My name is Hailey Wilson McKinley, I received my bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in chemistry and psychology from Indiana University in Bloomington. Similar to my parents and both grandfathers, I attended the Indiana University School of Dentistry. While in dental school, I developed an interest in Periodontics after receiving a soft tissue graft in my own mouth. I shadowed the periodontal residents throughout the four year of my dental school curriculum and my interest in periodontics was confirmed. I quickly found that I enjoyed periodontal surgical procedures and oral pathology.
Upon graduation from dental school in 2018, I matriculated into the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC (MUSC) for my periodontal residency. While there, I had the privilege of serving as Chief Resident in a program that is renowned for its focus on clinical exposure and case difficulty. Residency allowed me to expound upon the techniques that I began to develop in my dental school education. Through my extensive training, I am now confident and proficient with immediate implants, implants in the esthetic zone, ridge and sinus augmentations, soft tissue grafting, traditional and laser periodontal surgery, periodontal regeneration, and IV sedation. I earned my Master of Science in Dentistry and Periodontics in 2021 after defending my thesis on lateral periodontal cysts at the MUSC Oral Pathology Laboratory.
MUSC is where I had the distinct honor of meeting Dr. Michael Romani. Dr. Romani introduced me to Drs. Bob and John Thousand and the amazing team they have created at Dental Specialists of North Florida. I was honored to join the practice and couldn’t be more excited to be a part of this exciting and humbling opportunity. I look forward to treating you in an honest, respectful, and professional manner while providing you and your patients with exceptional surgical results.
I am currently in the process of becoming a diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology, while maintaining my status as Clinical Associate Professor at MUSC. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my husband and daughter, running, painting, baking, going to the beach, playing pickleball, and trying new restaurants.
I feel incredibly privileged to have this opportunity and not a day goes by that I take it for granted. I hope you welcome me into you small community, and look forward to working with you.