Carolina Periodontics & Endodontics
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Our Team

Carolina Periodontics & Endodontics

Mission Statement:

We at Carolina Periodontics & Endodontics are dedicated to preservation and restoration of our patients oral health in a compassionate and caring environment.  We aim to provide a low-stress, comfortable, and pain-free experience utilizing the most current evidence based dental technologies and techniques available.

Chad Matthews DMD, MS

Dr. Chad Matthews was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  He attended Bradley University in Peoria, IL for his undergraduate education, receiving a  Bachelor's of Science in Chemistry.  He received his dental training at The University of Kentucky College of Dentistry, graduating in 2006 as a Doctor of Dental Medicine.  Dr. Matthews then attended The Ohio State University General Practice Residency, receiving a Certificate in 2007.  During this time he cared for many special needs patients and spent a large amount of time in the hospital caring for severely medically compromised patients.  Following this training he was accepted into the Periodontology program at the Ohio State Univeristy, and in 2010 he received his Certificate in Periodontology and Masters of Science in Dentistry.  During this time he underwent extensive training in surgical procedures to correct gum disease, correct recession, and place dental implants.  In the summer of 2011 Dr. Matthews officially became a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology, a distinction that is limited to approximately one third of all practicing periodontists.

Dr. Matthews was actively involved in research both at The University of Kentucky as well as at The Ohio State University.  In 2009 Dr. Matthews was selected to participate in the Balint Orban Competition at the annual American Academy of Periodontology meeting in Boston.  This competition selects the top research projects submitted by periodontal residents across the country, and represents the highest competition a resident can be selected to participate in.  Dr. Matthews has also presented his research at numerous meetings including the International Association of Dental Researchers.  

His Publications include:

Host-Bacterial Interactions During Introduction and Resolution of Experimental Gingivitis in Current Smokers. J Periodontol. March 2012 (Epub ahead of print)

Tobacco Smoking Affects Bacterial Acquisition and Colonization in Oral Biofilms. Infect. Immun. Vol 79 (11) Page 4730-38

Host Bacterial Interactions in Early Plaque Formation in Current and Never Smokers.  Masters Thesis.  The Ohio State University. Advisor: Kumar, PS

Effect of Smoking on Gingival Responses to Plaque Accumulation [abstract] J Dent Res. Vol 88. Special issue A: International Association of Dental Research: Abstract no. 818

Smoking alters subgingival host-bacterial interactions [abstract] J Clin Perio. 2009 ed. Vol. 36, no. Suppl 9. 

Rat Model of Polymicrobial Infection, Immunity, and Alveolar Bone Resorption in Periodontal Disease.  Infect Immun. 2007 Apr;75(4):1704-12


Dr. Matthews is a member of the American Academy of Periodontology, the American Dental Association, and the American Academy of Osseointegration. 

In his free time Dr. Matthews enjoys spending time with his family, golfing, and reading.

Rachel Matthews DMD, MS

Dr. Rachel Matthews was born and raised in Peoria, Illinois.  She attended Bradley University in Peoria for her undergraduate education, graduating in 2002 with a Bachelor's of Science in Cell and Molecular Biology.  She then attended The University of Kentucky College of Dentistry for her dental training, graduating with a Doctor of Dental Medicine Degree in 2006.  Following her time in Kentucky, Dr. Matthews was accepted into the Endodontics Residency Program at The Ohio State University, and In 2008 she received her Certificate in Endodontics and Masters of Science in Dentistry.  During this time she underwent extensive training in non-surgical and surgical root canal procedures using the most current technology available.

Dr Matthews masters research on the effects of local anesthesia was published in the Journal of Endodontics in March of 2009.

Articaine for Supplemental Buccal Mandibular Infiltration Anesthesia in Patients with Irreversible Pulpitis when the Inferior Alveolar Block Fails. Matthews, R, et al.  Journal of Endodontics. 35:3 Pages 343-346   

Dr. Matthews is a member of the American Association of Endodontists, the American Dental Association, and the Southern Academy of Endodontists. 

In her free time Dr. Matthews enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and taking photographs of the kids.

Meet Our Team

Jessica - Dental Hygienest RDH

Jessica is a Registered Dental Hygienist who we had been eagerly awaiting to join our team in 2014 soon after graduation.  She received her Associate in Applied Science, Dental Hygiene from York Technical College where she earned two awards for academic excellence including one from the South Carolina Dental Association.  Jessica is also a 2007 graduate of the University of South Carolina where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.

Jessica is committed to continuing education in order to provide the most up to date care available  Jessica is passionate about educating her patients in improving and maintaining their oral health and she always focuses on patient comfort throughout every visit.

Jessica was raised in Rock Hill, SC and is kept busy at home with her husband and 3 sons. In her free time she enjoys being with her family, the outdoors, cooking and reading. 

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Lori - Office Manager RDH

Lori is the wonderful woman that will assist you in making your appointment as well as all things insurance related.  Lori has much experience in navigating the difficult and often confusing world of dental insurance and takes great pride in making the process easy for each of our patients. 

Lori attended West Liberty State College in West Virginia and graduated with her associate degree in Dental Hygiene in 1984.  Following graduation Lori has worked in a periodontal office as a hygienist, at The Ohio State University in the dental implant research program, and as a consultant for dental practices with Paragon Management.

Lori was also previously the office manager at the endodontic practice in Ohio in which Dr. Rachel had been an associate prior to opening Carolina Periodontics & Endodontics in 2010.  Once Dr. Rachel began to practice without Lori she realized our practice would not be complete without her.  So, with many discussions and the promise of nicer weather in South Carolina we were excited to have Lori join our team in the summer of 2011.

When not on the phone with insurance companies, Lori enjoys staying active outdoors, especially by roller-blading.  Lori also is a proud foster parent and loves making a difference in the lives of the children she is blessed to be with.

Heather - Assistant Office Manager

Heather grew up in upstate New York and moved to the Fort Mill/Rock Hill area in 2001.  Heather joined our team in February 2017 after taking time off from the dental field to enjoy her young children.  Heather's career in the field of dentistry goes back 10 years and she is happy and excited to be back helping patients in any way she can.

When Heather is away from the office she enjoys traveling with friends and family, especially to the beach or camping with her two children.

Katie - Periodontal Assistant DA

Katie joined our family in January of 2012 following a move from Tucson, Arizona to Fort Mill.  Katie is originally from Pennsylvania but moved out to Arizona and graduated from the dental assisting school at the Pima Medical Institute in 2011.  Katie worked briefly in Tucson before realizing how much nicer South Carolina would be and relocated. 

When not enthusiastically greeting and caring for our patients, Katie enjoys spending time with her husband and her 2 wonderful children at their basketball games, as well as driving her children too and from these basketball events.  She loves running, going to the beach, and as mentioned previously, driving her kids around for basketball.  It's no wonder why she has found South Carolina to be such a nice place to call home!

Megan - Endodontic Assistant DA

Megan is a native of Rock Hill and graduated from Rock Hill High School.  She joined our team in June 2016, shortly after graduating from the dental assisting program at Palmetto School of Career Development in Rock Hill. 

When not caring for our patients, Megan enjoys spending time with her husband and their daughter.  She also enjoys kyaking on the Catawba River, traveling, and shopping with her mother.

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