April Patient Spotlight
April Cruz Monroe
Hi, I'm April Cruz Monroe. I have been a patient of Dr. Dahlkemper's for about 3 years now. Dr. D and her entire staff are genuine, warm and welcoming every time, making each office visit a pleasant experience. Aside from the entire team's hospitality, Dr. D. exudes a kind of energy different than any other dentist I've gone to before. She's refreshing, light hearted, always smiling, and you can sense and feel the compassion she has towards her profession and her patients. She's an outstanding dentist and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her to anyone. Thank you Dr. D for taking such great care of my smile! So proud to be a patient of yours!
April Cruz Monroe is the lead personal trainer and founder of West Co Fitness, a boutique health club and personal training studio in Mt. Pleasant. At West Co Fitness, April provides comprehensive health and fitness solutions through one-on-one personal training, small group training, exercise planning, and nutrition consulting. The philosophy of West Co is focused on building a true fitness foundation for each client enabling them to lead healthy lifestyles that extend far beyond the workouts. April graduated from the College of Charleston with a degree in Physical Education, and holds certifications in exercise instruction (CPT) and nutrition (FNS) through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Visit
www.westcofitness.com for more info.
March Patient Spotlight
Hello! I'm Sam Howell, a native of Nashville, TN. I currently live in West Ashley with my boyfriend Dan and our wonderful pooch, MJ. I have been the office manager for Atlantic Spine Clinic for 3 years now and I love it! I really enjoy getting to interact on a personal level with my patients while managing office tasks. My favorite hobbies include running, boxing, taking MJ to the beach and dining at all the amazing restaurants Charleston has to offer. I'm so glad to have found Water's Edge Dentistry. Dr. Dahlkemper has helped me in so many ways. My pain from TMJ was ruling my life; Dr. D and her staff have brought my pain level and stress level down 100%. They are always there for me in my time of need, and offer the latest, most up-to-date and cost effective options for treatment. I refer all of my patients to Water's Edge when they are looking for an amazing dental experience.
February Patient Spotlight
My name is Phillip Garland. I was born in Goldsboro, NC on May 29, 1985. As a military brat, I moved often as a child and have lived in Vermont, Ohio, Michigan, North Dakota, Germany, and Texas. I graduated from Maumee High School in Maumee, OH in 2003. My parents have both recently retired from the United States Air Force and I enlisted as a Precision Measurement Laboratory technician in February of 2008. After graduating the United States Air Force basic training course in San Antonio, TX and completing technical training in Biloxi, MS I was stationed at Charleston Air Force Base in October of 2008. I am currently still stationed at Joint Base Charleston and live in West Ashley with my girlfriend Jennifer Ryan and our two dogs Jake and Audrey.
I enjoy weightlifting, playing guitar, golfing and playing intramural softball. I am taking online courses through Southwestern College towards my BA in Computer Programming Technology and look forward to completing my degree and beginning a career in computer programming or computer forensics.
I found Water's Edge Dentistry when I came across a great deal on Invisalign that they offered through Living Social. Dr. Dahlkemper has been great throughout the whole process; every few weeks I go in to get the next set of Invisalign Trays. I really like that each visit at the office is quick and easy. Watching my teeth shift in to place little by little has been very exciting. I can't wait to see the end result!
January Patient Spotlight
Hello, I'm Meghan Whitaker. A native of Bainbridge, Georgia, my fiancé Chase and I currently live in downtown Charleston and we greatly enjoy it! I attended Georgia Southern University where I received my Bachelor of Science in Nursing. I've spent the previous two and a half years working and learning in the in-patient hospital setting as a Registered Nurse, working with both adult and pediatric cardiology patients at Aiken Regional Medical Centers & the Medical University of South Carolina. Wishing to further my education, I am now a full time student at Georgetown University, currently pursuing a Master of Science in Nursing. I hope to use my degree to one day become a Family Nurse Practitioner and work with patients of all ages.
My favorite hobbies include spending time with my fiancé, trying new restaurants in downtown Charleston, going to the beach and wedding planning!
December Patient Spotlight
Originally from Arizona, Poe moved over to the east coast and currently lives in Mount Pleasant with her husband Jeff and her two boys Austin and AJ. Poe is very involved with Jennie Moore Elementary as she is one of the school's go-to gals when it comes to fundraising. When she is not busy with the school, she goes all over the state attending jewelry shows! Poe is the owner of a local and affordable jewelry line called Southern Bling. Selling everything from bracelets and watches to earrings and necklaces! You can visit any of her showcases at the following locations:
675 Jonnie Dodds Blvd Mt. Pleasant, SC
1260 Ben Sawyer Blvd. Mt. Pleasant, SC
Low Country Beauty & Wellness Center
1205 Two Island Court Mt. Pleasant, SC
Hudson's at Wild Dunes Resort
5757 Palm Blvd. Isle of Palms, SC
November Patient Spotlight
Elizabeth holds a B.A. from the University of Minnesota. She moved to South Carolina in 2007. Before opening her own business, Elizabeth was working on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. She was also an Account Executive at renown advertising agency Fallon Worldwide allowing her to work with clients such as TIME Magazine and The Islands of The Bahamas. Elizabeth lives in Mount Pleasant and is married to singer Ben Bridwell of the grammy-nominated band, Band of Horses. She and Ben have two daughters, Annabelle and Ivy, who keep them very loved and very busy; they also have a beagle named Huger Lewis. Shortly after her first daughter was born, Elizabeth began training with Balanced Body University and Fusion Pilates She now specializes in teaching safe and effective Pilates exercises to pregnant women and new moms at her studio, Breathe Pilates.
Check out this Lowcountry one-stop shop for women's whole-body wellness and book a class at Breathe Pilates!
October Patient Spotlight
Hello, I'm Kris Turin. My wife Jennifer and I live in Mt. Pleasant with our two small poodles and one large cat.I work in senior care, and I was introduced to Dr. Dahlkemper's office by one of my clients. Ever since I was a child I have enjoyed spending my time with seniors. I enjoy going that extra mile to make their life a little easier. It was during my time as a hospice volunteer that I realized working with seniors was my life's calling. After several years of training and working in the field, I decided earlier this year to branch out on my own. That is when I started Lowcountry Home Care, a home care service for seniors. I believe that seniors thrive in a familiar home environment.
Visit my website at
www.lowcountryhomecare.net or call 843-284-6631 to see how I can help you, or a loved one.
September Patient Spotlight
Hello, I am Melissa Gergits. I have been married for twenty-two years and have two children, Alana who is 14 and Nicholas is 8. We moved to Mount Pleasant about two years ago and we love it. I owned a hair salon and spa for fifteen years in Charlotte NC. We sold it when my husband had a career opportunity allowing us to move to the coast which we have always loved. I really wanted to get back into the salon business so with a leap of faith, I opened my salon; Studio 108 in November of 2011. It is right down the road from Waters Edge Dentistry. It has been a wonderful experience and the community has given me a ton of support for which I am very grateful! We found Dr. Dahlkemper through our insurance company. When I called several dentists for my daughter needing tooth pulled; the front desk staff at Water's Edge was very professional and full of information. When your child walks out of the office after having a tooth pulled and says "That was fun!" you know you have found the right place!
Contact information for my salon is email@example.com or 843-907-1162.
March Patient Spotlight
This month's patient spotlight is dedicated to Sheryll Johnson. Her career
was as a Public Education Director for the NC American Cancer Society. She
also did some modeling for Nordstrom, Coldwater Creek, and Doncaster Tanner
Designers. When she moved to Mount Pleasant she signed with Coastal Talent
and have appeared in commercials, TV (including Army Wives), and History
Channel. She and her husband, Darrell, have been patients at Water's Edge
Dentistry for 3 years. Sheryll writes, "We love their friendly and
efficient staff and excellent dental work. We are both actors doing TV
commercials and print ads so it is very important that we have nice smiles.
I was just fitted with the Invisalign system and am excited to see the
results. Our experience with Water's Edge Dentistry has been exceptionally
positive. Dr. Dahlkemper and her staff make this possible by meeting all my
dental needs in a timely manner. Thanks, Water's Edge, for taking such good
care of my teeth!"
We are proud of Sheryll and her husband and love seeing them on TV in
commercials for Wells Fargo, Hampton Inn, and many others.
Keys for Hope
Keys for Hope was started as a school project by kids in Mt. Pleasant, who
are raising money for Crisis Ministries, Charleston's homeless shelter. The
funds raised are dedicated to building the new shelter building and soup
kitchen. Each decorative key symbolizes "shelter" and the hope for a better
future for Charleston's homeless men, women and children. These future
philanthropists realize that together, even kids can impact their community
in a big way. For more info on Crisis Ministries,
Each key is hand-designed and decorated. They can be worn as necklaces, key
chains, backpack charms, and even used as gift tags, stocking stuffers,
teacher gifts and ornaments. When you wear your key, you are showing your
support in the fight to end homelessness, one person and one family at a
If you are interested in making a donation, ordering keys, or have a group
that would like to get involved in some way, either post it on this page or
send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Currently, our keys are available for
sale at Wonderworks toy stores in Mt. Pleasant and coming soon to West
Water's Edge Dentistry applauds these young adults, Clara and Matthew
Pilley, Sophie and Olivia Estoppey, Zoe and Abby Hricik, and Ellie and
Natalie Schuck, with their big hearts to help others. YOU HAVE INSPIRED US
ALL!!!! Keys will also be able to be purchased at the office.
November Patient Spotlight -
Heather Kent is a 22 year old from Aiken, South Carolina. She moved to
Charleston in 2010 where she finished out her senior year at the College of
Charleston. After graduating, Heather got a job at MWV Specialty Chemicals
as a Marketing Communication Specialist. When Heather isn't at work, she
enjoys acting, modeling, painting, watching scary movies and competing in
beauty pageants. She will be competing in Miss South Carolina USA on
November 18 and 19 as Miss Mt. Pleasant USA.
You can find out more about
Heather online at www.heather-kent.com
September Patient Spotlight - Ben Eckles
Hi everyone! My name is Ben Eckles and am new to Charleston.
I'm originally from Birmingham, AL and come from a family of 7! I tell everyone that I'm
the oldest AND best looking of the bunch but all of my brothers and sisters
disagree!! Some fun facts about me... I learned to fly an airplane before I
knew how to ride a bike; I love playing guitar and writing music; I'm an
entrepreneur- which according to my Grandfather is defined as someone who
refuses to get a real job; and I'm currently single (just thought I'd throw
Work-wise, I'm a professional photographer and owner of Couture Photography.
I specialize in wedding & bridal photography and offer other sessions
including: engagement, family, children, & newborn. I work on location
anywhere from Charleston to New York to San Diego. I'm involved in a variety
of events and charities with the most recent being Guinness Book of World
Records- World's Largest Fearless Bride Photo Shoot. It's been a dream of
mine to set a world record ever since I was little and figured what better
way to that than in beautiful Charleston, while incorporating my passion for
photography. If you're interested in attending, the event is October 2nd,
2011 and you can register on my website: www.ShotByCouture.com.
COMPANY & PROFESSIONAL BIO
Couture Photography is based out of Charleston, SC. Ben Eckles is one of the
top bridal photographers in the nation, appearing on the Style Network as a
special guest bridal photographer and is currently planning the Guinness
Book of World Records- World's Largest Fearless Bride Photo Shoot. Ben
specializes in wedding & bridal photography and offers other sessions
including: modern bridal, engagement, family, children, & newborn. Ben
travels and shoots on location anywhere from Charleston to New York to San
Diego and everywhere in between. He is also available for international
travel on a limited basis. Please check out Couture Photography's website
for more information or to just simply say hello! - www.ShotByCouture.com
July Patient Spotlight - Natalie Gregory
Hello! I'm Natalie Gregory. Originally from Kingsport, Tennessee I fell in
love with Charleston coming to visit my high school sweetheart, Josh
Gregory, while he was at the College of Charleston. Luckily my parents,
Danny and Tita Massie, moved here while I was a student at Presbyterian
College. I went to medical school at MUSC and after graduation Josh and I
moved to Denver, Colorado as newlyweds. We spent 4 years in Denver while I
completed my residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology. We then moved back to
the South and settled in Mt. Pleasant in the summer of 2008. I joined
Lowcountry OB/GYN and am loving private practice. We welcomed our beautiful
and hilarious daughter, Della, in October of 2009 and will add another baby
to the family this winter. Loving my own family and helping others to grow
theirs is what I live for each day. I have the most wonderful and rewarding
job in the world. It's definitely the happiest part of the medical field in
When I'm not at the hospital or chasing little Della around, I help out at
the CARES Clinic (the MUSC student-run free clinic) and I enjoy reading,
going to the beach and to concerts, doing activities with my church, and
visiting with my 3 nieces and 3 nephews as much as possible.
May Patient Spotlight - Shane Doll
Hi, my name is Shane Doll and I'm a certified Charleston personal trainer and founder of Shaping Concepts Personal Training
Studios located in Mt. Pleasant. Originally from Youngtown, OH, I've been living in Charleston for going on ten years now.
This is home now and there's no place I'd rather be. I'm recently married to my beautiful wife Lina Norena and together we'd
like to start a family here. I moved to Charleston to fulfill my dream of starting my own personal training studio as a
way to help people in ways the big box health clubs don't. That dream has become a reality and I feel blessed to be able to
do what I do every day. I find no greater reward than the satisfaction of helping someone change their life for the better.
Coaching is my passion so that is a large part of my life.
When I'm not working I like to spend my time outdoors boating, fishing, hunting, shooting, and doing all the things a
country boy who grew up on a farm likes to do. Fortunately, my wife likes to do these things as well so it all works out.
As a former college football player at Bowling Green State University, I also have a passion for college football.
Of course I still root for my Falcons but since I'm a South Carolinian now the Gamecocks have naturally become my team and
receive my allegiance … Sorry Clemson fans.