Member Spotlight: Todd Pillion

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Todd was raised on a small farm in Ewing, Virginia where his father instilled in him the principles of hard work, faith in God, self-responsibility, and the value of a dollar.

Todd paid his way through his first year in college with the herd of cattle that his father taught him to raise as a young boy. After his first year in school, he received an academic scholarship for his final three years at Lincoln Memorial University.  He then continued on his academic path and attended VCU School of Dentistry as one of the few students from the Southwest Virginia region. Due to mounting student debt and his family’s history of military service, he joined the Virginia Army National Guard during his senior year and was commissioned as a Captain in its Medical Detachment.

After graduating, Todd returned to practice general dentistry in Abingdon in July of 2001 and soon realized his true calling was treating children. Three years after his return to Southwest Virginia he made the decision to participate in a post-graduation program in Buffalo, NY to obtain a license in pediatric dentistry. During his residency, he was called to active duty to support the 42nd Infantry Division in Tikrit, Iraq in Operation Iraqi Freedom. He returned to complete his certificate program and serve out his 8-year commitment with the Virginia Army National Guard. In 2009, he completed his tenure with the rank of Major and the honor of being the state dental officer for Virginia’s finest.

Todd currently practices pediatric dentistry with offices located in Bristol, Johnson City, and Knoxville. Additionally, he is a partner in a number of local businesses throughout Virginia and Northeast Tennessee.

Elected in a special election in December 2014, Todd represents the Fourth District in the House of Delegates, comprised of Dickenson, Russell (part), Washington (part), and Wise (part) counties.   He serves on the House committees of Transportation, Counties, Cities, and Towns, and Science and Technology.

Todd and his wife Amanda have four children and reside in Abingdon.