Our Team

Compassionate & Experienced

Your Hickory Dental Family

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At Hickory Heights Dental, you can always look forward to seeing a happy and humble team of professionals who truly feel like family. Creating lasting memories and lifelong smiles, we share a passion for providing a stellar dental experience tailored just for you. With our gentle, genuine care and robust expertise, we’re here to help bring your best smile to life!

Get to Know

Dr. Thomas Pardue

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Dr. Pardue was born and raised in North Carolina. Inspired by his dad, a lawyer and the first in his family to go to a university, he knew he wanted to follow in his footsteps and pursue a fulfilling career helping others. Naturally curious, he explored the medical field and was instantly drawn to dentistry’s flexible, hands-on work and rewarding patient relationships – and the rest is history! Dr. Pardue earned his undergraduate degree at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. He then went on to become a Doctor of Dental Surgery and served as a dentist in the U.S. Navy for five years.

Today, Dr. Pardue feels grateful to care for Hickory patients with the highest levels of quality and comfort. His practice extends far beyond simply treating smiles. His spirit of generosity informs every detail of his care, volunteering his time, talents, and resources to uplift his local community in meaningful ways that make an impact. He’s passionate about fostering an atmosphere of friendship and trust, so you and your loved ones can smile with true confidence. 

Outside of the office, Dr. Pardue enjoys cherishing quality time with his lovely wife and three adorable kiddos. You can also find him hitting Hickory’s lush running trails and staying active outdoors!

We’re Better Together

Meet the Team

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We’re a tight-knit, attentive team of individuals who seek to learn, grow, and succeed every day. We're not just team members, we're longtime friends, too. Most of our staff has been with us for over 20 years! This means that you can count on us for consistent, quality care. Partnering alongside one another, we aim to make every visit comfortable, enjoyable, and informative from start to finish. If there’s anything we can do to enhance your appointments with us, we’d love to hear from you!


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Innovative & Effective

Our Technology

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We’re relentless in our passion for quality. In addition to our minimally invasive techniques, we use the latest dental equipment to deliver convenient care and stunning results. Our office features state-of-the-art CEREC technology, allowing us to create custom-fit, same-day crowns without the wait. Safe and efficient, we also use cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT). This advanced imaging technology gives our team a comprehensive view of your teeth, airway, and facial bones for the most accurate diagnosis in just one scan.

Making a Difference Together

Giving Back to Hickory

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Our patients are at the heart of every choice that we make. Which is why we work to bring great dental care directly into the hands of those who need it most. We do this by providing quarterly “Free Fridays,” where Dr. Pardue and and our caring team offer one hour of preventive or restorative treatment to a patient in need – completely free of charge. Every month, we also donate $250 to a nominated non-profit making a difference in our community. 

Whether it’s supporting our local youth through education and high school scholarships or extending our care abroad on dental mission trips, making a positive impact in the lives of others is essential to who we are as a practice. We love Hickory, and we’re thankful for patients like you who help us make it all happen!

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