Dr. John Howard Dental Director
Dr. John P. Howard has been Dental Director of the Our Lady of Mercy Wellness Center Dental Program since its inception in December of 1998.
Dr. Howard is a caring and compassionate Dentist, who has significant experience in treating underserved and special needs populations. He graduated from Clemson University in 1969 and the College of Dental Medicine at the Medial University of South Carolina in 1973. He has served as a Dentist in the U.S. Air Force, the National Health Service Corp. of the U.S. Public Health Service, and with the U.S. Army Dental Corps, to include three mobilizations where he commanded Army Soldier readiness dental units responsible for preparing soldiers for battle in Afghanistan and Iraq. Dr. Howard practiced privately in Mt. Pleasant, S.C.; was Dental Director at Coastal Center, an institutional setting for the S.C. Department of Disabilities, where he provided management support and comprehensive dental treatment to institutional residents and out-patients with developmental disabilities; and now serves as the full time Dental Director of OLM.
Prior to establishing the Dental Program at OLM, Dr. Howard was responsible for researching and developing the model for the East Cooper Community free dental clinic in Mt. Pleasant. He has been a volunteer clinical instructor and extramural faculty member with the MUSC College of Dental Medicine for over thirty years. He credits his success to the Sisters of Charity, supportive and wonderful donors, a loyal and dedicated staff; and through team building with his volunteer peers and many friends in the Dental profession, along with his partnerships established with the MUSC College of Dental Medicine and with Trident Technical College Dental Hygiene and Assisting.
He has been married to his wife Debbie for over forty years. They have three children Tiffany, Travis, and Alston, and two beautiful granddaughters Ella and Callie. Dr. Howard enjoys his family, golf with his sons, Clemson football (when they can beat South Carolina) and travelling when he can get away from the office.