Greetings! I am a native of Atlanta, Georgia, married to Thomas Collins, and we have two beautiful daughters, Amber and Gabrielle. It was an awesome Fall day in 1997 when I joined the amazing team of The Rifkin Dental Group. I am still here with a smile on my face, enjoying every day like it’s the first day, and looking forward to many more decades of laughs with you, while making sure that you receive the optimal dental care you deserve!
I attended Floyd College, where I obtained my dental hygiene degree. I have been with The Rifkin Dental Group since 2000. Currently, I live in Acworth with my husband, Tim, and our daughter, Julia. I had many hobbies prior to becoming a mom, but now, when I’m not caring for my patients, I can be found spending time with family and friends or volunteering at church. I take great pride in my work, and enjoy taking care of the children in the practice, talking you through your dental fears and taking care of the “High Maintenance” patients. (You know who you are!) I look forward to seeing you soon.
I’m a native Atlantan and true Georgia Peach. I obtained my associate’s degree in dental assisting at Fortis College and am an alumnus of South Cobb High School. Outside of the office, I love spending time with my daughter, Marley, shopping, and hanging out with friends.
Kate Van Volkenburg
Hi! I am one of the few hygienists on staff here. I have been associated with the practice for over 30 years. Honestly, they didn’t hire me when I was 6! It has been a privilege to help each and every one of you with your dental health. I have loved sharing our lives together. Some of you were just children when you started in the practice, and now I’m treating your children. Thanks for giving me this opportunity. Always remember: floss, brush and SMILE!
Hi! For those that have never met me, I’m Tara. I started in dentistry in high school. For the last 20 years, I have continued in the field; first as an assistant and then as a hygienist. When I’m not working at The Rifkin Dental Group, I’m busy with my other full-time job as chauffeur and concierge for my two daughters (Aidyn and Kenzie). My husband, Matt, and I share those duties and the duty of caring for our Belgian Malinois (Brutus).
EXPANDED DUTIES DENTAL ASSISTANT
I am an army brat, having traveled and lived all over the country. I am a proud mother of four, that loves traveling and watching sports. I have been in the dental field since 2000, and joined The Rifkin Dental Group in the winter of 2018. Looking forward to spending many more years with you all.
INSURANCE/ FINANCIAL COORDINATOR
Hello! I’m a native of the Jersey Shore. I relocated to Atlanta, GA in the Summer of 2004. I am the mother of two, and love playing softball, listening to all genres of music, and making others smile. My journey in the dental field began in 2008, and in the Summer of 2016 I joined the amazing The Rifkin Dental Group team. This has been very exciting for me and I look forward to getting to know you all.
EXPANDED DUTIES DENTAL ASSISTANT/ SLEEP SPECIALIST
I’m one of the many accents in the office, but the only true southern one you will hear. I was born and raised in Southwest Georgia, and found my way to Atlanta in 2012. I started exploring the dental field in 2006, but took a little time off to pursue a career in the beauty industry. I have had the pleasure of working with some great dental teams, however in 2017 I found my home away from home here at The Rifkin Dental Group. Outside of working, I love spending time with my husband, Chuck, our son Graham, and our two fur babies, Jack and Taz.