Dr. Barry W. Herring brings a wealth of knowledge and over 37 years of dental experience to the Starkville community. Born and raised in Starkville, he graduated from Starkville High School in 1973. He graduated with “highest distinction” from Mississippi State University in 1977 with a General Science degree and then graduated from the University of Alabama School of Dentistry in 1980. Dr. Herring is a general dentist who provides a wide array of dental services, including crowns, bridges, root canals, orthodontics, implants, gum surgery, oral surgery and dental implants.
Dr. Herring is a member of many professional organizations, including the American Orthodontic Society, American Dental Association and the Mississippi Dental Association. He continues to educate himself in the latest technological advances in his field through over 3095 hours of continuing education since completing dental school in 1980. Dr. Herring and his staff have a combined 171 years of experience in dentistry!
Dr. Herring has been married to Karen for 37 years and has two daughters. Their daughter, Kathryn, graduated from Mississippi State and is working in Tupelo, Mississippi. Their daughter, Elizabeth, has graduated dental hygiene school from the University of Mississippi and is working with us. She is married to Jon Woolfolk, DMD, a graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Dentistry. Jon joined our practice in July 2011, making this a true “family practice.”
Away from the office, Dr. Herring enjoys teaching Sunday School at First Baptist Church, exercising, traveling, and bicycling. Dr. Herring has been on several mission trips to Honduras, helping people with little or no access to dental care. Is Dr. Herring turning his practice over to Dr. Woolfolk? No! Dr. Herring loves dentistry and the joys and challenges he experiences every day! He is not planning on decreasing his patient load any time soon. Our wish is for Dr. Woolfolk’s practice to grow up alongside Dr. Herring’s.
We are totally flexible in which doctor you choose to do your treatment. Each of us gains much joy from seeing patients choose the other doctor. At dental check-up appointments, we may be asking which doctor you’d like to see or asking if you’d like to meet Dr. Woolfolk. We are not trying to move patients to either doctor. You, the patient, are our boss. We want to serve you, giving you the best dentistry possible, and allow you to choose which of us you might prefer for any part of your treatment! We will often “look over each other’s shoulder” to observe and admire, and sometimes collaborate, our ideas on your treatment. Thank you so much for choosing us to help you with your dental needs!