Meet GDA’s New District Presidents: Dr. Tommy Peterson

This series introduces the seven district presidents who were installed on July 23, 2017.

dr tommy petersonDr. Tommy Peterson
Central District

At home: I married my wife, Libby, in November 2015. Recently, we had a baby girl March 15, 2017. She’s about 13 weeks old, and is named Elizabeth Hayes. We also have three rescue animals: Two dogs, Jackson (11 years old) and Stella (3 years old), and our cat, Loki (4 years old).

Volunteer and Leisure Activities: I spend a lot of time with my family. I also love to play tennis and golf, snow ski, and travel. This year, I have a garden with tomatoes, squash, and some peppers. I also work at the Macon Volunteer Clinic, treating patients on Friday mornings. Additionally, through Macon’s Rescue Mission, I see patients who are dealing with the ​impact of substance and alcohol abuse or domestic violence. These patients go through a year-long rehabilitation program and I help provide dental screenings. I also perform the extractions and perio work needed to get them ready for future prostheses.

Work/Education: I graduated UGA in 2003 with Bachelor of Science in microbiology. I was planning on going to medical school, until I was discouraged after working with lots of doctors here in middle Georgia. I wanted to make sure that dentistry was the path I wanted to pursue, so I came back in 2003 and worked with Dr. Edenfield and Dr. Liipfert as an assistant until I was accepted at the Medical College of Georgia in 2005.

While in school, I was able to perform a few periodontal surgeries and place an implant on my mom in dental school. These experiences plus the variety of surgical procedures that perodontics provides led to my interest in periodontics. I received my master’s and a periodontal certificate from the University of Louisville in 2012, and then started practice in August.

Organized Dentistry: Working with Dr. Bill Argo probably was my main drive. He has played an integral role in both the Central District and legislative gatherings over the years.

On the Central District: As a periodontist, I get to work with a lot of dentists in the middle Georgia area. It is a privilege to work with such a talented and caring group of individuals.

The Year Ahead: Dr. Jamie Mitchell has started some small group meetings in areas like Griffin and Dublin that aren’t as close to Macon so that we can encourage and engage members. We will continue these meetings in my term, and also will continue our focus on membership retention and growth in the Central District. Another goal of mine is to continue to work with the Macon Volunteer Clinic and strive for more participation from our members, as well as to see more patients at clinic.