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Dentist Phillip Marshall believes in quality care in comfortable setting

May 15th, 2012 9:49 am by Cindy Harmon

Dentist Phillip Marshall believes in quality care in comfortable setting

Dr. Phillip Marshall and dental assistant Margaret Harwood treat a patient.

It might surprise you to learn that good oral hygiene plays a big role in your overall health. Your at-home routine, when supplemented with regular dental visits, can help prevent tooth decay, gum disease and other oral problems. According to, it can actually help you live well, longer.

"Preventative care is the main goal of any practice," said Dr. Phillip Marshall, D.D.S. "We don’t want to do extractions or root canals, but sometimes disease takes you there. Our number one goal is to help patients keep their teeth for the rest of their lives."

Dr. Marshall, a Kingsport native and Dobyns-Bennett graduate, did his undergraduate studies at East Tennessee State University and earned his doctorate at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis. After graduating from dental school, he returned to Kingsport and, for six months, worked alongside his childhood dentist, Dr. Larry Gillenwater, who has become a friend and mentor.

"I always wanted to do something in the health care profession because, to me, there is no better way to help people than to make them feel better," said Marshall. "I had gone to Belize with Dr. Gillenwater and assisted him with dental work, that’s how I was exposed to this profession. I wanted to do something where I can provide care for people and also have time for family, and dentistry has that balance."

A member of the American Dental Association and the Tennessee Dental Association, Marshall got married and took over Gillenwater’s practice during the same month last December. He is currently accepting new patients.

"Our practice and patient philosophies are very similar: care, comfort and trust. He has entrusted me to care for the patients he has taken care of for so long. When you trust your dentist, you know he will do what is right for you and your family," Marshall said sincerely.

Whether you’re new to town or just haven’t seen a dentist in some time, Dr. Marshall and his team will skillfully evaluate and assess your oral health needs. Dental assistants Margaret Harwood and Fanta Henderson have a combined 37 years of experience, and are joined by hygienists Debbie Liddle and Susan Avery who have 39 and 33 years of experience, respectively. Receptionist Pat Sandidge, who’s been making appointments and keeping track of patient records for eight years, rounds out the team.

"When selecting a dentist, there must be a level of comfort, and the personality and character of the office plays a part. All of our patients have become our friends, and that is due in part to our caring team of professionals. That’s how Dr. Gillenwater espoused it and that’s how we are going to keep it," said Marshall.

Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and Fridays by appointment.

His office is located in the Center Street Medical Building, 1335 E. Center Street, Suite 2, Kingsport. If you have questions or want to schedule an appointment, call 423-247-5125.

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