Learn what we do our qualifications in dentistry and who we are in life.
Dr. Edwin I. Swords III, D.D.S.
Dr. Edwin I. Swords III has been a practicing dentist in Canton since 1985. He is a dedicated professional who constantly seeks to provide the best possible dental care for each of his patients. Raised in Canton, Dr. Swords graduated from Jacksonville University in Florida. Following in his father’s footsteps, he subsequently earned his Doctorate of Dental Surgery at Emory University in Atlanta. Dr. Swords is a longstanding member of the Georgia Dental Association and American Dental Association. Striving to meet and exceed the standards of his profession, he regularly attends seminars and study groups.
Dr. Swords believes in using conservative, cosmetic dental techniques to improve his patient’s smiles. His goal is to use functional dental solutions to create a positive impact on a patient’s overall appearance and total oral health.
Dr. Swords enjoys staying active in his community. He has served as past president of the Canton Optimist Club, Canton Rotary club member, Board of Directors for the Flying Doctors of America, as well as on the Board of Directors of Medical Expedition International.
Having a passion for missions, Dr. Swords has participated in numerous medical mission trips to Mexico, Ecuador, Venezuela and Peru providing dental care to people in impoverished areas. He presently serves on a board that oversees the Village of the Children, an orphanage in Cachora, Peru, which cares for children that have been abandoned in surrounding, remote villages.
Dr. Swords and his wife, Dana, have three children, Austin, Trent and Natalie. In his spare time, he enjoys golfing, cycling and spending time with his family.
Dr. Matthew Phelps, D.M.D.
After graduation from the University of Georgia, Dr. Phelps was accepted to the Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry where he earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine in 1997. He then returned home to Canton, Georgia where he grew up and joined in practice with Dr. Edwin Swords and his father. Together they have built a dental practice centered on comprehensive care, exceptional quality, and service to the patient.
Dr. Phelps has completed hundreds of hours of advanced training in sedation dentistry, implant dentistry, administration of injectable pharmacologics, and oral surgery. He is currently a part-time attending faculty member of the Georgia Health Sciences University School of Dentistry where he covers clinic for the General Practice Residents. He is also dedicated to the newest advancements and latest technologies available in modern dentistry. Dr. Phelps was instrumental in bringing the first general practice Cone Beam CT scanning machine to Cherokee County. He is an active member of the ADA, GDA, AAFE, and Northwest District Dental Society.
Dr. Phelps is also committed to being involved in his hometown community. He is Past President and an active member of the Canton Rotary Club, previous member of the Canton Downtown Development Board, Youth Soccer Coach and team sponsor. He serves on Reinhardt University President’s Advisory Board. He routinely donates helicopter rides to worthy civic causes and has traveled with the Flying Doctors of America on numerous mission trips to Peru and Mexico.
Dr. Phelps has two boys, Cooper and Cohen. In his spare time, he enjoys flying, working out, running, hiking, mountain biking, skiing, and spending time with his family and friends.
Dr. John Phelps, D.M.D.
Dr. John T. Phelps has been a Canton resident for over 30 years. He graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science Degree and then attended the Medical College of Georgia where he received his Doctorate of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.) in 2001. In 2001, he joined Swords and Phelps Dentistry where his brother, Dr. S. Matthew Phelps practiced. He is known as “Dr. John” by patients and staff to differentiate between him and his brother.
Dr. John has extensive experience in a wide range of dental services for patients that seek to improve the function or design of their smiles. He attends numerous continuing education courses and stays abreast on the latest dental technology so his patients can have confidence that they are receiving the most proficient and comprehensive care possible. Dr. John has advanced training in the area of endodontics and performs virtually all root canals in the office, including molar endodontics.
Donating his time and clinical skills to perform needed dentistry, Dr. John has traveled on several missionary trips with the Flying Doctors of America in Mexico and Venezuela.
Dr. John and his wife, Kim, reside in Ball Ground. Despite his dental achievements, his proudest accomplishment is his son, Reuben. In his spare time, Dr. John enjoys golf, playing the guitar, shooting sports and spending time with his family.
Dr. Peter Congiundi, D.D.S.
Dr. Congiundi began his career in the field of dentistry in 1976 when he graduated from Pensacola Junior College with an A.S. degree in Dental Hygiene. He has practiced full time as a registered dental hygienist for 3 years in south Florida before returning to further his career in dentistry as a practicing dentist. Beginning in 1979 and for the next six years as Dr. Congiundi completed undergraduate and graduate school, he continued to practice as a dental hygienist, part time, around his academic schedule in Florida and Georgia. He graduated from the University of Florida with Bachelor’s degree in Health Science in 1981 and continued on to Emory University School of Dentistry where he graduated in 1985 with his Doctorate in Dental Surgery, receiving 3 individual awards for excellence in dentistry.
Dr. Congiundi practiced general dentistry for 11 years in the south central Florida area, incorporating implant restorative dentistry into his practice. During this time he received his fellowship in implant dentistry from the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. He is also a member of the Pierre Fouchard Academy, an International Dental Honor Society.
He then relocated to the panhandle area of Florida where he limited his practice to the field of Endodontics. He practiced in Pensacola for 20 years before selling his practice and retiring to the north Georgia area in 2016. He is a past member of the American Dental Association, Florida Dental Association and local dental societies.
He practices using an operational dental microscope on every procedure, both conventional endodontics and surgical endodontics. He is also a past charter member of the Academy for Microscope Enhanced Dentistry.
He and his wife, Sharon, enjoy hiking and traveling both in the USA and abroad. Dr. Congiundi also enjoys playing the guitar and drums for relaxation, sport clay shooting, high performance track driving and is a nationally certified driving instructor for high performance track driving. He enjoys auto mechanics and performs most repairs and maintenance to his and his wife’s automobiles.
Dr. Kallie L. Brock, D.M.D.
Dr. Kallie L. Brock is a native of Woodstock, GA. She graduated from the University of Georgia with Bachelor of Science in Biology, cum laude with honors. After graduation, she attended dental school at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, earning her Doctorate of Dental Medicine degree.
Dr. Kallie spent a year after dental school in General Practice Residency at the Palmetto Health Richland hospital in Columbia, SC, where she served as chief resident. She was even nominated for the prestigious “Resident of the Year” award, the first time a dental resident was considered for the honor. There she received advanced training in sedation dentistry and implant dentistry as well as general dentistry. She spent time taking care of veterans at the Dorn VA Hospital Dental Clinic where she had advanced training in anesthesia and airway management. The hospital environment gave Dr. Kallie a unique experience in providing care for medically complex patients and interacting with other health care professionals.
Professionally, she is involved with Academy of General Dentistry on a national level. Since 2010, she has authored a column for the AGD’s Impact and currently serves as a consultant on the Communications Council. Her other professional memberships include the ADA and GDA. As a dental student, Dr. Kallie traveled to the Dominican Republic and Costa Rica for dental mission work.
Dr. Kallie looks forward to seeing patients of all ages and needs. She is passionate about conservative dentistry, implantology, and providing cosmetic, natural restorations for her patients. Although her formal education is complete, she enjoys taking continuing education courses to stay up-to-date with the latest dental advancements.
In her free time, she enjoys Crossfit and spending time with her husband and their two children, Timothy and Ellie. She is excited to practice in the community she grew up in!
Dr. Andrew McCanless, D.M.D.
Dr. Andrew McCanless is a lifelong resident of Canton. He and his wife Betty have been married for 44 years. They have three sons: Andy Jr., David, and Michael. He has been in dental practice for 39 years. He graduated from Cherokee High School in 1969 and The University of Georgia in 1973. The next year he earned a degree in Medical Technology from the Medical College of Georgia. He was employed at Athens General Hospital in Athens, GA, for three years before returning to school at The Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry. He graduated with a D.M.D. Degree and received a Certificate of Merit in Oral Medicine in 1982.
After graduation he became an associate with Dr. Jimmy Bellamy in Canton. In 1990 he started his own practice in Peachtree Corners, GA, where he practiced for 23 years. He retired from his practice in 2013 and began working part-time at several dental offices in the Atlanta area. In 2020 he was fortunate to be asked to join the practice of Swords and Phelps!
Dr. McCanless is a life member of the American Dental Association, the Georgia Dental Association, and the Northern District Dental Society. Over the years he has attended hundreds of hours of continuing education courses sponsored by the ADA and dental schools. He is grateful for a long career of improving patients’ smiles and relieving their pain when they’re in trouble.
Dr. McCanless is enjoying his leisure time with Betty and his sons: traveling, camping in their RV, biking, gardening, reading, and taking photos.
In Memory (1921-2013)
Dr. Edwin Swords Jr., D.D.S.
Dr. Edwin I. Swords, Jr. is the founder of the Swords and Phelps Dental practice. Growing up in Illinois, Dr. Swords, Jr. graduated from Eastern Illinois University before serving in World War II from 1943-1946. After serving in the military, he received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery in 1950 from Emory University in Atlanta.
Dr. Swords, Jr. opened the original dental office in Canton just off Main Street in 1951, and in 1975 he moved it near its current location off Waleska Road. His goal was to have a practice dedicated to experienced dentistry and commitment to the patient relationship. Over fifty years later, that practice is still thriving, and many patients are second and third generation. The staff at Swords and Phelps Dentistry is longstanding and devoted, and many have been working in the dental practice for 10 to over 40 years. Even having retired for several years, Dr. Swords, Jr. still used to come to the office to visit with his former patients. He and his wife, Jackie, lived in Canton. Together, they have 3 adult children and 10 grandchildren. He enjoyed hiking, gardening, and participating in the Peachtree Road Race each year as one of the oldest runners.
Edwin I. Swords, Jr. is pictured here practicing dentistry in 1963 at the original office building located on the second floor above the Smith Grocery Store, situated in the vicinity of what is now the Cherokee County Board of Education Building on Canton’s Main Street.