I see my role as coach and guide who helps current and future generations achieve good oral health. My goal for patients is to keep their mouths healthy with as little need as possible of dental professionals. I want to do the least invasive procedures I can to help patients maintain their health. When I go to a healthcare provider, the most important thing to me is that they really listen to me to help me reach my healthcare goals. I would expect nothing less for my own patients.
I grew up with a family of healthcare workers, and dentistry gave me a chance to work with people while exploring my interests in science. As physicians, my father and grandfather taught me to respect and care for others, and how to be dedicated and compassionate. Those lessons have stayed with me throughout my career.
Education and Continuing Education
- Bachelor’s degree – Miami University, 1974
- Doctorate of Dental Surgery – Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine, 1978
- General practice residency – Medical College of Ohio Hospital, 1979
In a field that is constantly changing and improving, it is essential to continue one’s education. As a fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry, I have completed more than 500 hours of additional training and education. I am a member of Hoosiers for Dental Excellence Study Club and have taken extensive courses through the Pride Institute. Changes in dental material, equipment, and techniques are exciting! I am passionate about new innovations in dentistry that allow me to provide treatment that changes people’s lives.
Outside the Office
I grew up in Tiffin, Ohio, a neighborhood where folks didn’t have locks on their doors. Having been a resident of Bloomington for over 33 years, it has been a pleasure to be a part of a wonderful community full of unique and interesting people.
My wife Nancy was a geriatric social worker until she became a full-time mother to our four kids. Now she volunteers with Meals on Wheels and at church. My children have proven to be smart, successful, and independent individuals. One daughter is an optometrist, another is a bio-statistician, and both sons are dentists. We’ve been blessed with six grandchildren as well.
In my free time, I like to travel with my family, explore nature, and go to Indiana University baseball, basketball, and football games. I am also passionate about our community and giving back to others who haven’t been as fortunate. I have volunteered with Volunteers in Medicine and at homeless shelters for three years, and served on the boards of Girls Inc., Youth for Christ, and Church Board of Education. I was also lucky enough to coach little league baseball, softball, and football for many years.
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