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Meet Our Team

At Hiawassee Family Dental our staff is like a family. No matter their role, we love our staff members. We only hire individuals who are passionate about you and providing you with top-quality dental care services. Meet the team below!

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Dr. Lauren Hargrove


Dr. Lauren Hargrove

Dr. Lauren Hargrove laid the foundation for his dental career at Kennesaw State University in Georgia, where he majored in biology and chemistry. Graduating with a Bachelor of Science in 1994, he then enrolled at the Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry. While studying for his Doctor of Dental Medicine, he established a nonprofit organization to help the less fortunate in obtaining services for their dental needs around the world. In his capacity as President and Executive Director, Dr. Hargrove assisted in the development of dental clinics, starting with a free clinic in Augusta. After graduating he continued to volunteer helping to build dental clinics, expanding his efforts throughout third world countries. His efforts have supplied instruments, equipment, and volunteers to assist in many projects worldwide.


After Dr. Hargrove earned his DMD in 1999, he opened his private practice in Atlanta, Georgia. Focusing his efforts on restorative, implant, oral surgery, perio-plastic surgery and cosmetic dentistry.  Dr. Hargrove stays current in these areas though the many advanced continuing education courses. He believes that staying up to date in today’s fast changing world of advancements put him at the forefront in knowledge to be able to offer the quality care expected and needed by his patients.  Dr. Hargrove was awarded the prestigious  “Fellow” certification awarded by the International Congress of Oral Implantology (ICOI) back in 2006.  This advanced certification was for “Prosthetic Implant Reconstruction” and for the “Surgical Placement of Implants”.  He has placed well over 1000 implants since then.


Dr. Hargrove has been a lecturer, clinical researcher, and published author as well.  He offers treatment in many different areas such as: general and cosmetic dentistry, dentures, partial dentures, oral surgery, bone grafting, implant placement and restorations, root canals, full mouth reconstruction, and periodontal treatment. This adds convenience by saving travel as well as treatment time for the patients of Hiawassee and the surrounding areas.


In his down time Dr. Hargrove enjoys fitness, hiking, photography, competitive long-range shooting, traveling, and spending time with his family and friends.

Marla, Patient Coordinator

Marla is our Patient Coordinator at Hiawassee Family Dental. She loves to laugh and keeps it all positive in life, which shows in her work every day. Marla takes pride in assisting patients with any needs, including insurance and payment questions, so don’t hesitate to reach out if you have an issue. 


During her free time, Marla enjoys spending time with her two children, Natalie and Brett. One day, she would like to take a trip to the mountains in Montana.

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Patient Coordinator


Patient Coordinator

Danette, Patient Coordinator

Danette is one of the first faces you see when entering the office, and she will make you feel right at home. Her welcoming personality is sure to brighten your day!  Danette is always eager to help patients by making sure their questions are answered and they understand their treatment fully. 


Danette was born and raised in Blairsville, Georgia and soon moved to Hiawassee to raise her family. She enjoys spending time with her family, and her two children. Danette also enjoys being outside with her horses and cheering on the Georgia Bulldogs. 


Our Satisfied Patients

Very clean office with amazing staff! If you are looking for a new dentist, I highly recommend coming here!
Erica R.
Your Appointment

Convenient Appointments From 8am-5pm Monday through Thursday.

No matter what your schedule looks like, we want to provide you with the high-quality dentistry that you deserve.