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.


"You will get 1st Class welcoming and 1st class treatment at Dougherty Dental. It will all be done right...the 1st time. You won't be disappointed."



"Dr Dougherty's office is efficient, thoughtful and provides excellent dental care. I am a physician and know how hard it is to both run an office and give excellent patient care. He does both. Highly recommend Dr Dougherty and staff."



"Dr Dougherty is knowledgeable, professional, thorough and kind. He addresses all concerns. I trust him with all of my dental needs."



"I am new in town. Had a cracked mouth guard . Was accepted very quickly. The Doctor and staff very friendly and helpful. Great experience! Also had a very thorough comprehensive exam by Dr. Dougherty, thorough cleaning with excellent hygiene advice. Excellent care!"



"I cracked a tooth over the weekend and Dr. Dougherty and staff quickly fit me in to get it fixed. Great service, location, and people."



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