Dr. John A. Kennedy Jr., DMD
Dr. John A. Kennedy Jr., DMDPracticing Dentist and Founder of Bella Vista Dental

Your Greenville SC Dentist

Dr. John A. Kennedy Jr. loves being a dentist and considers it a privileged to practice in Greenville SC.  Dr. Kennedy was raised in Greenville and is a Mauldin High School Graduate. His dedication to customer service and ultimately patient service began at the early age of 8, while pouring soft drinks in the drive-thru of the McDonald’s of Mauldin, which his parents owned and operated. These experiences from a young age instilled in him the need to exceed customer and patient expectations.

Dr. Kennedy attended Clemson University where he graduated with a degree in Biology and a love for Clemson football. Following Clemson he obtained his dental education at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston. He graduated in 2007 at the very top of his class both clinically and academically. He was the recipient of several individual awards as a senior including: The Academy of General Dentistry Senior Student award for top clinician in Operative Dentistry and the Waterpik Excellence in Prosthodontics Award for top clinician in Prosthodontics (Crowns, Dentures and Partials).

Dr. Kennedy was invited by the MUSC faculty for induction into OKU, the most prestigious dental honor society. Membership in OKU is by invitation only and is based on ethical character, academic achievement and potential for professional development. Membership is limited to no more than 12% of the graduating class.

After graduation Dr. Kennedy attended an optional hospital based GPR residency at Palmetto Health Richland Hospital in Columbia, SC. The residency provided additional training and experience in advanced procedures not normally taught in dental school, such as impacted wisdom teeth removal, intravenous (IV) conscious sedation and dental implant placement. He also gained valuable experience treating and managing medically complex patients both in the outpatient and operating room clinical settings.

Upon completion of the residency in 2008, Dr. Kennedy joined one of Greenville’s largest cosmetic dental practices where he practiced for six years.  In the spring of 2015 he decided to found Bella Vista Dental, a practice founded on a belief of

Quality Patient Focused Dentistry


Dr. Kennedy enjoys performing a wide range of dental services including cosmetic, implant and surgical dentistry. He is a member of the American Dental Association (ADA), the American Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) and the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI). Dr. Kennedy regularly
volunteers at the Greenville Free Dental Clinic.

Dr. Kennedy realizes that many people fear going to the dentist and put off going until they have a “problem”, at which time fixing the issue is often very challenging. Sedation dentistry can allow patients to get their dental needs addressed with little or no recollection of being at the dentist. Dr. Kennedy is proficient and regularly performs both intravenous (IV) and oral conscious sedation.

Dr. Kennedy is married to his wife, Jessica, who is a physical therapist focused on stroke rehabilitation. Together they attend St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in downtown Greenville. In July of 2015 they welcomed their first child, John  A. Kennedy III who goes by “Jack”.

Dr. John Kennedy, DMD & Family
Dr. John Kennedy, DMD & Family
Founding Dentist of Bella Vista Dental, LLC
Greenville,SC