Dr. Melissa Gessling was born in extremely rural Northeastern California. She moved to slightly less rural South-Central Montana as a young teen. Dr. Gessling followed in her father’s footsteps, for he too was a dentist. In high school, she worked in her father’s office as a dental assistant and lab technician. She went to undergraduate school at Concordia College in Moorhead, a school that both her grandmother and great grandmother attended.Read More
After graduating, she moved to Augusta, Georgia, where she continued her work as a lab technician at the dental school of Augusta University. It was there that she realized that her passion for helping people and her technical skills could be combined into a great career. She graduated from the Medical College of Georgia in 2004 and has been working as a general dentist since. She is passionate about life-long learning and continuously strives to learn something new in dentistry. Her passion for taking care of people remains and comes through in all of her interactions with patients. She currently resides in Atlanta and enjoys reading, cooking, photography, and cycling.
Before I have the pleasure of meeting all of you, I’d like to tell you about my background. My adventure in dentistry began when I was 17 years old and answered an ad in the local Brooklyn newspaper: Part-time dental assistant. No experience necessary. What started out as a summer job turned into my lifetime profession. Working part-time in an endodontic practice all through college made me realize I needed to change from pre-med to pre-dent.Read More
When I started dental school at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, I was convinced that endodontics was my calling. Exposure to the periodontal faculty and clinics made me think about specializing in periodontics. Still on the fence about which specialty to pursue, I did a general practice residency at New York Hospital Medical Center of Queens for one year after dental school graduation. During that year, it became clear that performing periodontal surgery and placing implants was the path for me. I spent the next three years at Ohio State University, earning a specialty certificate in periodontics along with a Masters of Science degree.
Two years in private periodontal practice in Hamden, Connecticut convinced me that I needed a warmer southern climate. I’ve been a practicing periodontist in the Atlanta area since 2001. Outside of the office, my husband and I are kept busy raising our daughter. We recently adopted a greyhound who my daughter named Hobbes. In my spare time, I enjoy going to the gym and taking barre classes, catching up with a good book, and trying out new restaurants with my husband and friends. I am passionate about periodontal therapy because I enjoy doing surgery, replacing teeth with implants, and forming long-term relationships with my patients.