Dr. Hedlund completed her undergraduate training at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, where she received her Bachelor of Science Degree. During her time at Baylor University, Dr. Hedlund joined and was active in Chi Omega fraternity. She received her DMD from the Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry in Augusta Georgia and has completed an ADA-accredited program in Advanced General Dentistry at Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas, Texas. She has practiced dentistry in Atlanta since 1994.
Dr. Hedlund has also received extensive training in esthetic dentistry. She has received her certificate in the postgraduate program in esthetic dentistry from Baylor, as well as completing the Comprehensive Esthetic Restorative Continuum at the same institution. During her postgraduate studies at the Medical College of Georgia, she was awarded the Goldstein Esthetic Dentistry Award, which is presented yearly to a senior student who has shown exceptional interest and talent in the area of esthetic dentistry. She is an active member in the Georgia Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, where she is currently an accreditation candidate.
Dr. Hedlund is an associate faculty member of the Dawson Academy. She has received her Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry, an honor held by fewer than 2% of dentists in the country.
The Academy teaches dentists all across the world the essential principles and skills for complete care with concentrations in dental occlusion, temporomandibular joints, and esthetic restorative dentistry. In addition, she serves on the Dental Advisory Council for the Christian Medical Dental Associations, which educates and equips Christian healthcare professionals to serve in the cause of Christ in the world.
Dr. Hedlund has published articles in the Journal of Esthetic Dentistry and the Journal of the American Dental Association. She has served as a contributing editor to the Dental Study Club Journal, which contains reviews from leading clinicians on articles from over seventy-five international dental journals. She also lectures on the subjects of restorative and esthetic dentistry.
Dr. Hedlund is an active contributor to organized dentistry. This began when she served as the first female president of an MCG dental class and a representative to the American Student Dental Association executive council. She is currently a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, American Dental Association, Georgia Dental Association, the Hinman Dental Society and the Academy of General Dentistry, where she has completed over 2,000 hours of continuing education in dental studies.
She has received her Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry; this is an honor held by fewer than two percent of dentists in the country. In July 2006, she became one of the youngest women ever to receive a Mastership from the Academy of General Dentistry.
Outside the Dentist Office
Dr. Hedlund paid for a large portion of her education and received a lot of “smile practice” in the Miss America Scholarship programs. She was second runner-up in Miss Augusta in 1991 and second runner-up in Tennessee’s America Junior Miss Pageant in 1985. Dr. Hedlund’s family and herself are members of Roswell United Methodist Church and has attended Bible Study Fellowship for over 20 years where she served as the Substitute Teaching Leader for five and a half years. Dr. Hedlund is also a Master Scuba Diver.