Meet Our Team

DOUGLAS F. COTTINGHAM, DMD




Dr. Cottingham is originally from Moncks Corner, SC, where his parents, sister, and her family still reside. After graduating from Berkeley High School in 1994, Dr. Cottingham attended Clemson University, graduating in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and in 2000 with a Masters of Professional Accountancy. He then worked for Arthur Andersen, LLP in Columbia until hi wife, Dr. Sarah Stevenson Cottingham, began medical school in Charleston, SC. While in Charleston, Dr. Cottingham worked for Pratt-Thomas, Gumb, & Company, a local accounting firm.

During this time, he decided to examine other careers. Dentistry always appealed to him and he took a leap of faith after shado several dentists to attend the Medical University of South Carolina where he earned his Doctorate of Dental Medicine in 2010. Upon graduation, Dr. Cottingham received the Quintessence Award for Achievement in Restorative Dentistry.

He has volunteered with Give Kids a Smile, the Special Olympics, the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, and the SC Junior Golf Association. Dr. Cottingham is a member of the American Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, and the American Dental Education Association.

Dr. Cottingham’s wife, Sarah, is a physician at Palmetto Family Medicine When they are not treating patients, they enjoy spending time with their young children, Mac and Lila, and their two dogs, Esso and Cooper. Dr. Cottingham’s hobbies include golf, music, and the outdoors.

FRAN STEVENSONOFFICE MANAGER

Fran graduated from Clemson University in 1976 and began her career as an English teacher at Lower Richland High School. After 13 years, she joined Southern Way Catering to work in the family business for over 20 years. In 2009, she became office manager of Palmetto Family Medicine, a practice started by her father and continued by her brother and daughter. Fran began working at Cottingham Family Dentistry in 2012. She enjoys reading, family activities, traveling and her grandchildren.

ALLISON IMMORDINOFront Office Administrator, Billing and Insurance Coordinator

Allison lives in Lugoff, South Carolina but also has deep roots in Kentucky. Allison began her career in the medical field and transitioned into the dental field where she has worked for 25 years. She loves to spend time with her family and pets and is an animal advocate. She enjoys woodworking with her husband and participating in craft shows. Dentistry is a true passion and she strives to ensure patients receive the highest level of care possible.

MELINNA MCMANUSFront Desk Assistant and Dental Assistant

Melinna lives in Lexington, South Carolina. She has 2 children who are the light of her life. Her dog Panda comes in a close second. She is obsessed with teeth and loves being in the dental field. She is a dedicated gamecock fan and is always on the go watching her son play sports. She lives an active lifestyle and enjoys going to the beach and being on the lake. She always greets you with a smile.

AMANDA MAGYARDENTAL ASSISTANT

Amanda has worked in the dental field for over 10 years. She graduated from Midlands Technical College and is a certified dental assistant. She enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter. A few of her favorite things are being silly with her little girl, reading, singing, and striving to be a good mom and wife

GRACE BALLDENTAL HYGIENIST

Grace is from Blythewood, SC. She moved to Columbia when she married her high school sweetheart. A registered dental hygienist and registered dental assistant, she is a graduate of Midlands Technical College and has over 6 years in the dental field. Grace enjoys living an active lifestyle, trips to the beach, and everything Carolina Gamecock.

MARGI LAUFFER

Margi is originally from Baltimore, where she attended dental hygiene school. She has lived in Columbia since 1989. Margi loves dental hygiene and the patient is her top priority. She enjoys cooking for her family and friends. The whole family are avid Gamecock fans.

LAURA ZESSINGER

Laura is from the St. Louis, Missouri area but has been residing in South Carolina for the past 6 years. She is an Air Force veteran of 8 years serving in both active duty and the SC Air National Guard as a dental hygienist. She earned her dental hygiene and Associate of Science degrees from Midlands Technical College. Her free time is spent traveling, enjoying music, trying new food, and working out. She also has a deep love for animals. Laura enjoys working in the dental field because it gives her the opportunity to treat patients with empathy and care in order to build a foundation of trust.