Michael J. Chalef, D.D.S.

I was born in New York, and came to Atlanta in 1975 to attend Emory University, where I received my  BA in music and chemistry in 1978. I went on to attend Emory University School of Dentistry, graduating in 1982.  Upon graduation, I began my private practice in Sandy Springs, and was also invited back to teach as a clinical instructor of restorative dentistry, where I taught and supervised junior and senior dental students until 1985.  I practice general dentistry, with an emphasis on restorative (crowns, implants, and fillings) and endodontics (root canals).  I currently teach endodontics to senior dental students from the Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry, and I am supervising the General Practice Residents from the Lutheran Medical Center Residency Program based out of Brooklyn, New York.

My professional affiliations are:
  • Assistant Clinical Professor of Oral Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry
  • American Dental Association
  • Georgia Dental Association (Honorable Fellow)
  • Northern District Dental Society
  • Hinman Dental Society (Clinic Captain)
  • Northside Dental Study Club
  • Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity  (Board Member since 1982, President Atlanta Chapter 1999)
  • Ben Massell Dental Clinic (volunteer since 1994, Board Member since 2004)
  • Georgia Mission of Mercy 2013 (Lead Dentist for CAD/CAM CEREC)
  • Elected to Top Dentists of Atlanta 2015

I enjoy many hobbies including golf, woodturning of fine wooden bowls, travel, playing bridge, musical performance (I play oboe and clarinet), bicycling, and flying (I earned my private pilot certificate in 2012).

Married since 1981, my wife Ellen and I reside in Sandy Springs, where we raised our 2 daughters, Amy and Melissa.