The latest hi-tech equipment and expertise help to put the patient at ease and allow for the optimum in care. Dr. Harkins’ goal is to have the maximum in comfort, including sedation, if needed, so his patients will enjoy their visit. He has established a dedicated patient centered team with experience in all fields of dentistry. Thorough, complete dentistry by one doctor is extremely rare. This requires continuing education and expertise in all fields of dentistry including cosmetic, facial esthetics, orthodontics, Invisalign, implants, full mouth reconstruction, TMJ and neuromuscular treatment.
Dr. Harkins has his Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry for his advancements in continuing education and postgraduate training. He is a Member in the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. He is a member of the Seattle Study Club (SSS). He has received the Distinguished Service Award from the Texas Dental Association. He was voted the “Best of Lubbock” from the Lubbock community. He was elected Dentist of the Year by his colleagues in the South Plains Dental Society and nominated for Texas Dentist of the Year by his Texas peers. He has written many articles on dentistry in the Texas Dental Journal and won the Literary Award from the International College of Dentistry. Dr. Harkins has been providing Orthodontics for his patients since 1984. He is a Provider for Invisalign and Clear Correct. He is a member of the American Orthodontist Society. The doctor has been placing implants successfully since 1986 and uses the most up to date expertise and implant systems available. He has studied the TMJ extensively, including advanced training at the TMJ Institute of America under Dr. John Witzig and Dr. Terrance Spahl among others.
Joe received his doctorate in Dentistry from the University of Texas Dental Branch Houston. Other areas of training included M.D. Anderson Hospital in the Head and Neck Cancer Clinic, Center Pavilion Maxillo-facial Clinic and Anesthesiology Department, and Ben Taub Hospital Oral Surgery Clinic in Houston, TX. He has done mission work in India and China along with Missions of Mercy for his Lubbock community. He is a past president of the South Plains District Dental Society and the Lubbock Business Association. He is married and has three children. Joe enjoys racquetball, water skiing, snow skiing, Koi and water gardening. Dr. Harkins has dedicated his office to his patients, complete with three ponds, seven waterfalls and a live fish cam on the dental monitors in each treatment room.