Dr. Amit Deokar

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Dr. Karyl C. Patten

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Dr. Donna Wilkerson

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Eve Maschinot

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Regina Nickelson

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Jayce Johnson

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Dr. Karyl C. Patten

Dr. Karyl C. Patten, DDS, MPH
has provided oral health to the underserved for more than twenty years. As Dental Director for Whitefoord, Inc., and Assistant Professor at Emory University School of Medicine, Dr. Patten has transformed the way we deliver public health dental care.

Dr. Patten is a graduate of Fisk University, Meharry Medical College and Emory University. She completed her residency in Hospital Dentistry at George W. Hubbard Hospital, Nashville, Tennessee and received public health training at Rollins School of Public Health and participated in Faculty Development program at Emory University.Under her leadership, Whitefoord, in partnership with Emory University developed a school-based dental program that provides full-service dentistry to underserved populations. The program trains dental students, dental hygiene students, and dental assisting students for challenging but rewarding careers assisting those with the greatest healthcare needs. Dr. Patten holds faculty positions at Georgia Regents School of Medicine and Dentistry, Emory University School of Medicine and serves as an advisor for West Georgia Technical College.

Dr. Patten continues her mission through oral health advocacy, student training, medical volunteerism and mentorship. Her contributions to public health dentistry have been featured on Fox News, the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Gospel Radio and the School Based Health Alliance national website.

In addition to her busy public health roles, Dr. Patten has several civic and social affiliations. She is a member at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, serves on the boards of the American Association of Women Dentists, Thrivent for Lutherans, Elite Women of Excellence and Foundations Chair for Atlanta Chapter Jack and Jill Inc.

Dr. Patten has garnered local, state and national recognition for her programs in school based dental care. She continues to speak nationally, urging Congress to support oral health for the underserved…improving the world one smile at a time.

Dr. Amit Deokar

Meet Whitefoord’s Interim Medical Diector, Dr. Amit Deokar! After completing his medical degree in India, he was inspired to learn about public health and prevention systems in the United States. He received his Master’s in Public Health with a focus on Health Promotion from Northern Illinois University. As a result of this training, he feels that he is a better patient advocate as he integrates public health concepts, health prevention and promotion with clinical medicine.

Following graduate school, Dr. Deokar completed a General Pediatrics residency program at the Marshfield Clinic (a University of Wisconsin affiliate program), which focused on community medicine. Upon graduating from the residency program, he joined the faculty at the University of Kentucky School of Medicine, as an Assistant Professor in the Division of Adolescent Medicine. During the course of his time as faculty, he also received a clinical certificate of training in Adolescent Medicine.

Jayce Johnson

Meet Whitefoord’s Behavioral Health Director, Jayce Johnson, LCSW. An Atlanta native, Jaycee received her Master’s in Social Work from Clark Atlanta University. She is responsible for the coordination and management of our behavioral health programs, and also works directly with outreach programs to secure benefits services for eligible members of our community.

Mrs. Regina Nickelson

Meet Whitefoord’s Nurse Practitioner, Mrs. Regina Nickelson! Mrs. Nickelson received her Family Nurse Practitioner, Masters of Science in Nursing degree from The University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2009, Bachelors of Science in Nursing degree from The University of Southern Mississippi in 2006, Associate of Science in Nursing degree from The University of West Alabama in 2002, and Licensed Practical Nursing certificate from Alabama Southern Community College in 2000. She is currently completing a Doctoral in Nursing Practice degree at The University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Dr. Donna Wilkerson

Dr. Donna Wilkerson holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Spelman College, and earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee. A seasoned dental professional, she was named one of Atlanta’s Best Physicians and Dentists by Atlanta Magazine in 2012, and also owned and operated her own state-of-the-art private dental practice for over 10 years.

Eve Maschinot

Meet Whitefoord’s Nurse Practitioner, Eve Maschinot! Eve is a certified pediatric and family nurse practitioner with almost 30 years of experience in the medical field. She attended Vanderbilt University where she earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing before completing her Masters at Emory’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. Ms. Maschinot has worked in various outpatient settings with both adults and children, and this range of experience makes her an invaluable asset to our health care team.