January 2019

Meet Your Lowcountry Dentists

Author: Special to CH2

Dr. Jim Mason
Adventure Pediatric Dentistry

What is your field of expertise?
We specialize in conservative pediatric dental treatment along with the growth and development of our little ones. We offer the only Solea® pediatric laser in South Carolina.

Where did you study dentistry?
Medical College of Virginia for dental school, a one-year residency in the Air Force focusing on surgery, and then pediatrics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Why did you choose dentistry?
I chose dentistry because I am able to interact with a lot of people, alleviate their fears, and utilize my artistic skills.

Who or what influenced you to start your own business?
I practiced for 14 years in the Air Force, first with a pilot slot and then as a dentist. After numerous deployments, I was weary of missing my family and joined the reserves.

What do you enjoy most about being a dentist?
Building the relationships that we have to foster in our role as a dental home. We have fun at Adventure Pediatrics!

What innovations have helped ease the concerns of those who fear the dentist?
We have the only Solea® Pediatric Laser with which we can provide treatment often without having to give a shot. We also have a fun, active environment where we take our time with the children and have fun.

Fun Fact!
What is your favorite song?
How Far We’ve Come, Matchbox Twenty; Burning Man.

337 Buckwalter Place Blvd.
Bluffton, SC 29910
(843) 815-6000
www.adventurepediatricdentistry.com

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James G. Jenkins, DMD
Bluffton Dental Care

What is your field of expertise?
General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry

Where did you study medicine?
University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, 1981.

Why did you choose dentistry?
I wanted a career that was interesting, helped other people directly and allowed me to exercise my artistic ability.

Who or what influenced you to start your own business?
My sister had such a positive impression and experience with her dentist that she influenced me to become a dentist and start my own business.

What do you enjoy most about being a dentist?
My back-up degree was chemical engineering. I enjoy science, engineering and the art of being a dentist.

What innovations have helped ease the concerns of those who fear the dentist?
We offer conscious sedation and laughing gas to relieve anxiety. CEREC one day crowns minimize trips to the office; digital X rays greatly reduce radiation exposure; InvisAlign is a guided orthodontic that, again, reduces dental visits; before and after imaging presentations eliminate the fear of the final result.

Fun Fact!
What is your favorite song?
“In the Garden”

25 Clark Summit Drive,
Suite 100
Bluffton, SC 29910
(843) 706-3800
www.blufftondentalcare.com
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Dr. Andrea Grant Guess
New River Dental Center

What is your field of expertise?
I practice general dentistry. So, I enjoy working with people of all ages and at all stages of life. Surprisingly, when people see that we treat children and adults, they say she must have a lot of patience!

Where did you study medicine?
I am a graduate of Howard University College of Dentistry in Washington, D.C.

Why did you choose dentistry?
As a wife and mother, I chose dentistry because I wanted to work in a field that had a good balance of work and professional life. I am in the position to help those in need and still be able to have quality time with my family.

Who or what influenced you to start your own business?
I come from a family of entrepreneurs. My grandparents owned their own business and so do my parents.

What do you enjoy most about being a dentist?
I love the fact that no one day is the exact same as the day before. Dentistry is a rapidly evolving field with new technology that can make the experience a lot easier for the patient and the dentist.

What innovations have helped ease the concerns of those who fear the dentist?
We have so many different ways to relax our patients. Most of it, though, is relatability—making the patient feel like they are at home and comfortable. We remember birthdays, special trips, new grandkids … From warm blankets, neck pillows, topical, laughing gas, and our most recently-upgraded digital impressions. So, we have gotten rid of the gag-inducing impression material.

Fun Fact!
What is your favorite song?
“Superwoman,” by Alicia Keys

300 New River Parkway, Suite 1
Hardeeville, SC 29927
(843) 208-2888
www.newriverdentist.com

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Elizabeth Abell, DMD
Harbor Point Dentistry

What is your field of expertise?
My field of expertise is all aspects of cosmetic and family dentistry, providing top-tier service within the dental profession.

Where did you study dentistry?
I obtained my doctorate in dentistry from the Medical College of Georgia. I also obtained my bachelor of science and master of science degrees in biology prior to pursuing my doctorate and career in dentistry.

Why did you choose dentistry?
I receive great personal satisfaction from helping others establish the best possible oral healthcare program and maintain personal confidence in their smile.

What do you enjoy most about being a dentist?
I view it as a privilege and gift to serve the people of this wonderful community.

What innovations have helped ease the concerns of those who fear the dentist?
I set high expectations for my patients’ quality of care and their comfort. I apply a high-quality approach to dentistry with a warm and friendly team to fulfill all of your dental needs. Furthermore, I will always spend quality time with you to discuss a variety of treatment options to ensure your comfort. I aim to create a long-lasting relationship with you!

Fun Fact!
What is your favorite song?
Anything by Don Williams!

40 Okatie Center Blvd.,
South, Suite 302
Bluffton, SC 29909
(843) 492-0386
www.harborpointdentistry.com

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Kevin E. Hardy DDS, JD, MBA
Irish Dental

Irish Dental on Hilton Head Island is owned by Dr. Kevin Hardy, an experienced family dentist. Dr. Hardy provides comprehensive cosmetic and restorative dental and understands that the pursuit of dental care is often a reluctant endeavor. He strives to create a comfortable treatment atmosphere where you are valued, listened to, and treated as family. Irish Dental offers a full scope of services including, implants, crowns, veneers, Botox® delivery, and TMJ disorder and sleep apnea treatment. Additionally, on-site therapy dogs, Minnow and Morrison, are there for those times when you need a little bit more comfort.

Dr. Hardy is originally from Danville, Virginia. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry and Business where he received his DDS and MBA in 2006. Furthering his dental education, Dr. Hardy received advanced training at the Metrohealth Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio, focusing on the provision of care to the pediatric and developmentally disabled population. During his time practicing in Cleveland, Dr. Hardy attended the John Marshall College of Law, receiving his JD in 2015. It was also in Cleveland where he met his wife Shannon, and they were married at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at the University of Notre Dame.

Dr. Hardy and Shannon are members of St. Francis by the Sea Catholic Church and are excited to call the wonderful community of Hilton Head Island their home. It is the mission of Dr. Hardy and Irish Dental to provide a kind and caring dental home for years to come.

25 Hospital Center Boulevard, Suite 102
Hilton Head Island, SC 29926
(843) 689-5500
welcome@irishdentalhhi.com
www.irishdentalhhi.com
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Dr. Terri Hubbard
Coastal Pediatric Dentistry

What is your field of expertise?
Pediatric dentistry, specializing in treating infants, children and teens.

Where did you study medicine?
I obtained my doctorate of dental medicine (DMD) degree from University of Louisville and went on to complete my residency at the University of Alabama Birmingham.

Why did you choose dentistry?
Dentistry extends far beyond cleaning teeth. I truly enjoy educating the public on oral health and having the ability to change a person’s life by elevating their confidence with a beautiful smile.

Who or what influenced you to start your own business?
My influence has always been Veva Narramore, my third grade teacher. It was her love for children that has inspired me throughout my life. She had a child with special needs, and I ended up treating her during my residency.

What do you enjoy most about being a dentist?
The kids. It was not until dental school that I realized my love for helping children. It is amazing to see a scared, anxious child transformed to a confident individual in our office.

What innovations have helped ease the concerns of those who fear the dentist?
In our office, we like to make the experience of going to the dentist fun with a lively atmosphere, game rooms, a movie theater, and personal TVs on the ceiling above the dental chairs. Making going to the dentist fun helps the children establish a positive relationship with the dentist.

Fun Fact!
What is your favorite song?
“Hello, You Beautiful Thing,” by Jason Mraz

10 Arley Way, Suite 102
Bluffton SC 29926

23 Main Street, Suite 302
Hilton Head Island 29926

34 Kemmerlin Lane
Beaufort, SC 29910
(843) 757-7336
www.coastal-pedo.com

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