Our Team

Jan Ricker X
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Jan has over 17 years of practice management experience, including overseeing the daily operations of a large multi-location orthodontic practice in Atlanta. Her record of achievement and success in leadership as a Practice Administrator is evident through her strength in managing multiple projects simultaneously and fostering a cohesive staff. Jan began her career as a chairside assistant where she learned that quality assurance, attention to detail, critical thinking, and patient education create the foundation for a successful practice and a rewarding career. Jan strives for excellence as she continues her education in periodontics, dental implant therapy, and leadership training.

Jan is a certified orthodontic assistant and is also x-ray and CPR certified. Jan lives in Bethlehem, GA with her husband and four children. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, journaling, roller skating, and riding motorcycles.

Dena Risher X
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Dena applies her 25+ years of successful marketing, advertising, and public relations experience to The Georgia School of Orthodontics. As an orthodontic and dental communication specialist, she incorporates internal and external marketing strategies to connect with existing and prospective patients. Creating strong relationship referral building programs, managing the brand voice and team training are critical keys to her success in generating practice growth. With 17 years dedicated to working with private and group practices, she served as the Director of Marketing for the largest privately-owned orthodontic practice in the US, where she spearheaded initiatives that increased revenue 141%. Dena’s diverse background also includes developing multi-media branding campaigns and communications strategies for Coca Cola, Chevrolet, Cox Media, and JMB Realty.

Dena graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a degree in Journalism with an emphasis in Public Relations and completed her graduate work at the University of Mississippi. Dena lives near Atlanta with her husband and enjoys playing tennis in her free time.

Evan Tanner X
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Evan brings nearly 20 years of IT experience to The Georgia School of Orthodontics. In his role, he oversees the infrastructure, networks, software systems, security, audio visual, telecomm systems, integrations, mobility strategy, and data mining. He also establishes vendor relationships and selects appropriate solutions. His professional experience includes working with companies such as Teradata, Charles Schwab, Eli Lilly, Addit, ICON, JetStar, and Klipsch. Evan has experience within many facets of IT, including help desk, system administration, project management, custom reporting, quality assurance, and performance tuning.

Evan graduated from Butler University in Indianapolis with a double major in Philosophy and Pre-Med. He recently moved to the north side of Atlanta, GA with his wife and two sons. In his free time, he enjoys outdoor activities including mountain biking, swimming, tennis, and most recently, camping with his son’s cub scout troop. He also attends and volunteers at his local church.