The Mazzawis: A Dental Dynasty
If the “Guinness Book of World Records” had an entry for the family with the most dentists, the Mazzawis of Snellville, Ga., might be contenders. That, according to the book’s advertising, would make them “officially amazing.” To avoid confusion, the family dentists are known by their middle names. There’s Dr. Mark, Dr. Matt, Dr.
Miles, Dr. Marty, and Dr. Megan, all graduates of the College of Dental Medicine and children of Hugh and Anne Mazzawi, who are also dentists (Yes, Dr. Hugh and Dr. Anne!). The parents met while attending Emory University School of Dentistry, where Dr. Anne was the only female student to graduate with her class.
After graduation, they married, founded Mazzawi Family Dentistry in Snellville, now a part of Metro Atlanta, and began raising children. “The practice was always a family affair,” Dr. Anne said. “The kids had chores there. Our patients knew them, and we knew our patients’ children.” “I think we absorbed much more than we thought during those years,” Dr. Matt said.
From day one, the Mazzawis have supported organizations that provide oral health services, including the Shriners, Medicaid, and the High Hope organization. Today, those initiatives include Gala for Smiles, Brighter Smiles for Brighter Futures,the Georgia Baptist Dental Mission, and the Hebron Dental Clinic. The practice also sponsors athletic programs at local schools to nurture strong and healthy children. Dr. Hugh volunteers to help senior dental students at the Ben Massell Dental Clinic in Atlanta, and Dr. Mark has worked with Doctors Without Borders and has traveled as far as Cusco, Peru, to provide treatment to orphans with no access to care. The siblings are also busy raising their own children, who visit the practice often… and just may keep the family’s dental tradition going.
A Fitting Tribute
The Mazzawi children recently honored their parents, Drs. Hugh and Anne Mazzawi, with an endowment at the Emile T. Fisher Foundation for Dental Education for Georgia, through which they will fund an annual scholarship for a deserving dental student at GRU’s College of Dental Medicine. The student must desire to practice in a rural area.
Matt Mazzawi, (DMD ‘98), presented the scholarship on behalf of his family to this year’s recipient, Nathan Raley, a sophomore from Lawrenceville, Ga., at the school’s “Welcome Back Ceremony” on August 21, 2013.
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By: Betty Sosnin
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