Dentist in Columbia, SC
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Polly E. Paton, D.D.S.
Dr. Polly Paton began her career in dentistry as a dental hygienist in Columbia, S.C. She finished a B.S. in Biology at UNCC and graduated from dental school at UNC Chapel Hill with doctorate in dental surgery in 1988.
She is a member of the S.C. Dental Association, Serves on the SCDA Foundation Board and is a member of the Palmetto Study Club. She also gives time to the Children’s Dental Clinic of the Midlands
Dr. Paton is an avid golfer and loves to visit family and friends. At home, she takes care of her husband, Jim and her cat Harley. They keep her busy!
Terry Nichols, D.M.D.
Dr. Terry “Nick” Nichols, originally from Seneca, SC, graduated from Clemson University with a B.S. in Biological Sciences. He completed his Doctorate of Dental Medicine at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and finished a one-year residency in Advanced Education in General Dentistry at East Carolina University.
He is a member of the S.C. Dental Association and American Dental Association. In his free time, he loves spending time with his wife, Shannon, and their son, Sullivan.
Certified Dental Assistant
I graduated from Midlands Technical College in 2004 with a diploma in Expanded Duty Dental Assisting. Following graduation, I began working for Dr. Paton. I enjoy talking with our patients, making them feel comfortable and being part of the dental team.
In my free time I attend my sons sporting events and volunteeing with non-profit organizations. I like being outdoors and reading.
I graduated from A.W. Beattie Technical School in 1984 with a degree in Dental Assisting. I started working for Dr. Paton in 1996.
I love to spend time with my husband, Barry and my son , Eric. I have 6 stepchildren and 11 grandchildren that keep me busy. I also love to visit my family in Pittsburgh PA. and watch the Steelers and Gamecocks play football.
Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH)
I graduated from Midlands Technical College with a Bachelor of Science degree in dental hygiene in 1994 and have been working with Dr. Paton ever since (WOW! That was a long time ago). Prior to that, I was a dental assistant in another office for approximately 10 years and that is where I met Dr. Paton.
I am a member of Shandon Baptist Church. My husband, Steve and I have a blended family of 4 children and 4 ½ grandchildren. I enjoy gardening and experimenting with new foods in the kitchen.
Loriann S. Rast
Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH)/Certification to Administer Infiltration Anesthesia/STM Certification.
I am a graduate of Midlands technical College. Before becoming a Dental Hygienist I was an EDDA( Dental Asst.) for 8 years .I have worked for Dr. Paton since 2009. My 21 years in dentistry has been very rewarding. Coming to work is no struggle for me. I love my job, the staff and Dr. Paton! My husband, Kevin and I have known each other since we were 11 years old. We are blessed with our sweet boy, Cooper, who is five. We all love anything outdoors. Living in the country allows us to do just that! Four wheelers, beach, hunting, and fishing.