Meet Our Dentists

Our team of Charleston dentists is proud to serve all of the surrounding communities with high-quality dental care. We always tailor the care we provide to each patient’s specific needs, so you can rest assured that you’re going to leave with a happy, healthy smile you love.

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Dr. Ammons

Dr. Michael Ammons

Dr. Ammons graduated magna cum laude from Clemson University with a bachelor’s in chemical engineering. He then went on to attend the prestigious Medical University of South Carolina School of Dental Medicine, where he earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree. After graduation, he completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center in Augusta, Georgia, where he focused on surgical placement and restoration of dental implants. Prior to opening his current practice, Dental by Design, Dr. Ammons was the owner and operator of a traveling dental implant service in the Charleston area.

As part of his commitment to providing the best care possible to his patients, Dr. Ammons completes an average of 200 hours of continuing education each year. He is also a member of the following professional organizations:

  • American Dental Association
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • American Academy of Implant Dentistry
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • American Dental Society of Anesthesiology
  • South Carolina Dental Association
  • Academy of Osseointegration

His proudest accomplishment is his beautiful family. Dr. Ammons and his wife, Melisse, have four boys – twins, Jeremiah and Elliot, Gideon, and Jude Sawyer.


Dr. Early - Dentist in Camden

Dr. John B. Early

Dr. Early attended Clemson University for his undergraduate studies. He was a member of the Tigers football team and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology. He then went on to the Medical University of South Carolina School of Dental Medicine, where he received his Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree. Dr. Early has received advanced training in dental implants, Invisalign® orthodontics, cosmetic dentistry, and oral surgery. He enjoys being a dentist and helping improve his patients’ smiles and lives. Dr. Early regularly attends continuing education courses and is a member of the following professional organizations:

  • American Dental Association
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • South Carolina Dental Association

Outside of his work in dentistry, Dr. Early and his wife, Taylor, are proud parents to their daughter and son. In his spare time, he enjoys going to church, golfing, completing home improvement projects, painting, traveling, and watching Clemson football.


Dr. Blank - Dentist in Charleston

Dr. Jeff Blank

Dr. Jeff T. Blank is a native of Charleston and grew up on James Island. He graduated from the College of Charleston with honors in 1985 and received a B.S. in Biology. He attended the Medical University of South Carolina, College of Dental Medicine, graduated in the top 10 of his class, and was awarded his DMD degree in 1989. Dr. Blank relocated to Fort Mill, SC, and was founder and owner of the Carolina Smile Center where he emphasized cosmetic and complex restorative dentistry for over 27 years. Beginning in 1999, Dr. Blank has distinguished himself as a post-doctoral clinical educator; presented over 500 lectures at major dental meetings throughout North America and 14 countries abroad; authored over 100 published clinical manuscripts; holds a U.S. Patent, and has served as a paid consultant to numerous dental manufacturers. With nearly 30 years of clinical experience, what Dr. Blank genuinely enjoys the most is building compassionate, trusting clinical relationships and enhancing the quality of life of each and every patient.


Dr. Grosso - Camden Orthodontist

Dr. Michael Grosso

Dr. Michael Grosso received a Bachelor of Science in engineering from the University of South Carolina, where he graduated first in his class. He obtained his Doctorate of Dental Medicine from the Medical University of South Carolina and his Orthodontic Certificate from Fairleigh Dickinson University in his native state of New Jersey. Dr. Michael Grosso has been practicing orthodontics for over 25 years in Moncks Corner, Summerville, and Camden, SC. When he’s not creating beautiful smiles, Dr. Grosso enjoys restoring classic cars, teaching bible study, and spending time with his family. He lives in Pinopolis, SC.


Dr. Hamilton - James Island Dentist

Dr. Ron Hamilton

Dr. Ron is a native of Charleston raised on James Island. He studied at Davidson College in Davidson, NC before attending the Medical University of South Carolina School of Dental Medicine for his doctorate degree. Dr. Ron has also completed advanced post-graduate courses on dental practice management as well as clinically taught occlusion and splint therapy. He is a member of the national state and local chapters of the American Dental Association. Since 1980, Dr. Ron has been practicing dentistry in the area, combining his polished clinical skills with his love and care for both his patients and dental team. Dr. Ron is trained in all phases of dentistry and his experience, understanding, and abilities allow him to offer long-lasting and exceptional results.


Dr. Steve Fred - James Island Dentist

Dr. Steve Fred

Education & Experience

  • Graduated, Emory University Dental School
  • Served 6 years in the U.S. Public Health Service providing hospital based dental care and dental research at the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, Maryland
  • Established a private practice in Bethesda as well

Dr. Fred’s hospital and research participation have enabled him to bring a wealth of experience to the general dentistry in which he practices. After over 30 years of dentistry, he found the perfect successor to his practice and semi-retired in 2016 before moving here to Charleston.

Having grown up in Atlanta with close family members from Gaffney, SC, Dr. Fred is a Southerner at heart. His wife Lisa is a former Dental Hygienist, now an Esthetician, and she established Charleston Lashes and Skincare here in 2018. Steve and Lisa enjoy their five grandchildren, two furry pups Molly and Moses, traveling, and any and all activities that involve being on the water or the beach.

Our doctors and teams can’t wait to meet you and see your smile!

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Ammons Dental By Design

Ammons Dental By Design