Atlanta Falcons football fan.

 

Dr. Shelnutt

Dr. Wesley Shelnutt

Dr. Shelnutt was raised in Alpharetta and graduated from Northview High School in 2007. He completed his undergraduate degree in biology at the University of Georgia and went on to complete his Doctorate of Dental Medicine at the Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University in 2016. Dr. Shelnutt is a member of the American Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, and the Georgia Dental Association. He joined our group in October and is very excited to help us build our new group practice in Alpharetta.

Dr. Shelnutt’s practice philosophy is to provide quality comprehensive dental care to all his patients in a compassionate and comfortable atmosphere.

Aside from dentistry, he enjoys the outdoors, fishing, working on old cars, and of course, cheering on the UGA Bulldogs with his wife Melissa and their chocolate lab Belle.

 

Dr. Brown

Dr. Ryan Brown

Dr. Brown joined our practice in July 2016. He is an honors graduate at Dawson County High School, Class of 2007, where he was a three-sport letterman. He graduated cum laude from University of Georgia with a B.S. in biology in 2011. He graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry in 2016. He was class president 2012 to 2016.

Dr. Brown is a member of the American Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, and the Georgia Dental Association. He is currently accepting new patients.

When Dr. Brown is not focusing on his career, he enjoys spending weekends at the lake, golf, and family vacations at the beach.

“I just took my 4-year-old son here for the first time yesterday. The staff were so friendly and he was made to feel very comfortable! He went back with no fear and we were able to go see how he was doing mid check-up. He was so excited to get his goody bag after his cleaning and he left that office with a very positive view of the dentist! Beyond happy with our experience!”

~ Kara T.

“We have taken both of our children to Dr. Yavari. The staff has always been very kind, attentive, and courteous. My children enjoy their visits and their teeth look fantastic. An outstanding experience every time we go through the door!”

~ B. Flynn

“Best orthodontist I’ve ever been to in my life! Feels like home when I’m there. I love my teeth! Never thought they would look this great! ”

~ D’Amber A.

“The staff is always so kind and attentive. The ladies at the front desk are absolutely outstanding!”

~ Ben H.
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