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


Meet Dena

Dena moved to Chattanooga in 2015 with her husband Anthony and beautiful daughter Evangeline. Dena has been in the dental industry for 7 years and enjoys creating a warm and positive experience for all patients who choose Emerald Dental, and ensuring they are confident in their choice for a perfect smile.

When Dena is not at work interacting with patients, she is attending concerts. Dena has passion for traveling to new places and making new adventures with friends and family.


Meet Shaina

Shaina grew up near Atlanta, GA and moved to Tennessee in 2010. Shaina is a wife and mother of four beautiful children. In 2013 Shaina became a registered dental assistant.

Shaina loves working with in the clinic with our patients. She is passionate about what she does and loves helping our patients obtain their perfect smile.

When Shaina is not at work, she enjoys cooking, attending small group at her church, and weekends at the lake.


Meet Shala

Shala moved to Tennessee in 2009 from Maryland to start her career in dental hygiene. She graduated in 2013 from Chattanooga Community College with an Associates in Dental Hygiene. Shala has 4 boys, 3 dogs, and a cat.

When Shala is not a hygienist, she enjoys cooking, baking, and decorating cakes for friends and family. Shala enjoys adventurous road trips and hiking.


Meet Veronica

Veronica was born and raised in Dalton, GA where she graduated high school in 2010. Veronica graduated Chattanooga State with an Associates in Psychology. Veronica has been in the dental industry for 6 years where she takes passion in helping patients obtain a healthy brighter smile.

When Veronica is not at work coordinating an office, she enjoys spending time with friends and family. Veronica also enjoys wine tasting and enjoying a good book.

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