Meet The Southeastern Dental Team

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Dr. Linda Bridges of Southeastern DentalDr. Linda W. Bridges graduated with her Associates of Arts degree from Oxford College in 1987 and went on to receive her Bachelor of Arts from Emory University in 1989. She was awarded her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from Northwestern University School of Dentistry in 1999, and afterwards, moved to Greenville, South Carolina where she would go on to open her state of the art practice, Southeastern Dental.

Dr. Bridges is a strong believer in continued education for both herself and the SE Dental team. Under her leadership, the entire staff, including Dr. Bridges, continually strives to improve upon the best products and techniques offered at the practice. She is also committed to cutting edge dental technology and research.

She’s an active member of the American Dental Association (ADA), the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, The South Carolina Dental Association, and a small number of other local and regional research groups.

Dr. Bridges is also a passionate advocate for dental patients of all backgrounds and complications. She was an early implementer of digital radiography and the use of mercury-free fillings, which SE Dental has been using since inception. Dr. Bridges is passionate about dental products that are bio-compatible and mimic natural tooth structure.

Dr. Bridges is married to Gene Bridges, whom she shares the joy of two beautiful children with. Her ultimate dream is for her children to follow in her footsteps or at the least, be as happy in their profession as she is. In her free time, Dr. Bridges enjoys working out, traveling, reading, and spending as much time as possible with her family.

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Chrystal Borghi of Southeastern DentalCrystal is our lead Dental Hygienist. She graduated from York Technical Colelge as a Registered Dental Hygienist and has been with Southeastern Dental for five years. Crystal is also certified in CPR, digital X-rays, and Nitrous Oxide applications for relaxation dentistry.

Crystal’s specialty is in taking care of periodontal teeth, and no one can clean stains off teeth better than her! She has had amazing results working with patients with periodontal disease and Crystal is genuinely excited about working closely with patients in helping them achieving their optimal oral heath.

She has beautiful, healthy white teeth, and Crystal will be happy to show you first hand the incredible benefits of proper oral hygiene and whitening! Crystal is also an avid cook and enjoys being her husband Stephen, whom together, they enjoy traveling and volunteering on building projects for communities in North and South Carolina.

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Katie Huxster of Southeastern DentalKatie has been Dr. Bridges’ Dental Assistant since 2008. She is CPR and X-ray certified, as well as certified in Nitrous Oxide application for relaxation dentistry. Katie is committed to her patients and takes time with each to answer questions and concerns, while explaining what they can expect from each visit.

“Because Dr. Bridges has chosen to keep our practice small, it allows me more time to spend with each patient to address their individual needs. I really enjoy getting to know my patients, while taking care to slow down and not rush the visit”, she says. Katie has defiantly perfected the art of helping our patients feel completely comfortable and at home when they come to Southeastern Dental.

With Katie by your side, you’ll have a hard time leaving the office without a smile. With her husband Cliff and son Caleb, Katie moved to South Carolina from North Hampshire and has happily welcomed a wonderful daughter-in-law, Meagan, to her family.

Katie has two Jack Russells, Gracie and Finnigan, and a rather reserved cat, Miss Layla. She enjoys baking, biking, gardening, and relaxing evenings spent with friends and family on her front porch.

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Tammy Putnam of Southeastern DentalTammy Putman is our office manager. She is one of the smiling faces you will see as you walk through the front door and will be the friendly voice when you call our dental office. Tammy has been in the dental field for 25 years and is responsible for all of the scheduling, financial and insurance operations for Southeastern Dental. Her experience and expertise is helping our patients find the best financial solutions for their particular needs, and in getting the most out of their insurance benefits.

Tammy is eager to help with any and all questions you may have, whether it be through email, text message, or Facebook!

Tammy is happily married to her high school sweetheart, Boyce, and they have two wonderful children together, Brock and Breana. She also volunteers at the Free Dental Clinic and in her off-time enjoys reading, gardening, and spending time with her friends and family at the beach or sporting events.

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Caitlyn Scott of Southeastern DentalCaitlyn is our newest hygienist, bringing a fresh and happy energy to Southeastern Dental. Like Crystal, she is also a graduate of York Technical College and is certified in CPR, digital X-rays, and Nitrous Oxide application. She’s excited to be apart of this practice and eager to get to know her patients. Courtney looks forward to building the first of many lasting relationships here.

Caitlyn is a fantastic hygienist; her day involved getting to know new faces, promoting teeth health, wellness, and education through provisional care, and getting a few laughs along the way!

Her immediate goals include providing her patients with the best possible care while developing a trustworthy and relaxing environment for everyone.
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