It was an unexpected surprise when Dr. Jenkins received an invitation to visit Greenville for the first time in May of 2012. “The call came just as I was finishing my residency at the University of Kentucky in Periodontics, and I couldn’t have been more thrilled.” It was three years ago when Dr. Jenkins moved from her Bluegrass home of Lexington, Kentucky to the Upstate and it was love at first site. Her daughter, Lucie, has also grown incredibly fond of the beauty and dynamic downtown of Greenville. Lucie, a high schooler, is an avid photographer and loves writing music and enjoying the local art scene. Dr. Jenkins enjoys cooking, working out, antiquing, and discovering new restaurants in Greenville.
Education and Experience
Dr. Jenkins practiced as a nurse for 15 years prior to dental school, and knew she wanted and needed more from her professional career. At 35, she embarked on the biggest adventure of her life and pursued her dental degree at the University of Kentucky. After specializing in periodontics, she began searching for the right community to work and live in. Greenville was the perfect fit and in 2012, she began her professional career here. She feels her previous healthcare experience gives her an advantage in being able to provide highly compassionate, personalized care to all her patients.
Periodontics is a specialty of dentistry dealing with the soft tissue and bone surrounding teeth and implants. The primary focus is helping patients achieve and maintain optimal oral health. It requires an additional three years of training in order to obtain the specialty license. Dr. Jenkins is a board-certified periodontist, which requires additional training for specialized credentialing. She is a proud and active member of the American Dental Association, the South Carolina Dental Association, the American Academy of Periodontics, and is a Diplomat of the American Board of Periodontology. Dr. Jenkins is also an active member of the Greenville County Dental Society and the Piedmont Dental Society.