Smiles By Design - Team


Dr. Austin Rahaim

  • “Making people smile is my passion. Having the opportunity to work with so many unique personalities through my practice is a blessing that I am very thankful for. I love that I can use my expertise to give people confidence, and most of all, I love to make people smile.” – Dr. Austin Rahaim
  • Dr. Rahaim believes in creating lasting friendships with his orthodontic patients. In working with his younger patients, he is not only changing their lives through orthodontic treatments, but also mentoring them as they grow up before his eyes. By treating each patient as an individual, Dr. Rahaim can create customized treatment plans to ensure that the patient’s desired goals are met efficiently and without discomfort.
  • He is always available to patients and parents to answer questions about treatments and the progress being made. Dr. Rahaim’s warm and unassuming approach to his work puts even the timid patients immediately at ease, and his gentle and careful nature provides further reassurance that they are safe and have nothing to worry about.

    • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Louisiana State University
    • Doctor of Dental Medicine, Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
    • Certificate of Orthodontics and Master of Science, University of Tennessee Health Science Center
    • Knowing that he must stay at the forefront of changes in orthodontic treatments, options, and techniques to best serve his patients, Dr. Rahaim is passionate about pursuing continuing education coursework. He regularly participates in conferences, lectures, and symposiums.


    • American Board of Orthodontics Certified
    • American Association of Orthodontists
    • Southern Association of Orthodontists
    • American Dental Association
    • Mississippi Dental Association
    • Greater Gulfport Dental Study Club


    Dr. Rahaim’s favorite times are those spent laughing with his three children and family, but he also enjoys working out, golfing, skiing, following the LSU Tigers football and baseball teams, and watching a good movie.

    Smiles By Design - Dr. Cherry


    • Raised in Biloxi, MS, Dr. Denise Cherry completed her undergraduate degree at Alabama A&M University on a full tennis scholarship.
    • She obtained her general dentistry degree from the University of Mississippi Medical Center. She completed a 2-year orthodontics residency at Howard University.
    • Dr. Cherry has returned to her hometown to serve the gulf coast. When she is not in the office, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, reading, walking, trying new foods, and watching a good movie.

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