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."



"Professional, caring, honest and with excellent workmanship. Wish I had knew about Dr. Dougherty DDS years ago. I would have been saved from a lot of inferior dental work, which resulted in a mouthful of problems."



"Dr. Dougherty and team are the best! I appreciate their approach and manner of working; top-quality services from great people."



"I'm a rather demanding individual with very high standards, but I can state that everyone in this office is FIRST RATE....from the receptionists to the dental technicians to Doctor Dougherty (Doctor Salazar is probably excellent too, but I haven't used his services, so I can't say). I've been to many dentists/prosthodontists in the past, and Dr. Dougherty is the best!"



"At Dougherty Dental I found out that taking care of my teeth and mouth can be a great painless process. Doctor Paul and the hole team was nothing but awesome walking me through. They are very clear on explaining everything with the details that I need to know. I'm glad that I have started on the right and best place."



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