I decided to join the dental profession as a sophomore in college. I had great interaction with my maternal grandmother growing up, and I always would watch her as in her age bracket where the basic theme was, if a tooth hurts, take it out. So I grew up, well, not quite understanding why her teeth were in a cup.
That prompted me to get interested in dentistry and also to learn more about what I could do to educate how important it is to keep your natural teeth. So I got into dentistry for the preventative aspect, the patient education and the doctor-patient relationship, and I've enjoyed it ever since.
The most rewarding part for me is to see the interaction that I have with the patient, to the point where they understand what their role is in their own health, their responsibilities at home, when they don't see me every six months, in between those visits. And when they come in to be able to sort of give a great report card.
My message to my patients is always call me if you need me, and they know, I always say that. And I pride myself on being available for them, making sure that they're comfortable with what they're getting into. I'm very big about, big on communication.
As long as they know the door is open to get their questions answered, to know exactly what they need and why they need it. And also to help them understand what happens if it's not done. So if there's something that needs to be addressed, that it is done, hopefully within a timely manner, so we can work together to get the problem correct.
Dr. Wolanda Hardy became a dentist so she could educate people on preventive dental care and help them realize how much of a commodity it is to have their natural teeth for a lifetime. She received her Bachelor of Science in chemistry from Benedict College and her Doctor of Dental Surgery from Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry. She began practicing over 20 years ago in 1997 and joined our team in 2020.
Dr. Hardy is a two-time recipient of the Top Dentist Award and the Peer Award in Athens, GA. To serve her patients with the best care possible, she keeps up with the latest in dentistry as a member of the American Dental Association and the Georgia Dental Association.
Dr. Hardy loves seeing her patients’ progress and confidence as they do their part at home to improve their overall oral health. She also enjoys building relationships with families throughout the years. Her calm and reassuring nature helps her patients feel comfortable asking any questions they have about treatment.
Dr. Hardy’s passion for improving lives extends beyond the dental office. Since 2002, she has been an active member of the Timothy Baptist Church, where she serves on the Deaconess Ministry and the Ministry of Helps. She also spends her free time with family and friends, cooking, traveling, and watching basketball games.