My name is David. S. Clary and I am a board-certified prosthodontist. I was in school from the age of five until I was thirty!
I enrolled at Emory University, in Atlanta in 1973, and stayed there for ten years. I completed an undergraduate degree in mathematics and then my Doctorate of Dental Surgery. I decided to stay at Emory for two additional years beyond dental school, and completed a residency in prosthodontics, to earn an advanced education certificate in prosthodontics.
After ten years at Emory, I decided to accept a fellowship in geriatric dentistry at the Milwaukee VA Medical Center. Concurrently, I was able to teach, take courses, and do research at Marquette University School of Dentistry in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where I completed a Master of Science. The time and training involved in my fellowship gave me the insight and unique skills required to take care of special dental needs and related medical health issues.
While at Marquette, I met my wife and partner in this practice, Dr. Barbara A. Fueredi. Having grown up in the south, I knew I was better at sweating than shivering and wanted to leave the frozen north ... and my wife was ready to do the same, so we moved to Naples.
I was fortunate to have spent eight years in dental schools and saw that, due to the constant innovations and changing technologies, I would have to be a lifetime student. Every year I read multiple dental journals and books, study videos, and attend numerous continuing education programs.
I have been fortunate to have trained with some of the most respected clinicians in the world and have embraced the newest proven techniques. My goal is to obtain the most predictable results that address a patient’s needs and desires, including aesthetics, phonetics, comfort, and function.
- American College of Prosthodontists, fellow
- American Board of Prosthodontics, Diplomate
- International College of Prosthodontists
- Florida Prosthodontic Association
- Academy of Osseointegration
- American Dental Association
- Florida Dental Association
- West Coast Dental Association
- Collier County Dental Association
I have been honored to serve as the president of multiple professional organizations. I have also been involved in the Florida Dental Association Political Action Committee, which addresses issues that concern the dental profession and the dental concerns of our patients.
Additionally, I have lectured in the Midwest and Southeast on different topics related to prosthodontics. On July 29, 2017, I was honored to receive the Award of Appreciation from the Florida Prosthodontic Association for Outstanding Service and Dedication to the FPA.
On Being a Prosthodontist
I love addressing the wants and needs of my patients, from replacing a single tooth to restoring a single tooth to a full-mouth reconstruction. I believe in presenting each and every patient with any and all alternative treatment options and want each person to be intimately involved in the decision process. It is fun to have a patient excited at the end of treatment, and tell us everything feels great and looks natural!
Although I have completed a fellowship in dental geriatrics, I enjoy caring for people of all ages.
We are able to spend the time needed to perform treatment, but we also ensure plenty of time to get to know our patients, learn their desires and concerns, and establish trust. I enjoy talking with patients, and every day they share with me some part of their lives. In doing so, they teach me to be a better person.
It has been said that one should never treat a stranger. I am hopeful that I will not only never treat a stranger, but that by end of treatment I will have made a new friend.
At our office, we are committed to caring for each patient as family, with respect, compassion, and professionalism.
I was born in Spartanburg, South Carolina and lived there until I was ten. My family then moved to the Atlanta area and lived there for four years until we settled in Savannah. I graduated from Windsor Forest High School in Savannah in 1973, and then was off to college.
Dr. Barbara Fueredi and I were married in 1984 and moved to Naples in 1985, where we constructed our building and started a dental practice from the ground up!
When I’m not at work, I enjoy spending time with my wife and our three dogs: our Rhodesian Ridgebacks. I also like reading, working out at the gym, the company of family and friends, and exploring many of the wonderful restaurants in our area.
My wife and I have been blessed with being able to travel. We have seen most of the USA, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. I have also traveled to Peru and hiked the Inka Trail to Machu Picchu.
I am a current-events junkie and have been hooked since I first read the Weekly Reader in elementary school. I avidly read multiple newspapers and nonfiction books and believe we all need to be informed citizens. I love this country and believe all of us need to make sure that America will be better and stronger for the next generations.