I joined Watkins Family Dental Care back in June of 2015. I don’t think that my transition into this fabulous office could have gone any smoother for me. Many of the incredible staff members working here today were also working here when I was just a child. That has been a blessing for me to make working at this office so seamless as I have known many of my now team members for literally my entire life. I treasure the unique relationship that exists between my team and me and also believe it is a testament to my father, Dr. Tom Watkins, who has been able to keep this unbelievable team together to serve the dental needs of Bloomington and south central Indiana in such a familial atmosphere.
My personal dental philosophy centers around exact diagnosis with multiple treatment options to achieve patients’ individual goals. I aim to, most importantly, inform patients of current conditions and possible future risk factors and then provide patients with the possible treatment options to achieve their desires. I am always willing to inform patients “what I would do if it were my tooth or mouth” but focus more on pros and cons of each treatment so as to empower each patient to make their own decision on the treatment that fits their own needs best.
I was born and raised in Bloomington and have lived within the state for every year of my life. I know the city and the community extremely well, identify strongly with it, and cherish the opportunity to serve the people within it. Call me today to schedule an exam!
Education and Continuing Education
- Bachelor of Science in pre-professional sciences – University of Notre Dame, 2011
- Doctorate of Dental Surgery – Indiana University School of Dentistry, 2015
As a new graduate, I have been educated with the most up-to-date teachings and research in the dental profession. IU School of Dentistry has put recent emphasis on evidence-based learning and using modern research to provide sound backing for answers to different situations in dentistry.
I completed a 14 hour training course in December 2015 focused solely on treating patients with the ever more common problem of worn teeth. This course has helped to better treat patients with teeth that have become shortened through tooth wear and provide options that previously may not have been offered.
Bloomington Spear Study Club - An education based group focused on interdisciplinary treatment between general dentists and specialists within the dental field to explore all treatment options and be able to provide the best and most up-to-date treatment available for patients.
Outside the Office
I have a real love of Bloomington and the people within it. My wife Jessie and I have lived in a number of different places across the state of Indiana and have chosen to return to Bloomington primarily because of our fondness for this unique, diverse, friendly, and fun city in Indiana.
Jessie is a doctoral student in the accounting department of the Kelley School of Business at IU. In addition to being a student, she serves as an associate instructor for the IU business school. We have an Irish setter, Killian, who is 3 years old and an English Setter puppy, Winnie, born December of 2015.
If I am not working, I am likely attending or watching an IU or Notre Dame sporting event, particularly football and basketball. In addition to following college sports, I spend my time running with my wife and dogs along the Jackson Creek and Winslow trails.
I cannot say enough about how comfortable I am made to feel during every appointment. Dr. Watkins is a kind and gentle dentist and I recommend him to everyone, but most of all, I recommend him to those who have ever had a bad experience at a dentist.~ Terre S. Read More
I have been going to Dr. Watkins for many years. After I moved from Bloomington (to over 50 miles away), Dr. Watkins is the only doctor that I keep coming back to Bloomington to see. I trust him completely. He and his staff are so caring, that I no longer dread going to the dentist as I did when I was a child.~ Terre S. Read More
When I first moved to Bloomington, one of my first tasks was finding a new family dentist. One of the reasons I picked Dr. Watkins' office was because his advertisement on the back of my church bulletin said 'Relax, we cater to cowards!' Since I had some painful memories of dental procedures as a child, this slogan gave me hope.~ Vallia Read More
I have been going to this office for probably 25 years or more and I have NEVER been mistreated or disappointed in any way. Even as a child I can remember how careful and caring they all were and continue to be to this day. I have recommended many people to them throughout the years and like me, I have yet to have anyone who was/is disappointed with their service.~ Rex V. Read More
The technology is strictly state-of-the-art. The receptionists are extremely friendly, accommodating, flexible, The doctors are understanding. extremely kind, reassuring, gentle, encouraging, and technically superior.~ Robert R. Read More
Drs. Watkins and their staff provide excellent customer service and exceptional dental care, The entire office is very well organized every step of the way… from scheduling your appointment through each step of your visit and with follow up, my family has been patients of Dr. Watkins for 15+ years!~ Ann Read More
The staff at Dr. Watkins' office always treats me with prompt, friendly, and courteous service! It's as if I were lifelong friends, or yet: family! I have come to expect superior professional service, and with each visit, from cleaning to crowns, the complete staff continues to help me at feel at ease.~ Louella S. Read More
I have been coming to Dr. Watkins since I was little and I'm now in my 30s. There is no one else that I would trust to take care of my smile. My daughter also loves to come here! Drs. Watkins and the office staff are awesome!~ Cami Read More
I work in a medical office as well, and understand the daily grind of repeatedly doing the same thing and seeing the same appointment types... I know that my daughter's appointment was not the only one that day, but the staff made us both feel comfortable, heard, special, and not rushed. I appreciate that!~ Piper R. Read More
They are extremely knowledgeable and more than willing to take the time to explain the what and why of their treatment. This is simply an amazing group of people who are the best at what they do.~ Rex V. Read More
My family have been patients of Dr. Watkins for 15+ years. We have always had very positive and caring experiences with Dr. Watkins and his staff.~ Ann Read More
Dr. Watkins and the office staff are awesome! They treat me like I'm just part of their family. Make your appointment with him today! You won't be sorry!~ Cami Read More
From the minute I walked into his office the very first time, I felt that I would be well cared for, and I have been, every time. Whether it was another crown, a simple filling, or a routine cleaning, my comfort and care has always been their top priority~ Vallia Read More
Dr. Watkins is an excellent dentist with an excellent staff. You never have to wait long, you are always met with competent, very friendly receptionists, and the hygienists and Dr. Watkins themselves are very up to date and explain things very well. The office is also exceptionally clean. Wish I could give more than 5 stars!~ Amy Read More
The medical assistants are top of the line, gentle, reassuring, and knowledgeable. Dr. Watkins is at the top of his game—extremely kind, reassuring, gentle, encouraging, and technically superior.~ Robert R. Read More
I am thrilled to be a patient in this practice and would recommend them to everyone... enthusiastically, and without hesitation!~ Robert R. Read More