Meet Dr. Small

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Dr. David Small
Doctor. Family Man. Mentor.

Dr. David Small grew up in Orlando, Florida, and was actually there before Disney World opened. He was one of three boys; his father worked for Lockheed Martin in the aerospace division, and they frequently traveled the short distance to Cape Canaveral to watch the Gemini and Apollo rocket launches. This exposure led to his interest in science and technology. He attended Boone High School, where he played football and excelled in academics.


Dr. Small travelingHe attended the University of Central Florida, where he met his wife, Gena, who was a professional ballet dancer with Southern Ballet, (she is a native of Hickory, NC). They were married and had their first child, Chris, while there. He earned his Bachelors of Science in Biology in 1988.

Dr. Small attended dental school at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, one of the top schools in the country, from 1988 to 1993. It was there he developed an interest in orthodontics and was involved in research projects in that field for three years. Their second child, Amanda, was born while he attended school there.

In 1993 Dr. Small began his residency at the University of Louisville, a program noted for its education in a wide variety of orthodontic techniques. This emphasis on clinical care prepared him to approach the correction of orthodontic problems in a variety of ways, with each treatment plan tailored to the needs of the individual patient. He earned a certificate in orthodontics and a Masters of Science in Oral Biology from U of L in 1995.

Dr. Small fishing and travelingDr. Small practiced for five years in Central Florida in a practice that dealt with complicated orthodontic problems for patients of all ages. In 2000 he and his family moved to the Hickory/Morganton area and began his current practice. Dr. Small treats patients of all ages using a variety of techniques. He is active in organized dentistry and in the education of dentists, and is a past president of the Western Piedmont Dental Society and the University of Louisville Orthodontic Alumni Association.

Dr. Small and his wife, Gena, live in the Hickory area. Their daughter, Amanda, is completing her medical residency in Pediatrics at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, Texas. Their son, Chris, is a sound engineer in a music studio, and lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with his wife, Laura. David and Gena welcomed their first grandchild, Clark David, in the Winter of 2021. In his spare time Dr. Small likes golfing, hiking, sailing, saltwater fishing, and listening to live music.

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