Lori A. Hawkins, DDS
I’m Dr. Lori Hawkins and own Hawkins Family Dentistry in Belpre, Ohio.
A licensed dentist since 1999, I opened Hawkins Family Dentistry in December 2002 after working for three years as an associate at another office. Since then, I can proudly say I work with the best group of dental professionals and I have a wonderful family of patients.
My undergraduate degree surprises many, as it is in communications/journalism. I graduated from Bethany College in 1990 where my studies concentrated in anything but the sciences. It was when I was working as a reporter/city editor for a small daily newspaper in the coalfields of southern West Virginia that I had my first serious interaction with the dental field. Having had dental insurance for the first time in my life while working in Williamson, I put myself through braces and endured surgery to fix my occlusion, or bite. The orthodontist and oral surgeon were wonderful inspirations. I decided then, that I wanted to work with people and be a positive in their lives — like those two very influential dentists.
After my jaw surgery in 1993, I moved to Parkersburg, WV to work fulltime at the newspaper. And, while working evenings as features editor and copy editor, I attended WVU-Parkersburg in the morning and earned all the pre-requisite science credits needed to apply to dental school.
I studied at West Virginia University School of Dentistry from 1995 to 1999. While there, I discovered a love for many aspects of the field, which convinced me that general dentistry was my “thing.” I love doing a little of every part of the field. When I graduated in 1999, I earned senior awards in prosthodontics, pediatric dentistry, general dentistry and academics. And, as I have grown in my dental practice since, I can say I enjoy performing all procedures – fillings, extractions, simple root canals, dentures, partials, crowns, bridges, veneers, orthodontics via Invisalign, and whitening. However, I must say the most rewarding is the look on patients’ faces when we complete cosmetic procedures – both simple and complex. I love making a difference in their smiles.
On a more personal note, I am the proud mother of twin boys, Nick and Chase. Because of them, I follow more sports – local, college and professional – than the typical mom. I enjoy playing golf when I get the chance and I enjoy working out to stay healthy. I am an optimist who loves spur-of-the-moment road trips and sitting on the beach. I love salmon, sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie. I don’t enjoy doing laundry or tomatoes. I am on the Belpre Savings Bank board of directors and I am treasurer for my boys’ high school soccer boosters. I am a member of the American Dental Association, the Ohio Dental Association and the Muskingum Valley Dental Society.
So, welcome to Hawkins Family Dentistry! My staff and I look forward to a wonderful dental relationship with you.