Darren is a native of Clinton, North Carolina. He attended UNC-Chapel Hill, where he was inducted into the Phi Betta Kappa Honor Society. Darren graduated with distinction in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology. Darren continued his education at West Virginia University where he earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree with honors in 2002.
After graduation from dental school, Darren was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy. During his distinguished Naval career, Darren completed a one year Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency at Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, FL. Upon completion of his residency, Darren reported to Camp Lejeune, NC to provide dental services for the Fleet Marine Forces. In 2004, Darren deployed to the Middle East to provide routine and emergency services to military personnel in direct support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Darren joined Coastal Cosmetic Family Dentistry® in September of 2006. He volunteers his services at New Hope Clinic, and with Dentistry from the Heart to provide dental care for low income residents. Darren enjoys all aspects of general dentistry, especially cosmetic dentistry and dental implants. Darren is also passionate about treating sleep apnea with oral appliances. He not only treats patients with sleep apnea, but he successfully treats his own sleep apnea with an oral appliance. Darren strives to stay abreast of current dental techniques and technology through continuing education as well as his involvement with multiple dental organizations. Darren is a member of the American Dental Association, The Academy of General Dentistry, The North Carolina Dental Society, Omicron Kappa Upsilon, American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and is a Fellow in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.
Darren’s wife Ashley, a Physical Therapist, owns Coastal Therapy Services in Southport, NC where she specializes in pelvic floor and incontinence therapy. Darren and Ashley have two daughters, Ellie and Kate. When Darren is not practicing dentistry; he enjoys an active lifestyle including running, fishing, boating and spending time with his family. The Harrington family attends Trinity United Methodist Church in Southport, NC.