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 BA 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 BS 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 BS 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, Dr. Swain 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 BA 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 are both dentists with busy careers. They have two young children and when they are not focused on dentistry and patient care they enjoy family time. Dr. Upshaw is a huge Georgia Bulldogs and Atlanta Falcons football fan.


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. He graduated cum laude from University of Georgia with a BS in Biology in 2011. He graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry in 2016. Dr. Brown has had additional training and experience with dental implants, endodontics, and fixed implant dentures.

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, golfing, family vacations at the beach, and planning his upcoming wedding with his fiancé Lauren.


Dr. Maya Basu

​Dr. Basu joined our practice in 2019 and enjoys providing all that modern dentistry has to offer, including a comprehensive list of general, restorative and cosmetic dental services to meet the needs of the whole family.

Dr. Basu is a graduate of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Dentistry, where she laid the foundation for her passionate career in dentistry by volunteering in underserved areas and engaging with community health initiatives. She did her undergraduate work at the University of Georgia, obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Genetics with a minor in Public Health.

Dr. Basu is a member of the American Dental Association and the Georgia Dental Assocation.  She is currently accepting new patients and when you schedule a visit with her your smile is her top priority.  Her entire team is dedicated to providing patients with the personalized, quality dental care they deserve in order to achieve and maintain long term dental health and a beautiful smile.

Dr. Basu is a native of Georgia and in her time away from work she enjoys playing flute, watching films, reading books, traveling and exploring local cultures


Dr. Yavari

Dr. Javid Yavari

Dr. Javid Yavari loves providing his patients with the lifelong gift of a smile. His goal is to make all his patients’ treatments as unique as their very own smiles.

He received degrees from both Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton and the Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry. Dr. Yavari completed his advanced general dentistry residency at Medical College of Georgia Hospital and Clinics.

He then continued his education by specializing in orthodontics and receiving a Master of Science in Oral Biology. Dr. Yavari has been practicing orthodontics in the Atlanta area since 1999. He is actively involved in several professional orthodontic and dental associations such as the American Association of Orthodontists and American Dental Association. In addition, Dr. Yavari regularly works as a mentor to young interns that are interested in entering the field of dentistry or orthodontics. 

Outside of work, Dr. Yavari enjoys traveling with his wife and two children.


Dr. Dhawan

Dr. Hemant Dhawan

Hemant Dhawan, DMD graduated cum laude from the University of Florida with degrees in Neuroscience and Zoology. He attended a prestigious Ivy League institution for dental school, graduating from the University of Pennsylvania. After dental school, Dr. Dhawan was admitted for further specialty training at Maimonides Medical Center, an affiliate of the Weil Cornell Medical System.

Dr. Dhawan is a member of the American Dental Association (ADA) and American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD). In over a decade of practice, he has mentored several students and generously devoted his free time to young dentists and surgeons at several residency programs. He was recently awarded America's Top 40 Dentist Under 40 and was featured in the Delta Sky Magazine in December 2019.

Dr. Dhawan and his family are thrilled to call Georgia their new home and are excited to build new memories with our community. During his free time, he can be found with his young family enjoying the parks, movies, and child-friendly restaurants.