Tom Atkinson, DMD, MS
Dr. Tom Atkinson is a native of Greenville, SC and has practiced orthodontics here since 1990. He started practice in the same office with his father (the first pediatric dentist in South Carolina) and patients started call him Dr. Tom— they have ever since. He now treats many students of the very schools he attended years ago in Greenville: Beck Academy, J.L. Mann High School, and Furman University. His grown children Trey and Katie, are both graduates of Furman University and have diverse careers. Dr. Tom’s greatest reward in practice is the positive impact he makes for his patients which lasts their entire lifetime.
In addition to creating beautiful smiles Dr. Tom is also a craftsman and musician. His passion since the early 2000’s has been woodworking— creating one-of-a-kind pieces of heirloom quality furniture, repairing antiques, or crafting something unique for his home. He also plays electric bass guitar, something he has done since childhood, playing in several bands and performing for many church functions. Dr. Tom has also been involved in his church, serving as a deacon along with other leadership roles in his church.
After leaving Furman in 1983 he earned his doctorate in dentistry in 1987 from the Medical University of South Carolina, College of Dental Medicine (Charleston, SC) where he was awarded 4 prestigious honors:
International College of Dentists: Outstanding Achievement
Southeastern Academy of Prosthodontics: Outstanding Achievement
The Quintessence Award for Academic Achievement
American Association of Endodontists: Certificate of Merit
In 1990, Dr. Atkinson earned his Masters of Science in Orthodontics from Washington University (St. Louis, MO). He maintains membership in the American Dental Association, American Association of Orthodontists, and Southern Association of Orthodontists. He continues his education constantly, studying with the world leaders in orthodontics, various MasterMind groups, the Dawson Study Group locally, and various other associations. Dr. Tom is constantly teaching within his profession and regularly writes articles to educate fellow dentists professionals about orthodontics.
Kristie Harrill: Orthodontic Assistant
“I grew up in Nashville, Tennessee and lived there for about 30 years where I earned my degree as a Certified Dental Assistant from Nashville Technical College in 1994. After working in general dentistry for 6 years I had the opportunity to work with an orthodontist and I was hooked— I’ve been in orthodontics ever since. I’ve now worked in dentistry for over 20 years and I joined Dr. Tom’s team in the Spring of 2019 and love the people here.
I have 4 grown children, two boys and two girls, who are all local and I enjoy being with them as much as I can. My husband has been with Michelin for over 20nyears and we love to spend time with our children and our dogs. Grilling out and swimming are our favorite pastimes.
Fun Fact: I grew up spending Sundays at the airport with my grandfather watching the planes land and I would love to someday take flying lessons. As a side note, don’t tell anyone but I am TERRIFIED of bees!”
Lauren English: Appointment Coordinator
“Cranford, New Jersey was my childhood home but I’ve also lived in Clearwater, FL and I graduated Flagler College (St. Augustine, FL) in 1991. Prior to joining Dr. Tom’s team in December of 2013, I worked as a merchandising specialist and as a pharmaceutical sales consultant. My husband John and I have two beautiful girls- Maryn is the creative-free-spirit-dreamer, while Grace is a peacemaker-book lover-broadway music fanatic.
I love exploring new craft breweries with my husband, and I particularly enjoy decorating and “re-creating” things into something wonderful. I have a dream of buying land and opening what I call the “Rescue Ranch” where I see and care for dogs that nobody wants anymore.”
Fun Fact: I have opened 3 Etsy online shops where I sold handmade wooden fairy doors, felt hair bows, and unique jewelry pieces.
Betsy Robertson: Treatment Coordinator
“Ever heard of The Andy Griffith Show? Well, I’m from Mayberry, NC! Really, I’m from Mt. Airy, NC the small town on which the show was based, but it’s always fun to say I’m from Mayberry.
I graduated from Appalachian State University in 1984 with a double major in Marketing and Management. I quickly found myself in pharmaceutical sales where I built a career for 23 years. With one of my passions being interior decorating, I owned a furniture and accessory store for 10 years. I am new to dentistry, having joined Dr. Tom’s team in January of 2020 and truly enjoy interacting with all of our patients.
My one child, Jack— a huge black Labrador retriever— often keeps me company while I work in my yard, or anywhere else I can take him. I have been a member of the US Tennis Association for the past 35+ years and love to play as often as I get the chance.
Fun Fact: Snakes are my very best friend. NOT! Hate ‘em!
Kelley Duncan: Financial Coordinator
“I am a Greenville native, having attended Hillcrest High and Greeville Tech and I currently live in Simpsonville. My husband Bruce and I have 4 children along with 4 marvelous (and busy) grandchildren. I came to work with Dr. Tom in 2013 after having been the Office Manager for an Internal Medicine group for 12 years, and involved with medical billing for about 5 years before that.
I love spending my time at the lake with family, working in my ﬂowerbeds at home, and babysitting my grandchildren.”
Fun Fact: I used to lift weights and compete in powerlifting matches.