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CareSouth Carolina announces Dr. Travis Russell as Dental Director

CareSouth Carolina announces Dr. Travis Russell as Dental Director

March 7th 2024

CareSouth Carolina proudly announces the appointment of Dr. Travis Russell, DDS, as the new Dental Director. Dr. Russell, a distinguished graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry in Chapel Hill, NC, brings a wealth of experience and a passion for public health to his new role.

Dr. Russell has been an integral part of the CareSouth Carolina team for nearly six years, dedicating himself to serving the community and providing high-quality dental care to those in need. His commitment to public health and his desire to make a difference in the lives of patients have been evident throughout his tenure at CareSouth Carolina.

Upon assuming his new role, Dr. Russell expressed his enthusiasm for continuing to serve the community and expand the reach of CareSouth Carolina's dental services. 

"I am honored to take on the role of Dental Director at CareSouth Carolina,” Dr. Russell said. “Since joining the organization, I have been deeply committed to our mission of providing accessible healthcare to all individuals, regardless of their circumstances. I am excited to lead our dental department and further our efforts to improve oral health outcomes in the communities we serve."

In addition to his responsibilities as Dental Director, Dr. Russell will oversee the operations of CareSouth Carolina's Mobile Units and the Bishopville Pediatric Dental office, which will operate with multiple temporary providers while he continues to work in school-based mobile care.

Looking ahead, Dr. Russell outlined his vision for the future of CareSouth Carolina's Dental Department, emphasizing the importance of staff recruitment, outreach, and organizational efficiency. He stated, "My goal is to rebuild our dental team with additional providers, especially from surrounding schools, to enhance our capacity to serve the community. I am passionate about expanding our outreach efforts and ensuring that students understand the importance of oral health. Moreover, I am dedicated to fostering a culture of communication and organization within our department to maximize our impact."

Outside of his professional endeavors, Dr. Russell is an avid sports enthusiast who enjoys staying active and promoting healthy lifestyles. He has a background in kinesiology and enjoys working out.

The Division of Dental Medicine launched with the Miles of Smiles Dental Program. Miles of Smiles is providing oral health services at numerous schools and other community locations. In addition, the dental team now provides a pediatric sedation and dental fears clinic as well as specialized services for individuals with special needs and persons with diabetes and HIV/AIDS.  In 2016, CareSouth Carolina rolled out our Mobile Dental Unit.  The unit provides oral health services to the communities the organization serves.

Miles of Smiles Pediatric Clinic

Provides comprehensive dental care to children 18 years of age and younger throughout the Pee Dee Region. (Includes comprehensive emergency care.)

Oral Health Diabetic Clinic

Provides oral health care and education to patients diagnosed with diabetes or considered pre-diabetic currently being treated at CareSouth Carolina.

Oral Health Cardiovascular Clinic

Provides oral health care and education to patients diagnosed with CVD or considered pre-CVD currently being treated at CSC.

Ryan White Dental Care Clinic

CareSouth Carolina HIV/AIDS integrated dental medicine clinic.

Persons with Special Healthcare Needs Dental Clinic

Through partnerships and affiliation with individual county boards of the South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs to provide oral health services.

Adult Dental Care Cooperative - Dental Clinic

Provides comprehensive dental care to adults within our contracted system.

Adult Oral Emergency Clinic

Provides a referral base to CareSouth Carolina health providers for their patients in need of dental services.

To make an appointment by phone or for more information, please call 866-815-9845.

CareSouth Carolina is a private, non-profit community health center delivering patient-centered health and life services in the Pee Dee region of South Carolina. CareSouth Carolina operates centers in Bennettsville, Bishopville, Cheraw, Chesterfield, Dillon, Hartsville, Lake View, Latta, McColl and Society Hill.

Services provided by CareSouth Carolina include family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, women's services, OB/GYN, HIV/AIDS primary care, infectious disease primary care, IV therapy, substance abuse prevention, dental, chiropractic services, pharmacy, senior support services, family support services, clinical counseling, laboratory, ultrasound, X-Ray, agricultural worker health services, and veterans choice provider.

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