Meet Dr. Bill Akin
Dr. Bill Akin grew up in Columbia, TN, just south of Nashville. He attended Columbia public schools until the 7th grade, when he enrolled in Columbia Military Academy, as a day student. He was Valedictorian of his senior class and voted “Most Likely To Succeed”. He graduated from Vanderbilt University where he was involved with ROTC and a Varsity Cheerleader. He graduated in 1973 from the UT Dental School in Memphis . Upon graduating from Vanderbilt, Dr. Akin was commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant in the US Army. After graduation from Dental School, he served as a Captain in the US Army Dental Corps.
Dr. Akin practiced as a general dentist at Ft. Gordon, Augusta Ga, for 1 yr, 9 months, and 13 days. Having developed an interest in periodontics in dental school, Dr. Akin enrolled in a Periodontal Residency Program at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. On completion of this advanced training, Dr. Akin returned “home” to Nashville. Dr. Akin incorporated dental implants to his practice in 1982. He has practiced in Nashville for over thirty years and has enjoyed getting to know and treat patients from Nashville and surrounding areas.
He has been active in the Nashville Dental Society serving as President, President of the Tn Society of Periodontists, Past President of the Southern Academy of Periodontics, and served two terms as a Trustee from the Southeast Region for the American Academy of Periodontics. Dr. Akin is involved in several local dental study groups and was last year invited to join the prestigious, International Society of Periodontal Plastic Surgeons. His wife of 40 years, Sheila, is a former Dental Hygienist and they have two children, Will and Elizabeth. Elizabeth is graduating from Samford University this year and his son, Will, joined him in his periodontal practice, four years ago. Dr. Akin enjoys practicing with his son Will, and misses his retired partner, Dr. Irwin Hodes.
The Nashville Periodontal Group was founded in 1982 with the merger of Dr. Bill Akin and Dr. Irwin Hodes individual practices. In this last six years, the Nashville Periodontal Group has added new technology with Cone Beam X-ray units in both offices. These state of the art machines provide 3-D imaging similar to a Cat Scan. Dr. Akin and West have acquired Millenium Dental Lasers that allow the treatment of periodontal conditions with minimal discomfort and excellent results. These technologies have changed the practice of dentistry and increased the quality of care. The doctors are committed to keeping up to date with technology that they feel will be of benefit to their patients. Both the Nashville and Brentwood offices are fully equipped with 3-D imaging and laser therapy. The doctors are proud that they are leaders in their field.