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Dentist feels Walterboro is right place

Dr. Spencer Witkin recently began practicing dentistry in Walterboro.

Dr. Spencer Witkin recently began practicing dentistry in Walterboro.

Dr. Spencer Witkin’s 11 years in the dentistry profession has taken him to more than a few cities. But a recent decision between himself and his wife, Sharon, to locate back in her home town was one the couple is very comfortable with. He approached Dr. Sam Hazel, a very established Walterboro dentist, and he is now in practice with his father-in-law.

Witkin grew up in Greenville, graduating from Greenville High School in 1993. He then attended The Citadel in Charleston, graduating in 1997. He next moved to the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston, graduating with a Doctorate of Dental in 2001.

After his graduation, Witkin started his own dentistry office in Beaufort, where he practiced for eight years. But Witkin, not yet through with the yen for further knowledge, furthered his education at Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He then did a two-year hospital residency stint. “This gave me a lot of surgical experience and experience in other areas of areas of extended dentistry knowledge,” Witkin said.

After his residency was over in 2011, Witkin traveled back to Charleston, where he attained a rather lofty position. “I got the opportunity at MUSC to become Program Director for Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency. I was in charge of four people and supervised their work. But there was a lot of administrative work, and that was just not my strongest point,” Witkin said.

The Witkins returned to Walterboro, where they purchased a home within the Forest Hills subdivision.  “We were excited, and everything just fell into place,” Witkin said.“I just started this week. This is the first day here by myself,” Witkin said Thursday. “Sam’s at the beach playing and I’m here working myself to the bone,” he added with a grin. “We’re moving into our house on Green Bay Street, and plan to close on it Friday. We finally have a place where you can reach out and not touch your neighbors.”  Witkin added he almost feels like a native, because he has been coming to Walterboro since he first started dating his wife in 1997.

Witkin thinks his extensive education in dentistry will give him an advantage within his field. “I hope to provide more comprehensive care for patients. Besides being adept in the field of general dentistry, but I’ll hopefully also be providing surgeries and things of that nature. I think that the advanced training will enable me to provide more services locally, instead of patients having to seek specialists elsewhere.”