Dr. Andy Collins has opened a new practice and welcomed a new associate, Dr. Todd Bell.
After 33 years as a dentist in Colonial Heights, Dr. Andy Collins has opened a new practice and welcomed a new associate, Dr. Todd Bell.
Dr. Bell, who grew up in Kingsport, is a recent graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry. On July 1, he will join the new practice - which is open in a brand new building at 1339 Moreland Drive in Kingsport.
“I’m expecting to learn as much from him as he’ll learn from me,” Dr. Collins said. “He’ll learn from my 30 years of experience of working with people... and I’m looking forward to the new technology that we’ll be using.”
He said he learned about Dr. Bell through a mutual friend in the community – and his fine reputation preceded him.
Dr. Bell, who graduated from Sullivan Central High School and East Tennessee State University, spent several years working as associate director and worship leader at a non-denominational ministry for college students in Johnson City before he applied to dental school.
He said he began working at The Well college ministry while he was a student at ETSU and continued for several years after graduation, serving there for a total of nine years.
Eventually, he came back to his longtime interest in dentistry and decided to go back to school to pursue that career path. In 2009, he and his wife, Shelley, moved to Memphis so that he could attend dentistry school. While he was in school, their two children were born: 3-year-old daughter Anne Elyse and 1-year-old son McClain.
Dr. Bell, 34, graduated in May and is moving his family back to the Tri-Cities area.
“We just have a lot of roots here, and we love this area,” he said. “It made a lot of sense to come back here and raise our family here.”
He said working with Dr. Collins presents a good opportunity to practice with someone who has a like-minded approach to practicing dentistry, with a focus on treating patients and staff well and being involved in the community in a positive way.
He said his ministry background – and the valuable life experience that came with it – has helped to shape his perspective on the importance of compassion.
“Dentistry is a profession where you have an opportunity to build a long-term relationship with your patients because there’s a good chance that you’ll have a lot of patients that come back to you for years and years, and you see their kids grow up, and you get to treat their family, and you get to know them,” said Dr. Bell. “I think that’s a unique way to serve your community and be involved in your community.”
He said Dr. Collins has been very welcoming and he’s looking forward to joining his new practice.
Dr. Collins and Dr. Bell practice general dentistry and orthodontics, and they are currently accepting new patients. The office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and can be reached by phone at 423-239-7450.
In addition to dental cleanings, x-rays and tooth-colored fillings, the services they offer include tooth whitening, cosmetic dentistry, crowns, bridges, dentures, dental implants, root canals, dental sealants and braces.
More information can be found online at http://www.drcollinsdentistry.com/.