Dr. Meredith K. Dempsey

Delivering a Lifetime of Healthy, Gorgeous Smiles

Being an orthodontist is about helping a person develop their most gorgeous smile while ensuring they have a healthy, balanced bite that will last a lifetime. A person’s overall dental health can be improved by orthodontic treatment, and severe dental problems can be prevented by orthodontic care. It’s important for patients to understand how treatment will influence their future dental health while creating their best smile.

My dad is a general dentist. Growing up, I knew I wanted to do something in the health field to help people improve their lives, and I knew I needed to work with people on a one-to-one basis. I was fascinated watching my dad solve problems for people, along with the relationships he developed through his work, and knew the dental field was right for me. Although, It wasn’t until I was halfway through dental school that I realized orthodontics was my true passion. It’s the ideal combination of healthcare, personal connections, and improving wellbeing.

I love getting to know each patient as a person. I enjoy hearing about their day, whether we’re talking about work, school, travels, sports, or new experiences. I particularly love seeing a person get excited about their treatment; as they move through care, they become more confident and happy as they see the change in their smile. Each person is thrilled with their beautiful new smile, and I’m thrilled for them!

Our Orthodontic Team

We have an exceptional team at Phelan-Dempsey Orthodontics. Each person contributes something special to our patients’ experience. We all strive to be as friendly, welcoming, and empathetic as possible, always seeing our patient as a whole person. We’re genuinely excited to help people have the best experience possible and love being part of the smile transformation.

Education and Continuing Education

  • Degree in Dietetics from the University of Georgia
  • Doctorate of Dental Medicine from the Medical College of Georgia
  • Orthodontic Residency at the Medical College of Georgia

It’s important for me to constantly improve my skills and knowledge to be the best possible orthodontist for my patients. Technology is constantly improving, new techniques are continually emerging, and I need to know the newest modes of treatment for my patients’ oral health.

I complete many hours of continuing orthodontic and oral health education each year. I take courses and attend meetings locally, regionally, and nationally. I’m also an active participant in several study clubs.

Professional Memberships

  • American Board of Orthodontics
  • American Association of Orthodontists
  • Southern Association of Orthodontists
  • Georgia Association of Orthodontists
  • American Dental Association
  • Georgia Dental Association
  • Hinman Dental Society

Beyond the Office

I grew up in Stone Mountain and have lived in Duluth, GA, since 2010. My husband, Brian Dempsey, and I met at the University of Georgia. He’s an optometrist. We have two beautiful daughters, Caroline and Victoria. When not at work I’m usually playing with the girls. I also enjoy exercising, time outdoors, traveling to Seaside, FL or any national park, and activities with St. Columba’s Episcopal Church.

Meet Dr. Michael Phelan