One of the biggest assets of Keowee Smiles that makes our office stand out above the rest is our wonderful team. Your Keowee Smiles team is composed of eight people who have come together and made it their highest priority to serve you. There are no “titles” here at our office and any given day you might find our receptionist in the back helping with sterilization, a hygienist answering the phone or taking payments, or one of the doctors getting a room ready for the next patient, all stepping in to do whatever it takes to meet our patients’ needs. We are a family here and strive to treat you as one of the family as well. Individually, this is an amazing group of people, but together, they make up an energetic, enthusiastic, fun-loving, hard-working, and dedicated team of professionals who are excited to fulfill your dental needs!
Dr. Kenneth C. Dobson practices in a state-of-the-art facility and is one of the most advanced dentists in the upstate. He is committed to understanding the needs and desires of each patient and takes great pride in providing the best dentistry has to offer. Dr. Dobson always goes the extra mile to ensure the satisfaction of each patient and is quickly becoming one of the upstate’s leading dentists for people who want to improve their lives through cosmetic dentistry.
Dr. Dobson graduated from Walhalla High School in 1973. He obtained a BA degree in Mathematics with a minor in Microbiology and Biochemistry from Clemson University in 1977. In 1982, he graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina’s College of Dental Medicine with a DMD degree. Since then, he has attended yearly continuing education classes and seminars to stay current in the latest technologies and advances. Dr. Dobson has also trained with the nation’s leading implant dentists to perfect his skills in implant dentistry. He is a member of the Piedmont Dental Society, South Carolina Dental Society and American Dental Association.
He served as a Dental Missionary in El Salvador, Central America, for three years (1996-1999). Living in El Salvador with his family was a very rewarding experience, and Dr. Dobson continues to be involved in mission work on a regular basis to provide dental care for underprivileged children and adults.
In his free time, Dr. Dobson enjoys his horses, camping and working outdoors along with his beautiful wife Karen. Dr. and Mrs. Dobson have five children and five grandchildren. They are loving their new roles as grandparents and enjoy spending as much time as possible with their grandchildren.
Dr. Lissa D. Gilreath is a proud native of the Upstate with family located in both Greenville and Oconee counties. A graduate of Wade Hampton High School in Greenville, SC, she went on to receive her BS in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC. During her time at Winthrop, Dr. Gilreath was involved in scientific research. She worked in an organic chemistry lab aiding in the development of improved drug pathways that could reduce byproduct waste and increase purity in medications such as antibiotics.
Dr. Gilreath then attended the James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine at Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC, where she gained her DMD degree. Between the classes and clinics at MUSC, Dr. Gilreath found the time to put her passion for both dentistry and her community to work by providing free dental care and oral hygiene instruction to her fellow South Carolinians. She has volunteered at multiple outreach centers and special needs facilities throughout SC. In 2017, Dr. Gilreath participated in the SC Dental Association’s Dental Access Days in Columbia, SC where she and other volunteers provided over $600,000 of free care to over 800 adults in a single day.
Dr. Gilreath is an active member of several dental organizations including the American Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry and the American Association of Women Dentists. She prides herself on being a compassionate and attentive healthcare provider. She always strives to provide top-notch care putting her patients’ feelings first and taking the time to actively listen. You will find her very easy to talk to and many find themselves sharing a good laugh with her during their appointments.
Dr. Gilreath lives in Greenville, SC with her husband, Justin, son, Jude, and their two rescue dogs. In her spare time, Dr. Gilreath enjoys spending time exploring the great outdoors with her family and friends, and as a self-proclaimed foodie, she enjoys cooking and tasting cuisines of all types.
Julie graduated from Tri-County Technical College in August 2011 as an Expanded Duty Dental Assistant and immediately joined the Keowee Smiles team. She received the 2011 SC Mary Clary Dental Assisting Award for the most outstanding work in the advancement of the dental assistant profession.
Julie has lived in Seneca for more than thirty years. She enjoys spending time with her husband Larry and two fun boys, Jake and Wyatt. Together they enjoy gardening, hiking, golfing, playing tennis, and playing with their three dogs, Abe, Belle and Lilly. Julie is proud to be part of the Keowee Smiles team and likes making a positive difference in people’s lives.
Jessica, (AKA Jessie), joined our team in 2009. Since that time, she has become a very important member of our team. Jessie graduated from Walhalla High School in 2000 and from Tri-County Technical College in 2002. Jessie enjoys working side by side with Dr. Dobson and his team to improve and maintain her patients optimal oral health.
Jessie enjoys camping, swimming, spending time with her husband, Scott, a fire lieutenant at Boiling Springs Fire District. They have three children, Destiny, Korbin and Addie. Destiny is currently attending Coastal Carolina University for Early Childhood Education, Korbin is at Tri-County Technical Collage for a Welding Degree and Addie is in middle school where she a football and basketball cheerleader. Jessie and her family also loves serving the Lord in the community and at her local church.
Anna has been practicing hygiene since 2017, joining our team in January of 2018. Her fun energy and outgoing personality has made an excellent addition to our team. Anna graduated from Walhalla High School and went on to attend Greenville Technical College, graduating in 2014 with her dental assisting certification. Anna started her dental career out as an orthodontic assistant in Greenville, SC. Anna decided to further her education at GTC and graduated with her Associates in Applied Science, majoring in Dental Hygiene. Here, she was awarded the Hu-Friedy Golden Scaler award of Excellence in Clinical Dental Hygiene. In addition to her dental hygiene licensure, Anna is also licensed to administer local infiltration anesthesia.
Anna enjoys volunteering her time to a variety of organizations and she most recently participated in a medical missions trip to Jamaica in the Summer of 2017. There, she provided dental hygiene services to the underprivileged children and she looks forward to future opportunities.
Outside of the office, Anna loves being on the river, traveling, hiking, camping, horseback riding, and spending quality time with friends and family.
Anna prides herself in being a perfectionist and in doing so, provides her patients with optimal oral health. She also loves to create a fun and comfortable dental environment for her patients. What makes Anna stand out is her ability to connect with a variety of patients. She never meets a stranger!
Kathleen joined our team in August of 2018. She graduated cum laude from Charleston Southern University with her BA in Marketing in 2010, going straight into the Expanded Duty Dental Assisting Program at Trident Technical College, graduating cum laude in 2011. She has enjoyed every step along the way in her assisting career, working in both General Dentistry and Orthodontics.
Kathleen grew up in the low-country on James Island in Charleston County. With her mother being a Seneca native, her dad and brother both being Clemson grads (Go Tigers!!), eventually all those trips to visit friends and family had her heart strings pulling towards what really felt like home. With some divine intervention, Kathleen made the move to the upstate in August 2018, joining the Keowee Smiles team soon after and she hasn’t looked back! When she’s not with her Keowee Smiles family, you can find her out and about exploring all that Oconee County has to offer, soaking in time with her close friends and family, or relaxing at home with her bunny rabbits StellaBella Parsley Artois Griffin and Basil Hayden Brown.
Our front desk coordinator, Ginger, has been a familiar face at Keowee Smiles for many years. Originally from Michigan, she moved to South Carolina in 1986. She received her bachelor’s in Psychology from Southern Wesleyan University in 1998. Ginger loves working with people and assisting them any way possible.
Before joining the team, she served as Executive Director of the Littlejohn Community Center, a spokesperson for Habitat for Humanity, a counselor at a domestic violence shelter and her favorite job, as a homemaker.
She is married and has four wonderful children: Ariana, Tiana, Brady and Josie. In her spare time, Ginger enjoys baking, gardening, sewing and spending time with her family. They are actively involved in their church, Trinity Wesleyan. Ginger has two granddaughters and grandson, Jade, Gemma and Krew.