DR. TONYA BAKER, D.M.D., P.C.
CALHOUN, GA’S FAVORITE ORTHODONTIST
Dr. Tonya Baker began dreaming of becoming a dentist at the age of 16. After graduating as valedictorian of the class of 1984 from Calhoun High School, she continued to work hard to make those dreams become a reality. Dr. Baker attended Mercer University in Atlanta before being accepted to the dental program at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. It was in her junior year of dental school that she realized her passion was in orthodontics. She earned her Doctorate of Medical Dentistry in 1990, graduating at the top of her class. She continued her studies at MCG and completed her Orthodontic Specialty training in 1992. It was then time to put all that she had learned into action. She couldn’t wait to come back to Calhoun, Georgia to give back to the community that had given her so much. She has been providing excellent orthodontic care while creating smiles, boosting self-confidence and self-esteem in patients of all ages since 1992.
A Note From Dr. Baker…
It is so rewarding to see the transformation that takes place in so many of my orthodontic patients! I love to hear the moms’ stories. As parents we all see the beauty in our children, but often times they can’t see it in themselves. So they hide behind their hands, never speak up in class and don’t get involved in a lot of activities that they normally would enjoy. After treatment, Moms often beam with pride as they tell me how that shy little boy or girl finally sees themselves in a new light. They now have a new confidence. They are vibrant and outgoing and the beautiful person that they always were has surfaced for all to see! I love that I have the ability to help these young people put their best foot forward and take full advantage of all of life’s opportunities that are ahead of them. This change is not seen just in my young patients. I have witnessed my adult patients blossom as well. I can’t tell you how many have gotten engaged or been given promotions while still in treatment. I have come to realize that the change in self esteem and self confidence begins before the end result is ever revealed. The motivating factor, I think is just the realization that they are in the process of this transformation that gives them the added level of confidence. Of course, I have to add that I could not do this all by myself. I have a wonderful and caring team that helps makes each transformation possible.
Dr. Tonya Baker Has Over 25 Years Of Experience In Orthodontics
To stay up-to-date on her ever changing field and so that she can provide the highest possible care to her orthodontic patients, she maintains memberships with numerous professional organizations, including the American Association of Orthodontists, Southern Association of Orthodontists, Georgia Association of Orthodontists, American Dental Association, Georgia Dental Association and Northwest District Dental Society. She is also active in several study clubs and attends continuing education classes throughout the year.
The State Of Georgia Requires 40 Hrs Of Continuing Education Every 2 Years, Dr. Tonya Baker Exceeds This Requirement By Getting A Minimum Of 40 Hrs Of Continuing Education Every Year
MEET THE TEAM OF BAKER ORTHODONTICS
Our Administrative Staff
Louise “Lois”, Office Manager/Financial Coordinator
“I worked as an executive secretary prior to coming into the Orthodontic practice. I enjoy explaining to our patients and parents the details. I cannot believe the people I know that come through the door bringing their children or grandchildren that I haven’t seen in years. I really enjoy working with Dr. Baker and my co-workers.”
Louise has been with Dr. Baker for 17 years. She and her husband have one son. Away from the office, Louise is active at New Zion Baptist church where she is a memeber. She enjoys taking care of her family, shopping, cooking, cleaning, walking, and exercising. Anything that keeps her active.
Lori, Appointment Coordinator
“Since college, I have always worked in the medical field, so I was excited to receive a offer to work for Dr.Baker. It lets me use my office administration skills as well as being able to meet so many wonderful patients and parents.”
Lori has been with Dr. Baker for over 12 years. She and her husband have 2 grown sons. In her spare time she enjoys shopping with friends, hiking, geocaching, cooking, and being active in her church.
Jacqueline Juarez – New Patient Coordinator
“I’m excited to take on the role as the New Patient Coordinator because I enjoy interacting with new people. The gratification that comes along with braces is more than rewarding. When I’m not at work, I love to spend my time with my family making cherishable memories. My husband, daughter, & I love to travel & are always on the go exploring different things.”
Selena, Orthodontic Assistant
“I had orthodontic treatment as a child and it absolutely was the best thing my parents did for me. I started working for Dr. Baker when I was a senior in high school. I fell in love with the field of orthodontics. Being able to have the opportunity to make others feel the way I did after treatment is rewarding everyday.”
Selena has been with Dr. Baker for approx. 18 years.In her spare time she enjoys going to her children’s sporting events, listening to music, and hanging out with friends. She and husband Scott have three adult sons(all at this point either married or engaged), Austin and wife Morgan, Spencer and fiance Celeste, Jackson & fiance Hayley. They also have one daughter, Cortney.They also have 4 granddaughters Presley, Waverly, Emy Leigh, & another due in October. 2019!
Samantha, Orthodontic Assistant
Samantha has worked in the orthodontic field for 15 years. She joined our staff in June 2012. Samantha is a certified orthodontic assistant and expanded duties certified. She is married and has a daughter named Maelee. In her free time Samantha enjoys riding horses, competing in team roping, and going to junior rodeos with her daughter.
Maria Gallardo, Assistant
“I’ve worked in the orthodontics field for 14 years. I love the fact that I’m able to help my patients look and feel their best. In my spare time I enjoy playing volleyball, hiking and chasing around my 3 chihuahuas. I love spending time with my church group and my 2 daughters, Leanna and Vanessa and son, Armando. Im proud to be a part of Baker Orthodontics!”
Missy Sanderson – Assistant
Hi my names Missy Sanderson and I’m new to the team! I’m 22 years old, I love the outdoors, spending time with family, and crafting. I’m married to Tanner Sanderson and we have a newborn daughter named Oaklynn. I’ve been a general dental assistant for about four years now but I decided to change it up and I’ve been doing orthodontic assisting for about a year. I’m definitely glad I did too! It’s so much more rewarding seeing a person from start to finish how much they change as a person as well as their smile and their faces lighting up when they see their new smiles.
Brenda Jaramillo, Hygiene Assistant
DR. KELLE COX
CALHOUN’S FAVORITE PEDIATRIC DENTIST
Dr. Kelle Cox is a different kind of dentist. Gentle, patient and caring, she takes time to provide you with the best care possible. Dr. Cox attended Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia before receiving her Doctorate in 2004 from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, College of Dentistry in Memphis, Tennessee. She completed a two-year General Practitioner Residency program at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center in the Bronx, New York, and she served as Chief Resident her second year. She is dedicated to her patients and provides a gentle, caring, comprehensive approach to oral health. She believes in comprehensive, preventive dentistry, and her goal is to make your child’s dental visit a fun and memorable experience. Dr. Cox and her husband reside in the Marietta area. Her Hobbies include jogging, cooking and watching Boston Celtic basketball; and playing with their dogs–two English Bulldogs, Bart and Delilah, and a Shih-Tzu named Maggie. She also volunteers her time and dental skill to help those in need. Please come and meet Dr. Kelle Cox and her awesome staff at Grins & Giggles.
MEET THE TEAM OF GRINS & GIGGLES
Rhonda Dunnaway, RDH, BS, Lead Dental Hygienist
“Every child should be cavity free. We are so lucky to have wonderful products on the market now that cannot only prevent decay but can heal early decay when they are used daily with good home care habits. Working with children from the time their first tooth comes into young adulthood is my passion. I have many years of experience in the field of dentistry from treating children to teaching at the dental hygiene program in Rome, Georgia. Gentle and empathetic with a fun but professional approach to help alleviate children’s fears, I enjoy working side by side with parents in the operatory. You will not be asked to “wait in the waiting room” while I treat your child-it is a group effort to see that every child has the chance to become cavity-free.”
Kendra Ware – Dental Assistant
Your Best Smile Starts Here!
Calhoun, Ga, orthodontist, Dr. Tonya Baker understands the importance of a smile you can share with confidence. Additionally, she wants you to feel confident with your decision for your journey to your best smile ever. Here are a few ways to get started:
- Instantly download Dr. Baker’s free report: The Top Ten Things You Should Know Before Choosing Your Orthodontist
- Call 706.602.0540 to schedule you or your child’s Baker Smile Analysis. Don’t forget to download and print your $249 Saving Certificate to make your first appointment completely FREE of charge!
- Submit your questions online via our online contact form, or call 706.602.0540.