Get to Know Dr. Bruce Watkins & Our Dental Office
Dr. Bruce Watkins
I graduated Dental school from Indiana University in 1998. Immediately following graduation, I was commissioned in the U.S. Naval Dental Corp. where I spent my first year finishing a General Practice Residency at Portsmouth Naval Hospital. I experienced Hospital Dentistry, more exposure to dental specialty treatments, and trauma. I was then deployed with a SeaBee battalion deploying to Puerto Rico and Okinawa. Following my service, I came back to Indiana to a group practice in South Bend and decided that I wanted to have a more hands-on, personal practice. That is when I invested in this practice in 2002. I felt with my vast experiences in General Practice Residency, Navy and civilian training that I could build a great practice by providing quality, caring, comprehensive dentistry.
My commitment to cutting-edge is clear, but also tempered by the knowledge of what has been proven and successful. I am most proud of the positive changes that I have brought to my patients lives. We have maintained the highest level of integrity, amidst busy daily schedules and often challenging situations. I recommend the best, as I would for myself and my own family.
I am involved in every step of the dental experience. I am available to clients and staff, ensuring the highest level of client care. There is true joy and sense of fulfillment when a client positively embraces our treatments. It reminds me why I’ve chosen the dental profession as a life-long endeavor. The fun factor kicks in and encourages my staff and I to continue our commitment to successful client relationships. I am especially proud of our team and their commitment to you through caring attitudes and continuous, advanced training. Our professional team wants the experience to be as comfortable and positive as it can possibly be.
Dr. Watkins is a member of many professional groups, including the:
- American Academy of Facial Aesthetics (AAFE)
- Academy of General Dentistry (AGD)
- American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD)
- American Dental Society (ADA)
- Indiana Dental Association (IDA)
- Chicago Dental Society (CDS)
- North Central Dental Society (NCDS)
- International Dental Implant Association (IDIA) - Diplomate
- Elkhart Chamber of Commerce
Congratulations to Dr. Watkins on achieving his Diplomat level training with the International Dental Implant Association. This is the highest distinction achievable in dental implant and bone grafting training. This process has taken over 2 years, more than 250 continuing education hours in lecture, cadaver and live patient training with Dr. Garg and Implant Seminars. Dr. Watkins is most proud of the live patient experiences as those cases were donated to underserved Dominican Republic citizens that would never have been able to access the high level of implant related care that he and his colleagues provided at no cost. On two separate occasions, over 2.5 million dollars of treatment were donated to those amazing people by dentists just like Dr. Watkins learning their craft and supervised by established, internationally regarded professionals from all over the world. Dr. Watkins completed his case presentations, didactic and clinical hours on the 5th of February. We are proud to provide our patients with ever expanding treatment options by training with the best to provide the best care possible.
I have been a patient for several years. The quality of care is exceptional. The doctors and staff are very professional and caring. The facilities and equipment are state of the art. I recommend Dr. Watkins for all dental needs.
Lena A | A Happy Elkhart Patient
Hi, my name is Jenny and I’m the Office Manager. I have worked for Dr. Watkins since 2002. I graduated from Lake Michigan College and Indiana University. I’m a certified and Registered Dental Assistant and I have taught at Lake Michigan College from 2001-2011 as a Dental Assistant Instructor.
Hi, my name is Heather. I have been a Dental Hygienist since 1994. I enjoy being able to learn new techniques and utilize new equipment and technology in order to provide my patients with the highest quality and most affordable care. I am proud to work here, we’re a family.
Hi, my name is Renee. I attended the Elkhart Career Center my Junior and Senior years of high school for the Dental Assisting Program. After high school, I attended lake Michigan College, where I received my Certified Dental Assisting License. I have currently been working for Dr. Watkins since 2005.
Hi, my name is Angie. I'm a Dental Hygienist. I am a dedicated student of life and enjoy learning about most everything. I am optimistic and simple. I love God, my family, and I am passionate about dentistry.
Hi, my name is Chantal. My role here is Front Desk Coordinator. I have worked in the Medical Field for over 16 years. I enjoy working for an office that is there for the patient and strives to provide the latest technology to better serve our patients.
Hi, my name is Lindsay. I'm a Dental Assistant here at Watkins Family Dentistry. I attended Ross Medical for my Dental Assistant training and enjoy learning new things. In my spare time, I enjoy hanging out with my family and friends.
My name is Barbie and I'm a Certified Dental Assistant here. I received my degree through Ivy Tech in 2015. I love spending time with friends and family and enjoy cooking. I love working with Dr. Watkins because patients are more than a patient, they are family.