40 UNDER 40 HONOREES

  • LAUTEN SANDERS JOHNSON

LAUTEN SANDERS JOHNSON

  • Birmingham, Alabama
  • Pediatric and Adolescent Dentistry, LLC

Age:

31

Name of Practice:

Pediatric and Adolescent Dentistry, LLC

Specialty:

Pediatric Dentistry

Education:

DDS and residency, University of Alabama


Why He Was Nominated

With his partner, William Clark Thomas (see page 76), Dr. Johnson is a trailblazer in pediatric dentistry and a national leader in charitable dentistry.

Inspiration

Inspired to become a dentist while doing Christian missionary work, Dr. Johnson recently launched a nonprofit called the Smile Foundation, which raises money and supplies for those in need. “We annually go to Mexico to provide extractions, amalgam restorations and cleanings for free.”

Biggest Challenge

Managing parents who have unrealistic expectations.

Favorite Office Music

Instead of music, patients are entertained by movies — mostly the animated, kid-friendly kind.