Dr. Jariel Norton was born in the small town of Homer, La. He graduated from Homer High School in 2005 as the class valedictorian. He was also named the 2005 Claiborne Parish Student of the year. Dr. Norton was an All Area and All State basketball player in high school, and chose to attend LSU-Shreveport after high school. He lettered as a member of the LSU-Shreveport men’s basketball team for 3 years and graduated cum laude in Biological Sciences in the top 10% of the college of sciences in 2009. Dr. Norton attained his Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree from Texas A&M/Baylor College of Dentistry in 2013. Dr. Norton then completed a 1 year Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency at the Central Texas VA in 2014. Here, he became one of the few general dentists certified in level 3 parental (IV sedation). He also received dental implant placement/restoration training as well as fabrication of sleep apnea devices. Dr. Norton is a current resident of the Comprehensive Implant Residency Program in Birmingham, AL where he performs advanced implant placement, bone grafting, and sinus lift surgery. In the summer of 2017, Dr. Norton will have attained his Fellowship in General Dentistry, an accomplishment of only 7% of the nation’s dentists. Dr. Norton has two sons, Jariel Jr. and Braeden. He says his ultimate goal is to be the program director for an AEGD program and eventually dean of a dental school. “Dentistry is my heart, and as long as I am living I will devote my life to learning as much as possible about my craft,” are his words when asked how he feels about his profession.