Meet Our Team

Dental Team


All of our assistants are licensed and registered [Registered Dental Assistant (RDA)] with The State of Tennessee Board of Dentistry, and are currently certified in Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) Monitoring, Basis Life Support (BLS) & Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) from the American Heart Association (AHA), Coronal Polishing, and Dental Radiology. Most of our assistants are also certified [Certified Dental Assistant (CDA)] with the Dental Assistant National Board (DANB). Some of our assistants have had additional training in assistant’s anesthesia (sedation) from The American Dental Society of Anesthesiology (ADSA). Our assistants have many years of experience and are ready to assist you with your treatment needs.

Katie, RDA, CDA, one of Dr. Godat’s assistants and native to Memphis, has been with us since 2007. Katie trained at the Concorde Dental Assisting Program. Katie has been a wonderful asset to our office and our patients love her!

Liz, RDA, CDA has been one of Dr. Godat’s registered and certified assistants since 2007 and is also a native Memphian. Liz trained at the Concorde Dental Assisting Program. She loves her work and says that “she feels blessed to be a part of Periodontal Associates of Memphis”.

Jill, RDA, CDA is another native Memphian. She attended Memphis Area Vo-Tech Dental Assisting program now called Southwest Tennessee Community College and has 20 years experience in dentistry. She is Dr. Godat’s Post Operative Assistant and has been with us since 2005. All three of Jill’s children keep her very busy!

Margie, RDA, CDA, also a native Memphian, is another one of our very talented assistants. Margie trained at Memphis Area Vo-Tech now called Southwest Tennessee Community College. She assisted Dr. Preston D. Miller, Jr. for 20 years until his retirement in 2007, and then transitioned as one of Dr. Roger Craddock’s assistants. She also serves as our dental supply coordinator and maintenance manager.

Joyce RDA, CDA, originally from Kentucky, has been Dr. Craddock’s assistant since 2002. Joyce trained at Tennessee Tech. Joyce is a favorite with our patients! Her smiling face and wonderful attitude has been a great asset to our office.

Stacee is Dr. Godat’s Treatment Coordinator. Her husband’s job with the United States Navy brought her to the Memphis area in 2008. She has worked in the insurance field for over thirteen years and provides our patients with information/options to help them decide on the best treatment for their particular case. This gives her a sense of accomplishment and our patients love her! Stacee’s family keeps her very busy traveling to many new areas with her daughter’s soccer team.

Robin, R.D.A. trained at Concorde Dental Assisting Program and has been an assistant for 8 years. As a valuable asset to our office, she is our Hygiene Assistant/Lab Tech and fills in anywhere else she may be needed. After growing up in Chicago and Los Angeles, Robin moved to Memphis in 1987 to live closer to family. Robin trained at the Concorde Dental Assisting Program.



Our hygienists are all licensed and registered [Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH)] with the State of Tennessee Board of Dentistry and are certified in Basis Life Support (BLS) & Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) Administration, and Delivery of Local Anesthetic (numbing medication). Our hygienists are highly experienced in treating periodontal patients.

Susan, RDH, graduated with a B.S. in Hygiene from the University of Tennessee Memphis. She trained Dental Hygiene students at the University of Tennessee Periodontal Clinic for 2 years and has been employed at Periodontal Associates of Memphis since 1980. Her experience combined with outstanding professional relationships with her patients make her one of our most valued team members.

Jane, RDH, graduated from University of Tennessee Hygiene School, and we have been fortunate to have her in our office since 1991. We appreciate her skill as a hygienist and the professional, courteous way in which she handles every patient.

Sherrie, RDH, has worked in Dentistry for 20 years and in our office since 2006 after her husband’s job transfer to Memphis. She trained at Tennessee State University and Meharry Medical College. She came to us highly recommended by another Periodontist in Nashville. He was right! Her patients love her and so do we!

Linda, RDH, was born in Wichita, KS and graduated Cum Laude from Wichita State University with a BS in Dental Hygiene. She was our #1 “sub” for several years whenever needed, and now we’ve been lucky enough to have her permanently employed in our office. Her patients love her and we do too! She also serves as our Director of Education and has been instrumental in starting our hygiene study club for practicing hygienists in the Memphis Area.


Administrative Team

Our administrative team has many years of experience at Periodontal Associates of Memphis! They are your first contact with our office and will be there to help with scheduling your appointment and with answering many questions you may have.

Melissa, CDA, RDA is a native Memphian. She is multi-talented as a Dental Assistant and our main Front Desk Administrator. Her “can-do” attitude has endeared her to many patients as well as all of the team. She’s been in our office since 1997. She enjoys meeting new people every day and we appreciate her kind and caring personality. We are sure you will appreciate her too!

Peggy, a native Memphian, has been greeting our patients with a big smile since 1983. We appreciate her very much. We have come to rely on Peggy for many things in our front office, but she is especially talented at taking care of the large amount of correspondence for our referring Dentists and patients. In her spare time she enjoys sewing, reading and walking.

Pam is our Patient Financial Coordinator with 35 years of experience in dentistry. She’s been in our office since 2007, and we are very fortunate to have her. She is extremely detail oriented. Her main focus is working with all our New Patients’ Financial Arrangements and how their Dental Insurance Benefits may apply.

Elizabeth, a native Memphian, is our newest team member. She has been our hygiene coordinator since 2009 and has done an outstanding job. We are very happy she has joined our team and look forward to many years together.

Ginger is our Patient Account Representative. She is in charge of our Accounts Receivable. She came to us in 2004 as a “sub” for a maternity leave at our Front Desk, and we haven’t been able to let her go! This is her 2nd career with the first being a Domestic Engineer (stay at home Mom) for over 20 years. She enjoys traveling with her family.

Amanda was born in the Nashville area but has lived in Memphis for 22 years. She is a full time student majoring in Graphic Design Art, recently married & helps us with various administrative needs on a part time basis. We love Amanda!

Barbara has been our Office Manager since 1990. Barbara runs our busy office and keeps up with coordinating and training our team. She enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.