Meet Our Doctors

Dr_Blankenship_04May2015Mark H. Blankenship, D.M.D.

Dr. Blankenship has been serving the Athens area with quality and professional dental care for over 20 years. Dr. Blankenship graduated from Cedar Shoals High School in 1978, received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Georgia in 1982, and received his dental degree (DMD) in 1986 from the Medical College of Georgia.

Dr. Blankenship is a member of the American Dental Association, Georgia Dental Association and the Clarke County Dental Society. He has continued training in new and current dental techniques and technology by attending numerous continuing education courses. Dr. Blankenship is certified in soft tissue laser surgery, CEREC (computer designed porcelain restorations) and Lumineer smile makeovers.

Dr. Blankenship and his experienced, friendly team are committed to providing the highest quality comprehensive dental care for families of all ages in a caring, comfortable environment. We are here to create beautiful smiles, restore dental function and educate patients on how to maintain their dental health for their entire lives.

In addition to dentistry, Dr. Blankenship enjoys his family, golf, music, travel and photography.

Lane V. Barker, D.M.D.

Dr. Barker is originally from Athens, Georgia, where he graduated Valedictorian from Jefferson High School in 1990. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Georgia in 1994. After graduating from Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry in 1998, he returned home to Athens and joined Athena Dental Associates.

Professional Affiliations

  • Member of American Dental Association, Georgia Dental Association, Eastern District Dental Association and Clarke County Dental Association
  • Member of Academy of General Dentistry

Civic Duties

  • Member of various church organizations
  • Past Eagle Scout
  • Secretary of Madison County Youth Association (since 2007)
  • Assistant Coach of football team and Little League baseball team


  • Bowling
  • Fishing
  • Spending time with family and children

Athena Dental Associates

  • Athena Dental Associates - 1020 Hawthorne Ave., Athens, GA 30606 Phone: 706-546-7390 Fax: 706-546-0806

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