40 UNDER 40 HONOREES

  • LANCE CULLEY

LANCE CULLEY

  • Jackson, Tennessee
  • Institute for Periodontics and Implant Dentistry

Age:

40

Name of Practice:

Institute for Periodontics and Implant Dentistry

Specialty:

Periodontics

Education:

DDS, University of Tennessee Health Science Center; specialty, University of Alabama at Birmingham


Why He Was Nominated

Dr. Culley runs practices in three cities and pushes to expand all of them through new patients as well as breadth of procedures and technology.

Inspiration

“I try to put myself in the patient’s position,” he says. “I’m not the bravest patient, so if there is any technology that makes surgery less invasive, I invest in
it for my patients’ benefit.”

Biggest Challenge

Dealing with the complexities of insurance coverage. “That’s why I have a great staff in place,” he says. “So I don’t have to do it.”

Exciting New Trend

Sedation. “With more dentists implementing anxiety management, patients aren’t as fearful as they were before.”