Charles Parker (Contributed photo)

From Staff Reports

Dr. Charles Parker recently joined the Unicoi County Health Department as a staff dentist and has begun seeing dental patients. He sees patients on Mondays, Tuesdays and many Wednesdays each week.

Dr. Parker has practiced dentistry for 41 years and recently retired from Washington County Health Department after 31 years of public health service.

In 2017 Dr. Parker was the recipient of the R.H. Hutcheson, Sr., MD Award. This award is considered the highest award given by the Tennessee Public Health Association.

It is named in honor of Dr. R.H. Hutchinson, Sr., Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Public Health for many years. The award is presented annually to that person in the field of public health who has made outstanding contributions to public health over a period of several years.

“We are honored to have Dr. Parker on our team and to be able to provide dental care for children again, as well as emergency care for uninsured adults,” stated Unicoi County Director Michelle Ramsey. “Children can come to the health department for cleanings, sealants, fluoride varnish and extractions whether or not they have insurance. We can also treat adults age 21 and older who have severe dental pain but do not have dental insurance.”

Whether or not a child is covered by dental insurance, the health department will provide comprehensive dental care. Services are available to youth up to age 21 years.

In addition, the dentist can provide emergency care for uninsured adults age 21 and older who have severe dental pain.

For more information about dental services or to schedule an appointment, please contact the health department at 743-9103 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on weekdays.