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 nine 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 provide for 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 three grandchildren. They are loving their new roles as grandparents and enjoy spending as much time as possible with their grandchildren.
Dr. Madison Lanford is a native of Easley, SC. She graduated from Easley High School and then went on to attend Clemson University where she received a BS degree in Health Science. She then moved to Charleston, SC to attend the Medical University of South Carolina, College of Dental Medicine, where she received her DMD degree.
While at MUSC, Dr. Lanford volunteered her time providing free dental care in the under-served areas of Charleston. She has also participated in medical mission trips to Quito, Ecuador to provide dental services to those in need.
Dr. Lanford has a passion for helping people achieve ideal oral health and the smile they’ve always wanted through quality and advanced dentistry. She enjoys building lifelong relationships with her patients and aims to make a positive impact in her community.
Dr. Lanford is an active member of the Piedmont Dental Society, the South Carolina Dental Association, the American Dental Association, and the American Association of Women Dentists. She also serves as a volunteer dentist at the Greenville Free Medical Clinic.
Dr. Lanford lives in Easley with her husband Adam, a principal at Walhalla High School with their only “child,” a golden retriever named Gus. Gus recently got certified as a therapy dog, and they volunteer with him a few times a week at local hospitals, nursing homes, and behavioral centers. Outside of the office, Dr. Lanford is a huge fan of Clemson football, and you can catch her at just about every game, home or away. She also enjoys working on projects in her home and spending time with family.
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 young boys, Jake and Wyatt. Together they enjoy gardening, hiking, golfing, playing tennis, and playing with their dogs, Abe and Belle. Julie is proud to be part of the Keowee Smiles team and likes helping make a positive difference in changing 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, and children, Destiny, Korbin and Addie. She also loves serving the Lord in the community and at her local church.
Ashley has been a dental hygienist for five years. She received her degree in 2011 in Eugene, Oregon where she grew up. She spent her first three years after college working in Orange County, California and her fourth year in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ashley has been with Keowee Smiles for close to two years and she brings a “west coast” style and pace to the practice which we all love.
Her passion for dentistry and helping others is apparent in her volunteer dental work that she does in Haiti, Her first trip was in 2013 and most recently in July 2016. She recently raised money to provide shelter to three homes in the village that she has ties to that were affected by Hurricane Matthew.
Outside of the office she enjoys playing volleyball, traveling (a lot!), hiking, horseback riding, and anything adventurous. Her parents and sister live back home on the farm in Oregon, and her brother lives in the Alaskan Bush.
Christine has been a certified dental assistant since 1996. She graduated from Greenville Technical College at the top of her class. She has been married to her husband, Tony, since June of 2015 and together they have four grown children. On the weekends they enjoy riding on their Super Glide and spending time with their English bulldog, Moose. She has one daughter and three step-children.
Maranda joined the Keowee Smiles team in August of 2014. She grew up here in Seneca and received her dental assistant degree from Tri-County Technical College, graduating with high honors. Maranda says she has always had a desire to work in dentistry. She recalls, “I have always wanted to work in dentistry, ever since I was a little girl. I would brush my parent’s teeth when they would let me!”
Maranda loves meeting new patients and learning new things every day about her chosen profession. When she isn’t working, Maranda enjoys playing golf and spending time with family. Maranda and her husband, Justin, live here in Seneca with their new baby boy, Beau.
Our front desk coordinator, Ginger, has been a familiar face at Keowee Smiles for eight 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 to Joel Seavey, the finance officer for the City of Seneca, and they have four wonderful children: Ariana, Tiana, Brady and Josie. In her spare time, Ginger enjoys baking, gardening, sewing and spending time with her husband and children. They are actively involved in their church, Trinity Wesleyan. Ginger has also welcomed two granddaughters into the mix– Jade and Gemma!
Amy has been practicing dental hygiene since 2002 and has been part of the Keowee Smiles team since 2003. She graduated at the top of her class in the dental hygiene program at Greenville Technical College, during which time she received the award for Excellence in Clinical Dental Hygiene. In addition to her dental hygiene licensure, she is licensed to administer local infiltration anesthesia.
Amy loves working with people and assisting her patients in attaining and maintaining optimal oral health. Amy prides herself in being a perfectionist and gives all of her patients the best available care. Amy’s dedication and commitment to her patients make her an integral member of our team.
As a native of Asheville, North Carolina, Amy has a love of the outdoors. She enjoys the lakes and mountains that abound in this area. She has a wonderful husband and three boys. When not working, Amy spends most of her free time enjoying her family.