Dr. Ryan Schwendiman, DMD
• Idaho State University
• University of Lousiville
• University of Phoenix
Dr. Schwendiman began working in a dental lab at the age of thirteen, and continued in the field throughout high school and into college. Born in the great state of Idaho, Dr. Schwendiman earned his undergraduate degree from Idaho State University in 1996. He was accepted into the dental program at the University of Louisville, where he graduated with his DMD in 2000. Since then his practice has been focused in esthetic dentistry. Dr. Schwendiman also decided to further his education, returning to school in 2006 to earn his MBA at the University of Phoenix.
Dr. Schwendiman earned the prestigious Fellowship position in the Academy of General Dentistry - an honor achieved by only 7% of dentists. He was a founding member of the Dominion Study Club, and a co-founder of the P.U.R.E. Dental Group, a continuing education roundtable. Dr. Schwendiman maintains professional memberships in the Academy of General Dentistry and the Georgia Academy of General Dentistry. Dr. Schwendiman is an outspoken advocate for continuing education, and personally participates in more than 100 hours per year—five times the amount required by the state of Georgia.
As a former faculty member at the Nash Institute for Dental Learning, Dr. Schwendiman provided instruction in dental materials and esthetic services. He has lectured nationally on several dental-related topics and spoken at the annual meeting of the prestigious American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr. Schwendiman was a regular contributor to a column, "EFDA," published in CDA. He has developed a continuing education video in conjunction with the National Dental Network discussing composite restorations. He is a product reviewer for both Dental Product Shopper and Contemporary Product Solutions. Dr. Schwendiman served as a board advisor to Dental Service Group, a large national dental laboratory chain. He is currently considered a Scholar with the Gerson Lerhman Group, and regularly conducts surveys for companies considering investments in dental-related products and services.
In 2006, Dr. Schwendiman was voted by his peers, as a "Top Dentist" in both the Washingtonian and Northern Virginia magazines. He was a top vote recipient for "Top Cosmetic Dentist" in the Northern Virginia Magazine.
Dr. Schwendiman loves to enjoy life. He believes in treating his patients the same way he would family, often becoming fast friends with them. Dr. Schwendiman likes to spend time with his family and kids when he is away from the office.
Dr. Troy Davidson, Pediatric Dentist
• University of Virginia
• All water sports
• Mountain climbing
• Beating Dr. Crosby at Ping-Pong
Dr. Troy Davidson was born and raised in Orem, Utah. After graduation from high school, he studied at Brigham Young University (BYU), served a two-year church mission to the people of Paraguay (becoming fluent in Spanish along the way), and returned to graduate from BYU with a Merit Scholarship to study dentistry at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
After graduating, and receiving his DDS from UCLA, Dr. Davidson chose to further his education attending the General Practice Residency at the University of Virginia (where he served as the chief resident) and, soon afterward, decided to specialize in the field of pediatric dentistry. Dr. Davidson sought and was awarded the highly coveted single resident position in the Pediatric Dental Program at Primary Children's Medical Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. During this training, he simultaneously completed a multidisciplinary post-doctoral fellowship in neurodevelopmental disabilities. Shortly after completing his formal training, Dr. Davidson was awarded Diplomate status by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, the highest distinction in this specialty.
Dr. Davidson, combines extensive training and experience with a compassionate, fun, and professional approach. He takes great satisfaction in helping children have a positive, healthy dental experience, founded in a relationship of trust. As the father of four young children, Dr. Davidson relates to parents and their desire that their children receive the best possible dental care.
Dr. Davidson has been heavily involved in service his entire life. He helped establish a South Central Care and worked with the Latin American Dental Society to provide dental care and education to underserved Los Angeles area children. He has also been involved in Habitat for Humanity and organized and managed a $35,000 fundraising operation to rebuild earthquake ravaged regions of El Salvador.
Dr. Davidson enjoys spending his free time with his wife, Amber, and their three young children.
Dr. Michael Crosby, Orthodontist
• University of Utah
• University of Nebraska
Dr. Michael Crosby was born - the second of eight children - in Salt Lake City, Utah. Mike got to know the family orthodontist well, as seemingly each of his siblings - including himself - went through the office for orthodontics.
After a rich and varied undergraduate experience that included academic work at the University of Utah, a five-month study abroad in Israel at the BYU Jerusalem Center, and a two year church mission serving the people of Brazil, Mike began his graduate studies at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He excelled both academically and clinically during Dental School and earned several awards and recognitions. One important recognition involved Mike's selection as mentor and guide to other dental students in their educational progress.
Dr. Crosby graduated dental school cum laude in 2005 and entered the University of Nebraska Medical Center for his orthodontic residency. He is one of the few students to complete his orthodontic training in conjunction with a Master of Science Degree. His thesis involving the use of computer models to better understand the physics and pathology of TMJ was recognized with the Charles Schultz Resident Scholar award, and Dr. Crosby has coauthored many papers based on the findings of this research.
Dr. Crosby has been married to his wife, Kristine, since 2001. They are the parents of four children: Kira, Noah, Brady, and Lucy. In 2010, Noah was diagnosed with Type I diabetes on his fourth birthday. Dr. Crosby and his wife are heavily involved in diabetes research and causes that support improving quality of life and finding a cure for those who suffer from this disease. They support the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). For more information, and ways to help, please visit www.jdrf.org.
Outside of work, Mike enjoys time with his family and playing sports. He is the undisputed ping-pong champion of his family, extended family, former classmates, and current coworkers. He recently purchased a table for his office at Johns Creek, and is up for a game anytime if you'd like to drop by and challenge him.
Dr. Joseph Peluso, DMD
•Columbus State College
•Medical College of Georgia
Dr Joseph Peluso graduated from the Medical College of Georgia with a DMD and moved to the Atlanta area for practice. He has been involved in practice growth and development for nearly a quarter century and is happy to have joined Dental Town in the Forsyth/Collections location.
In practice, Dr Peluso enjoys enhancing and improving smiles to create confidence in each person. Using many approaches, he works hard to collaborate with each patient to set individual goals based on their own expectations. Never in a hurry, Dr Peluso seeks to make each experience an enjoyable one his patients want to share with others.
Dr Peluso grew up in Columbus, Georgia where he excelled in high school academic and music programs, top-ranking in the State playing French Horn. He also played the trumpet, the mellophone in marching band and tenor sax in jazz band. This love for music translates to continued enjoyment of live music in many forms and a resurgent interest in vinyl records, rebuilding a long-forgotten collection.
Choosing to stay in his hometown and attend Columbus College, Dr Peluso graduated with a major in business and spent several years working with microcomputers when it was a new technology. He was fortunate to have traveled and developed computer applications in several new areas of business and research, including office automation, production and design, robotics, chemical assays and imaging analysis. Travel to such institutions as NASA in Huntsville AL, Yerkes Primate Labs and Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Oak Ridge National Labs in Tennessee, RTP in North Carolina and MOTE Marine Labs in Tampa all laid a foundation in the practical sciences and awakened a deeper interest in working in science and healthcare.
Dr Peluso returned to school and completed a Minor in Chemistry and then attended dental school at the Medical College of Georgia. He was fortunate to have served in several leadership roles throughout his time at MCG. A standout experience was working in dental implant research to determine integration characteristics of materials and coatings. This experience created an interest and enjoyment of working with dental implants as a strategy for replacing missing teeth.
Over the years, Dr Peluso has maintained a focus on giving back to the local community and in international outreach through foreign medical missions. Travel to the jungle environment of Ecuador kindled his compassion to provide care to those in acute need. His engagement locally with the Bald Ridge Lodge and Jesse’s House allows him to support kids in acute need. Past engagement with the Nicholas House in Atlanta allowed him to help families who fell on hard times navigate their dental care, knowing this is one of the first things to take a backseat to more immediate needs such as food and shelter for the family. Dr Peluso also sits on the Executive Board for the LRJ Foundation, which designs and administers educational programs as outreach to school-aged kids on mental health awareness and self-regulation.
As the grandson and son of Italian restauranteurs, Dr Peluso also enjoys cooking specialty meals and finding new foodie spots around town and while traveling. He will often engage many conversations around meals, cultural travel and share recipes and new spots. Favorite travel cities for foodie trips include Atlanta, New York, Chicago and almost anything coastal. Feel free to message him anytime for his latest find.
Dr Peluso lives in Alpharetta with his family, enjoying time biking and hiking throughout the area. Other hobbies include golf, reading and travel.
Dr. Michael Baine, DMD
• University of Georgia
• Medical College of Georgia
Dr. Baine spent his early years growing up in South Florida. He was an avid sports fisherman and varsity wrestler in high school.
Upon graduating from highschool in 1976, he traveled one state north and attended University of Georgia where he was an honors graduate with a major in Chemistry. While at UGA, he was a member of the university’s wrestling team and was very active as a Big Brother, mentoring young, underprivileged boys.
In 1980, he attended the Medical College of Georgia, School of Dentistry. Dr. Baine received many clinical and academic awards while in Dental school and graduated in the top 10% of his class.
Dr. Baine has been practicing dentistry for over 30 years and he still looks forward to going to work each day. He loves being able to help people and he enjoys the fellowship he shares with all his patients. For him, going to work is a privilege and not a chore.
Dr. Jay J. Patel, Oral Surgeon
• University of Georgia
• Medical College of Georgia
• Indiana University Medical Center
• Cheering on the Braves, Falcons and Bulldogs
Dr. Jay J. Patel is a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon.
Dr. Patel is a native Atlantan. He attended Brookwood High School and earned his undergraduate degree in microbiology from the University of Georgia, graduating cum laude with honors.
Dr. Patel earned his dental degree (DMD) from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, Georgia. Upon graduation from dental school, Dr. Patel completed a comprehensive residency at Indiana University Medical Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. During his last year of residency, he served as a chief resident in the department of oral and maxillofacial surgery.
Dr. Patel currently holds a general anesthesia permit, affording him the ability to offer a wide range of anesthetic services. He is an active staff member of Gwinnett Medical Center where he serves on the Facial Trauma Service.
Dr. Patel remains active in continuing education, learning about the latest advancements in the dental field. He is currently a member of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Georgia Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, and the American Dental Association.
Dr. Patel resides in Atlanta with his wife and two sons.