Cumming 770.889.6370

​Dawsonville 706.265.1399

Lanier Dental Partners

General Dentistry   

About Us

Dr. Melissa Thomas Durand, DMD

As a native of Cumming, Dr. Durand is passionate about her local community and her patients. She strives to build connections with her patients as well as educating them so they can achieve optimal oral and overall health. She attended  North Georgia College then earned her degree in Dental Medicine from Medical College of Georgia, Augusta. She is active in Rotary Club of Forsyth County, United Way and Shepherd Center Peer Visitor  Programs as well as junior choir director at her church. 


Dr. Michael D. Palmer, DDS

Graduating from Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois with a Bachelor of Arts in Neurobiology and Physiology. Dr. Palmer then received his Doctor of Dental Surgery and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Illinois. His passion lies

in providing the best quality of care based on individual needs of his patients. He is active in Rotary Club of Forsyth County

as well as a huge college football fan. 


Dr. Leslie McGuinn Davis, DMD

After graduating from the University of Georgia with a Bachelors Degree, Dr. McGuinn Davis went on to receive her Doctor

of Dental Medicine from the University of Louisville. As a native of Cumming, she grew up in dentistry as the daughter of a dentist. She is always looking for ways to give back to her community and local schools, and serves annually with Louisville's Remote Area Medical Missions. Her desire is always to provide excellence in dental care; every patient, every visit. 


Dr. Lauren Palmer Freitag, DMD

Lauren Palmer Freitag was born in Chicago, Illinois and moved to Georgia when she was 6 years old. Growing up, Lauren played travel fast pitch softball and attended Milton High School. Upon graduation from Milton High School, Lauren attended Auburn University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology in 2011. After college, she moved to Louisville, Kentucky to pursue an education in dentistry at the University of Louisville School of Dentistry. Lauren was inducted into Omicron Kappa Upsilon, a prestigious dental honor society, and graduated Summa Cum Laude. While in dental school, Lauren met her fiancé, Josh Freitag, who also graduated from University of Louisville School of Dentistry. They plan to marry in May 2016. Some of Lauren's favorite things to do are attend Auburn football games with her family (War Eagle!), cheer on the Louisville Cardinals men's basketball team (Go Cards!), spend time at the beach, and spoil her two dogs, Bentley and Bristol.


Our staff has been hand-selected to serve our clients in both our Cumming and Dawsonville locations. Many of them have been with us for over 15 years. Continuing education, certification and learning about progressive dental treatments are all priorities we take on as a team and strive to stay current on emerging trends and procedures in the dental field.  We look forward to serving you in the near future.