Meet The Team

All professionals at Clemson SC Dental Associates maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest trends in the medical field. Read on to learn more about our staff's experience and training.

Dr. Erik

From Woodhaven, Michigan, Dr. Erik earned his bachelors degree from Kalamazoo College where he was a part of the men's soccer team.  He traveled to Arizona where he received a Master's degree in Biomedical Science from Midwestern University.  Dr. Erik remained at Midwestern University's College of Dental Medicine where he completed his dental education and met the love of his life and now wife, Dr. Christen.

In his spare time, Dr. Erik likes spending time with his family, golfing, and enjoying everything the upstate has to offer.

Dr. Christen

Originally from the Chicago area, Dr. Christen received her bachelor’s degree in Pre-dentistry from the University of Dayton. She completed her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree at the Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine in Glendale, Arizona.  To further her education in dentistry, she completed a one year Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency in Mesa, Arizona.

In her leisure, she enjoys hiking, traveling, and spending time with her husband, children and dog, Roger. Erik and Christen have two children, Grant and Nora.

Drs. Erik and Christen are members of several dental associations including CEREC Doctors, the American Academy of Implant Dentistry as well as the International Association of Orthodontics. Both doctors are committed to continuing their educations by devoting time to a wide variety of courses to advance their education in all aspects of dentistry to better serve their patients.


Paula joined our growing dental practice as our patient care coordinator in September 2017. She has worked in all aspects of the dental field and brings 20 years of experience to the practice. Paula will without a doubt work diligently to provide you with any information necessary to create a welcoming, comfortable dental appointment. Paula is very passionate about the positive impact quality dentistry has on patients self-esteem and overall health. 

Paula is a Pendleton, SC native and enjoys spending time with her family and her English Mastiffs.


Vanessa is a dental hygienist with over 15 years of experience. She graduated from Greenville Technical College in 2002. She takes pride in her role as a hygienist and feels honored to be part of this great team! With a patient-first focus, she is driven to help each patient leave with a healthier smile.

Vanessa is a native of Seneca, S.C. During her downtime she likes hiking the Upstate's beautiful trails, boating on Lake Keowee or cheering on the Clemson Tiger's. She enjoys traveling, spending time with friends, family & most importantly her four-legged child Sadie.


Tezia is a dental hygienist who is originally from Vero Beach, Florida. She has a well-rounded background in dentistry with many years of experience.
Tezia has a passion for dental hygiene which is conveyed by her desire to educate our patients about their oral healthcare needs and concerns. She takes continuing education courses annually to stay on top of the latest trends and information.

In her leisure time she enjoys long weekends in Florida visiting with family and loves a fun competitive game a pinochle.


Kaitlin is a certified dental assistant. She graduated from Tri-County Technical College in 2017 where she received her dental assisting certification.

Kaitlin is able to make our patients feel at ease and keep a smile on their faces. She has been able to quickly learn our digital workflows to enable our patients the most efficient visits possible.

She is s Piedmont, SC native. Her free time is spent enjoying time with her family and going to the mountains!


Olivia has been a dental assistant for five years and has a true passion for dentistry and helping people smile bigger than ever.

Her calm demeanor give patients a sense of relaxation and well-being.

Olivia has two children and two dogs. She is very family oriented and loves spending time with her family as well as camping.



Emily graduated from Tri-Country Techinical College in 2004 with her dental assisting certification.

She loves assisting in the field of dentistry and building relationships with patients as well as making them feel comfortable during their visit.

Emily is happily married with two children and two golden retrievers. She loves to spend time with her family and friends.