Gene Grace, DDS

Dr. Gene Grace graduated from Wofford College and is a 1973 graduate of Emory University School of Dentistry. He has practiced dentistry in Beaufort since that time. He has taken hundreds of continuing education hours from the gurus of dentistry: Gordon Christensen, Peter Dawson and Bill Strupp. Most importantly, he is a graduate of the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies, the world’s leader in neuromuscular and cosmetic dentistry. To understand what it means to be a Las Vegas Institute graduate, we invite you to check out our web link at Dr. Grace and his bride, Beth, of over 40 years have two daughters, one of which is his dental partner, Katherine.

Katherine Grace Hefner, DMD

If you lived in Beaufort in the 1990s, you will no doubt recognize Dr. Hefner as Katherine Grace, who excelled in basketball, tennis and academics at Beaufort Academy. She graduated from the University of North Carolina and was an honor graduate of the Medical University of South Carolina College of Dental Medicine in 2003.

Not long ago, when one of the Medical University of South Carolina School of Dentistry’s most prominent professors lectured to the Beaufort Lowcountry Study Club, guess whose cases he brought to show the audience? Dr. Hefner’s!

Dr. Hefner has also attended the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies. She practices almost all phases of dentistry, especially enjoying the cosmetic and pediatric aspects of dentistry. Katherine is married to Ashley Hefner, a local architect, and they have three boys: Vann, Ford and Bray.

Meet Our Team

Our office is a family practice, starting with our father-daughter dentists and extending to our team and patients. You will feel right at home and like a family member on your very first visit to our dental office in Beaufort, South Carolina! We are waiting to welcome you to Aesthetic Dentistry. Take a few minutes to meet our team and then call 843-524-6410 and we will help you get ready for your appointment.

Julie – Business Manager

Julie has been with us since 2017 and moved to our area from Connecticut in 2011. She is the “insurance guru” for the office and makes sure everything runs smoothly. She appreciates the family atmosphere and great team at Aesthetic Dentistry.

Julie is married to her husband Alex and has two fur babies named Nala and Jingle Bells. In her free time, she enjoys going to Universal Studios, cruising and spending time outside.


Kim – Patient Coordinator/Front Desk

Kim joined our team in 2018. In addition to her other skills, Kim has her life and health insurance license. Kim likes the fact that everyone at Aesthetic Dentistry treats each other and the patients like family. She does her best to make all of our patients feel comfortable, welcome and at home. She wants our patients to feel like they are in the best hands when it comes to dental health, insurance and billing inquiries.

Kim has two children in Wilmington, North Carolina, Evan and Emily. She is looking forward to her life with her new husband and her stepsons, Brodie and Ethan. When she is not at the office, Kim loves spending time on the water and playing tennis. She would also like to learn to play golf.


Meredith – Registered Dental Hygienist

Meredith has been a member of the Aesthetic Dentistry team since 2012. She is a 2008 graduate of the University of New England. Meredith moved to South Carolina from New Hampshire about 10 years ago, is married with a daughter and a dog, and spends her free time outdoors with her family or training for her triathlon. Meredith is always a positive presence in our office!


Terry – Registered Dental Hygienist

Terry has been with Aesthetic Dentistry since 1983. She graduated from Battery Creek High School in 1975 and from Wayne State College and Armstrong State College in 1983. Terry has lived in Beaufort since 1973. She loves meeting new people and has seen multiple generations of patients from the same family at our office!

Terry has been married since 1977 and has two sons. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling.


Becki – Dental Assistant

Becki has been a part of Aesthetic Dentistry for over 10 years and has been in the dental field since 2005. She graduated from Bellows Falls Union High School in Vermont. Becki enjoys the great family-friendly work environment at our office. She always comes to work with a smile and enjoys being a part of a very caring staff.

Becki is a wife and mom of two boys who enjoys running, camping and traveling.


Hollie – Certified Dental Assistant

Hollie joined Aesthetic Dentistry in 2018. She graduated from the Palmetto School of Career Development where she studied chairside dental assisting. She is also X-ray certified. She loves the atmosphere of camaraderie and friendship at our office, as well as meeting and helping people. She likes to make our patients laugh and help them to relax before their appointments.

Hollie has been married to her husband, who is a U.S. Marine, since 2012 and they have a toothless cat as well as another recently adopted cat named Piper Willa. She was born and raised in San Diego, California, but is happy to make her home in South Carolina. Her family is in southern California and she loves to have them visit! When she is not at work, Hollie loves crafting.


Marti – Dental Assistant

Marti has been a part of the Aesthetic Dentistry team since 2008. She is a graduate of West Ottawa High School in Holland, Michigan, and Stanley Harris School of Cosmetology. She keeps her cosmetology license current. She also completed the American Red Cross dental assisting course. Marti brings her cheery disposition with her to work every morning and enjoys the flexibility she has to work full time and still raise a young family.

Marti is married and has one son, a stepdaughter and two puppies. She loves doing anything family related and being surrounded by loved ones. Marti also enjoys spending time reading.