I feel fortunate that I have been blessed with a gift and the ability to improve the quality of life of the children I treat, whether I am performing full-mouth dental rehabilitation or examining an infant at that first dental appointment. I want each little girl and boy I treat to grow up to be healthy and happy, with a great smile to show for it!
Going to the dentist doesn’t have to be a negative experience! Because of their young age, I have the unique opportunity to help shape my patients’ views and opinions of dentistry, as well as educate them about their oral health so they will understand the importance of a healthy smile as an adult!
My team is an extension of my philosophy. We treat each child as we would our own. By treating our patients with warmth and compassion, we invite a more pleasant and comfortable experience for them. We also reward our cavity-free patients by hanging their pictures on our cavity-free wall and entering their names in a drawing for a gift card.
Education and Continuing Education
I attended the University of South Carolina, where I earned a Bachelor of Science in chemistry, cum laude. My dental education was completed at the Medical University of South Carolina, where I earned my Doctorate of Dental Medicine. I continued at the Medical College of Georgia, where I received my pediatric dental training.
My passion for staying up to the moment means my patients can expect to receive the highest quality and most advanced care in my office. I am committed to excellence, especially when it comes to patient care. I became a board-certified pediatric dentist in 2008, which means I passed a voluntary written and oral examination to validate my training and knowledge of pediatric dentistry.
I participate in continuing education classes all over the country each year in an effort to stay informed on the most current topics in pediatric dentistry.
I am licensed to practice the specialty of pediatric dentistry in South Carolina and Georgia. I currently have hospital privileges at Self Regional Healthcare in Greenwood and MCG-Children’s Medical Center in Augusta, Georgia.
I am also a part-time faculty member at the Medical College of Georgia-Department of Pediatric Dentistry. I give several presentations and lectures each year to educate other dentists and healthcare providers about current topics and the clinical practice of pediatric dentistry.
I believe it is important to stay involved with the greater dental community. I am a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and a member of the American Dental Association, American Association of Pediatric Dentistry, Southeastern Society of Pediatric Dentistry, South Carolina Dental Association, and Upper Savannah Dental Study Club.
In the Community
I, as well as my staff, participate in numerous events and charities, including Give Kids a Smile Day, National Children’s Dental Health Month, Walk for the Cure, Special Olympics, and other local programs. We also volunteer many hours to educate children and their parents about the importance of good oral health.
Outside the Office
I am originally from Lancaster, and currently reside in Greenwood with my husband John, our two daughters Margaret and Catherine, and our dog Lucky. When I'm not spending time with my family and friends, you can find me at Carolina Gamecock football games, traveling, attending my daughters' dance and sports competitions, and taking care of our many animals, including our two Mediterranean donkeys