Dr. Tina Herington is the Director of Gwinnett Dental Career Academy and also a practicing general dentist and the owner of Suwanee Family Dentistry. Before opening Suwanee Family Dentistry, she received her Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She went on to obtain her Doctor of Dental Medicine from the Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry. She is a member of the American Dental Association, Georgia Dental Association, Gwinnett Dental Society, and is a Fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry.

Dr. Herington has served as a volunteer clinical instructor in the Oral Rehabilitation Department at the Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry. Dr. Herington has also been a FAA Certified Flight Instructor for 17 years, and has attained a NAFI Master Flight Instructor Designation.

In her spare time Dr. Herington enjoys aviation, hiking, biking and other outdoor activities.






Cindy Maison has been the Program Leader and Instructor for Gwinnett Dental Career Academy since it was started in 2006. She has more than twenty two years experience in general dentistry as well as several specialties including dental laboratory work, oral surgery, prosthodontics, and pedodontics. She has experience with all back office duties as well as the front office. She has both expanded duties and radiology certifications. You will find that Cindy truly enjoys all aspects of dentistry and wants to help you become successful in this field too!








Dana Barnard has been a certified assistant in both general practice and oral and maxillofacial surgery for more than 20 years. Dana also has both front and back office experience, and is a Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Assistant and a Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Anesthesia Assistant. She loves to share her experience to help our students become excellent assistants in all areas of dentistry!

Ashley Wilhite has been a pediatric dental assistant for 8 years since graduating from Gwinnett Dental Career Academy. She loves helping with the hands on portions of our course and sharing her experiences working with children!