At ProGrin Dental of Greenville, we love our patients. We strive to deliver the perfect patient experience for everyone who walks through our doors. We love to make every patient feel comfortable and welcomed when they come to our office.
We treat each of our patients like they are family and love to learn about you, but first, here is some information about us.
Meet your Greenville dentist
Dr. Greg Ayers is one of the co-founders of ProGrin Dental.
He was born in Indiana and married his sweet southern belle. He’s been a true southerner ever since. He has four grown boys and one granddaughter. They enjoy spending time fishing, playing golf, chilling with the family on the lake.
Dr. Ayers began his practice in 1983 in Greenville. He was a graduate and teaching mentor at the NASH institute for cosmetic and restorative dentistry. Additionally, he co-authored the book called Links to Amazon where you can buy Dr.Ayers book. Opens in a new windowThe Service Prescription, and he enjoys sharing his passion for delivering service excellence.
He has lectured on the magic of service excellence across the country. He loves getting his team involved in community events around the upstate and giving back to the community. For example, Dr. Ayers hosts a Leadership forum every year called Live 2 Lead with the John Maxwell company.
His passion is to be more than just a dentist. His passion is to develop tomorrow’s leaders in the community, and his employees — one smile at a time. (One of Dr. Ayers’ favorite sayings because he loves to smile himself).
Meet the Greenville dental team
Averi Ulmer, Office Manager
Averi grew up in Rock Hill, SC and is a graduate of Clemson University where she majored in Health Science and minored in Business Administration. In her spare time, Averi enjoys attending any Clemson sporting event, completing DIY projects, and taking in God’s beautiful sunsets on her back porch. She recently married her college sweetheart, and they reside in Piedmont, SC.
Elleson Martin, Business Administrator
Elleson graduated from Clemson University in 2017 (Go Tigers!) with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and a minor in Education. She recently married her college sweetheart, Andrew Martin, and they love newlywed life together. In her free time, Elleson enjoys shopping, interior decorating, working out, and spending time with her family & friends. A few fun facts about Elleson: she loves anything with dark chocolate, sings at her church, and is a huge Disney fan!
Annie Chapman, Business Administrator
Annie was born and raised in Greenville, SC; a graduate of Hillcrest High School. In her spare time, she loves spending time outside, on the lake, or hunting with her boyfriend, Taylor. She loves animals, especially her pets. She has two dogs, Red and Razor, and even has a bull calf named Lucky.
Stephanie Cooper, Dental Hygienist
Stephanie is originally from Miami, Florida but has lived in South Carolina since she was 16. Stephanie joined our team in May of 2017 after graduating from Greenville Technical College and receiving her dental hygiene degree. Stephanie has worked in the dental field as a pediatric dental assistant for seven years. She enjoys spending time with her son Eli, running, and going to the beach.
Tonya Smith, Dental Hygienist
Tonya is a proud native of Chester, SC. She is a wife and mother of two children. In her spare time, Tonya enjoys taking long walks, watching Lifetime movies, and playing with her misunderstood dog. Tonya attended Greenville Tech and received an associate degree in dental hygiene. Since starting to work for Dr. Ayers in 1997, her prayer life has increased exponentially, and she feels blessed to be alive! She jokes, but she loves that man, and we all think she will probably be buried next to him.
Shawon Ellis, Dental Assistant
Shawon is a South Carolina native, born in Anderson, and raised in Honea Path. She likes to joke with her patients about the pronunciation of her name by telling them it’s “won,” like they’ve won something – which makes them smile every time. This country girl enjoys spending time with family, attending church, southern cooking, and her two beautiful girls, who are the love of her life. Shawon is very passionate about her career, which is more than she can say about most things (except food). So, if you have the pleasure of being in her presence, then you’ve “won” Shawon’s heart.
Chan Grant, Dental Assistant
Chan is Dr. Ayer’s right-hand woman when it comes to dental work. She has been working with Dr. Ayers for more than a year now and loves to make all of her patients smile. Chan loves to spend time with her family, including her beautiful daughter, Hazel, and her handsome son, Mias.
Maria Fetterly, Dental Hygienist
Maria was born and raised in South Florida. She relocated to Greenville to be with her husband, Kyle 2 years ago. Maria graduated from Indian River State College in 2015 in Fort Pierce, FL. She has a little dachshund named Bear, who is the center of her world! Maria enjoys relaxing in the sunshine whether its the pool, lake or ocean side, visiting her family back at home, running and spending time with family and friends. She is very passionate about dental hygiene and providing her patients with the perfect experience daily!
Valerie Pate, Dental Assistant
Valerie graduated from the College of Charleston in 2015 with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Public Health. She later decided to pursue a career in the dental field. She graduated from Greenville Technical College in 2019 with an Expanded Functions Dental Assisting Degree. She is a beach bum, coffee lover, and nutrition enthusiast. She has a fur baby, Frosty, who is a 3-year-old cat.
Let’s meet face-to-face!
If you’re looking for a new dentist in Greenville, SC, then now is the time to try us out! Our dentist is accepting new patients and would love to see if we are the right fit for you.