Greeneville dentist Dr. David J. Dykes received the prestigious Tennessee Dental Association (TDA) Fellowship Award during the recent Music City Dental Conference in Nashville.
The Fellowship Award is the TDA's highest annual award.
Each year no more than 12 deserving Tennessee dentists receive the award for noteworthy contributions of their time and talent in serving the public and progress of the profession, a new release said.
Fellowship Award winners must be a 10-year member in good standing of the TDA and the American Dental Association (ADA) and demonstrate a devotion to the highest concepts of professional service.
In addition, according to the news release, winners must participate in the business affairs and continuing education programs of both his/her local society and the state association.
Dykes graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1989 and from the Tennessee College of Dentistry in 1993.
After practicing in Sneedville and Roane Mountain for one year, Dykes returned to Greeneville and has been serving here for 18 years.
He is a general dentist and is also a certified provider of Invisalign orthodontics. His office is located at 1015 Tusculum Blvd.
Dykes is an active member of the First District Dental Association which serves Greene, Carter, Hawkins, Johnson, Sullivan, Washington and Unicoi counties.
He is secretary/treasurer and serves as a delegate to the TDA general assembly.
Dykes has also served as vice president and president of the First District Dental Association.
In addition, he is a member of the Crown Council and East Tennessee Academy of Practice Management.
He participates in extensive continuing education and charity work through his membership in the Crown Council, the news release said.
For example, Dykes participated along with other Crown Council dentists in a humanitarian mission to the Dominican Republic to provide free dental care to children and adults and mentoring of dental students.
Locally, Dykes has been active in providing free and low-cost dental care to low-income patients in Greene County.
Most recently he has worked with a group of local dentists to establish Greene Cares, a clinic for low-income Greene County residents where he and his staff volunteer their services.
Dykes is a member of the Baileyton United Methodist Church.
He is also a trustee and founding member of the Baileyton Area Historical Society.
Additionally, he is on the board of directors of Greene Excellence, a foundation that provides monetary awards to students at Baileyton Elementary School and North Greene High School.
Dykes' office telephone number is 638-6341.