Meet Our Doctors

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Wendy Medders Macke D.M.D.

A member of the American Dental Association, Georgia Dental Association, Northern District Dental Society, Academy of General Dentistry, and the Hinman Dental Society.

Born and raised in Athens, Georgia, Wendy Medders Macke graduated from Athens Christian School and attended college at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, where she majored in biology, joined Kappa Delta sorority, made the Dean’s List, was elected to the Alpha Epsilon Delta National Health Preprofessional Honor Society, and received a Bachelor of Science in 1995. She then entered graduate school at the University of Georgia and earned a Master of Science in medical microbiology in 1997. Over the next four years, Dr. Macke worked toward her D.M.D. (Doctor of Dental Medicine) at the Medical College of Georgia’s School of Dentistry in Augusta, Georgia, graduating in 2001. During dental school, Dr. Macke was selected for the Seniors Honors Elective in Oral Surgery and also served an externship with the Indian Health Services at the Crow Indian Reservation in Montana.

Fresh out of dental school in September 2001, Dr. Macke joined a one-woman general dentistry practice in Dunwoody, Georgia to launch her career. Two years later, she became an associate in a large group practice in Alpharetta. “The group practice was a high volume practice and focused more on quantity than quality,” she says. “That wasn’t what I wanted in the long term.” What she wanted, she decided, was her own practice. She and her husband, Comcast Cable executive, Andy Macke, whom she married in 2004, started looking for an existing practice to buy, and also an area where they could put down roots. Nothing was just right. Dr. Macke says, “I was getting very discouraged and thinking about opening a practice from scratch when a business acquaintance of Andy’s said he had a dentist friend who might be interested in selling. That friend turned out to be Dr. Rose.”

Although Dr. Rose wasn’t looking to sell his practice, he agreed to meet with Dr. Macke to explore the possibility. As Dr. Macke tells it: “We discussed where we were in our respective careers, along with our philosophy of dentistry and how we valued the relationships we formed with patients. It was very important to Dr. Rose to find someone who would take care of his patients the way he always had – with personal attention and the highest quality care. We discovered we had the same approach to dentistry and were very compatible.” Dr. Macke had found her “dream practice,” and Dr. Rose his perfect counterpart. However, the deal wasn’t sealed until October 2008 after the arrival of the Mackes’ baby girl, Ellie, in June of that year.

The Mackes now make their home in Alpharetta with their two daughters.


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Carter S. Rose, D.D.S.

A member of the American Dental Association, Georgia Dental Association, and Northern District Dental Society

A Georgia native, Carter S. Rose was born in Porterdale and raised in Marietta. After graduating from Sprayberry High School in 1962, he attended Emory-At-Oxford in Oxford, Georgia for his first two years in college, and then finished at Emory University, earning a Bachelor of Science in chemistry in 1966. During his undergraduate years at Emory, Dr. Rose played on the school’s soccer and tennis teams, and was active in Sigma Chi fraternity and Circle K International, a collegiate organization that promotes service, leadership, and fellowship. He received his Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) from the Emory University School of Dentistry in 1970.

A brand new dentist, Dr. Rose hung out his shingle at 76 Norcross Street in Roswell, Georgia, in January 1971. At that time, Roswell was a small town at the very north end of the metro Atlanta area with only 5,400 residents and three dentists (two of whom were in their 60s).  Dr. Rose joined one of the older dentists for six months before deciding to go into practice for himself. “I wanted to be able to provide the type of dentistry I was taught at Emory,” he says. “And, the area offered a great opportunity. Many Roswell residents were still traveling to Atlanta to a dentist. When I opened the office, local churches, banks, and welcome wagons were so nice to refer patients. After one year, I had a full practice. Now my patients range in age from three to 98 years. Many of those who started with me in 1970 are still active, and I’m seeing four generations of families.” Still at the same address, the office originally was a mobile home that Dr. Rose placed on the small lot he bought on the edge of Roswell’s historic district. The current building was constructed in 1988.

Over his long career, Dr. Rose has earned the respect and trust of his patients for his skill and manner. He credits the success of his practice to “the great instructors” he had in dental school. He says, “They gave me good advice that I still practice: treat the patient as if it’s you in the dental chair; if it’s not broken, don’t fix it; and, always try to make treatment and payment plans patients can live with. This philosophy has proven so well over the years.”

Confident that Dr. Macke has the expertise and persona to continue his brand of compassionate and personalized dental care, Dr. Rose agreed to sell his practice to her and continue working part time. Not yet ready to retire, he welcomes the opportunity to have more leisure time to play golf, go fly fishing, work in the yard, and travel. In January 2010, Dr. Rose and his wife, Charlene, an R.N., volunteered as medical missionaries in Africa. “That experience was so rewarding, there are no words to describe it,” Dr. Rose says. “We have been so fortunate; it’s a way we can give back. Now that I have more time, we’ll continue to do it.”

The Roses, who met at Emory while he was in dental school and she was getting her B.S. in nursing, have been married since 1968. They had four sons – Todd, David, Scott, and Steven, who passed away – and they delight in their five grandchildren – all girls.