Dr. Brian Pugh
Dr. Brian Pugh, along side his partner Dr. Anthony Didato, have been the driving force behind Athens Endodontics. A native of South Carolina, Dr. Pugh received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Clemson University and then continued his education at the Medical University of South Carolina, where he earned his Doctor of Medical Dentistry (DMD) degree. After six years practicing general dentistry in Columbia, SC, Dr. Pugh entered a rigorous two-year residency at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry, where he completed his specialty training in endodontics. This sets Dr. Pugh apart from others in the field of dentistry as an expert in root canal therapy and related root end surgery. Since graduating from dental school in 1996 and opening our office here in Gwinnett county in 2003, Dr. Pugh has performed over 20,000 successful root canals.
Dr. Pugh and his wife, Leah, live in Duluth and are proud of their two sons. Tristan is a student at the University of Georgia and Brooks attends Greater Atlanta Christian School. When he is not in the office, Dr. Pugh enjoys traveling, scuba diving, tennis and most importantly being a husband and Dad. Dr. Pugh looks for opportunities to serve others and has travelled as far away as India providing dental care to some of the world’s poorest people.
Not only does Dr. Pugh possess a wealth of knowledge and experience in his field, but he also has the compassion and caring that makes good doctors great. He will work closely with your general dentist to provide you with the best possible care.
Dr. Anthony Didato
Dr. Anthony Didato is a Board Certified Endodontist who has embraced his opportunity to serve the Athens community. Growing up in Snellville, he is excited to be back serving close to home. Dr. Didato split his college education at Clemson University and University of Georgia. He received a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences in 2006 from University of Georgia. He continued his education at the Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry, where he received his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree in 2011. During his dental school career, Dr. Didato was honored to participate in the French Dental Student Exchange program, was inducted into Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society, and received the American Association of Endodontist Student Award.
Dr. Didato completed his endodontic training and residency at the Medical College of Georgia in 2013. In addition to extensive clinical training, his residency included research that led to publication in the Journal of Dentistry. Dr. Didato is on staff as an adjunct clinical professor, teaching the next generation by covering the clinic, as well as, delivering lectures in the classroom. Dr. Didato moved to the Atlanta area after residency and served the surrounding suburbs through a multi-doctor office with many office locations, refining his relationships between referring doctors and patients. His professional affiliations include memberships in the American Dental Association, Georgia Dental Association, and the American Association of Endodontists.
Dr. Didato enjoys working out, teaching, and reading.
Shaun Bullard D.M.D, M.S.
As a long time Georgian, Dr. Bullard is ecstatic to return to the Gwinnett County area with his wife and daughter to help provide care to such a special community. Dr. Bullard was born in Miami, Fl and grew up in Lawrenceville, Ga. He received his Bachelors of Science degree in Biological Sciences at Georgia State University. He then relocated back to Florida to attend the University of Florida College of Dentistry where he completed his Doctor of Medical Dentistry Degree (D.M.D). During his time at University of Florida College of Dentistry Dr. Bullard was nominated as President of the Student National Dental Association, and was Student Founder of University of Florida’s Bahamas Mission Trip helping to serve over 800 underserved children on the Island of Andros, Bahamas.
Dr. Bullard also received his Endodontic Specialty Certificate and Master of Science degree in Oral Biology at the University of Florida. During his time in residency he was awarded as a research finalist for two consecutive years for endodontic and clinical research at the American Association of Endodontists Annual Meeting. His professional affiliations include the American Association of Endodontics, American Dental Association, Georgia Dental Association, and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity In. During his free time Dr. Bullard enjoys spending time with daughter and family, community service, mission trips, and enjoying local sport events.
Dr. Alex Dean
Dr. Alex Dean, a third-generation Atlanta native, brings a depth of endodontic expertise to North Atlanta to include Traditional endodontics, Surgical endodontics, and Retreatment endodontics. Dr. Dean attended the University of Georgia where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences while graduating Magna Cum Laude. He then completed his post graduate education at the Dental College of Georgia, formerly known as the Medical College of Georgia, earning his Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.) degree.
Dr. Dean went on to complete his endodontic residency at the University of Florida where he received a Certificate in Endodontics along with a Master of Science (M.S.) Degree in Oral Biology. During residency, Dr. Dean presented research at conferences both nationally and internationally.
His professional affiliations include the American Association of Endodontics, American Dental Association, and the Georgia Dental Association. In his free time, Dr. Dean enjoys cooking, golfing, and traveling with his wife.