Georgia School of Orthodontics Honors Veterans

Georgia School of Orthodontics, with two patient clinics in metro Atlanta, makes it an integral part of its growth plan to hire veterans and military personnel. Pictured left to right:
Dr. John Stockstill, Director of Research (U.S. Coast Guard); Joshua Leabeater (U.S. Army / G.S.D.F.); John Blalock, Admissions and Student Life Coordinator (U.S. Air Force), and Dr. Sims Thompkins, Jr., GSO resident (U.S. Army Reserves). Not pictured are: Dr. Ricky E. Harrell, GSO Program Director (U.S. Army Reserves/U.S. Public Health Service); Dr. Keith Blankenship, GSO resident (U.S. Army/U.S. Navy); Dr. Shannen Dalton, GSO resident (U.S. National Guard/U.S. Army Reserves); Dr. Juan Carlos Hernandez, GSO resident (U.S. Army Reserves). PHOTO COURTESY OF GSO

Georgia School of Orthodontics (GSO) gives back to veterans in several ways, and hiring is just one of them. Whether it’s donating hundreds of toothbrushes and floss for holiday gift baskets to veterans and military members in need, or providing complimentary orthodontic treatment to children through its Purple Heart Smiles program, GSO makes giving back to the military in metro Atlanta a year-round mission.

“Many of our faculty, members of our orthodontic residency program, and our administrative staff are veterans and military personnel,” said Dr. Ricky E. Harrell, Program Director at GSO. “Hiring veterans has always been an integral part of our growth plan and we are fortunate to have these ‘heroes’ on the front lines serving GSO and residents of the communities which we serve.”

Additionally, the School’s state-of-the-art patient clinics in Gwinnett and Atlanta locations, offer $300 off treatment to active military throughout the year. Currently, 23 Purple Heart Smiles patients (children of Purple Heart Recipients) are in treatment, which equates to an investment of over $80,000 into the surrounding community as the program continues to grow. To date, GSO has provided over $125,000 in complimentary care through Purple Heart Smiles and Gift of a Smile.

For more information about GSO, visit To schedule a complimentary consultation, visit or call 770.351.7737.


About Georgia School of Orthodontics

Georgia School of Orthodontics (GSO), based in Atlanta, offers an advanced specialty education program in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics. The 36-month residency program is structured to provide collaborative and evidence-based learning for residents while providing quality orthodontic care to patients in the School’s two patient clinics in metro Atlanta. GSO’s mission is to educate outstanding dentists to be proficient in the clinical specialty of orthodontics, while providing Georgians with the highest level of patient care available. GSO faculty and staff are dedicated to diversity in both education and practice. For more information about GSO, visit To schedule a complimentary consultation, visit or call 770.351.7737. 

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