Our patients and our team LOVE Dr. Clay and it’s easy to see why. He’s kind, gentle, caring, funny, passionate about helping kids and understands how to communicate with them (and parents) to ensure everyone has a positive dental experience, every visit. It makes sense that he’s been voted the “Best of the Best” pediatric dentist by Chattanoogans for several years.
Dr. Clay is a true Chattanooga native who was awarded a full presidential academic scholarship to attend Murray State University where he earned degrees in biology and chemistry and played soccer for the Racers. He went on to attend the University of Tennessee, graduating with high honors and earning a doctorate in dental surgery in 2003. While attending dental school, Dr. Clay served as the president of the Richard Dogget Dean Honor Society. Later, he chose to complete his pediatric dentistry residency at the University of Kentucky and the Kosair Children’s Hospital, where he served as Chief Resident during his final year.
Dr. Clay takes great pride and energy in constantly remaining up-to-date on the very latest treatments and techniques available in the field of pediatric dentistry. He’s certified in gentle laser dentistry treatments and oral sedation, and offers deep sedation and general anesthesia when necessary in coordination with a fantastic board-certified, fellowship-trained pediatric anesthesiologist. Remaining active in professional organizations is also important to Dr. Clay. He’s a board-certified Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.
When he’s not busy helping patients and their smiles at the office, Dr. Clay enjoys taking care of children (and adults) on medical/dental missions, traveling to Honduras, Guatemala, and the Middle East (Turkey and Iraq). He has served as a Replicate Ministries board member, a frequent deacon, and both the personnel team and pastor search team at Brainerd Baptist Church. Dr. Clay deeply loves Jesus, glorifying Him, and making Him known where He is not yet worshipped. He strives to make disciples and help them make new disciples in Christianity. For those with ears to hear, his hope is that God would be glorified as Children’s Dentistry of Chattanooga cares for children and their families.
Dr. Clay is the proud dad to big brother Lukas, and fraternal twins Hudson and Hadley. He loves spending time with them, coaching their sports teams, traveling, vacationing, hiking with Smokey (our office dog), and snow skiing.