• Our Partners

    Dr. Jim Tatum



    Dr. Jim Tatum was born in Savannah, Georgia, and moved to Opelika when he was two. He graduated high school from Lee Academy in Auburn, Alabama.

    He then went on to receive a BS in Chemistry from Auburn University in 1983. In 1987, he graduated from the University of Florida College of Dentistry and spent his first year of private practice with his father, O. Hilt Tatum, Jr., in St. Petersburg, Florida. He has been in private practice ever since in Opelika.

    Dr. Tatum is happily married to his wife, Dottie. They are proud parents of four children, three daughters and one son, and they regularly attend First Baptist Church of Opelika. In Dr. Tatum’s spare time, he enjoys hunting, fishing, and farming. Dr. Tatum is a third-generation dentist; both his father and grandfather, Oscar H. Tatum, Sr., served Opelika for nearly six decades. Like his father and grandfather before him, Dr. Tatum is committed to staying on the cutting edge of dental technology, and he looks forward to meeting your dental needs!

    Dr. Tatum has many distinguished honors and affiliations. These include memberships with:

    • Ninth District Dental Society
    • Alabama Dental Association
    • American Dental Association
    Dr. Sam Kleitches: Sam J. Kleitches DDS | Charlotte, NC
    I’ve been practicing since ‘89, and my top priority has always been the care of my patients. The Guardian partnership allows me to focus on my patient care, maintain the highest standards of dentistry, and do the work that I love without the stresses that come with running a business.– Dr. Kleitches
    Dr. Jake Moon: Savannah Dental Care| Aubrey, TX.
    I can keep doing what I’m doing while working toward partnership.– Dr. Jake Moon
    Dr. Yu: Carp Dental | Philadelphia, PA
    Guardian is different. They recognize potential and award partnership benefits right away.– Dr. Yu
    Drs. Hisham Barakat, Sanae Berrada, Uzma Ansari | Virginia
    Our initial and continued partnership with GDP has exceeded our expectations. We used to dream about the success we’re having as a group now. This has truly been a transformational experience in so many ways for everyone on our team.– Hisham Barakat
    Drs. Amit Ganglani, Joti Johal, Thayer Bouali, and Richard Dunning: Fresh Dental | Charlotte Metro
    We’ve always had a clear vision of what our Fresh Dental brand could become. Guardian has helped us focus on bringing that vision to life. We’ll be building new practices, adding great partner practices to our team across our region, and continuing to grow our legacy business. We’re so excited for what’s to come.– Dr. Joti Johal