About Our Marietta Dentist
James A. Merriman, DMD
Dr. James Merriman graduated with honors from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry in 1976. He earned a Doctor of Dental Medicine Degree from the Medical College of Georgia in 1980. He has been in private practice in Marietta since 1982 at Kennestone Gates near Wellstar-Kennestone Hospital. Since graduation, Dr. Merriman has accumulated over 2500 hours of continuing education in his profession.
- Accredited Fellow of American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
- Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry
- Past President of the Georgia Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
- Alumnus of the L.D. Pankey Institute of Advanced Dental Education
- Kois Center Graduate
- Spear Education Visiting Faculty
- Ambassador for the Open Wide Dental Clinic in Peronia, Guatemala
- Georgia Dental Association and American Dental Association
- In addition, Dr Merriman's cases have been published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dentistry. He has also been awarded three Gold Medals at the AACD Smile Gallery Competition.
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Meet the Team
Kerri, Patient Care Coordinator/Front Desk
Kerri has been with us for the better part of 35 years and received her Interior Design degree from UGA. As our patient care coordinator, she finds enormous satisfaction in helping patients achieve optimal oral health. In addition to her passion for our patients, Kerri has an interior design degree and has three grown children. When she’s not at the office, she enjoys spending time in the North Georgia Mountains. She also just began a new hobby—beekeeping.
CATHY, PATIENT CARE COORDINATOR/FRONT DESK
Originally from Connecticut, Cathy joined our office with over 20 years of experience. She is highly skilled at the front desk as a patient care coordinator as well as a clinical assistant. She lives with her husband, son, and dog in West Cobb. Her interests out of the office include spending time with friends and family, gardening, and watching sports.
Lauren, Patient Care Coordinator & Front Desk Administrator
With more than a decade working in our dental office, Lauren builds lasting relationships with her patients and the team. She is truly one of the keys to making the office a welcoming place for every patient we treat. Lauren studied at Kennesaw State University, and enjoys putting her education and experience to work helping patients find a reason to smile.
A native of Marietta, Lauren and her husband are the proud parents of one son and one daughter. She enjoys hiking, painting, reading, baking, and spending time with friends and family. She also loves the ballet and was a dancer for 16 years.
Karen, Registered Dental Hygienist
Karen has been a dental hygienist with us for more than nine years but has worked in the dental field for far longer than that—close to 40 years. The most rewarding part of what she does is helping patients achieve and maintain healthy smiles. Karen has two grown children—one son and one daughter—and enjoys making crafts. She also enjoys being a grandmother and spending time with her wonderful family.
Kay, Dental Assistant
Kay joined our team with nearly 19 years of experience already under her belt. What she enjoys most about being a dental assistant is having the opportunity to build lasting relationships with patients. She has lived in both Macland and Powder Springs and is married with fur children and a stepdaughter. Her interests outside of dentistry include hiking, boating, skiing, and traveling.
Sonja, Dental Assistant
Originally from Sorrento, LA, Sonja joined our office in 2014, bringing with her more than 20 years of experience as a dental assistant. Prior to launching her career in the dental field, she studied at Spencer College in Baton Rouge. What she loves most about her job is seeing the look of satisfaction on our patients’ faces when they leave our office. Sonja has been blessed with two children—a daughter and a son. Her family is very active in their church, and camping. They also enjoy cheering on the Braves together.