Kelly Griffith-Van Wagenen, DDS
Originally from Coventry, Connecticut, Dr. Kelly Griffith-Van Wagenen knew from a young age that she wanted to be in the dental field. It all started when she would practice being a dentist by pulling her younger brother’s loose baby teeth!
Dr. Griffith-Van Wagenen is a licensed general dentist at Zöe Dental, a comprehensive dental practice in Asheville, NC. She earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at The University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine in Buffalo, NY, ranked among top 10 in the nation. During her time in Buffalo, she served as President of the American Association of Women Dentists- Buffalo Student Chapter. Through this role, Dr. Griffith-Van Wagenen coordinated a new outreach program which provides free dental education and oral health screening for residents at a local women’s shelter. She also volunteered her time as a participant in multiple outreach events through Remote Area Medical (RAM), and UB’s Smile Education Day.
Dr. GriffithVan-Wagenen chose to further her education by completing a residency program at East Carolina University’s Advanced Education in General Dentistry, located in Sylva, NC. This program allowed her to expand her skills in all aspects of general dentistry, including but not limited to, dental implants, crown and bridge, root canal treatment, extractions, and pre-prosthetic surgery.
While Dr. Griffith-Van Wagenen had always intended on pursuing a career in dentistry, she obtained her Bachelors of Science Degree in Respiratory Care at the University of Hartford in West Hartford, CT. She was awarded for Outstanding Academic and Clinical Performed by the Connecticut Society for Respiratory Care. She acquired her certification as a Registered Respiratory Therapist, which is recognized as the “standard of excellence” in the field. She worked at Hartford Hospital, a Level 1 Trauma Center. She currently practices Dental Sleep Medicine by providing dental sleep apnea appliances to patients in the area. She is WNC’s only dental provider who was also a certified Registered Respiratory Therapist.
Dr. Griffith-Van Wagenen remains committed to staying up to date on the current dental literature through Continuing Education. She also continues to practice philanthropy, most recently by providing free dental care at Zöe Dental’s Dentistry from the Heart event. Her love for animals finds her volunteering at Asheville’s local Brother Wolf Animal Rescue. During her free time, Dr. Griffith enjoys hiking, running, riding bikes, and enjoying the amazing views that Asheville has to offer.
What do you like most about working at Zöe Dental?
“Everyone has been very welcoming during the starting process so I am excited for the opportunity to work in such a positive environment around people who truly enjoy what they do.”