BY MEREDITH KNIGHT PHOTO BY DAVID THOMPSON
When Travis Spillman was a boy sitting in the dental chair of longtime Rockwall dentist Dr. Thomas Ryan, little did he know he’d someday take over Dr. Ryan’s practice. “He’s one reason I became a dentist,” Dr. Spillman says. “I watched him at his job and saw how he got to help people and work in healthcare — both things I wanted to do.”
Fast forward a few years. Dr. Spillman had graduated from dental school and founded two successful dental practices when he received a call from Dr. Ryan asking whether he’d like to join him in his practice. For Dr. Spillman it was a no-brainer. “I jumped at the chance to practice in Rockwall and serve my family and friends,” he said.
Dr. Spillman rebranded the office as Spillman Family Dental in 2018. He’s carrying on the same tradition of excellence Dr. Ryan began and strives to provide patients with the highest quality dental care using the latest dental technology. Dr. Spillman and his team go the extra mile to ensure that dental visits aren’t an anxiety-inducing experience. “We make genuine, meaningful connections with our patients to build a foundation of trust that then allows us to meet all of their oral healthcare needs,” he said.
Dr. Spillman especially enjoys using photography to build customized treatment plans for his patients. “Intraoral cameras allow my patients to see everything I see,” he said. “I can use photographic technology to work on even the most complex cases, gather all the data, then present the patient with all their treatment options.”
Dr. Spillman said one of the most important parts of his job is educating his patients about the importance of optimum dental health and all the ways it can impact their overall health. He explained, “My team and I partner with patients to help them keep their gums and teeth healthy for a lifetime.”
Meet the Spillmans
Dr. Spillman and his wife, Michele, met at Baylor University and recently celebrated 17 years of marriage. “She is one of the smartest people I know and a great wife and mother,” he said. The couple stays busy in their careers — she’s an employment lawyer — and keeping up with their three teenage children.
The family enjoys traveling, entertaining at home, and spending time together on the ski slopes and the beach. Dr. Spillman is an avid fisherman and BBQ pit master, often sharing his talent with family and friends. He serves on the board of the Dallas County Dental Society Foundation, which provides dental care to underserved communities. He is also active in several dental study clubs.
2308 Ridge Road, Suite B
Rockwall, Texas 75087