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About Our Marietta Dentist

James A. Merriman, DMD

Marietta dentist Dr. James MerrimanDr. 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.

Professional Affiliations:

  • 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.


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 the dental field, 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.

Esther, Registered Dental Hygienist

For more than a decade, Esther has served dental patients, helping them to achieve healthy, beautiful smiles. We are happy to have her join our team in 2018 to offer our patients gentle, attentive dental hygiene services. Esther studied at Northeast Mississippi Community College where she earned her associates of applied science degree in dental hygiene graduating with honors. She completed advanced training in recognizing the oral manifestations of sleep apnea. Originally from Cleveland, Georgia, Esther describes her family as “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” meets “Sweet Home Alabama.” She is happily married, and has two wonderful step children Emili and Errick, and she has a large, close family with numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. When she’s not hard at work or spending time with family and friends, Esther enjoys reading sci-fi books, trout fishing, landscape photography, watching anime, and studying the bible. She has also studied Japanese and can read and speak the language at a basic level. She enjoys learning about the culture, and she has even been to Japan two times.

Julie, Dental Assistant

For nearly two decades, Julie has provided dental patients with exceptional dentistry services, and she continues to show her dedication with a commitment to helping patients with all of their dental care needs. She loves having the opportunity to serve patients and see them leave the office in love with their smiles. She prides herself on pulling the positive out of any situation, and her positivity is infectious. Julie studied at Dekalb Community College, and she is certified as an expanded duties dental assistant. Julie has also completed training in providing the Allergan line of products, including Botox, Juvederm, and Kybella. A Georgia peach at heart, Julie grew up in Smyrna. Today, she’s happily married to Mike, and the couple are the proud parents of three sons Chandler, Evan, and Dylan and pet parents to two dogs. When she’s not busy with work or spending time with friends and family, Julie enjoys walking, running, cooking, shopping, and going to the lake.

Amanda, Dental Assistant

Amanda joined our team in 2018 with more than a decade of dentistry experience. She enjoys helping patients achieve their dental health goals without any stress or discomfort. She studied dental assisting through Dental Careers, Inc, and holds her expanded duties dental assisting certification. Born and raised in Cobb County, Amanda and her husband, Jason, are the proud parents of an adult son and daughter. Amanda enjoys gardening, working out, and travelling whenever she can find the time.