Dr. Maris received his D.D.S. degree from Emory University School of Dentistry in Atlanta. Prior to that, his Bachelor of Arts degree in chemistry was awarded from the University of South Florida in Tampa. While in college and then in dental school he worked as a research chemist with the Food and Drug Administration in Washington, D.C. His field was biological research with pharmaceuticals.

After receiving his D.D.S. during the Viet Nam War, Dr. Maris volunteered for military service and served as Chief of Prosthetics at Forbes Air Force Base in Topeka, Kansas, with the rank of Captain. He received additional training in crowns, bridges, and removable prosthetics at Lowry Air Force Base in Denver, Colorado. Forbes AFB was home for C-130 aircraft and crews. They delivered supplies for ground troops and support personnel in Viet Nam, Thailand, and other Southeast Asian operations. He received the Exemplary Performance of Duty Award for treating the flight crews while they were stateside.

Fitzgerald, Georgia, became his home of choice in 1973 after military service. His first office was on North Grant Street. A new office was constructed on Perry House Road in 1978 where the practice is today, over 38 years in the same community.

Dr. Maris is a member of numerous honorary dental organizations. Membership is proposed by fellow dentists. They include Honorable Fellowships in:

            The American College of Dentists

            The International College of Dentists

            The Pierre Fauchard Academy

            The Georgia Academy of Dental Practice

            Honorable Fellowship, the Georgia Dental Association

As a member of organized dentistry he is a Life Member of the American and Georgia Dental Associations. He received the Chairman of the Year Award for creating and serving on the “Special Care Committee”. Volunteer service included 9 years service to the American Dental Association representing dentists of Southwest Georgia to the American Dental Association governing body. He wrote monthly columns for “Action, The Journal of the Georgia Dental Association” for many years. He also wrote columns for the local paper, “The Herald-Leader”.

Locally Dr. Maris served on the now dissolved Fitzgerald City Board of Education for 15 years. He has served as a member and Chairman of the Board at Central United Methodist Church. Additional volunteer service was to The Boy Scouts of America serving as Scoutmaster, Troup Committee Chairman, and Yellow Pine District Chairman. He received the highest council adult award for volunteers, The Silver Beaver. A higher award for an adult in his opinion is being the father of two Eagle Scouts, Joseph and Jeffrey. In preparation for Boy Scout service he with his family, including his spouse, Margie, received the Cub Scout Family award.

He is a member of the Fitzgerald Rotary Club since 1974 with awards including: Service Above Self , Will Watt Fellow and Paul Harris Fellow.

After 40 active practice years his interest is still in continuing education and patient care. He exceeds license renewal required hours for education as a passion. Exposure to the latest techniques with experience based evaluation is essential for quality care. “In the patient’s best interest” is a premise in the profession.

Hobbies include travel, hunting and fishing. Grandchildren live in Denver and Seattle. History and genealogy provide other hobby and travel opportunity. Tracing Georgia roots leads him back to a soldier ancestor in Lachland McIntosh’s Georgia Revolutionary War Army. Four great grandfathers served in the Confederate Army. Other roots lead to the founding of Jamestown and Williamsburg, Virginia. He is a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and is eligible for membership in the Sons of the American Revolution. “Genealogy is a hobby to personally connect with history and not an exercise to proclaim any special status on the past accomplishments of ancestors.” Not connected with Fitzgerald’s founding, he supports the Blue and Gray Museum. During his travel it is difficult for him to pass an historical marker without stopping.

Dr. Maris continues to live and work in the Fitzgerald community with a bright eye on the future of innovative care delivery and community involvement.

The staff includes two dental hygienists, an expanded duty dental assistant, an appointment coordinator and a financial coordinator.  All staff members are dedicated to the practice of dentistry.  They strive, along with Dr. Maris, to provide patients with the most competent dental care.  Questions concerning treatment and payment options are always welcomed.  The staff uses knowledge and skills with an average of 20 years experience to fulfill your dental needs. 







171 Perry House Rd
Fitzgerald, GA 31750