Meet The Team

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The team at Sugarloaf Smiles is made up of established dental professionals that truly focus on taking care of our patients. We invite you to learn more about their experience in the dental field and what makes them tick. As always, if you have any questions about anything on our site, please don’t hesitate to give our office a call.  



Rochelle (Shelly)

Registered Dental Hygienist and Practice Manager

Shelly is a New York transplant, but has lived in Georgia for 35 years. After receiving a BA degree in Psychology from SUNY in Oneonta, NY, Shelly continued her education at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, GA. There, she earned two degrees: a BS in Dental Hygiene and her MRS., as she fell in love and married a handsome dental student.Shelly has raised two wonderful children and is proud to refer to them as law-abiding citizens. While nurturing these two children to adults, she squeezed in the opportunity to work as a temporary hygienist in numerous offices in the Atlanta area, which also gave her the opportunity to serve as the family chauffeur. Her son now works in Washington, D.C. at the U.S. Census Bureau while her daughter is pursuing an MFA in Theater Production at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA.

Shelly brings a wealth of ideas from her diverse office experiences that benefit both our staff and our patients. In 2007, she facilitated a 4-day cruise to the Caribbean-a wonderful team-building experience. She also assists Dr. Cohen in the treatment rooms and with coordinating the hygiene schedule. Shelly is a great asset to our team because she excels at building relationships with our patients and dedicating herself to their well-being. She offers activity sheets for children to do when they are waiting in the reception room. She can also often be found greeting patients at the front desk, so if you happen to be in the neighborhood, please stop by and say hello!In her spare time, Shelly enjoys spending time with her family and friends, volunteering in the community, and reading (especially on rainy days)!


Dental Assistant

Lidia joined our practice in 2011. She is a 2002 graduate of Gainesville College and has been certified to have expanded duties. Whenever Lidia sees a patient, she always tries to make them feel comfortable, like they’re at home. Her efforts help the team and their patients feel more like family than anything else.Lidia loves to dance, listen to music, and learn about history. She has 4 children and 4 dogs that she adores.



Enjoys reading, watching Hallmark movies and exploring the different parks around the Atlanta area. Loves playing soccer and basketball with her grandchildren.

Carol has been with Sugarloaf Smiles almost five years and is our New Patient Coordinator.


Janet has been a hygienist for fifteen years, having received her hygiene degree from Clayton State University in 2002. With years of nursing experience under her belt, before going to hygiene school, she has a greater knowledge of the medically complicated patient. She is passionate about her work as a hygienist and spends extra time to do a thorough job and make all her patients feel comfortable in her chair. Educating patients is an important part of what Janet does to help keep her patients healthy and preserve their smiles for a lifetime.

Janet's life is full, with six grown children and six grandchildren, that she enjoys spending her time with. She loves being a "Nana" and has a special spot in her heart for the younger patients in our practice. She and her husband enjoy going to the movies, trying new restaurants and entertaining with their large family and friends. Janet enjoys being busy and spends free time doing craft projects, refinishing furniture and is an avid reader. Her travels often take her to Florida, Boston and England.

We trust you will enjoy her upbeat personality and friendly smile.


Karen was raised in Atlanta Georgia where she attended North Clayton Senior High School. She found her love for dentistry in 2008 where she attended Alterius Career College to become a dental assistant. She graduated with Honors and was a student Ambassador, while never missing a day of school.

Married for 31 years and has one son. She enjoys fishing, biking and spending time with her two dogs. When asked, why she chose a career in dentistry? She replied "I love to see the smile of people who felt embarrassment from their smile."

Karen enjoys greeting patients at the front desk where she is committed to making sure patient's insurance is verified. She also enjoys working in the back as a dental assistant.


Ellen joined Sugarloaf Smiles in December 2017 as the Financial Coordinator. She is an Atlanta native, but grew up overseas and had the privilege of traveling the world at an early age. Ellen graduated from Mercer University with a B.A. degree and has worked in the dental field for 30 years. She has two daughters who are teachers, a son who is a musician in Tennessee and three grandchildren. Ellen's hobbies include playing the piano and gardening.


Mai joined out staff in June of 2018. A graduate from Oklahoma Southwestern University with a degree in biology. She is a certified dental assistant and X-ray technician. Mai is bilingual in English and Vietnamese. In her free time, Mai enjoys playing the piano, yoga, and traveling. She joined the dental field 30 years ago and loves making patients comfortable while in the chair seeing them smile after they complete treatment. 


Isis has been a practicing dental hygienist for 6 years and counting. Born and raised in Southern Florida in a Cuban family, she graduated from Miami Dade College with an AA in Biology and a AS in Dental Hygiene. She recently moved to Georgia, after getting married to her prince charming. One of her favorite things to do on the job is talk to patients and get to know them as if they were family. She really likes it when patients give her ideas of where to visit or what restaurants they've been to. She loved to travel and explore new places with her husband and their dog, Cotton.


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