Ben Hawkins, DMD

“I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to join the practice my father started in 1978 and to carry on the legacy. It is very rewarding to take care of patients and families that have been in the practice for decades and who have become our friends.” — Dr. Hawkins

Meet Dr. Hawkins

Dr. Hawkins and his wife, Suzie, live in Gainesville with their four children: Anne, Benny, Jane and Edward. Their time is filled with their children and their activities as well as several community organizations they are involved. Dr. Hawkins enjoys playing golf, fishing, hunting and snow skiing.

Community Involvement

  • Michael Catholic Church, Chairman, Finance Council
  • Gainesville and Hall County Hospital Authority Board
  • Northeast Georgia Health Systems Board of Directors
  • Northeast Georgia Medical Center Quality and Performance Improvement Committee
  • Gainesville Kiwanis Club
  • Past President, Gainesville Friends of the Parks
  • Former member, Board of Directors, Gainesville Jaycees

Education/Professional Associations

  • North Hall High School
  • Magna cum laude, University of Georgia, BA Risk Management
  • Medical College of Georgia, DMD
  • Past President, American Student Dental Association, MCG chapter
  • Past President, Hall County Dental Society
  • Member, Georgia Dental Association
  • Member, American Dental Association®
  • Pankey Institute Alumni
  • Member, Hinman Dental Society
  • Member, Atlanta Dental Study Club
  • Member, Academy of General Dentistry
  • Member, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Member, American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine
Georgia Dental Society
American Dental Association
Top Dentist 2022
Top Dentist 2019

Sims Griffith, DMD

Dr. Sims Griffith was born and raised right here in Gainesville, Georgia, and is very excited to be back to practicing and serving his hometown. He graduated from Gainesville High School in 2014 and went on to attend Furman University. While at Furman, he studied health sciences and played baseball for four years. While growing up, Dr. Griffith always knew he wanted to do something in health care, but it was not until he shadowed a few dental specialists during summers in college that he knew he found his calling. Upon graduation from Furman in 2018, Sims immediately started dental school and it was there that he solidified his decision and fell in love with dentistry. If you see Dr. Griffith outside of the office, he is probably golfing, fishing or spending time with his family and friends.

Mission and Values

Throughout my career, I will strive for excellence with all services provided to my patients. I will provide guidance and education to patients and help them reach their highest level of dental health for their respective situation. My highest priority is building relationships and trust with my patients and within the community. The values that will drive me to provide the best patient care are integrity, respect, excellence, continuous learning and the commitment to have a practice environment where patients come first. I would like to offer patients the chance to make their own decisions while offering them all the treatment options available.


  • Gainesville High School – 2014
  • Furman University, Health Sciences, Magna Cum Laude – 2018
  • Medical University of South Carolina – 2022
  • Received Top #1 Clinician Award in graduating class

Professional Affiliations

  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • American Dental Association®
  • Georgia Dental Association