Meet Dr. Melisa Rathburn

Dr. Melisa Rathburn grew up in Texas and Louisiana, attended Louisiana State University, and received her D.D.S. from Marquette University School of Dentistry. She then received her advanced training in Orthodontics at Emory University and has practiced with her husband, Dr. Michael Stewart, as part of Atlanta Orthodontic Specialists, since 1990. Their son, Dr. Tyler Rathburn, joined the practice in 2014.

Dr. Melisa Rathburn


Dr. Rathburn is a member of the American Dental Association, the Georgia Dental Association, the American Association of Orthodontists and the Georgia Association of Orthodontists. She was a founding member of the Center for Craniofacial Disorders at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.


Atlanta Orthodontic Specialists has employed Suresmile 3-D diagnostics, treatment planning and orthodontic treatment since 2004. Dr. Rathburn has lectured worldwide on Suresmile 3-D orthodontic technology and is currently directing the Suresmile training program for Orametrix.


Drs. Rathburn and Stewart are blessed with six children and 7 grandchildren. Dr. Rathburn has served on the Board of Trustees for Holy Innocents’ Episcopal school where her children attended school and coached soccer and basketball where she is known in the community as “Coach Missy”. She and her husband enjoy skiing, traveling and perpetual home remodeling.