Dr. Joseph Griffin Is a Proud Palmetto Patriot


Many dentists have a parent who is a dentist too. That wasn’t the case for Dr. Joseph Griffin. His father had a construction business, and his mother was a nurse. Yet their parental examples did influence his career choice. Dr. Joseph Griffin learned both building and health care skills from his parents, skills he now uses to repair, restore, and build beautiful smiles.

A graduate of Francis Marion University, Dr. Griffin became a dentist at the age of 24 and practiced for a few years in Rock Hill, SC before returning to his hometown of Florence. He built his office with the assistance of his father. In fact, his father selected the location! His working-class roots also influenced Dr. Joseph Griffin to ensure the dental care he provides is affordable. He enjoys working with patients over time to get them to the highest level of oral care possible, and he does so by offering flexible financing options to fit nearly any budget.

Dr. Joseph Griffin loves to serve his local community! He is a proud recipient of the South Carolina Palmetto Patriot award, which is awarded by the lieutenant governor’s office in recognition of a commitment to community service. Francis Marion University has also honored him with its Lawrence F. Swails award for biology Alumnus of the Year in 2014 and an Alumnus of the Year award from the Kappa Alpha Order in 2015.

He is a Paul Harris Fellow in Rotary Club International, a college trustee and board member at Florence-Darlington Technical College, and a proud member of Ebenezer Baptist Church. He is also an active volunteer in the Give Kids A Smile program, sponsored by the American Dental Association and the South Carolina Dental Association, and with the Mercy Medical Clinic for underprivileged children and adults.

He also has a strong commitment to continuing education to keep his skills sharp and up-to-date. He has received advanced training from the Hinman Dental Conference and the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (DOCS). He also serves as a consultant for NCGS, Inc., a medical research and drug approval corporation. He is a member of many professional organizations, including:

  • American Dental Association
  • South Carolina Dental Association
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Pee Dee Study Club
  • CEREC Study Club

He is married to Susan J. Griffin. They have two daughters, Ashley and Hannah. When not practicing dentistry, he enjoys golfing, fishing, boating, traveling, and spending time with his family.

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