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Our Mission

We meet patients where they are.

Whether it's a student without access to a traditional dental home, or a working parent with a busy schedule, we aim to improve the oral health of our patients by eliminating the most common barriers to visiting the dentist.

Nearly 1 in 3 students ages 6-12 miss school due to unexpected dental problems. Parents face huge difficulties when trying to schedule dental visits for their child around school, work and extracurriculars.

Only 50% of adults with dental benefits actually visit the dentist in a given year. They cite "inconvenience" as one of the top 3 reasons.

By turning the traditional delivery model of dentistry upside-down, we're better equipped to serve the needs of busy patients, ensuring they can maintain their smile and get on with their lives.

Our History

Dental Access Carolina was founded by Dr. John Reese in January of 2001 to provide comprehensive care to students in York County, South Carolina. He approached the SC Dental Association, the SC Board of Dentistry, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Health and Environmental Control, and the Department of Social Services, along with school district representatives to assess the students' needs and develop the idea for a mobile practice.

After receiving positive feedback, he designed and built a mobile dental van to fit the specific needs of the program. Seeing immediate success and an immense need, Dr. Reese sold his brick and mortar practice in September 2001 to concentrate on Dental Access Carolina full time. 

In the nearly two decades since he first started, Dr. Reese expanded Dental Access Carolina's services into school districts throughout South Carolina, with dental teams practicing in clinics designed by him and custom built to the needs of a mobile practice.

Our Founder

Dr. John E. Reese, III

Dr. John E. Reese, III is a native of Columbia, South Carolina. He received his B.S. in Biology from the Citadel in 1984, and his Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.) from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston in 1988. Dr. Reese then served four years on active duty as a General Dentist in the United States Air Force before settling in Rock Hill with his family in 1992. Dr. Reese is married to the former Beverly Gantt, and has four sons, Danny, John IV, Robbie, and James.


  • American Dental Association
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • South Carolina Dental Association
  • Tri-County Dental Society
  • Citadel Alumni Association
  • Rock Hill Kiwanis Club
  • York County Regional Chamber of Commerce

Dr. Reese's honors, professional and civic affiliations

  • Citadel Scholar - Full Scholarship Recipient , The Citadel
  • Student Body President - College of Dental Medicine, M.U.S.C.
  • Student Government Leadership Award - College of Dental Medicine, M.U.S.C.
  • Board of Trustees Member (National) - American Student Dental Association
  • President, Tri-County Dental Society (York, Lancaster, and Chester Counties)
  • Board of Directors Member - Rock Hill Kiwanis Club
  • Terrific Kids Program Chairman- Rock Hill Kiwanis Club
  • Guest Lecturer - Medical University of South Carolina, College of Dental Medicine
  • Guest Lecturer - York Technical College
  • Guest Lecturer - Rock Hill, SC School District Three
  • Outstanding Young Men of America Recipient
  • Commissioner- Commission on Children and Youth - City of Rock Hill, SC
  • Ethics Committee Chairman - SC Dental Association, Central District
  • Membership Chairman - SC Dental Association, Central District
  • Secretary-Treasurer - SC Dental Association, Central District
  • Vice President - SC Dental Association, Central District
  • President-Elect, SC Dental Association, Central District
  • President, SC Dental Association, Central District
  • Board of Governors, SC Dental Association
  • Delegate - SC Dental Association
  • Pierre Fauchard Academy - Fellow
  • Pierre Fauchard Academy- Membership Vice Chairman, SC Section
  • Pierre Fauchard Academy - Chairman, SC Section
  • International College of Dentists - Fellow