Dr. Paul Dougherty

Meet Dr. Dougherty

Dr. Paul Dougherty followed in the footsteps of his father to become a second-generation dentist. He is board-certified in dentistry with over 30 years of experience treating clients for all of their dental needs at his upscale La Jolla, CA office. His patients and his staff trust him, which is why many have been with him for decades.


Dr. Dougherty earned a Bachelor of Science degree in microbiology from the University of Oklahoma before moving on to dental school at OU. He graduated with honors with his doctor of dental surgery (D.D.S.) degree four years later, then returned to La Jolla to begin his career. He completed a one-year fellowship program at the Veteran Administration in San Diego, CA, and he continues to learn about advancements in the field of dentistry by completing coursework each year and integrating new technology into his dental practice. 


Dr. Dougherty is proud to be a member of the following societies:

  • American Dental Association
  • California Dental Association
  • San Diego County Dental Society
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Sustaining Member
  • Spear Faculty Club and Study Member
  • Invited Attendee to American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry, 2015 – 2019


Dr. Dougherty and his wife, Kelly, have three children: Ally, Jackson, and Avery. The family is very active in the La Jolla community, and they love supporting local businesses and charitable causes. Dr. Dougherty is an accomplished athlete, and his hobbies include cycling, skiing, and golf.


"I have been going here for dental services for many years now.  The staff are always friendly and knowledgeable.  Their new facility is modern and really nice.  As a patient, I feel extremely comfortable when I com here.  I also like how they have a panoramic x-ray machine on site.  No more of that archaic biting down on the films."



"Dougherty Dental helped my mother, with dementia,  in my absence and in the presence of a care giver to receive necessary dental treatment.  They certainly could have decided not to work with Mother under the circumstances, but instead, through phone calls to me and through emails, we were able to get Mother the treatment she needed.  I applaud the Dougherty team for their humanity and professionalism"



"Dr Dougherty is the consummate professional. An excellent dentist, he avoids unnecessary treatments or procedures, which really suits me. Also a very kind and caring person, as is the entire staff. I was referred to Dr Dougherty by my periodontist a few years ago and so glad I found him."



"I've been coming here since I was a kid, so that's gotta be 25-30 years or so. They're just the best. Wouldn't trust anyone else with my teeth!"



"My mom has been getting her teeth cleaned by Heidi for years, and always boasts about her. I finally switched to Dougherty Dental. I met Dr. Scott, and Jeanette. They were so patient, informative and comforting! It's a very nice office, and the staff were all extremely pleasant."



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