Even while I was in middle school, elementary school, I always liked to do things with my hands, whether it was basket weaving, model airplane, building cabinets. So I've always had this relationship between my mind and my hand that was working. Also, one of the key things is I had a cousin years ago that was a dentist in Chicago, and it seemed to be a very good profession for him as well. About 1969, the Medical College of Georgia was getting ready to start a dental school, and they actually came down and they made a pretty good pitch about recruiting. So I feel like everyone is given an assignment in life by God and my assignment is dentistry, and it's not work to me. I get the same enjoyment out of dentistry as I do fishing, cooking, making wine and things like that.
So when I wake up in the morning, it's not I don't want to go to work. I look forward to going to work to see what problems we might solve for people this day. I like to look at this place as pretty much a one-stop shop. Whatever your dental needs are, we have the solution to that, and we don't have to send you one place for one thing, another place for another thing, another place. We take care. There are cases that we do refer out. I think specialists needed to see the very complicated cases, so we send those out. But the regular things that's general mill, without complication, we take care of those in house.
Dr. Matthew McRae, Jr. has been serving the Athens community and surrounding areas with quality and professional dental services by the grace of God for well over three decades. Dr. McRae received his undergraduate degree from Fort Valley State University and his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University (formerly the Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry).
Dr. McRae received his Fellowship with the Academy of General Dentistry in 1983 and his Mastership with the Academy of General Dentistry in 1993. Dr. McRae loves to hone his expertise through continuing education courses. A dentist who continues his education becomes an expert, and that dentist is Dr. McRae. He has studied at the prestigious Pankey Institute, Sterling Management, and the Medical University of South Carolina for implant dentistry.
Dr. McRae’s professional organizational memberships include:
- The Academy of General Dentistry
- Georgia Dental Society
- Christian Dental Society
- Clarke County Dental Society
- National Dental Association
- Implantology Dental Society
Dr. McRae was presented with the distinguished Alumnus Award by the School of Dentistry Alumni at the Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University. Dr. McRae cofounded the school’s McRae-Orrington Dental Scholarship. He has also served on the school’s Foundation Board.
His community involvement includes:
- Boys & Girls Club of America, past Board Member
- Athens Area Human Relations Council, established Annual Scholarship
- Athens Area Health Fairs, Exhibitor
He holds membership in social organizations including Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, and One Hundred Percenters, Inc.
Dr. McRae is an elder at Church of The Nations, where he is very active with missions. Dr. McRae annually serves individuals in Nicaragua with their dental needs. He is one of the founders and supporters of Los Playoas School in Nicaragua.
He and his wife, Barbara, have four children and many beautiful grandchildren.