Dental Staff

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.


Jennifer is a dental hygienist. Originally from Pinckney, Michigan and has a well-rounded background in dentistry. After graduating from hygiene school she moved to the upstate and has been practicing for 21 years.  Jennifer has a passion for dental hygiene which is conveyed by her desire to educate and instruct each patient regarding their decisions about their oral health and treatment options.  She continues to gain dental knowledge by attending continuing education classes to be current with dental information and technology.

In her leisure time she enjoys being with her family and sons, Joshua and Jacob, her love for water you can find her boating, on the dock, and enjoying sunsets. She also likes spending time with friends at the lake, cooking with the herbs grown in her garden and planting flowers. She has two dogs, Bob and Max as well as two cats, Moe and Astro.


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.


Miranda is our dental assistant and she is from Anderson, South Carolina.  She has over twenty years of experience as a dental assistant and has more energy now than ever. She received her dental assisting training in Arizona and has since been certified by AnMed Health as a radiologic technologist.  Miranda has a knack for making all of our patients feel welcome and comfortable throughout their treatment.  She strives to stay educated on techniques and dental materials to better serve our patients by attending dental related lectures and courses.

Her free time is spent with family and friends on the lake, raising chickens, and playing board games.  She has two sons, AJ and Stone and a daughter, Ashley.  In addition to her chickens, she has four birds, and a dog, Maggie.


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.