Tristan didn’t always envision himself as a dentist, which is probably why it took him a little longer to get there than most dentists. As a child he had a knack for rearranging his parents’ furniture, sometimes much to their chagrin. In time, it was apparent that design was in his future. Tristan followed that intuition to Andrews University where he studied Architecture, receiving his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Architecture.

After practicing for a few years with a high-profile firm in Washington, D.C., and having worked on notable projects like the Las Vegas City Master Plan, Vanderbilt University Master Plan, and numerous United States Embassy renovations, Tristan decided to follow his heart to the mission field. He built his first church in Costa Rica, then went on to Zambia as a medical missionary where he treated close to one hundred women and children with vaccinations and prenatal care. Following Africa, Tristan’s heart for serving people won out over designing buildings, so he ventured to many more countries, serving the underserved in Mexico, Belize, and South Korea, to name a few. In his international travels, Tristan was most inspired by the smiles, happiness, and gratitude he received from dental patients.

In 2009, Dr. Hamilton graduated from Loma Linda University School of Dentistry, an institution that shared his commitment for mission service and compassion in the dental field. He went on to design and open his own practices in North Carolina. In 2017, he founded the Church Street Clinic, a not-for-profit mission clinic, on the island of Grenada.

While overseeing the clinic and practicing dentistry full-time, Dr. Hamilton is also the keynote speaker for Benco Dental’s CenterPoint Design Build Your Future design workshops at their unparalleled showrooms in Pennsylvania, Texas and California.

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His unique qualifications and experience enable Dr. Hamilton to show fellow dentists how the fields of architecture and dentistry should intersect to create a superior experience for their patients, staff, and themselves for many years to come.

Dr. Hamilton has been published for his dental office design work and won Best Dental Office Design from Incisal Edge magazine in 2012 for his Wilmington, NC office. Today, Tristan serves on the panel of judges for the magazine’s annual design awards issue!

Though busy with his practices, speaking engagements, and a young family, Dr. Hamilton enjoys giving back and makes time to feed that passion. Here, Dr. Hamilton and Day of Smiles Giveback volunteers instructed second and third grade students at PS 125, The Ralph Bunche School in Harlem, NY during Incisal Edge magazine’s 40 Under 40 Next Gen Summit. Their topic: Dental Care in a Carrot, an oral health education program created by Dr. Winifred Booker, the CEO and Director of Development at The Children’s Oral Health Institute.


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