Meet the Doctors

Your search for a dentist in La Jolla stops here! Dr. Paul Dougherty and Dr. Weston Spencer will earn your trust by providing truly caring dentistry. Our doctors both come from families of dentists and have a history of providing exceptional restorative and preventative care. The results of this are the many long-lasting and personal relationships we share with our patients.

We welcome you to get to know Drs. Dougherty and Spencer by reading their bios and learning more about their patient care.

Dr. Paul Dougherty, DDS


Dr. Dougherty has enjoyed practicing dentistry in La Jolla for over 25 years. His goal and motivation is to provide pain-free, quality dentistry to every single one of his patients. His commitment to continuing education has provided the foundation for state-of-the-art technology and techniques. His philosophy of preventative, minimally invasive dentistry has been the backbone of his established restorative practice.

The long-term patient relationships he continues to build and maintain are developed through trust, honesty, and a caring concern that have been a part of our practice from day one. Most patients and staff have been here in this office for decades as a result of this commitment.

Dr. Dougherty, along with his wife, Kelly, share much joy and pleasure in raising their three children, Ally, Jackson, and Avery. He and his family have lived in the La Jolla community and are very active in the events and activities surrounding this wonderful place. Dr. Dougherty is also an avid golfer, cyclist, and sports enthusiast, and is thrilled he has the pleasure to live and work in such an amazing location.

  • University of Oklahoma, Bachelor of Science, Microbiology – 1982
  • University of Oklahoma, DDS – 1986
  • General Practice Residency, San Diego Veterans Administration Hospital – 1986-87
  • Omnicron Kappa Upsilon Honor Society
  • American Dental Association
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • San Diego County Dental Society
  • Spear Study Club and Institute member


Dr. Weston Spencer, DDS


Dr. Spencer joined the Dougherty Dental team in the summer of 2011. His practice philosophy is to take a patient-first approach that is based around prevention and driven by quality care. He strives for a “cavity-free” practice by implementing simple, easy ways to manage cavities. He has spent much of his continued education focusing on general, cosmetic, and endodontic (root canals) practices.

When Dr. Spencer is not practicing dentistry, you can find him spending his time with his wife, Ashley, and their three children, Hailey, Colton, and Hudson. He enjoys cycling, golfing, CrossFit, and playing catch-up with the DVR.

  • Brigham Young University, Bachelor of Science, Exercise Science
  • Loma Linda Dental School, DDS
  • California Dental Association
  • Spear Faculty Club
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry