Dr. Jeff Gardner graduated from The Medical University of South Carolina in 1992. He is involved in many professional organizations including The South Carolina Dental Association, The Seattle Study Club, The Academy of General Dentistry and is a past president of The Coastal District Dental Society.
Dr. Gardner is a member of the leadership council of The South Carolina Donated Dental Services. He received his Mastership in The Academy of General Dentistry (MAGD) in 2015. This award requires completion of 1100 hours of approved continuing education courses. At least 400 of the hours require “hands-on” coursework. Only 2% of dentists in the United States have achieved this high honor.
Dr. Gardner is married to Roberta Gardner with whom he has two daughters, Sophie and Lydia. His hobbies include running, soccer, metal detecting, fishing, and flying his drone. Visit Dr. Gardner at Smiling Oak Dentistry today!
Having been interested in health careers in high school, Dr. Jessica Peele’s love for dentistry blossomed with an international volunteer trip to the Dominican Republic where she was able to gain her first experience in the field. After completing her Biology undergraduate degree from UNC- Chapel Hill, she was lucky enough to travel to Europe, for what ended up being 5 months of exploring and working in new and exciting cultures. The main force that drove her back to the states was Dental School!
Heading back to her home town of Chapel Hill for dental school, Dr. Peele was able to expand the reach of her education by organizing a dental service trip to Nepal. She was also involved in local community service throughout her career at UNC and was an active member of her class, serving as Social Chair and Class Secretary.
Dr. Peele completed an extra year of training through a General Practice Residency at MAHEC Clinic in Asheville, North Carolina. At this clinic, she was able to treat a variety of patients with many complex dental needs, ranging from difficult Oral Surgery, Denture and Partial, Endodontic, and Crown and Bridge cases. She is very excited to join the team at Smiling Oak Dentistry and explore the “other” Carolina. When not practicing dentistry, Dr. Peele can be found enjoying the outdoors, exploring Charleston’s waterways in her canoe, and experimenting with new and interesting recipes.
Elizabeth is from Columbia, S.C. She has lived in Charleston since 1991. Liz graduated from the College of Charleston in 1995. She received an Associate Health degree from Trident Technical College in 2001. Liz has been a hygienist with the practice since 2010. She enjoys exercising, boating, and spending time with her husband and son.
Rebecca was born and raised in Massachusetts. She moved to VA in her 20’s where she met her husband, Andrew. They have lived in Charleston since 2010. Rebecca graduated from the Dental Hygiene program at Trident Technical College in 2014. She loves spending time with her Golden Doodle, “Gentleman”, and exploring all the yummy food and beverage spots that Charleston has to offer.
Bridgette was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina. She graduated from Trident Technical College as a Certified Expanded Duty Dental Assistant. As a dental assistant for Dr. Gardner and Dr. Peele, Bridgette ensures optimal comfort and communication with all patients. Bridgette is the middle sister of three girls. During her free time, she enjoys the outdoors, going out with family & friends, and most of all spending time with her niece – Kelanie.
Natali was born and raised in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. She has lived in the Charleston area for more than 20 years. She is married to Chad and they have 8-year-old twin boys – Harrison and Hudson. They enjoy traveling, boating and Clemson sports. Natali went to Trident Technical School for Dental Assisting and worked as a Certified Dental Assistant for 15 years. Now you can find her at the front desk helping patients with scheduling appointments, accounts receivable, treatment plans, and filing insurance.
Lisette grew up on Long Island, New York. She moved to Charleston, South Carolina in the Summer of 2004 with her husband Mike. They have two sons and a daughter. During the week you can find her at the front desk answering calls, scheduling appointments, treatment plans, working on your insurance needs, and accounts receivable. She enjoys playing with her USTA tennis teams, biking, walking and just spending time with the family.