“Just make up your mind at the very outset that your work is going to stand for quality… that you are going to stamp a superior quality upon everything that goes out of your hands, that whatever you do shall bear the hallmark of excellence.”– Orison Swett Marden
Dr. Mark Knott is a calm perfectionist, focused on providing the best care to each individual who visits his practice. His desire to understand his patients’ personal and dental needs results in customized care designed to promote lifelong oral health.
“As a dentist, I have the great privilege of helping people achieve and maintain happy and healthy lives. I am able to prevent oral disease; rehabilitate the consequences of tooth decay, trauma and periodontal diseases; and help patients achieve their unique aesthetic goals. As an added bonus, I find my patients to be fascinating people; conversations with them are just as enjoyable as the technical aspects of my work.
As for the people I work with each day, I can’t compliment them enough. They are a truly remarkable group with superb clinical and people skills. They provide treatment with great attention to detail and patient comfort, all in a timely manner. Our team makes patients feel welcome, comfortable and cared about.
With all honesty, I love what I do. Every day I get to complete challenging technical work, develop long-term relationships with interesting people, and work with a fun-loving, dedicated and exceptional team.”
Dr. Knott is committed to staying current with the latest development skills, and new technologies in Dentistry. He regularly uses his leisure time to read Dental journals; sharing information with his staff and choosing appropriate techniques for his patients. More importantly and of much greater time commitment, Dr. Knott attends courses and study clubs to update and refine his skills. Each year, Dr. Knott exceeds the national requirements for continuing education credits. When you visit the office, ask him about his most recent learning experience.
Dr. Knott is currently working towards the following certifications: Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry (2016). The Fellowship program requires 500 continuing education credits in various specialty areas of dentistry, and a 250 question, 4 hour exam covering all specialties in Dentistry. Dr. Knott passed this exam, has taken all of his credits and will receive his Fellowship award July 2016.
He is also working towards Mastership in the Academy of General Dentistry for 2018. A Mastership requires an additional 600 hours of Continuing Education. These hours include workshops and lectures in all aspects of Dentistry, but he must follow a specific outline of credits in each discipline.
In 2007, Dr. Knott graduated as the Valedictorian from the West Virginia University School of Dentistry. He was also awarded the Clinical Dental Science Award as the most skilled dentist in his graduating class. While in dental school, Dr. Knott won numerous academic, research, clinical and community service awards from many organizations including the: Academy of Operative Dentistry, American Academy of Oral Medicine, American Association of Public Health Dentists, National Health Service Corps, American Association for Dental Research, Southeastern Academy of Prosthodontics, Pierre Fauchard Academy, Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society, WVU School of Dentistry and WVU Foundation.
- D.D.S. Summa cum Laude, Valedictorian, West Virginia University School of Dentistry, Morgantown, WV
- M.A. Ecology, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- B.S. Biology, Magna cum Laude, Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, WV
- Post graduate studies
- Hundreds of hours of continuing education with further study of: full mouth rehabilitation/reconstruction, restorative dentistry, aesthetic dentistry, cast gold restorations, endodontics, practice management,and other topics
- Professional Organizations
- American Dental Association — member
- Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society — member
- Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity — member
- Academy of General Dentistry — Fellowship eligible
- Vermont State Dental Society — member
- International Team for Implantology — member
- Spear Study Club — member
- Spear Faculty Club — member