Dr. James R. "Rip" Owings, Jr.

Dr. Rip Owings, a native of Greenville, began his practice by following his father's footsteps.

Dr. J. R. Owings, Sr. was the first periodontist in Greenville. Dr. Owings, Jr., impressed by the care given to and the appreciation expressed by his father's patients, was naturally drawn to limit his practice to this field of dentistry.

Dr. Owings received his Bachelor of Science degree from Wofford College. He completed his dental training at Emory University School of Dentistry in 1964. He served as a general dental officer in Germany between 1964 and 1967. He obtained his periodontal training at Emory University in 1969 and spent the next year as a member of the Department of Periodontics at the University of Pennsylvania. He returned to Greenville to begin practicing with his father in 1970.

Dr. Owings has maintained a private practice in Greenville for more than forty-five years. For the last sixteen years, he has directed the Upstate Study Club with a primary focus on interdisciplinary dental treatment planning and care. He enjoys time spent with his wife, family, and friends. He continues to delight in helping his patients obtain optimal oral health while addressing their individual concerns.


     Wofford College, Bachelor of Science
     Emory University, Doctor of Dental Medicine
     Emory University, Certificate in Periodontics

Professional affiliations include:


          American Board of Periodontology


          South Carolina Society of Periodontics (Past President)
          Greenville Dental Society (Past President)
          Southern Academy of Periodontology
          South Carolina Dental Association
          Greenville Dental Association
          American Dental Association