Welcoming, Patient, Gentle and Knowledgable.

That is how we are often described by our patients. And that is what we strive to be every day!

Your Dentist

Dr. Paul Gardner

Paul Gardner, D.M.D.

Your Dentist in Chattanooga, TN

“Dentistry really is about changing people’s lives for the better. When a patient leaves my office with the confidence to smile at everyone they meet, that gives me a great sense of accomplishment. We welcome you to visit our office for an appointment or just to take a tour and say ‘hello’. My team and I are focused every day on providing a safe, professional, warm and inviting atmosphere for patients of all ages – from children to seniors.” ~ Dr. Paul Gardner



Dr. Paul R. Gardner graduated with a degree in Biochemistry from Brigham Young University before completing his dental degree at the University of Washington School of Dentistry in Seattle in 2010. He completed a hospital based General Practice Residency in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania at the Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center where he received advanced training in endodontics, periodontics, and prosthodontic dental procedures as well as gaining experience managing patients in diverse and challenging medical backgrounds. He and his family relocated to Chattanooga, TN in 2011 where he worked as a Managing Clinic Director.

Dr. Gardner has a great love of dentistry and helping his patients improve their oral health. He has a passion for continuing education and striving to improve himself to provide the best care for his patients.

Dr. Gardner is a member of the American Dental Association, The Academy of General Dentistry, The Tennessee Dental Association, The Chattanooga Area Dental Association, The Tennessee Valley Study Club, and The Spear Study Club.


When Dr. Gardner is not in the office making patients smiles, he enjoys spending time with his wife and his two daughters. They enjoy all types of outdoor activities including hiking, camping, swimming, and gardening. He absolutely loves the culture and environment of Chattanooga.


Brigham Young University
University of Washington School of Dentistry


American Dental Association
The Academy of General Dentistry
The Tennessee Dental Association
The Chattanooga Area Dental Association
The Tennessee Valley Study Club
The Spear Study Club

Your Dental Team

Dena Szabo

Office Manager/ Patient Coordinator

Dena moved to Chattanooga in 2015 with her husband, Anthony, and beautiful daughter, Evangeline. Dena has been in the dental field for 10 years and enjoys creating a warm and positive experience for all patients who choose Emerald Dental. The Ohio native enjoys party planning, and traveling whenever she can. She visits family out of state often and lives her life to the fullest, traveling to new places and experiencing new things. At our office, she makes sure that not only are our patients taken care of, but she also makes sure to decorate for every holiday/event and always brings the staff fun gifts and treats!

Kayla Perego

Clinical Lead / E.F.D.A

Kayla became an assistant in 2019 and dove headfirst into dentistry. She recently completed her expanded functions certification in 2023, adding the placement of fillings to her scope of practice. She has a passion for helping people renew their smiles and regain their confidence. She stays busy in her spare time with her son and spouse. They are always on the go, finding new and fun things to do together. Kay wears multiple hats at the office, from assisting at reception to just being a friend. She is always ready to learn something new and take on new tasks to help her coworkers and the office run smoothly!

Perri Mansfield

Dental Hygienist

Perri has been with Emerald Dental as an RDH since June 2022 and has been practicing dentistry since 2020. She enjoys meeting and connecting with new patients and helping them achieve their smile goals. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and German Shepherd. As well as reading, gardening, and exploring the Chattanooga food scene. At the office, we say that she is a human encyclopedia; she has knowledge in every subject and is absolutely stellar at trivia!

Katlyn Copeland

Registered Dental Assistant

As a 2023 graduate, Katlyn, or "Birdie," as we like to call her, came to our office after completing her externships with us. She is dedicated to making her patients as comfortable as possible, and finds joy in seeing people love their smiles again. She loves her dog, Ozzie. Her husband and she also have two beautiful boys that keep them busy during her off-time. She is our office’s ray of sunshine, always spreading positivity and putting everyone around her in a great mood!

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