Monday, February 18, 2013
From his office to elementary school classrooms to the soccer pitch, Britt Reagin generates smiles everywhere he goes.
As an orthodontist naturally smiles are important to Reagin, but he doesn’t stop at making sure his patients have perfect smiles. He encourages them, as well as everyone else, to use their smile and other attributes to make a positive difference in the world.
“Life is better when you are happy but life is best when other people are happy because of you,” he said. “Be an inspiration, give peace and share your smile."
That’s a motto he not only preaches, but practices daily.
He is an individual with a lot on his plate, but making time for family is always among his top priorities.
“My main goal is to be a good father and husband,” he said. “Basically I just want to be the best role model I can be for my circle of influence which is my family and anyone who might come in contact with them. Part of that is making sure I find ways to help make my community the best it can be.”
The father of three volunteers countless hours to multiple organizations in an effort to do just that.
He serves on the Board of Directors for the Summerville YMCA and as a Vestry at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Reagin is one of the founders of the Dorchester County Fund that awards grants to nonprofit organizations serving Dorchester County and has been a sponsor for the Summerville Miracle League since its inception.
He works closely with Smiles Change Lives, a nonprofit program designed to provide orthodontic care to children in need. He donates mouth guards to the Summerville Soccer Club and the Summerville Family YMCA and sponsors youth events such as the Y’s Youth Triathlon and 5k Run and supports organizations such as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Children in Crisis and Chase After a Cure.
He has also made a considerable impact on the community through his volunteer work at schools.
As a Summerville Elementary School business partner, Reagin is involved with numerous programs. Through the Adopt-A-Teacher program, he shows students how material they learn in school can be beneficial to them once they become adults.
“I am fortunate enough to have him as my Adopt-A-Teacher partner,” third grade teacher Tara White said. “He is very open and willing to try anything to help meet the needs of our children. I love that he takes the time to come up with activities to match our standards and then ties them back to real life experiences and his occupation as an orthodontist. He is exposing children to things far beyond the walls of a classroom and planting seeds for the future. Inspiring greatness in children is what makes him a true asset to our school and community.”
Reagin also sponsors the Math Madness Program, a school-wide math initiative that awards miniature basketballs to students who reach their yearly math goal. He not only purchases the basketballs for the program, he takes time out of his busy schedule to deliver them to the students.
“From the moment Dr. Reagin entered our building, he became an instant asset to our school,” SES Principal Lori Dibble said. “He is an Adopter of two classrooms, sponsors our PTA by providing refreshments and giveaways, and is always someone we can count on to go the extra mile for our kids. The Math Madness Program has provided motivation beyond anything we imagined possible. When he delivers the balls to students the presentation is accompanied by pumped up music. Rock on Dr. Reagin; we love you!”
When Reagin was a student, he was an all-state soccer player for Greenwood High who participated in the Olympic Development Program at the upper-state level. He attended Cambridge Academy for one year and was named to the SCISA All-state football team.
Today he coaches soccer at the Summerville Soccer Club.
Then of course there are the contributions he makes through his profession. Reagin is a member of the Chamber of Commerce, American Board of Orthodontics, American Association of Orthodontics, American Dental Association and serves on the S.C. Dental Association strategic planning committee.
He has participated in national orthodontic focus groups and published research projects. He goes the extra mile, doing a lot of continuing education and exploring new products and concepts in his field to ensure his patients have the best treatment possible.
“I feel like the work I do helps people reach their full potential,” he said. “A person’s smile is often the first thing others notice about them. If someone has confidence in their smile it can change their whole demeanor.”
His business philosophy is simple.
“I just want to do what is right,” he said. “I try to treat all my patients like they were a member of my family. I ask, what would I do in this situation if it were my child and I find if I make a decision based on that then it is usually the right decision.”