Meet Our Staff


Latoya, Office Manager

Latoya is our office manager and has worked for Progressive Periodontics since 2005. She was born in Illinois, raised in Mississippi and moved to Georgia where she attended dental assisting school. She has over fifteen years experience in dentistry working front and back office and is an expert in dealing with dental insurance and treatment planning making services affordable for our patients.

 Latoya is a people person and enjoys giving patient’s personal attention making them feel comfortable, welcomed and relaxed. Dentistry is her passion and her business mind is commendable. Latoya has a heart for people and prides herself by saying, “the patients are the very best part of my job as the Office Manager “.

She and her family enjoy spending time traveling abroad, new ideas in the fashion world and experiencing all that Atlanta has to offer. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering at her son’s school and continuing education seminars and lectures.


Lola, Senior Dental Assistant

Lola was born and raised in Georgia. She attended The Bryman School in Atlanta, Georgia and after graduation she joined Progressive Periodontics Practice since it open its doors over 20 years ago. She has been an expanded functions dental assistant for 18 years and is the principal assistant to Dr. Russell. Lola enjoys all aspects of dentistry and assisting each clinician here at Progressive Periodontics. Lola has grown with this practice to the point of briefing any of the clinicians on the case at hand prior to treatment.

In her spare time, Lola enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, family and friends. She also enjoys traveling, and attending various events which include comedy, music, sports, health and wellness.


Tiffany, Dental Hygienist

Tiffany grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana. She has been in the dental field for over 14 years
and as a dental hygienist for 5 years. She is a graduate of Fortis College in Atlanta, Georgia where she received her Dental Hygiene degree in 2015. 

Tiffany enjoys educating patients about all areas of their oral care and promoting systemic health through proper care. She loves improving the smiles of our patients and helping to keep their smiles healthy for a lifetime. Her passion for dentistry radiates from her personality, and it shows through with every patient she sees. She strives to make every patient feel comfortable and always puts the patient as her top priority. The best part of her services is when she sees the finished product and seeing the patients feel good about their smiles. 

Outside the office, Tiffany enjoys spending time with her 3 amazing kids, listening to jazz music and cheering on her favorite football team the New Orleans Saints!

Cherika, Front Desk 

Cherika, is an Atlanta native. She is a graduate of Clayton State University. She has been in the dental field for over 13 years starting as a dental assistant, always embracing the ever increasing responsibilities of dentistry. Cherika has a wealth of knowledge about dentistry, as she has served in many capacities. Her primary focus is to continuously ensure the needs of our patients are met,

As the front desk personnel, she coordinates with the doctors, dental team of assistants and hygienists to ensure the patient care and the daily flow of the clinic. Cherika, is a true “people person” she has a great sense of humor and a passion for dentistry. Wife and mother of 3 beautiful children. When hen she is not at work assisting with the care of patients, Cherika enjoys reading and spending quality time with her family.