Meet Our Team!
Mark G. Sayeg, DDS FAGD
Cosmetic Dentist in Sandy Springs & Atlanta, GAStart Smiling Dental
Dr. Sayeg practices Complete Dental Care with an emphasis in esthetics and cosmetic dentistry. He graduated from Emory Dental School in 1982 and for the past 32 years has practiced in Sandy Springs, Ga. – just outside of Atlanta.
After completing his first cosmetic bonding case in 1983, Dr. Sayeg realized that cosmetic dentistry had the power to change people’s lives. He realized early on that dentistry was about ensuring dental health and making patient’s smiles beautiful as well as functional.
Now with over 32 years of experience and over 2100 hours of continuing education, Dr. Sayeg is proud of the commitment he makes to his patients – staying on the forefront of modern dentistry and keeping current with the latest cosmetic dentistry procedures and materials. In order to do this, he continually studies with the leading research and development dentists in this country and from around the world.
At home you’ll often find Dr. Sayeg practicing arts other than dentistry. He enjoys woodcarving, pottery, carpentry and pretty much anything that involves using his hands and creativity.
He is also a very devoted husband, father and grandfather. His four grandchildren will tell you he’s the best grandpa ever and you’ll often find him taking them to the playground, to a movie or out on the boat for a swim.
Dr. Sayeg believes in giving back to the community by providing dental care for those in need. He works with the AACD’s Give Back A Smile program to help restore the smiles and self-esteem for survivors of domestic violence. He has also started the charitable program Project Start Smiling which provides dental services not covered by government programs to restore the smiles of children in the foster care system.
Dr Sayeg is also a leader in the field of cosmetic dentistry in the Atlanta area. He was president of the Georgia Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry for two years and has a Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry. He is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentists, the American Society of Dental Aesthetics, the American Dental Association and the Hinman Dental Society. Dr Sayeg has over the years served on the boards of many of these organizations in order to give back and help better the profession of dentistry.
Nate Cherof, DMD
General, Family & Implant Dentist in Sandy Springs & Atlanta, GA
Start Smiling Dental
Meet our Team
Tanya : Registered Dental Hygienist
With her gentle touch and eye for detail, Tanya excels at making your dental cleanings not only comfortable but also enjoyable. Tanya grew up in Alexandria Bay, New York – 5 minutes from the Canadian border and moved to Atlanta to join our cosmetic dentistry team in 2002. She knew she wanted to be a dental hygienist as a child because she loved going to the dentist and wanted to pass that love on to other patients. She completes over 20 hours of continuing education a year to stay up-to-date on the latest advances in oral health products, prevention of gum diseases, and techniques for keeping your mouth clean and healthy. She is also our “in-house specialist” on natural and homeopathic remedies.
Tanya lives in Lawrenceville with her husband Christian, who’s a professional chef and her sons Brittan and TJ. They spend their days (and their nights!) running around after these bundles of energy.
Kim : Registered Dental Hygienist
With over 15 years of periodontal specialty practice, Kim is an expert at keeping your teeth and gums healthy and free of gum disease. For the past nine years, our patients in our office have raved over the clean, fresh feeling after their appointments and appreciated her gentle touch and caring manner. She is dedicated to staying up-to date with the latest advances in dentistry and oral-health products and completes over 20 hours per year of continuing education.
Kim lives in Johns Creek with her furry friends – she is quite an animal lover! She is also quite an artist and enjoys painting and pottery – you might run into her at one of the “paint-your-own” places around town.
Lory : Registered Dental Hygienist
Lory joined our team in 2007 after moving to Atlanta from California where she worked in a cosmetic dental office very similar to ours. With over 15 years of dental office experience, she is a master of putting you at ease with her sunny smile and will keep you comfortable until you leave with one too! She takes over 20 hours of continuing education per year – including advanced courses on periodontal disease treatments.
Lory lives in Roswell with her husband Jason and their daughter Addison. Keep an eye out for them if you’re at the park or the restaurants around Historic Roswell!
Rebecca : Patient Coordinator
Rebecca joined our team in 2006 but before that she had been a patient in our office for over 12 years. So, we knew she would know exactly how patients in our office should be treated! She is here to help you find a convenient appointment time and answer questions about your care in our office. She will be happy to check on your insurance benefits, handle your record transfers, send you your forms or give you directions. Upon your request, she’ll also give you a call to remind you of your appointments or call when you’re due for your next cleaning and exam.
You may run into Rebecca running by the Chattahoochee River with her husband, Edmond and their dog Jack after work or on the weekends. They also enjoy hiking, kayaking and traveling with family and friends.
Lorie: Financial Coordinator
With over twenty years of dental office experience, Lorie is an expert at navigating patients through their dental treatment. Having grown up around dentistry as Dr. Sayeg’s daughter, she can answer any questions regarding your treatment options, insurance benefits, and payment plans. She stays up-to-date with the latest in dental insurance coding so that she can maximize your benefits and keep your out-of-pocket expenses as low as possible. She will always be happy to help you find a way to fit any treatment you may need into your budget.
Lorie lives in Marietta with her husband Tom and their daughter Clara. They enjoy traveling and especially love cruising. In her spare time (ha!ha!), you may see Lorie on-stage at one of the many theaters around town.
Natalie : Scheduling Coordinator
Natalie finally joined us as a full-time team member after having worked with us on an as-needed basis for many years. As Dr. Sayeg’s daughter, she too has grown up around dentistry and enjoys seeing the difference it makes in our patient’s lives. Natalie will be happy to help you schedule your appointments and let you know when you are due for your dental cleanings or need any treatment.
Natalie lives in Woodstock with her husband Jamie and their three children – Megan, Emily and Nathan. She coaches her kids basketball teams and is very involved in the PTA and their activities.
Heather: Registered Dental Assistant
Heather joined our team in 2011 after relocating to Atlanta from Orlando, Florida. Heather makes sure that our office is stocked and ready for any dental procedure or emergency, fabricates your lab-work, ensures that all CDC and OSHA infection control procedures are being followed at all times. But most importantly she’s there to support you during your treatment visit and make sure you leave with a smile!
Heather lives in Marietta with her fiancé and son and enjoys reading, music and table-top gaming. She is also our resident DragonCon expert!
Daysha: Registered Dental Assistant
Daysha moved to Atlanta from South Georgia and joined our team in 2013. She is a small town girl with a quick smile and sassy disposition and she’s quickly won over the hearts of many of our patients. She shares our values of providing patients with the best care, keeping them comfortable and creating beautiful smiles. Always ready with a blanket to keep you warm during your treatment or a moist towel to clean up with after your visit, Daysha will make your time in our office seem more like a trip to the spa!
Daysha lives in East Atlanta with her fiancé, son and daughter. She enjoys spending time on the nature trails around Atlanta with her kids and every once in a while, you may find her doing a mean Beyonce at a karaoke bar. (Don’t tell her we told you!)
Shinny: Registered Dental Assistant
We are excited to announce that Shinny has returned, and is now back part-time! Shinny worked with Dr. Sayeg for over 10 years as his primary dental assistant and left last year to find a job closer to her home in Dacula, Georgia. However she missed being a part of the Start Smiling Team and felt no other office provided the quality dentistry and caring for patients as our office does. Shinny is our resident Cajan Queen - hailing from New Orleans where she trained as a dental assistant over 15 years ago. She has a great knowlege of dentistry and patient's are always complimenting her calm and caring manner during their treatment.
Shinny still lives in Dacula with her husband and their two children. They enjoy the family life of kids sports and activities.
Our mission is to assist in rebuilding the lives and dignity of
survivors of domestic violence through compassionate cosmetic
dental services and support programs