Dr. Whitworth grew up in Athens. He is the grandson of Dr. Clyde Whitworth who was a Professor of Pharmacy at the University of Georgia and his dad was part of the last graduating class of Athens High. Dr. Whitworth earned his B.S. in Biology at Samford University and completed his dental degree at the Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry in Augusta in 2012. His continuing education includes advanced training in cosmetic and reconstructive dentistry and Invisalign® clear orthodontics.
Dr. Whitworth’s goal is to help patients of all ages enjoy the benefits of proper oral health. He has participated in mission trips all over the world to help patients living in challenging situations with their dental needs. He is excited to return home to serve the Winterville-Athens community!
Dr. Whitworth is Now Accepting New Patients
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WINTERVILLE, ATHENS DENTIST DR. PHILLIP DURDEN CELEBRATES 25 YEARS IN PRACTICE
Twenty-five years ago, Dr. Phillip H. Durden opened the doors of his dental practice in friendly Winterville, Georgia, home of the Winterville Marigold Festival. For Dr. Durden, returning home to build his dental practice in the Winterville and Athens community was its own greatest reward.
Born in Athens, Dr. Durden grew up in the Athens area. His father’s family owned the Durden Music Store in downtown Athens for more than 50 years, and his mother’s family once owned the telephone company, Empire Telephone, that serviced most of Madison and Oglethorpe Counties, including Winterville.
Dr. Durden graduated from the University of Georgia in Athens in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology. While attending the university, he played trumpet in the University of Georgia Redcoat Band and was a member of the Premedical Honor Society, Alpha Epsilon Delta. He completed his dental education with honors at the Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry in 1989 and opened his Winterville dental practice in August of that same year. He is a member of the Winterville Civitan Club and enjoys being involved in the community.
His interests in the ongoing development of technology and his participation in advanced education programs have made Dr. Durden a lifelong student of dental science. He has achieved Mastership in the Academy of General Dentistry, requiring 1,100 hours of education in all disciplines of dentistry and recognized as one of the most rigorous continuing dental education programs today. He is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain and is the current President of the Georgia Academy of General Dentistry.
Over the past 25 years, Dr. Durden credits his continued passion for dentistry to the wonderful patients he has met and the opportunities he has had to help them and generations of their families restore and maintain their oral health. Today, he still loves what he does and the people that he works with.
Congratulations Dr. Durden on reaching this milestone in your practice!
Dr. Durden and the Winterville Dental Team had a great time at the 2012 Marigold Festival! Our float was awarded recognition as “Most Creative – Children”. A Special Thank You to our extended family members for their help and support. We had a blast and look forward to next year!