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Our Florence Team Is Dedicated to Helping You Keep Your Smile for Life 

At Advanced Dental Center, our capable staff is committed to helping you keep your smile for life. Our Florence, SC team values ongoing education to keep their skills sharp and up-to-date. We often bring speakers to our office to educate us on the latest dental innovations and developments, and we study with other professionals for advanced training. To help our dentists offer a full spectrum of services to our patients, members of our team have trained in mini dental implants, CEREC, dental sedation, and more. All of our hygienists are certified in diode laser treatment. Collectively, our team loves improving patients’ lives through improving their smiles!

CFO/Financial ManagerArden

Originally from Princeton, West Virginia, Arden graduated from the College of Charleston, SC, and has his CPA license. He utilizes his skills in accounting and math to better our practice. In his spare time, he loves golfing, motorcycles, and spending time with his family.

Office ManagerShelli

Shelli has been in dentistry and working with the Advanced Dental Center team since 2000. She finds it fulfilling to change a patient’s life for the better by fixing their smile. A mother of three, she loves spending time with her family, especially if it involves visiting the river.

Dental HygienistDenise

A dental hygienist since 2005, Denise has worked at our office since 2006. Her training includes local filtration anesthesia, CPR, OSHA, mini dental implants, and infection control. She loves helping people overcome dental fear. Away from work, she likes just about anything to do with the sun and water.

Dental HygienistKasie

Kasie worked as a surgical technologist for an oral surgeon before becoming a dental hygienist. A member of our team since 2010, she is licensed in local filtration anesthesia and inhaled sedation administration. Her hobbies include spending time with her family, especially if it involves riding motorcycles.

Team Lead | Dental HygienistAshley

Ashley has an associate’s degree in dental hygiene from Florence-Darlington Technical College. A Colgate Oral Health Advisor, she appreciates how smiles are unique to every person, much like a fingerprint. She volunteers with Give Kids A Smile, America’s ToothFairy Smile Drive, Dental Access Days, and Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures.

Dental HygienistRaven

A registered dental hygienist, Raven has worked with our team since 2012. Her training includes local filtration anesthesia, and nitrous oxide monitoring. Raven is our hygiene team leader and our OSHA officer. She enjoys helping our patients achieve a healthy smile. Her hobbies include spending time with her husband and two dogs.

Administrative SupportAlex

Alex has been with us since 2004. In addition to his business skills, he has an artistic side, with a degree in English, philosophy, and art. He meets patients’ dental needs by first seeking to understand and then to be understood. He enjoys family time, especially with his grandson.

Administration | ReceptionistShannon

Working in dentistry since the late 1980s, primarily as a dental assistant, Shannon has been with our office since 1998. Currently part of our admin staff, her knowledge gained as a dental assistant allows her to advance our front office and patient experience. She is single with two grown daughters and three precious grandchildren. Her hobbies include gardening, baking, and visiting the beach.

Dental Assistant Danielle

A dental assistant since 2017, Danielle joined us in 2018. She has a certificate in expanded duty dental assisting from Florence-Darlington Technical College and is certified in CPR, dental radiology, and OSHA. She enjoys spending free time outdoors, especially with her family and her animals.

Dental Assistant Serena

Serena began working with us in 2018, shortly after becoming involved in dentistry. She loves being part of the process that results in people regaining their confident smiles. Away from the office, she enjoys trail riding her horses, dancing, and hunting.

Dental AssistantDebbie

A certified dental assistant in South Carolina and Mississippi, Debbie has been working in dentistry for almost 30 years. She is also certified in phlebotomy, CPR, sedation monitoring, and dental radiology and has received training in mini dental implants. Her hobbies include camping and hiking, especially at state parks.

Team Lead | Dental AssistantElizabeth

Elizabeth has been working in our office since 2013. She is an expanded duties dental assistant, so she can perform duties such as applying dental sealants or monitoring inhaled sedation. She enjoys changing our patients’ insecurities into confidence with the help of her work family.

Dental AssistantRobin

A dental assistant since 1977, Robin has worked with our team since 1980. She is certified in CPR and dental radiology and has completed advanced training in mini dental implants. She enjoys spending time outdoors, especially if it involves the beach, the lake, or watching her son play baseball.

Dental AssistantFreda

A graduate of Florence-Darlington Technical College who is certified by the Dental Assisting National Board, Freda enjoys working with new technology and learning new dental techniques. She has trained in CEREC, Six Month Smiles orthodontics, and mini dental implants. Her hobbies include traveling and spending time with loved ones.

Dental HygienistDestiny

A graduate of Florence-Darlington Technical College, Destiny went into dentistry because of her own unpleasant experiences at the dentist. Helping patients overcome anxiety is especially important to her. She teaches local nursing home residents about oral hygiene. She also loves watching her sons play baseball and football.

Team Lead | AdministrationLeigh

Leigh has been involved in dentistry since 2014 and is certified in CPR. She deals with insurance claims, handles customer service, and takes care of accounts receivable matters. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and going to the lake.

Administration | ReceptionistAustin

As our customer service representative, Austin loves giving customers top-notch service and has completed 5-star certification with the Scheduling Institute. She is fluent in American Sign Language and loves helping patients overcome their fears of the dentist. In Her spare time, She loves cooking and organizing.

Administration | Front DeskLynn

Lynn has been in customer service since 1998 and enjoys helping people. She is certified in CPR and OSHA, and 5-star training certified from the Scheduling Institute. She loves spending time watching her daughter play softball, watching her granddaughter grow, and enjoying the sunshine with friends and family.

Administration | InsuranceAmanda

Amanda has worked in customer service for over 10 years and has been in dentistry since 2010. She has 5-star certification from the Scheduling Institute and will finish her bachelor’s degree in healthcare management in December of 2022. In her spare time, she loves reading, singing, and making people laugh.

Dental AssistantBrianna

A graduate of Penn Foster College, Brianna strives to be the best she can be for her patients and hopes one day to become a dental hygienist. She has her X-ray certification and CPR training. Away from work her favorite pastimes include fishing and going to the lake and river.

Dental AssistantJenna

As a dental assistant, Jenna loves getting to know her patients and forming relationships with them. She is certified in CPR and nitrous oxide monitoring. Her personal and professional goal is to be better than she was yesterday. In her free time, she loves shopping, going to the river, and spending time with her friends and family.

Dental AssistantStephanie

Stephanie graduated from the University of Florida in 2009 and has been a dental assistant since 2007. She loves helping others in the community. She is certified in nitrous oxide monitoring, CPR, radiology, and OSHA. In her free time, she loves traveling, spending time with her family, and the beach.

Administration | Front DeskAbby

Abigail, new to the ADC family, comes to us all the way from Darlington, SC. After graduating high school, Abby wanted to pursue a job where she could make a difference. With her bright personality and sunny disposition, Abby has been an asset to our team being the face to welcome our patients as they arrive to their appointments. In her down time, Abby loves spending time on the boat, playing with her dog, spending time with her family, and she really enjoys meeting new people.

Administration | TreasuryKaitlynn

Kaitlynn joins our team from Hartsville, SC and is an essential part of our treasury department. When not at work, Kaitlynn is a full- time mom of two who enjoys shopping, running, and taking naps whenever possible. A few shows she likes to watch on repeat include Virgin River and The Notebook.

Administration | Front DeskKatlyn

Joining our team in 2022, Katlyn has brightened our administrative department as a member of our front desk team. Katlyn holds a Job Training Certificate, Work Keys Certificate, OSHA/HIPAA Certification, and has been in customer service since 2008. Outside of work, she enjoys spending her time with her daughter, Lyrik, at the beach, reading books or watching TV. One day she would love to own her own business, continue to grow in life and as a person, and spread positive vibes as much as she can.

Dental AssistantBree

Bree, born and raised in Florence, joined our team as a dental assistant in 2020. Starting at Advanced Dental Center with a degree in Psychology, she has since completed Penn Foster Certification, Radiology, CPR/BLS, OSHA/HIPAA, and a Phlebotomy Certification. When Bree is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her husband, golfing, shopping, and traveling to the Caribbean as often as possible.

Jennifer Brink
Dental AssistantJennifer B.

Born and raised in Florence, SC, Jennifer has been with Advanced Dental Center since 2019. After going through our Penn Foster Program, she was then certified in Radiology, CPR, Nitrous Oxide, and OSHA/HIPAA. Outside of work, she is trying her hand at homesteading. She enjoys hunting and leading the Youth Group at Northwood Family Worship Center with her husband.

Jennifer Mendez
Dental AssistantJennifer M.

A graduate of our Penn Foster Apprenticeship Program, Jennifer is also certified CPR, Radiology, and OSHA/HIPAA. Another asset she brings with her to Advanced Dental Center, is that Jennifer is bi-lingual. Utilizing her skills, Jennifer allows us to help more members of our community. Originally from New Jersey, she likes to spend her time outside of work fishing, playing at the river, or just being outside.

Dental Hygiene AssistantAriel

Ariel was born and raised in Orangeburg, SC, and has recently made the move to Florence. After graduating from high school, Ariel got her certificate in Early Childhood Education. Switching her passions to dentistry, she then graduated from Penn Foster’s Dental Assisting Program, while participating in Advanced Dental Center’s “Earn as You Learn” Program. When you catch her outside of the office, you can find her fishing, hunting, shopping, traveling, and spending time with family.

Dental HygienistTiphanie

Originally from Winston Salem, NC, Tiphanie has been in Florence since 2006. Graduating from Florence Darlington Technical College, Cum Laude, she is a part of our amazing hygiene team. Tiphanie is married to her wonderful husband and together they have four kids, three boys and one girl. Outside of the office, she enjoys spending quiet time fishing, relaxing, and doing puzzles. Another passion of Tiphanie’s is being the leader of her church nursery and being a member of The Flag Ministry.

Dental AssistantTamara

Residing in Florence since 2017, Tamara, born and raised in Houston, TX, moved here after a short stint in Virginia while serving in the United States Navy. After her service, Tamara redirected her career path to dentistry, where she has been a dental assistant for over 10 years. After the integration of Timmonsville Family Dentistry, Tamara has become an integral part of our ADC Family. When she’s not at work, you can find her spending time with family and friends and enjoying the sun.

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