Upward Dental Faculty


Dr. Bo Bruce

Dr. William “Bo” Bruce received his D.M.D. degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in 1998. Subsequently, he completed a one year residency training in St. Petersburg, Florida where he studied with The Dawson Academy for Advanced Dental Studies. After completing his training, Dr. Bruce opened a practice in Simpsonville, South Carolina. His practice is geared towards solving complex restorative and aesthetic problems. Dr. Bruce is an Affiliate Assistant Professor of the Medical University of South Carolina College of Dental Medicine.

Dr. Bruce is a internationally recognized speaker on esthetics with predictability. He has been a featured lecturer for The Chicago Mid Winter, American Equilibration Society, American Dental Association, and AACD just to name a few. He has authored and published numerous articles and is a consultant for several dental manufacturers.

Dr. Bruce is also one of the distinguished teaching faculty members of The Dawson Academy as well as founder of Upstate Smiles Seminars. In 2007, Dr. Bruce became an Accredited Member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the only dentist in the Upstate with this distinction.

Dr. Bruce and his wife Lisa have 3 children, Preston (10), Zachary (8), and Megan (6). His favorite hobbies are teaching Sunday school and camping with the family.


Dr. Dave Newkirk

Dr. Newkirk received his dental degree from Loyola University Dental School and is currently engaged in full time private practice of Restorative and Cosmetic Dentistry in Naperville, Illinois.  He is a former clinical assistant professor of restorative dentistry at Northwestern University Dental School.  He is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.
A strong background in occlusion and an understanding of the delivery of quality, comprehensive dentistry has helped form Dr. Newkirk’s practice philosophy, which also involves working with a highly trained and specialized staff.  Dentistry Today has listed him as one of the top leaders in continuing education.
In addition to speaking throughout the United States, Dr. Newkirk has had the honor of lecturing internationally in Australia, Canada, Great Britain, and New Zealand.  He manages his speaking engagements and hands-on courses through his company Upward Dental.
Dr. Newkirk is dedicated to his wife Karen and his two daughters, Nicole and Natalie.?


Dr. John "Eric" Hamrick

As a periodontist, Dr. Eric Hamrick enjoys providing his patients with the highest level of care and expertise.

Dr. Hamrick received his Bachelor of Science degree and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Florida Southern University in 1976.  He then completed his dental training at the Medical University of South Carolina’s College of Dental Medicine, obtaining his Doctor of Dental Medicine in 1982.  Dr. Hamrick attended the University of Alabama’s Department of Periodontics where he receiving his Certificate in Periodontics in 1984 and became a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology in 1990.  He is a past president of the South Carolina Society of Periodontics and the Greenville Dental Society.  He currently maintains privileges with the Greenville Hospital System and is a past chairman of its Department of Dentistry.  Dr. Hamrick is Board Certified by the American Board of Periodontology and is a member of the Southern Academy of Periodontology, the American Academy of Osseointegration, the South Carolina Dental Association, the Greenville County Dental Society and the American Dental Association.  Dr. Hamrick has extensive experience in periodontal therapy, cosmetic periodontal surgery, pre-prosthetic surgery and dental implant therapy and is a certified Wilckodontics® provider. He has recently been appointed to the academic faculty of the Medical University of South Carolina’s College of Dental Medicine as a Clinical Assistant Professor.   He has lectured locally and nationally on topics including dental hygiene concepts, implant-orthodontic-restorative relationships, guided implant therapy and virtual treatment planning.  He hosts a study club which provides exceptional continuing education for himself and his colleagues. Dr. Hamrick has maintained a private practice in Greenville, South Carolina for more than twenty years. He enjoys spending time with his wife and their three children and is an avid outdoorsman.  His greatest interests still include his fascination with dentistry, discovering and applying cutting edge technology and meeting the diverse needs of his patients.