Meet Surfside Pediatric Dentistry

Adam Hagan, DDS, FAAPD

Dr. Adam as he is better known by his patients first became interested in dentistry while working on a cleft lip and palate research project at the University of the Pacific in San Francisco. He traveled to Guatemala taking blood samples and helping specially trained dentists and plastic surgeons make devices that aided in their surgery. Dr. Adam continued his interest in research and spent a busy year before dental school at Stanford University studying the maternal‐child relationship in multiple sclerosis.

Adam Hagan, DDS, FAAPD

Dr. Adam as he is better known by his patients first became interested in dentistry while working on a cleft lip and palate research project at the University of the Pacific in San Francisco. He traveled to Guatemala taking blood samples and helping specially trained dentists and plastic surgeons make devices that aided in their surgery. Dr. Adam continued his interest in research and spent a busy year before dental school at Stanford University studying the maternal‐child relationship in multiple sclerosis.

Joanna McClain-Hooper, DMD

Dr. Joanna was raised in South Florida, where she attended the University of Florida for both undergraduate and dental school. She graduated with Honors in 2009 and has maintained a high level of continuing education ever since.

Joanna McClain-Hooper, DMD

Dr. Joanna was raised in South Florida, where she attended the University of Florida for both undergraduate and dental school. She graduated with Honors in 2009 and has maintained a high level of continuing education ever since.

Christie Sankowski, DMD, FAAPD

Dr. Christie grew up in upstate New York, at the foot of the Adirondack mountains. She completed her undergraduate degree as a dietitian from Syracuse University, graduating summa cum laude. She has always loved guiding children and families to healthy lifestyle choices. Dr. Christie is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, in Philadelphia and completed her pediatric dental residency with Dr. Adam at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.

Ashlee Turner-Lee, DMD, MPH

Dr. Ashlee was born and raised in Heflin, Alabama. She received her undergraduate degree in biology, a master of public health care in health care organization and policy, and attended dental school at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Ashlee Turner-Lee, DMD, MPH

Dr. Ashlee was born and raised in Heflin, Alabama. She received her undergraduate degree in biology, a master of public health care in health care organization and policy, and attended dental school at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Specialized Dental Care:

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Specialized Needs/All Ages

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Autism

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Growth and Development

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Sedation

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Medically Complex

Dental Services Provided Include:

In-Office Sedation

BPA-Free Sealants

Tooth-Colored Fillings & Crowns

Tongue-Tie Treatment

Laser Dentistry

Low-Radiation Dental Technology

Jim Hagan, BA
Director of Business Operations

I am from Nebraska but moved away for a career in the Air Force. I spent the majority of my service in Italy and Spain maintaining C-141’s and C-5’s. After my military retirement, I joined Ford Motor company and managed the distribution of their parts network. I retired again to be close to grandchildren and now call Tybee Island home and love living on the beach. My experience in logistics helps the Surfside team navigate the complexities of insurance reimbursement.

Andrea Fuller, RDH
Practice Manager

I’m from Arizona, but I’ve lived in Georgia for 8 years. I’m married with 3 kids and love reading, chocolate, and letting loose with my kids on roller coasters and bungee jumping! I enjoy working with kids because of how funny they can be, it keeps my job interesting! I love working at Surfside and hope you enjoy coming here too!

Kristi Hagan, DPT
I am originally from California and fell in love with Georgia when we were stationed at Fort Gordon, Augusta in 2009. I have a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from New York University and currently use my knowledge of dental/medical insurance to manage Surfside’s operating room services and hospital dentistry while being an extremely busy Mom of two! In my free time I enjoy sewing costumes for theater/stage productions.
Jamie Carmack
Insurance Coordinator

Hi my name is Jamie. Originally from Kentucky I moved to Brunswick in 2016. My boyfriend and I have 2 dogs, Cooper and Dolly. I’ve always loved being around children and as a Patient Care Coordinator I get to have a part in giving them the self confidence of having a healthy smile. After all, your smile is your best accessory!

Fun Fact: If I’m not spoiling my dogs I enjoy watching investigative shows.

Sarah Emerick, BS
Patient Care Supervisor

I am originally from rural Pennsylvania, where I grew up on a farm. As an Army spouse, I have lived with my family in various parts of the country and relocated to Coastal Georgia. Most of my free time is spent running my boys between practices and games or coordinating events for military families. My absolute favorite thing about the opportunity to work in pediatrics is the laughter – the giggles are the greatest!

Fun Fact: I recently completed my degree in Business & Human resources and I enjoy utilizing it to enhance access to care for the children we serve!

Elizabeth Andrewes, BFA, MFA
Creative Director

Born in Boston, Elizabeth was raised in Concord, Massachusetts, and spent time as a child in England. She holds an M.F.A. in production design from Savannah College of Art and Design and B.F.A. in dance performance from Chapman University. With a passion for storytelling and entertaining an audience, Elizabeth has discovered her artistic voice both on and off the stage from dance, vocal, and piano performances to set design for film, television, and theater. Having worked with children in different capacities and a background in the creative arts, Elizabeth is able to apply her love for children and design to her role as the Marketing and Advertising Coordinator at Surfside.

Fun Fact: Elizabeth worked as the set decorator on the Hallmark movies Love to the Rescue and Love Takes Flight, and other productions including American Idol and Puppy Bowl XV on Animal Planet.

Genelle Usher, EFDA
Office Team Coordinator (Richmond HIll)

Genelle is an Expanded Functions Dental Assistant from Blakely, GA. Receiving her certification from Savannah Technical College in 2013, she has practiced as a dental assistant in pediatric dentistry for 6 years. She enjoys making dentistry fun and providing children with the opportunity to have healthy smiles. Although dentistry is her passion, during her spare time Genelle enjoys cosmetology, karaoke, and spending quality time with her husband, daughter, and her mother.

Fun fact: Genelle enjoys baking desserts.

Cortney Dyson, RDH
Dental Hygienist

Cortney is a Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) and is originally from Brunswick, GA. She currently resides in Waycross, GA with her husband, step-son, and precious pup Piper. Her favorite thing about working with children is watching the fear that some may have transform to excitement throughout each dental visit.

Fun Fact: She groomed her family cat at the age of three and has since been banned from using scissors for all eternity.

Alexis Phillips, EFDA
Born and raised in Richmond Hill, Georgia, Alexis joined our Surfside team at the beginning of 2020 working as a Dental Assistant, and holds an EFDA certification from Savannah Technical College.  Since she was a child, Alexis has always enjoyed going to the dentist, but it was after getting braces that she decided she wanted to pursue a career in dentistry.

Fun Fact: Alexis is an aunt of five!

Hope Caviness | Surfside Kids Pediatric Dentistry
Hope Caviness, EFDA

Office Team Coordinator

Ms. Hope is originally from Ellijay, Georgia, and grew up there her whole life. As a child, she always wanted to be in the dental field. ALWAYS! As a child, she greatly admired the staff at her dentist office. With a life-long desire to work with children combined with her intrigue in dentistry, it was a no-brainer that she should pursue a career in pediatrics.

Fun Fact: Hope loves to garden and grow house plants!

Autumn Dooley

Dental Hygienist

Autumn was born and raised in East Tennessee. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene from East Tennessee State University in 2004. Being a military wife, now retired, she has practiced hygiene in Tennessee, Virginia, Guam, and Georgia. The last 12 years have been spent in pediatric dentistry. During her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, their 2 daughters, and their 3 rescue dogs.

Fun Fact: Autumn’s dream would be to own a pet pygmy marmoset monkey!

Jilliana Schulte, RDH
Dental Hygienist

Born in New Jersey, but raised in Oklahoma, Jill graduated from Savannah Technical College with a Dental Hygiene Associate of Science degree and is a Certified Dental Assistant through the American Red Cross.

Fun Fact: Jill has visited twelve countries, four continents in total, and hopes to travel to all seven. From a military family, Jill lived in Okinawa, Japan from ages 12 to 16 years old.

Tzu “Migo” Huang, BS, CDA, EFDA

I hold both a DANB CDA certificate and an Expanded Functions Dental Assistant certification, which gives me expertise in advanced pediatric care. It also enables me to scrub in the operating room when children require advanced procedures under anesthesia and oral surgery. I am from Taiwan and when you see the world map, my country looks like chicken thigh. I am a founding member or Sufside Kids and have enjoyed it since our very first patients. I love creating an environment where children leave with a smile and I know my day was full of generating lasting, fun memories that help our kids and families become part fo the Surfside Family too!

Fun Fact: I love going to SPA and brush my dog’s teeth, multiple times a day. Seriously, they sparkle.

Jennifer Herrera | Surfside Kids Pediatric Dentistry
Jennifer Herrera, RDH

Born in Beaufort SC, but raised in Georgia, I graduated from Savannah Technical College with an Associate of science degree in Dental Hygiene. I’m bilingual in Spanish and English. I love working with children because they are so full of life. During my free time I like traveling, baking and spending time with my family.

Fun fact: My favorite animal is a Great White Shark, and my dream is to go swimming with one!

Kaitlyn Saylor | Surfside Kids Pediatric Dentistry
Kaitlyn Saylor, EFDA

A California native, Ms. Kaitlyn joined the Surfside team a little over a year ago! While Kaitlyn is currently completing her bachelors program online, her uncle, Dr. Adam, owner of Surfside Kids, offered her a position, starting out as Sterilization Tech and quickly climbing the ladder to Dental Assistant. She quickly fell in love with dentistry and now aspires to become a dentist one day, specifically in pediatrics. Kaitlyn particularly loves to see her patients develop a healthy association with the dentist and works to eliminate their fears.

Fun fact: Kaitlyn loves to knit!

Shalina Martin, EFDA
Born and raised on the beach in Emerald Isle, North Carolina, Shalina started with Surfside Kids as a Sterilization Tech and transitioned into a Dental Assistant. She recently received her EFDA (Expanded Functions Dental Assistant) certification through the Georgia Dental Association. As the former Assistant Director for 4-H Youth Development, working with kids has always been a passion.

Fun Fact: Shalina performed backup vocals and tambourine in a classic rock band.

Francene Rowland
Patient Care Coordinator

Born in Germany and raised in a military family, Francene has called Georgia her home for the last twenty years.  Her family currently resides in their home state of Hawaii.  Francene and her fiancé have two amazing kiddos, close in age, who bring joy and smiles into their everyday life.  As a people person, with an innate desire to help those in need, including animals, Francene is a strong addition to the Surfside team working as a patient care coordinator. 

Fun Fact: I have a dog named Rice and two cats, Tama and Sophie! One day, I want to be able to save all animals!

Meagan Fernandez-Robinson, EFDA
Kristen Stabb | Surfside Kids Pediatric Dentistry
Kristen Stabb, EFDA

Originally from Brunswick, Ms. Kristen lived in Savannah for 11 years until recently moving back to Brunswick and joining our Surfside team!


With a desire to help children feel comfortable navigating their dental experience, it was inevitable that she should find herself working in the pediatric dental field. Since 2012, Kristen has been a Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS), specifically trained in supporting children through healthcare experiences. Also, she holds a bachelor’s degree in science. Currently, Kristen is in school working towards becoming a pediatric dental hygienist.

Fun Fact: Kristen has an awesome 7-year-old son named Max and a kitten named Bonnie.

Molly Williford | Surfside Kids Pediatric Dentistry
Molly Williford, EFDA

Ms. Molly was born and raised in Shellman Bluff and recently moved to Jesup. When she was a kid, she always loved going to the dentist. Since a young age, she knew she wanted to work with kids in some capacity as an adult. Molly loves the spontaneity of children. They’re funny, full of life and always keep you on your toes – she looks forward to her job each day!

Fun Fact: Molly traveled throughout the southeast playing softball!

Codie Latham-Hummings, EFDA | Surfside Kids Pediatric Dentistry
Codie Latham-Hummings, EFDA
Jiyah McKissick-Dunmeyer, EFDA | Surfside Kids Pediatric Dentistry
Jiyah McKissick-Dunmeyer, EFDA
Roshea Pollock, AS, BS
Patient Care Coordinator

Born and raised in SpanishTown, Jamaica, Roshea and her family moved to Brunswick, Georgia in 2004.  She and her husband have two beautiful children (ages 2 and 3).  Between her passion for working with children and making people feel comfortable and confident about their smile, Roshea naturally embodies the role as one of Surfside’s patient care coordinators. She holds an Associate in Clinical Laboratory Technology degree and Bachelor in Health Information degree.

Fun Fact:  The best advice Roshea was ever given was from her Mom: “Know your worth.”

Jasmine Barnes | Surfside Kids Pediatric Dentistry
Jasmine Barnes

Master Resilience Trainer | Patient Care Coordinator

Born in Raleigh, but raised in Selma, North Carolina, Jasmine completed her associates degree and became a Certified Medical Assistant. She began working as a Patient Care Coordinator at Surfside, and shortly thereafter, gained the new title as Master Resilience Trainer. Jasmine is currently taking a course in Positive Psychology and Resilience. One of her favorite parts about working with kids is hearing their stories, whether it is real or from their imagination. “Kids are a good reminder that it is okay to be goofy, laugh, and have fun!”

Fun fact: Jasmine loves to watch cartoons and is currently binge watching Amphibia on the Disney Channel.

McKenzie Scott | Surfside Kids Pediatric Dentistry
Shermeke Palacios

Patient Care Coordinator

Shermeke was born and raised in Belize, Central America. In 1995, she and her family moved to California, and, in 2017, to Hinesville, Georgia. Shermeke is the seventh child from a close-knit family. She has four beautiful kids and two dogs. With a passion for concierge customer service, Shermeke naturally embodies the role and responsibilities associated with patient care. After receiving her CMA, her first job was working as a Medical Assistant at a pediatric clinic.

Fun Fact: Shermeke speaks Creole (one of the many dialects in Belize).

Kristen Stabb | Surfside Kids Pediatric Dentistry
McKenzie Scott
Patient Care Coordinator

McKenzie was born in Montgomery, Alabama, but raised in Brunswick, Georgia for 21 years. When she was a child, she always enjoyed having her teeth cleaned at the dentist and was full of questions at every visit. In her current position at Surfside, with a long- term goal to work in clinical, she enjoys maintaining an environment where children leave with a smile, and strives to make each visit a memorable one.

Fun fact: McKenzie is a huge Disney fan and travels to Disney World any chance she gets!

Victoria Levesque | Surfside Kids Pediatric Dentistry
Victoria Levesque

Patient Care Coordinator

After living in Kentucky for many years (GO CATS!), Victoria is excited to move back to beautiful coastal Georgia. She and her son look forward to exploring the many beaches on our state’s extensive coastline. For the last decade, Victoria has worked in hospital settings in Kentucky and Tennessee. She gravitated toward Surfside due to its family- oriented environment and working with patients on a more personal level. When Victoria was a child, she never looked forward to visiting the dentist, so she hopes to change that for the kiddos here!

Fun Fact: Victoria loves to travel and enjoys the outdoors! However, you can also find her curled up on the couch binge-watching a good Netflix series.

Ciara Galvin | Surfside Kids Pediatric Dentistry
Ciara Galvin

Office 912-715-SURF (7873)
Fax 912-717-9595
Email info@surfsidekids.com

Patient Hours:
Mon–Fri: 7am–2pm

Office Hours:
Mon-Thur: 8am-5pm
Fri: 8am-3pm
Sat & Sun: Closed

Richmond Hill

135 Cedar Street
Richmond Hill, GA 31324

Hinesville

103 East General Stewart Way
Hinesville, GA 31313

Brunswick

4850 Altama Avenue
Brunswick, GA 31520

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