Dr. Joseph Hudgins was raised in the Carbondale and Murphysboro area. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois in 1983, his dental degree from Northwestern University in 1987, and his specialty in orthodontics from the University of Nebraska in 1989. After serving in the United States Navy, he returned to the southern Illinois area to begin his practice in 1992.
Dr. Hudgins is an avid believer in continuing education and always implementing the latest in technology into his practice. He regularly takes part in accredited conferences and seminars and has been a diplomat of the American Board of Orthodontics since 2000.
Dr. Hudgins also sponsors multiple performing arts, sports and scouting programs. He resides in Murphysboro with his wife, Lane, and their sons, Cameron, Drew and Braden and their three dogs, Commander, Major and Gunnie.