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."



"Always an excellent experience! Dr. Dougherty is thorough, thoughtful and nice."



"I cracked a tooth 2 days before I was leaving for Europe. Yikes! Dr. Dougherty squeezed my into his busy, busy scheduled. Everyone loves him and his work is beautiful. I've been a patient with him for 20 years and have never had any experiences other than fabulous!"



"The dentists and dental hygienists at Dougherty Dental are professionals in every way. On every visit, I feel that they genuinely care about me."



"My family has been going to Dougherty Dental for years. They are a state of the art operation. My hygienist Ashley was awesome and informative. 5 stars."



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