Dr. Michael Phelan

Improving Lives, One Smile at a Time

I’m proud to be in a profession where we’re able to improve people’s self-image and grow their confidence. It’s amazing to watch each patient change during treatment. They often start orthodontics feeling self-conscious and uncomfortable about their teeth. As they see the change in their appearance, they begin to transform, walking taller, making eye contact, and engaging with others. By the time they finish, they’re like a new person, filled with smiles and at ease with themselves. I’ve been practicing orthodontics for almost 30 years and still love watching this happen.

I love getting to know my patients as people. Because I see them regularly, usually for about two years, we spend a lot of time together. It’s wonderful when they share stories about their personal lives and activities. I like hearing about their day, their plans, what’s happening with their friends and family. Orthodontics is more than creating healthy smiles, it’s caring about people.

I thank God for the blessings he has given me, which allow me to do what I truly love and enjoy. I can’t imagine not being an orthodontist!

Our Practice and Team

The Phelan-Dempsey Orthodontics team is incredible. They support and encourage each other to do everything possible to ensure our patients are smiling during visits and care for patients like members of their own families. I’m proud to have a practice where we are genuinely interested in our patients as people. We want to know who each patient is and what they care about!

Education and Continuing Education

  • Undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia
  • Doctorate of Dental Medicine from the Medical College of Georgia
  • Orthodontic Residency Certificate from the Medical College of Georgia

I think now is the best time to be practicing orthodontics: there are incredible advancements in technology, techniques, and materials, all leading to more comfortable, efficient care and amazing results. I strive to stay at the leading-edge of these changes in order to provide patients with the absolutely best care possible.

I am a member of local orthodontic study clubs, learning from and with my peers. I also attend local, regional, and national orthodontic conferences, completing courses and expanding my skills and knowledge.

Professional Memberships

  • College of Diplomates of the American Board of Orthodontics
  • American Board of Orthodontics
  • American Association of Orthodontists
  • Georgia Association of Orthodontists
  • American Dental Association
  • Georgia Dental Association
  • Medical College of Georgia Alumni Association

Beyond the Office

Originally from Pontiac, MI, I graduated from Mountain Brook High School in Birmingham, AL. Suwanee, GA has been home to my family, for more than 15 years, now. When I’m not in the office, my priority is time with my wife Julie and three older children: Grace, Kevin, and Patrick.

I love boating and traveling and can often be found at Lake Burton or on the ski slopes.

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