Meet the Doctor

Dr. Arva O. Lumpkin

Professional Education

  • B.S.  Howard University, Microbiology
  • D.M.D.  Medical College of Georgia
  • Post Graduate Esthetic Continuum, UCLA School of Dentistry
  • American Academy of Craniofacial Pain Mini-Residency in Dental Sleep Medicine and TMJ/Facial Pain

Dr. Arva O. Lumpkin, a native of Savannah, Georgia and has been in private practice since 1986. She has completed courses both nationally and internationally in cosmetic, restorative dentistry and dental sleep medicine and continues to seek out the best training on the latest treatment methods in these areas. She has a special interest in whole body dentistry and the connection between dental health and general health. Highly dedicated to patient care, she is a member of several organizations founded with a commitment to excellence all phases of dentistry. A leader in organized dentistry, she has held key positions in the Georgia Dental Association as Peer Review/ Ethics Committee Chairman for the Northwest District of the state. Dr. Lumpkin became a pioneer in Cobb County when she opened her private practice and became the first African-American dentist in Cobb County. She is active in the community and has held a seat on the Board of Directors of the Tommy Nobis Center and the Advisory Board of Charter Bank and Trust, now the Bank of North Georgia.

Dr. Lumpkin is an active member of numerous professional organizations, to include the American Dental Association, Georgia Dental Association, American Association of Dental Sleep Medicine, Georgia Association of Sleep Professionals, Association of Black Cardiologists, Georgia Dental Society and the Thomas Hinman Society. She is also a graduate of Leadership Cobb.

Global Dentistry

Dr. Lumpkin has taken courses, studied dentistry and participated in extra-curricular dental interests in various parts of the world. One of the doctor's extracurricular interests has taken her beyond our national borders to a dental clinic in Costa Rica. She set up the clinic for a personal friend and owner of a coffee plantation in Costa Rica. The plantation, highly respected in the coffee industry as producers of "the most finely prepared coffee in the world". The Clinic is named the "Henry Laprade Wissel Clinica Medica y Dental de la Hacienda La Minita". It is located about forty miles SW of San Jose, Costa Rica in a mountainous small town named Bustamonte. The clinic serves the workers of Hacienda La Minita coffee plantation. Not only did Dr. Lumpkin set up the clinic on the coffee plantation, she has written articles for coffee trade magazines and participated in a documentary about fine coffee. You are invited to visit the coffee plantation web site http://www.laminita.com/.

 

La Minita Dental Clinic

During the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Dr. Lumpkin had the great honor and distinction of being one of the dentists to work in Olympic Village the Olympic Athletes. She had the great experience of meeting athletes from all over the world and to improve their lives through dentistry, as practiced in the United States. The gratitude of the athletes will stay with her for all time, as will their stories and gifts to her for great service and treatment. It was through this experience that she developed a more global interest in dentistry. The diverse cultural aspects of how dentistry is practiced in various parts of the world and the impact it has on lives of people in this culture and others is of special interest.

Other dental educational and professional studies have taken her to Europe to include Oslo, Norway (Endodontic Study), Copenhagen, Denmark (Copenhagen Dental Symposium), France, Italy, as well as, Costa Rica (University of Costa Rica Dental School), Mexico, India (M. Gandi Hospital and Medical Center (Delhi), EDIS Dental School (Jaipur), MAIDS Dental School, Delhi), Sydney and Melbourne Australia (Dental Implants).

Our Team

At the Vinings Center for Dentistry, our patients always come first. Our team is experienced and continually improving on ways to make your treatment and experience the best it can be. We care about you and it shows in our service to you. Our caring team is here to help you stay relaxed, informed, and to see you leave with smile.

Jessica, Manager of Patient Happiness

Jessica H.

Manager of Patient Happiness

An original Georgia Peach, Jessica is a native East Cobber. It is her warm, friendly voice that greets you when you call or visit us. Having developed a love for dentistry while attending Sprayberry High School, she has worked in dentistry since 1994. She has worked extensively in the management of both adult and pediatric dental practices. With a smile, she facilitates patient-office interactions, ensuring patient happiness throughout their appointment experience. When not serving our patients, she enjoys family time with her twin daughters, husband and family cat.

Casey G. - Clinical Assistant

Casey G.

Clinical Assistant

Casey is a Florida native and is the sunny smile that greets our patients chairside. She has been a dental assistant since 2009 and has always had a keen interest in healthcare. She loves patient care and chose dentistry as her perfect fit. Casey believes that the best part of dentistry is that it has the power to change peoples lives and her passion lies in being a part of that change. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her boyfriend and their dogs.

Young - RDN

Young Y.

Registered Dental Hygenist

A native of South Korea, Young attended Samyook University in South Korea before coming directly to Atlanta to study dental hygiene. She was a Thomas P. Hinman Scholarship Recipient and was inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa International Scholastic Honor Society before earning a degree in Dental Hygiene from Georgia Perimeter College. Her personal philosophy is based on educating patients so that they are empowered to a better life through good health and oral hygiene. She enjoys hiking, travel, and relaxing at the beach with her husband and two children.

Brooke - RDN

Brooke S.

Registered Dental Hygenist

Earning a degree from West Georgia Technical College with honors, Brooke is a passionate practitioner who loves helping patients achieve optimal oral health. She feels that the most rewarding part of her job as a hygienist comes from fostering the continued improvement in her patient's oral and general health. She also loves that she can help make patients feel comfortable in a sometimes uncomfortable environment. When not caring for our wonderful patients, she spends time with her daughter relaxing at the beach.