Dr. Townsend's roots in dentistry and commitment to education grow deep. Originally from Social Circle, GA, He attended Furman University and received a Bachelor's of Science degree in Biology. After completing a masters degree in Biochemistry from Colorado State University, he and his wife then enjoyed starting their family in Richmond, VA while attending Dental School at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry, graduating Magma Cum Laud. Out of a desire to further expand his clinical capabilities, Dr. Townsend then completed a 2 year General Practice Residency in Dentistry with Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC. While there, he served as Chief Resident of the Department of Dentistry and received an Anesthesia License for Moderate Conscious Sedation with the State of North Carolina. This additional training has proven to equip Dr. Townsend to not only provide General Dental care to the general public at high standards but to also include those patients with severely compromised medical histories, special needs, and uncontrolled anxiety.
Having grown up in a small town and desiring this experience for his own children, Dr. Townsend and his wife, Stephanie began an effort to locate themselves closer to family but do so in the mountains they love of Western NC. During this time, Dr. Townsend accepted a faculty appointment as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Wake Forest School of Medicine, a position that he continues to maintain. After much evaluation, he and his family were thrilled to land themselves in Spruce Pine, NC in 2008. In doing so, Dr. Townsend continues the legacy of dentistry within the Townsend family by representing the 3rd generation of the profession in his family.
Professionally, Dr. Townsend enjoys seeing and being a part of patient's identifying and then reaching whatever specific goals they have for themselves and their dental care. Each patient is a unique individual and, therefore, is entitled to individualized, customized dental care. Dr. Townsend appreciates the privilege of assisting patients in the co-discovery of what ideal dental health is to them personally and then helping them attain that level of care. Dr. Townsend also places a high value on continued education, believing that we all continue to have the ability to learn despite our prior training or age. This commitment has been made manifest in Dr. Townsend's commitment to professional advancement and certification within the Academy of General Dentistry and the American Association of Hospital Dentistry. In doing so, he has attained the credentials of Fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry, Fellow in the American Association of Hospital Dentistry, and Diplomate with the American Board of Special Care Dentistry. He also continues to teach at all levels of Dental education.
Personally, Dr. Townsend enjoys the various roles that life brings us as individuals. Yes, he is a Dentist professionally, but he is also a Husband and a Father. He holds onto times available to spend time with this family. As such, any time not beside a dental chair is usually spent outdoors somewhere in the mountains whether it be backpacking, cycling, or running. He also is an active member of First Baptist Church in Spruce Pine and seeks to continue being a steward of God's resources through the dental practice and his involvement in the ministries of his church family.