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Five star review from Google Palmer distinctive dentistry was the best experience I've ever had at a dentist. They treat you with respect and everyone is very courteous. Pricing is reasonable and the work I had done was quick and painless. Although the time the doctor spent explaining all the options was priceless.
Meet the Team
John J. Palmer, DMDDr. John J. Palmer has been improving lives with beautiful, healthy smiles from the time he graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina School of Dentistry in 1983 at the top of his class. He founded Palmer Distinctive Dentistry with the goal of providing individualized dental care in a comfortable atmosphere with biocompatible materials and gentle procedures. He incorporates the latest technology and stays at the forefront of new research and discoveries, to bring you the best that dentistry has to offer.
Dr. Palmer, a pioneer in advanced dentistry, was among the first dentists nationwide to use CEREC. He incorporated the in-office restoration system in 1997. He has completed extensive Comprehensive Cosmetic Techniques training from the Baylor University. He has also received advanced training at the renowned Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies.
As a dedicated holistic dentist, Dr. Palmer is one of the few professionals trained in the safe removal of amalgam fillings. He uses IAOMT (International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology) established procedures, and maintains awareness that anything affecting your mouth also affects your whole body. Advanced laser technology and ozone therapy are among the safe and surgery-free techniques employed to treat periodontal (gum) disease.
Dr. Palmer chose to establish the first Center for Dental Medicine in the region, with a vision of bridging the gap between the dental and medical communities. This helps in the identification of diseases in the mouth, which may have the potential for causing disease throughout the body.
Dr. Palmer is an accredited member of The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology. He is a national speaker, as well as teaches the Fundamentals of Safely Removing Mercury to members. He is a Board Certified Naturopathic Physician, with certifications from the American Naturopathic Certification Board and the Board of Integrative Medicine and Dentistry. He is proud to be the first dental practice in South Carolina to incorporate The First Fit technology. This system helps to give guests the smile of their dreams in a fast and convenient manner.
Memberships maintained by Dr. Palmer include Omicron Upsilon Dental Honor Society, International Academy of Biological Dentistry and Medicine, Holistic Dental Association, and the International Association of Mercury Safe Dentists.
When Dr. Palmer isn't working or speaking with other dentists about mercury safety, he enjoys golfing, scuba diving, and spending time with his family.
Daniel J. Knause, DMDDr. Daniel J. Knause earned his B.S. in Health and Exercise Science from Furman University in 2009, and his DMD from the Medical University of South Carolina School of Dentistry in 2014. He joined Palmer Distinctive Dentistry in 2014 to practice with the same philosophies as Dr. Palmer, which includes the utilization of the most advanced techniques and most biocompatible materials available in dentistry. He enjoys treating guests with the same quality of care as he would treat his own family. He is dedicated to improving each and every day so his guests can achieve the total oral health that they desire.
Dr. Knause is well versed in the IAOMT (International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology) protocol for safe removal of mercury fillings and other holistic techniques. He understands how the health of the oral cavity relates to whole body wellness.
Dr. Knause is comfortable with some of the most advanced techniques in dentistry today, such as CAD/CAM (Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided Manufacturing) in office crowns as well as ozone therapy. He is dedicated to guest education and understanding because he wants to help his guests make the most informed decisions about their care.
In 2018 Dr. Knause was one of the 1st dentist in the south east to purchase the Solea Laser, it has become a highly sought after technique since one of the great things about it is that it eliminates anesthesia.
Memberships held by Dr. Knause include the Academy of General Dentistry, the South Carolina Dental Association, and the American Dental Association. He is an accredited member of the IAOMT (International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology). Dr. Knause is proud to be part of the first dental practice in South Carolina to incorporate The First Fit technology. This system helps give guests the smile of their dreams in a fast and convenient manner.
Outside of Dentistry, Dr. Knause enjoys staying competitive with his tennis game, where he was nationally ranked number 1 in South Carolina and among the top 35 in the Nation as a junior player. At Furman University, he was a 4 year starter, a 3 time all conference selection, and a 3 time conference champion. He also enjoys golf and fitness training.
Debra G. Adams, DMDPositive guest experience is of great importance to Dr. Adams as your dentist. Some things you will take away from your visit with her are - professional, gentle, patient, kind, and caring. As a guest at Palmer Distinctive Dentistry you can expect to receive extra personal care and attention regarding your dental needs. Dr. Adams works personally with each guest to offer a comprehensive approach to oral health. She believes in conservative, preventative dentistry, and her goal is to increase the longevity of guest’s teeth.
Originally from Tallahassee, FL, Dr. Adams received her Bachelor of Science from Huntingdon College in Montgomery, AL. After graduation she became a dental assistant, where she discovered her love for dentistry. For dental school, she attended the University of Alabama in Birmingham and graduated in 2003. She then joined a private practice in Tallahassee. Dr. Adams has also taught at Marquette Dental School, been on several dental mission trips to both Lima, Peru and Nicaragua, and volunteered her dental services in many locations.
Receiving extra training at Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies her areas of expertise include cosmetic dentistry, and extractions. She also has experience with pediatric, geriatric, and special needs dentistry, and she is comfortable with dental terms in Spanish.
Dr. Adams has had extended training in safe mercury protection, Ozone Therapy and the CEREC CAD/CAM system. Dr. Adams is proud to be part of the first dental practice in South Carolina to incorporate The First Fit technology. This system helps give guests the smile of their dreams in a fast and convenient manner.
Dr. Adams has been in the Greenville community since 2016 and joined Palmer Distinctive Dentistry in July, 2018 with the same values of the holistic techniques and biocompatible materials available today.
Dr. Adams is married to her husband David, and they have two elementary aged children. Her family is very involved with church activities and they enjoy doing things together outdoors.
CeliaHello, my name is Celia, and I am the Office Manager and Marketing Specialist at Palmer Distinctive Dentistry. I have been a team member with Palmer Distinctive Dentistry since July, 1998. I work behind the scenes to make sure everything is running smoothly and that our team and I are providing our guests with the exceptional care that you deserve. I look forward to meeting you and I love seeing our guests leave with the beautiful, healthy smile they came here to get!
I have been married to the love of my life since 1997. Spending time with my husband Marc and my children, Tanner and Naomi is the highlight of my life! We enjoy hiking, camping, swimming, home ping pong tournaments, helping with ministries in our church, and making each other laugh. God has blessed me beyond my wildest dreams! "Whether therefore you eat or drink or whatsoever you do, do all to the glory of God! I Corinthians 10:31
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JenniHi, my name is Jenni. I joined Palmer Distinctive Dentistry in 2015, and became the Front Office Team Leader/Office Coordinator in 2017. I grew up in the upstate of South Carolina, and after graduating from Anderson University, my family and I relocated to Easley. I am so blessed to be a part of Dr. Palmer’s team. He truly cares about each and every one of his guests and wants the very best for them. I enjoy meeting new people and being a small part of what makes their experience in our office exceptional. I am so thankful to work for a dental practice that aligns with my personal spiritual and holistic values.
I have been married to the cutest man in the world, Trey since 2012. We have two beautiful girls, Montgomery and Phoebe, and a lab mix named Barney. My girls are the silliest most precious humans on this planet! In my free time I love to craft and macramé.
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JessicaHi, my name is Jessica. I have been a Registered Dental Hygienist since 2004 and have been a part of the Palmer Distinctive Dental team since 2008.
One of the reasons I became a hygienist is my Dad always told me, "one of the first things you see in a person is their smile!" Therefore, making my guests smile with confidence is a huge reward in my job! Getting to know guests on a personal level and developing a relationship is something of great importance to me! I look forward to meeting you and seeing you smile!
I am married to my best friend Matt, and we have 3 children, Kynlee, Noah and Brooks. As of July 2018, I became a part time hygienist here, and became a full time mom and I enjoy homeschooling our children.
KarynHello, my name is Karyn, I became a team member of Palmer Distinctive Dentistry in 2013, and the Team Lead Hygienist in 2018. I have been a registered dental hygienist since 2006, graduating from Greenville Technical College. I have always enjoyed dentistry, even as a child, I loved to go to the dentist. My goal for all of my guests is that they will leave my chair with a healthy smile. I love the education aspect of my career and to be able to educate my guests is extremely rewarding. I look forward to meeting you and helping to make your smile beautiful and healthy!
In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family! I have a wonderful husband named Bill, four children: Ethan, Abigail and twins, Jacob and Hannah. We enjoy spending time being involved with and volunteering at our church, board games, going to the pool, movie nights, and any of the children's extracurricular activities. Of course, we always love traveling for family vacations and short weekend getaways.
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NoraHello my name is Nora. I have been a dental assistant since 2011. I became a part of Palmer Distinctive Dentistry in March of 2016, and the Team Lead Dental Assistant in 2019. I look forward to meeting each of you as you come in for your dental treatment. I feel that I can help with making each person’s experience a pleasant one.
In August of 2016 I married my best friend, Shawn, who is a firefighter, and in December of 2018 our sweet Harrison joined our family. We also have two fur babies, Bo and Ranger, and we are happily settled in the town of Liberty.
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DarronHello, my name is Darron, and I am from San Antonio, TX. I started my career in dentistry as a Dental Assistant in the U.S. Army in 2001. My wife Jessica, who is also an Army veteran and I moved to Greenville in June, 2011 after we had fulfilled our military obligation. I joined Palmer Distinctive Dentistry in October, 2016. I have always enjoyed dentistry because my mom was also a Dental Assistant.
I also am a personal trainer, and I really enjoy working in two fields that I have a passion for. I look forward to being a part of your dental experience.
MoriahHi, my name is Moriah. I am so excited part of the Palmer Distinctive Dentistry family since 2018. I grew up in the upstate of South Carolina, and after attending USC, I relocated to the Greenville area. I’m an avid CrossFitter and love going hiking with friends. I look forward to getting to know each and every one of our guests and making sure they enjoy their experience with us!
HeatherHello, My name is Heather. I have been in dentistry since 1999 and have worked in a variety of settings. Coming to work for a Holistic dentist has opened my eyes to a new and exciting part of dentistry I never knew existed. I love to learn and expand my skills to help better serve my guests and give them an awesome experience every time I see them. I am also a massage therapist and love that I can integrate my knowledge and blend dentistry and massage therapy.
I have a great husband and 4 children. Originally from Northeast Ohio, I moved here for the beautiful weather and the friendly people of Greenville.
KatieHi, my name is Katie. I've been a Registered Dental Hygienist since 1985 and a part of the Palmer Distinctive Dental team since 2018.
I have a passion for helping people get healthy and I’m so happy to be a part of a team that aspires to do the same. I look forward to meeting you and help you attain your dental health goal.
Lauren PorterHi! My name is Lauren Porter, and I am have been a part of our front office team at Palmer Distinctive Dentistry since March 2019. I graduated from Anderson University in 2013 and consider it a privilege to work with such a caring group of medical professionals.
I am happily married to my wonderful husband, Brett. We have one dog named Millie, and a cat named Sherlock. In our free time we enjoy working on making our home our own, golfing together and checking out local restaurants!
I come to work every day eager to serve our guests with exceptional care and service. I look forward to meeting you!
KristyHi! My name is Kristy. I have been a Certified Dental Assistant since 2001, and a part of Palmer Distinctive Dentistry since May, 2019. I grew up in Duncan, SC and attended Spartanburg Methodist College where I studied biology and then on to Greenville Tech where I earned my Dental Assisting degree. I have worked in all areas of dentistry with a specialty in cosmetic dentistry. One of the things I love most about my job is the ability to guide my guests through their dental treatment as comfortably as possible. Guest education is very important to me. I enjoy getting to know my guests on a personal level and being a part of their journey to a healthy smile.
Outside of work I love spending time with my family. We love being active in our church. I also enjoy crafting, deer hunting and (my favorite) tournament bass fishing.
I look forward to seeing you soon!