Llewellyn Powell, DMD

Title: President and Dentist
Company: Desoto Dental Services, Inc.
Location: Southaven, Mississippi, United States

Llewellyn Powell, DMD, President and dentist at Desoto Dental Services, Inc., has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in dental medicine.

For more than 35 years, Dr. Powell has dedicated his career to providing his patients high-quality, compassionate dental care while helping future providers learn the basics of the profession. Since 2014, he has been the president of Desoto Dental Services, and since 2019, he has been an associate professor at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s College of Dentistry. Before pursuing his career in dental medicine, Dr. Powell earned an Associate of Arts from Jones County Junior College and a Bachelor’s degree in history from Millsaps College, and in 1982, he completed an additional Bachelor of Science in chemistry at the University of Southern Mississippi. He was awarded his Doctor of Dental Medicine in 1986 by the University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Dentistry and is licensed to practice in Mississippi, Tennessee, and Utah. As a part of his commitment to constant professional growth, Dr. Powell continued his education at Creighton University, where he earned a Master of Science in health care ethics in 2013. In 1992, Dr. Powell opened an independent dental practice, and from 1994 until 2005, he was a member of the dental staff at Gulfport Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Powell relocated in 2006 after his home and office were destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, and became an associate of the office of Robert L. Smith, DDS and an assistant professor at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. He departed in 2011 to accept a Clinical Practice Team Lead position and associate professor appointment at Roseman University of Health Sciences College of Dental Medicine, rising to become the school’s Director of Primary Dental Care from 2012 until 2014, when he returned to clinical practice at Desoto Dental Services. Throughout his career, Dr. Powell has served as a consultant, instructor, and advisor to institutions including Bluefield College, the American Dental Association, and the American Student Dental Health Science Center Association and has been invited to present at numerous conferences and symposia. He is the past president and PAC Chair for the Mississippi Dental Association, a former officer of the American Dental Association’s Council on Communications, and has been a regular columnist and editorialist for the Mississippi Dental Association Journal and the American College of Dentists. In recognition of his work on behalf of patients, future clinicians, and the dental profession as a whole, Dr. Powell has been presented with several Faculty Enrichment Awards from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, the 2007 American Dental Association Alan J. Davis Award, and the 105th Congress Award of Excellence from the American Dental Association PAC Grassroots Program, among many others.

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