Dr. Cloninger is from a family of dentists and grew up learning the practice working alongside his father, uncle, and brother in Lincolnton, NC. Dr. Cloninger received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from UNC-School of Dentistry in 2000 and opened his solo practice in 2001. Dr. Cloninger also has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from N.C. State University and spent several years with the NC Department of Transportation before returning to school to pursue his true passion.
Dr. Cloninger is not only highly accomplished in general dentistry but with his engineering background and the use of the CBCT (3D) X-ray technology equipment in the office it has enabled him to take a highly analytical and systematic approach to the most complex dental challenges. Dr. Cloninger is committed to his continued education and continuously provides his patients with a growing array of treatment options. Dr. Cloninger gained Mastership Level in the International Dental Implant Association and with his advanced training in Implantology he has perfected methods to safely place and restore dental implants.
Since opening his practice, Dr. Cloninger has worked alongside some wonderful staff members and continues to serve the community of Cherryville and his church on multiple levels.
In 2005 Dr. Cloninger married Cherryville native Shully Pruett and moved his practice to Cherryville the following year. In 2008 Dr. Cloninger and Shully also opened the Downtown Dental office to better serve the community.
Dr. Cloninger has two sons, a daughter, and a love for canine companions. Dr. Cloninger served as an assistant varsity basketball coach at Lincolnton High School from 2003 – 2018 and currently is the Head Basketball Coach at John Chavis Middle School here in Cherryville.
Please contact our office for a free consultation about those missing teeth or ill fitting dental appliance. We can’t wait to meet you.
Honors & Achievements
- Member of the American Dental Association
- Member of the North Carolina Dental Society
- Fellowship Member of the International Dental Implant Association.
- Member of the Academy of General Dentistry
- Cherryville Business Man of the Year 2009
- Past Chairman Heartland District Friends of Scouting Campaign
- Past President of St. John’s Lutheran Church Council
- Past President of Rotary Club of Cherryville
- Men’s Varisity Assistant Basketball Coach at Lincolnton High School since 2003
- Lifetime Sportsman with North Carolina Wildlife
- Paul Harris 3 Fellow
- Lifetime Member of the National Eagle Scout Association
- Lifetime Member of the University of North Carolina Alumni Association
- Lifetime Member of the North Carolina State Alumni Association
- Member of the American Society of Civil Engineering 1994-1998
- Mastership in the International Dental Implant Assoc.