Meet the Great Oaks Dental Team

You can trust that you will be treated with honesty and compassion at all times. Our dental team will never recommend any treatment for you that we would not offer to our own families. And, we will never insist on any treatment for you or your family that you are not comfortable with. This is our promise.

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Meet our Doctors

William (Buck) Pennington

DMD

Dr. Pennington joined Great Oaks Dental in July 2017. After graduating from the University of Alabama School of Dentistry in 2014, he completed a General Practice Residency at the Foundry Dental Center in Bessemer. Dr. Pennington became the Owner and Principal Dentist at Great Oaks Dental in January of 2021. 

Ellen Thrailkill

DMD

Dr. Thrailkill joined our practice in July 2012. Ellen is a 2006 graduate of Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC where she earned a BS degree in biology. She received a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in May 2010.

Paul Giddings

DMD, FAGD

Dr. Giddings began practicing dentistry in Pickens County in 1982, following his graduation from dental school at the Medical College of Georgia in 1980, and completion of a two year general practice residency at the Medical University of South Carolina in 1982.

Meet our Staff

Front Office Team. This team will greet you whenever you enter our office. They work very well together in order to ensure your time with us is as pleasant and enjoyable as possible. From scheduling to patient reminders, payment plans, and insurance, this team is ready to serve you with the best possible care.

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SANDRA PIERCE

Office Manager

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PAM CORWIN

Hygiene Coordinator

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BRIDGET MEDLIN

Doctor Coordinator

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HEATHER FURR

Benefits Coordinator

Dental Hygiene Team. We are very proud of our Dental Hygiene Team of Registered Dental Hygienists. They are exceptionally proficient in all forms of Preventive Dentistry. From our youngest patients to folks with advanced gum disease, they are prepared and ready to exceed your expectations with their patience, technical skill and caring personalities.

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GERI MANN

Registered Dental Hygienist

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BRITTANY COUCH

Registered Dental Hygienist

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NADIA ANDREWS

Registered Dental Hygienist

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BETH STYLES

Registered Dental Hygienist

Dental Assisting Team. Our Dental Assisting Team truly make the work of our dentists possible. From the beginning of your dental appointment to the very end, they strive to make your time with us pleasant, comfortable, and productive. This team has been specially trained to assist the doctors in all forms of dental treatment so that the care you receive in our office will consistently exceed your expectations.

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HOLLY SCRUGGS

Certified Dental Assistant, Certified Orthodontic Assistant

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EMILY SANDERS

Dental Assistant

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STEPHANIE SMITH

Certified Dental Assistant

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KELLI BRAY

Dental Assistant

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ALICIA SIMPSON

Dental Assistant

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AMANDA AIKEN

Certified Dental Assistant

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MIRANDA PELFREY

Dental Assistant