The mission of the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) is to serve the needs and represent the interests of general dentists, to promote the oral health of the public, and to foster continued proficiency of general dentists through quality continuing dental education in order to better serve the public. From continuing education to government relations to networking opportunities, the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) is the only organization that exclusively represents the interests and serves the needs of the general dentist.
AGD LICENSING BOARD
The AGD takes the pressure of organizing CE off the general dentist. The AGD Licensing Board Transcript is customized to show the specific requirements a member needs to renew their license in their state/province.
The AGD offers the only achievement-based awards in general dentistry—the prestigious Fellowship (FAGD) and Mastership (MAGD) awards. You can also track your progress toward the FAGD or MAGD with the AGD Award Transcript.
The South Carolina constituent of the AGD is the voice of general dentists in our state. It is the only organization committed to representing exclusively the concerns and interests of general dentists. Because even a seemingly insignificant change in law or regulation can have a major impact on patient treatment and management of a dental office, it is crucial that general dentists have input regarding legislative policies that affect their profession.
From continuing education (CE) opportunities to networking events and career advice, the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) is the only organization that exclusively represents the interests and serves the needs of future general dentists like you. Join the AGD today, and let us guide you toward success throughout dental school, graduation, and beyond!
Bethany A. Herbert, Ph.D., DMD
Dr. Bethany A. Herbert earned her Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) from the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) after graduating from the College of Charleston where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in biology and received the Presidential Scholarship. While attending dental school, she was awarded a fellowship from the National Institutes of Health for her research, which focused on the science of gum disease.
Dr. Herbert’s background in education makes her extremely interested in furthering her dental training by attending continuing education meetings and participating in local study clubs. Dr. Herbert is a member of the South Carolina Dental Association, American Dental Association, and the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD). She currently serves on the board of directors for South Carolina AGD to help bring continuing education to dentists in the area. Dr. Herbert also volunteers as a Donated Dental Services provider for patients with disabilities.
Amanda Komisarow, DMD
Amanda Komisarow is from Atlanta, Georgia and currently practices in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina at her office Pleasant Smiles. She earned her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the Medical University of South Carolina and completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency at the Veterans Affairs hospital in Birmingham, Alabama. Dr. Komisarow is an active member of the Seattle Study Club, South Carolina Dental Association and Academy of General Dentistry.
Lina A. Miraziz, DDS, FAGD
Lina A. Miraziz is from Spartanburg, SC and currently practices in Cowpens. She earned her Doctor or Dental Surgery degree from the University of Maryland, and completed her General Practice Residency at Palmetto Health Richland. Dr. Miraziz earned her FAGD award in July 2020. She is an active member of SCDA and AGD. She enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and two children, along with their new puppy.
Geng Tian, DMD
Dr. Tian is originally from Jinan, China and is currently practicing in the greater Columbia area. After finishing his undergrad studies at the University of Minnesota, he earned his DMD degree from the University of Pittsburgh, and then completed a general dentistry residency at the Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, NY. Dr. Tian has been an AGD member since 2014 and is proud to join the leadership team to better serve the members. Outside of dentistry, he enjoys cooking, traveling, and spending time with his family.
Brandi Hair, DMD
Dr. Brandi Hair is a passionate clinician with a strong dedication to diversity, community health, and education. Dr. Hair earned her degree in Secondary Mathematics Education at the College of Charleston. She continued her education in Charleston by matriculating into the Medical University of South Carolina’s James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine, where she obtained a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree. Following completion of dental school, Dr. Hair traveled to New York City for general practice residency. She later returned to South Carolina to provide mobile dental services to underserved communities. Now, Dr. Brandi Hair pursues her passions through general dentistry, organized dentistry, and social media. A member of the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) since 2018, she is excited to actively contribute to South Carolina AGD’s Board of Directors as Editor, encouraging fellow dentists to embrace a career of lifelong learning.
Ronald S. Wilson, DMD, FAGD
Immediate Past President
Ronald S. Wilson is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and obtained his DMD from the Medical University of South Carolina after which he practiced briefly in his hometown of Myrtle Beach as well as Charleston before settling in Greenvilles, SC in 2002 where he opened Greenville Smiles. He has one daughter, Carolina, who is a sophomore in USC’s Honors College this year, following in her father’s footsteps. He has instilled in his daughter his love for music and film, which he considers to be one of his greatest accomplishments. He has been involved with organized dentistry through both the ADA and AGD and has held leadership positions in each throughout the years. It was his pleasure to serve the SC AGD as its President in 2022.
John C. Comisi, DDS, MAGD
SC AGD Parliamentarian and Region 19 Parliamentarian
Dr. Comisi practiced general dentistry successfully in Ithaca, NY for 35 years before relocating to Charleston, South Carolina in August 2017 to join the faculty at the Medical University of South Carolina James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine where he is an Associate Professor of Restorative Dentistry. He is the Course Director for the College’s Operative Dentistry II (adhesive and esthetic dentistry) Course, Chair of the Oral Rehabilitation Department’s Dental Materials Committee, Course Director of the Dental Sleep Medicine Elective, the first of its kind interdisciplinary course at MUSC and past Infection Control Officer for the College. Dr. Comisi is currently the President of the South Carolina Dental Association. A graduate of Northwestern University Dental School, he received his Bachelor of Science in Biology at Fordham University. He is a respected Thought Leader, author, speaker, and consultant who contributes regularly to the dental literature. He is an Editorial Board Member and a reviewer for several peer reviewed dental publications and a member of the American Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, Academy of Dental Materials, the American Academy of Cariology, the American Association for Oral Systemic Health, the International Association of Dental Research, the American Association for Dental, Oral and Craniofacial Research, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, the Academy of Clinical Sleep Disease Disorders and the Academy Sleep Breathing Academy. Dr. Comisi is an Emeritus Member and Master of the Academy of General Dentistry, and holds Fellowships in the Academy of Dentistry International, the American College of Dentists, the Pierre Fauchard Academy, and the International College of Dentists. He holds a Certificate in Dental Sleep Medicine from the Academy of Clinical Sleep Disease Disorders (C-ACSDD) and is a Diplomate of the American Sleep Breathing Academy (D’ASBA).
Christopher T. Griffin DMD, FAGD
AGD Examination Council Chair and AGD Examination Materials Committee Chair
Dr. Griffin is a native of Abbeville, SC. He graduated the College of Charleston in 1989 and the Medical University of South Carolina School of Dentistry (Charleston, SC) in 1993. Before returning to the Abbeville / Greenwood area, he completed a hospital based general practice residency at Richland Memorial Hospital (now referred to as Palmetto Health Richland Hospital) in Columbia, SC. Upon returning home, Dr. Griffin acquired the dental practice of retiring dentist Dr. Edward “Pete” Petit and has practiced for the last 29 years in Greenwood, SC. He is involved with numerous leadership roles in dental organizations on the local, state and national levels which include the South Carolina Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, Academy of Operative Dentistry and the Pierre Fauchard Academy. On the local level his charitable endeavors include programs such as the Greater Greenwood United Ministries, United Christian Ministries of Abbeville County, Healthy Learners, and the South Carolina Dental Association Dental Access Days as well as participation in with international mission teams. His wife of 29 years is Kim McCurry Griffin and they have two boys Taylor (age 25) and Tucker (age 23).
Jeffrey J Gardner, DMD, MAGD
AGD Region 19 Director
Dr. Jeff Gardner graduated from The Medical University of South Carolina College of Dental Medicine in 1992. He is involved in many professional organizations including The South Carolina Dental Association, The Seattle Study Club, The Academy of General Dentistry, and is a past president of The Coastal District Dental Society. Dr. Gardner is the chair of the leadership council of The South Carolina Donated Dental Services. He received his Mastership in The Academy of General Dentistry (MAGD) in 2015. This award requires the completion of 1100 hours of approved continuing education courses. At least 400 of the hours require “hands-on” coursework. Only 2% of dentists in the United States have achieved this high honor. Dr. Gardner is married to Roberta Gardner with whom he has two daughters, Sophie and Lydia. His hobbies include running, soccer, metal detecting, fishing, and flying his drone.
William A. Burn, III, DMD, MAGD
AGD Region 19 Trustee
Dr. William Burn is a semi-retired dentist from Irmo, SC. He graduated from dental school at the Medical University of South Carolina in 1986, then went on to complete general practice residency at Palmetto Richland Hospital. Dr. Burn earned his Mastership in the Academy of General Dentistry in 2014. He is an SC AGD Past President and currently serves on the AGD Board of Trustees as the Region 19 Trustee. Currently, Dr. Burn enjoys woodworking, furniture repair/refinishing, boating, and being “Poppy” to five (5) grandchildren.
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