Collins Dental Center welcomes a new dentist to the team

Published 10:00 pm Tuesday, September 13, 2016

The Rutherford-Polk-McDowell Health District announces its recent hire of Dr. Susan Olcott, who has joined the RPM team as a dentist at the Collins Dental Center in Columbus, N.C. Dr. Olcott comes with a wealth of knowledge and experience within the industry having worked in private practice for the last 18 years, of which nine years were spent running a practice of her own.

Olcott received her undergraduate degree from Winthrop University in South Carolina and received her graduate degree from the University of Florida. She has worked in many different sectors including the school system and health system across North Carolina and Alaska providing general dentistry services.

“I am committed to providing the highest level of personalized dental care to patients throughout the district,” confirms Dr. Olcott, “My goals are to ensure we continue to provide excellent service and quality care to every patient we serve, expand access to care, and raise awareness about the importance of dental hygiene.”

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In addition to her experience in the field, Olcott has received training in conscious sedation, Invisalign, and has also had the opportunity to receive training from The Pankey Institute. In her spare time, she enjoys an assortment of outdoor activities and spending time with her husband of 15 years, John, and their dog Eragon.

Collins Dental Center treats patients from their first tooth on. Uninsured patients are also welcome and are eligible for services based on a sliding fee scale.

Through their partnership with Thermal Belt Outreach Ministry, the Collins Dental Center is also able to deliver emergency dental services to adult Polk County residents who are uninsured. The Collins Dental Center has fortunately been able to rely on Thermal Belt Outreach Ministry for this much needed service in our community since 2006.

For more information, please contact Regina Burgess at the Collins Dental Center at 828-894-3120,, or visit the RPM Health District website at

– article submitted by Yanette Cisneros