Creating Beautiful Smiles
by Melissa LaScaleia
“I grew up in Fayetteville, NC,” says Dr. Daniel W. Miller, Jr., in an interview with the Insider. “My grandfather was a dentist, and growing up, I used to spend a lot of time with him during the summer months; so began my love affair with dentistry.”
Dr. Miller attended Mars Hill University in the mountains of North Carolina, where he decided to take a pre-med track and double-majored in Biology and Chemistry. Ultimately he received his degree in dental medicine from The Medical University of South Carolina in 1978.
Dr. Miller has been practicing dentistry for forty-one years. He began his career practicing in Dillon, SC. It didn’t take long for the allure of Murrells Inlet to bring Dr. and Mrs. Miller, along with their children, to the Grand Strand. They have called Murrells Inlet home since 1993.
Dr. Miller joined Dr. Philip N. Render in practice in 1995. Dr. Miller became the primary partner in the business in 2008. Today he owns the practice with his son Daniel W. Miller III.
Dr. Miller is encouraged: “The future of our practice is in the competent hands of Dr. Daniel W. Miller III, and our new associate, Dr. Benjamin H. Collins.”
Dr. Daniel W. Miller III followed in his father’s footsteps and has been practicing dentistry for fifteen years. He received his undergraduate degree from Wofford College, and received his degree in Dental Medicine from The Medical University of South Carolina in 2004. Dr. Dan calls Murrells Inlet home and enjoys it with his wife and two children.
Their newest associate is Dr. Benjamin H. Collins. He is a native of Perry, GA. He came to love the Grand Strand while he attended Coastal Carolina University where he received his undergraduate degree in Biology. He also played football at Coastal Carolina University and is a proud Chanticleer. Dr. Collins went on to receive his degree in dental medicine from The Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University. In his spare time he enjoys golf and the Inlet life.
“I’m sure my sentiment is echoed by Dr. Dan and Dr. Collins when I say how lucky we are to live and work in a fast growing, ever changing, and diverse community,” says Dr. Miller. “We look forward to serving the dental needs of our community for a long time to come.”
South Strand Dental Associates P. A., 1616 Azalea Drive, Surfside Beach, SC 29587. Open M-Th 8:30am-5pm; F 8:30am-1pm. 843-238-5111. www.southstranddental.com