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. At the same time, we will never insist on any treatment for you that you are not comfortable with.

Our Doctors

PAUL GIDDINGS
PAUL GIDDINGSDMD, 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.
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ELLEN THRAIlKILL
ELLEN THRAIlKILLDMD
Dr. Ellen Thrailkill joined our practice in July, 2012. Dr. Thrailkill 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.
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WILLIAM PENNINGTON
WILLIAM PENNINGTONDMD
Dr. Pennington joined Great Oaks Dental in July, 2017. Dr. Pennington graduated from the University of Alabama School of Dentistry in 2014. Following graduation he completed a General Practice Residency at the Foundry Dental Center in Bessemer, Alabama.
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Meet Dr. Pennington

Front Office Team

Our front office team members are the first you will meet when you come to our office. They work together to make your time with us as pleasant as possible for you and your family.They make appointments, give patients reminders of appointments made, take payments, estimate insurance coverage and treatment costs, as well as coordinate our entire staff to work together to care for our patients in the best possible way

Pam Corwin – Office Manager

Pam has been part of the Great Oaks Dental team since May of 2012 and is now our Office Manager. She is married to Todd and they have two sons, two daughter in laws, and two granddaughters. Pam loves to read, walk and is a sport enthusiast – especially when it comes to the Kentucky Wild Cats! She says, “Great Oaks Dental by far shows our patients are always our first priority.” She also enjoys being able to come to work daily with a great group of people.

Heather Furr – Front Desk

Heather came to Great Oaks in March of 2017.  She is married to CJ, and they have three children – Garret, age 10, Colben, age 8 and Laine, age 2.  Heather loves being with her family doing anything that they all choose to do, and going to church and spending time teaching her kids about the Lord.  She says about working at Great Oaks, “I love the sweet people at Great Oaks.  Even on my first day, I felt like family.  Everyone is just precious!”

Bridget Medlin – Benefits Coordinator

Bridget has been a part of the Great Oaks team since March of 2004. Bridget is married to Brian and they have three children, Makaelyn, Ethan, and Brylee. She enjoys spending time with her family, watching Clemson football, reading, and trips to the beach! When asked why she enjoys working at Great Oaks Dental she says “….because of the professionalism that our doctors have for their patients as well as the staff. They are caring and want the best for each patient individually. It’s enjoyable to be able to come to work with a great group of friends that are a lot like family.” Bridget does a great job for us as Benefits Coordinator, so if you ever have a question about your account or an insurance claim, you will want to speak with Bridget.

Robin Giddings

Robin is married to Dr. Giddings, and has been part of Great Oaks Dental since its inception in 1982. She has worked during those years in many capacities-as receptionist, hygienist, and assistant. Currently, Robin does our bookkeeping, marketing, “go-fer-ing”! She enjoys family times spent in the mountains- hiking, and taking photographs, being active in the life and ministry of Pickens Presbyterian Church and painting oil paintings in and around Pickens. Many of her paintings are displayed in our reception area here at Great Oaks! Robin says, “We are so grateful for all the support that the Pickens community has given us over the years. It is such a pleasure to offer a beautiful space for our patients to enjoy and be served in. Our doctors and each of our staff members are committed to you, our patients, and to your having the best possible experience while you are in our care.”

Dental Hygiene Team

We here at Great Oaks Dental 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.

Nadia Johnson, RDH

Nadia has been a part of the Great Oaks Dental team since April of 2010. Nadia is married to Zach Johnson and they have one son, Nicholas. She enjoys spending time with her family. They spend a lot of time watching Nicholas play sports, as well as keeping up with their favorite teams! Nadia also loves going to the beach whenever possible! Nadia says “I enjoy working with the Great Oaks team because we have such a close group of very caring people. Not only are we professional and proficient with our jobs, we enjoy each other’s company. This makes coming to work each day very rewarding.”

Geri Mann, RDH

Geri has been part of the Great Oaks team since June of 2004. Geri is married to David and they have two sons, Dawson and Sawyer. Geri loves to spend time with her family enjoying the outdoors while bike riding, snow skiing, and water skiing. Geri loves to watch her boys play basketball and football, and they love spending time with their church family at Rock Springs Baptist Church. Geri enjoys working at Great Oaks Dental because “…..the small town atmosphere- since I grew up in Pickens it’s like being at home again!”

Brittany Couch, RDH

Brittany has been a part of the Great Oaks Team since June 2015. She is married to Brandon and they have a five year old son, Brice. Brittany enjoys spending time with her family and friends, shopping, camping at the lake, music, and Gamecock football. She also loves helping her husband serve in youth ministry at their church. She says, “I am so blessed to work with such great doctors and staff. We have a great time and all work as a team to give our patients a great dental experience.”

Beth Styles, RDH

Beth has been with Great Oaks Dental as part of our Preventative Care Team since June 2016. She is married to Chase and they have two children, Sawyer and Ellie Kate. She enjoys spending time outdoors with her family, being a mother, interior design projects, and Clemson football! Beth is a Pickens native and is thrilled to be able to give back to the community that has given so much to her. A favorite quote of Beth’s is, “Be aware of those around you, applaud their efforts, acknowledge their successes, and encourage them in their pursuits. When we help one another, everybody wins.” -Jim Stovall

Tammy Crompton, RDH

Tammy has been a part of the Great Oaks team since May of 2009. Tammy is married to Ronny and they have three children; Hayden, Hunter, and Mallory. Tammy loves spending time with her family, enjoys watching her boys play baseball and her daughter dance. She also enjoys scrapbooking. Tammy loves working at Great Oaks Dental because”…..of the wonderful dentists and staff who are professional and make you feel like family.” You will find Tammy here at Great Oaks on Fridays.

Dental Assistant Team

The members of our Dental Assistant Team truly make the work of our dentists possible. From the beginning of your dental appointment to the very end, they strive to make you time with us pleasant, comfortable, and productive. These women have 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.

Holly Scruggs, CDA, COA

Holly has been a part of the Great Oaks Team since 2000. Holly is married to Brian Scruggs and they have two children, Lane and Luke. Holly is an avid barrel racer, and enjoys traveling around the USA competing in rodeos and horse shows. Her family is involved in a rodeo ministry and while on the road Holly and her husband provide church for the contestants with preaching and singing. They have ministered to people from Florida to Illinois. She enjoys the family atmosphere at Great Oaks Dental and the chance to work with great patients. “As a dental assistant, I get so much happiness out of helping people change their smiles, and maybe even their lives.”

Holly enjoys helping patients out of the office too. She volunteers with the Samaritan Dental Clinic in Easley and has participated in an annual dental mission trip for the past three years in the Dominican Republic and Haiti. She plans to continue serving others through dental mission trips and hopes to travel to even more places in the coming years.

Amanda Aiken – Dental Assistant

Amanda joined the Great Oaks team in June of 2017.  She is married to Jordan and they have a daughter – Breana – age 7.  Amanda enjoys cheering on the Clemson Tigers, watching Breana enjoy gymnastics and cheerleading for the Pickens Rec, and spending time with her family and friends.  About working at Great Oaks, Amanda says, “I enjoy working with great doctors and a caring staff.  And I love helping our patients feel comfortable and happy with their smiles when they leave our office!”

Kelli Bray – Dental Assistant

Kelli has been a part of the Great Oaks Dental team since 2001. Kelli is married to Jason “Jay” Bray, and they have three children, Bennett, Britton, and the newest addition to the family, Briggs. Kelli has many hobbies and interests. Just to name a few: watching football (especially the Georgia Bulldogs), running and hiking with family. Kelli says, “It is rewarding to see the needs of our patients being fulfilled and then seeing them smile, as they leave knowing that we gave them the best possible dental care.” She also says, “I enjoy working for such great and easygoing doctors, and working with a wonderful and fun loving staff. We have a great time together, making work fun, while helping our patients.”

Alicia Simpson – Dental Assistant

Alicia has been a part of Great Oaks Dental since December of 2006. Alicia is married to Eric Simpson and they have two sons, Cole and Conner. Alicia enjoys the outdoors, playing ball with her boys, and shopping with her friends. Alicia also enjoys teaching a children’s bible class at the church she attends. Alicia says, “I enjoy working with a group of fun girls. I am proud to be a part of such a wonderful dental team.”

Sherrie Reiser – Dental Assistant

Sherrie has been a part of the Great Oaks Dental team since September 2011. She enjoys spending time with her husband Quentin and all her family,snorkeling, shopping, kayaking, watersports, hunting, fishing, being outdoors, and staying in to watch movies. Sherrie loves working at Great Oaks Dental because “…I love the experience of working in the dental field and I enjoy working with such a great staff!”

Emily Esuary – Dental Assistant

Emily has been an assistant at Great Oaks Dental since March 2013. When Emily isn’t working, she is busy working on her new house with her husband, Ryan. She loves to travel, go to the lake, and spend time with family and friends. One of the things Emily loves the most about working at Great Oaks is the positive and caring environment with our amazing doctors, fellow team members, and patients! She finds it very rewarding when patients leave with smiles on their faces and confidence in the dental treatment they’ve received!

Dr. Giddings and his staff are wonderful. The staff is professional and friendly, they care about their patients and it shows. I know most of us don’t like going to the dentist, but Dr. Giddings has a soft touch and really does his best to make the visit as comfortable as possible. I have TMJ and can’t leave my mouth open for long periods of time, and he is great to give me breaks so I don’t end up with headaches after I leave. I would absolutely recommend this team to my family and friends

Sharon S. 6/8/2016

This was the most thorough dental cleaning and checkup that I have ever had! I have a lot of confidence in this practice. Brittany was very professional and knowledgeable and answered all of my questions. Dr. Giddings was very nice and reassuring and also very professional. I would highly recommend this practice!!

Denise H. 6/2/2016

For a person with dental work anxiety like me, the level of professionalism combined with care and the desire to keep the anxiety to a minimum is greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Venice D. 8/11/16

This was my second visit and it was as pleasant as the first. My questions were answered, all staff were extremely friendly, they did a great job cleaning my teeth, and they didn’t try to “sell” me on extra services.

Danielle W. 7/30/2016

This staff, from the Dentists to the assistants to the front desk are the friendliest, most professional and compassionate people ever to staff an office. I had to have an emergency cap for a broken tooth. With their machine (a lot like a 3D printer) I had a new, permanent cap in less than 2 hours.

Jack S. 4/21/2016

“Everyone, from the office staff, hygienist, and dentist, were extremely friendly and professional. State of the art equipment and care.”

5 Star Review – May 12, 2016

“It is an honor to be able to share life with our patients – as they grow up, marry, and become parents and grandparents. I share in their ups and downs, and have the privilege of caring for their dental needs all along the way.”
– Dr. Paul Giddings

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