"My name is Rick McNeely and I was born and raised in Swainsboro, GA.
Growing up, I loved to play baseball, waterski at the lake, hunt, fish, and spend time with my family.
After graduating from Swainsboro High School in 2010, I attended my local community college, East Georgia College, for two years. While at EGC I had the chance to serve as a representative for the student government association and gave tours of the school as a student ambassador. I then transferred to the University of Georgia to obtain my Bachelor of Science in Biology, which I received in Fall of 2015. While there, I was part of the pre-dental society and involved in Prince Avenue Baptist church collegiate ministry. I also enjoyed cheering on the Dawgs on Saturdays and playing intramural sports.
I was then accepted into the Dental College of Georgia Class of 2019. During my first three years of dental school, I had the opportunity to serve on three different mission trips to Haiti. On my third mission trip to Haiti, I met my wonderful fiancé, Sydney Bush. We are now engaged to be married on December 28 th , 2019.
When I was a child, I remember going to the dentist’s office for a check-up and being intrigued by all of the technology and tools. As I got older and began thinking of a future career, I shadowed various professionals and healthcare providers. After shadowing, much research, and thought I decided that the career that I was most excited about and wanted to pursue was dentistry. I determined that dentistry was an avenue by which I could help those in need and have a career to support a family. Dentistry is important to me because teeth are necessary for daily life; they are also one of the first things someone notices about a person. Good dental hygiene is also an indicator of the overall health of an individual. A good smile and teeth can not only help a person stay pain-free, but can help them to feel better about themselves and have more self-confidence. Dentistry is the type of profession that there will always be a need for, and can be practiced in the largest of cities or the smallest of rural areas.
My hope has always been to return to a rural area and provide a needed service to the citizens of my community. I am excited to have this opportunity to move to Albany and begin serving the people in this area by helping take care of their dental needs."
- Dr. McNeely