Southern Smiles Dental – HooverSun.com
Q: What is Southern Smiles Dental doing exceptionally well?
Dr Kelly Guthrie: Southern Smiles Dental was founded on strong core values including honesty, integrity, quality, respect, compassion and affordability. I firmly believe that by educating patients about their dental needs and treatment options, they are better equipped to make their own informed decisions. This shared decision-making process creates a dentist-patient relationship based on mutual trust.
We provide a full range of dental services including fillings, whitening, veneers, crowns and bridges, complete oral rehabilitation, sleep apnea devices, extractions, removable and partial dentures, and implant restorations. I particularly like to offer the fixed hybrid prosthesis option for patients who cannot tolerate traditional removable prostheses.
Seeing the improvement in the quality of life of my patients is awesome!
Q: What makes your team stand out and enjoy working with them?
Dr. Guthrie: They are real professionals and team players. Our team is full of compassionate and caring people who come to work filled with positive energy and happiness. They are ready to collaborate with each other to provide our clients with the best possible patient experience and amazing results.
Q: What prompted you to pursue a career in dentistry?
Cheryl Studebaker, Registered Dental Hygienist: I started working in a dental office at the age of 22. I immediately fell in love with dentistry and never wanted to do anything else. For the past 45 years, I have been a dental assistant, office manager, receptionist and dental hygienist.
Kim Hale, Registered Dental Hygienist: It’s an easy answer: it was my father’s idea. I had always wanted to work with the DEA or the FBI, but my dad didn’t think it was safe work for his daughter. He was protective of his daughters! He asked me to try the dental field, and if I didn’t like him, he would support my career path in criminal justice. Needless to say, I fell in love with dental hygiene, and the rest is history!
Q: What do you like about working with your colleagues? What memories have you created?
Kim: At SSD, we have nearly 100 years of combined experience, where we are committed to putting our patients first. We all work together to create a warm, caring, friendly and fun environment where patients can feel at ease.
Cheryl: We’re having so much fun that it doesn’t look like work at all. I work with good caring people that I love.
Q: What do you want your patients to know about you?
Heather Childress, Dental Assistant: Many people may feel embarrassed about coming to the dentist. Maybe they didn’t have the funds or the time to keep up with their dental care. Or maybe they’ve always been embarrassed by their smile and going to the dentist is the cause of anxiety.
I want people to know that they will not be judged by any member of our team. Our job is to help our patients have confidence in their smile, because smiling makes the world go round. I really enjoy seeing our patients end a visit feeling more comfortable with themselves and entrusting their care to us.
Dr. Guthrie: As a second generation dentist with 25 years of experience, dentistry is my passion and it has given me a purpose in my life. I love what I do and I love getting to know my patients.
Improving someone’s smile and seeing the transformation in my patient’s confidence and well-being is so rewarding for me. We are always welcoming new patients. I have the privilege of providing compassionate support and the highest quality dental care to residents of Hoover and surrounding areas for many years to come.
My hope is that Southern Smiles Dental is a place where people come in as patients and leave as friends.