40 UNDER 40 HONOREES

ALISHA A. GRAY

  • Plain City, Ohio
  • Smile Works Family Dentistry

Age:

39

Name of Practice:

Smile Works Family Dentistry

Specialty:

General dentistry

Education:

DDS, The Ohio State University College of Dentistry


Why She Was Nominated

Dr. Gray is passionate about improving people’s dental and whole-body health. She is a member of the American Academy for Oral Systemic Health and was one of the first certified DNA/Vivos appliance providers in Ohio. She is also a member of the National Health Service Corps, participates in Give Kids a Smile Day and has been named one of the best  dentists in the Columbus area for seven consecutive years.

Why She Became A Dentist

“I’ve wanted to become a dentist since second grade. I always looked forward to my appointment, and I want every child to love the dental office as much as I did. My team and I wear masks with silly faces on them, we have special kids’ days and we always have a wide variety of toothbrushes so we can give them one of their favorite cartoon characters. I provide complimentary nitrous to all children under age 18.”

Most Memorable Patient

“A man named Todd. We took his blood pressure, and it fell into the hypertensive-crisis range. He was rushed to the hospital. When he returned to my office in six months, he had lost 60 pounds and told me I saved his life.”