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Who We Are - Meet Dr. Gunnels!

Board- Certified Pediatric Dentist

Dr. Gunnels or “Dr. G” as the kids call him, grew up in Mobile, Alabama. He studied Pre-Professional Biology at the University of West Florida, where he also competed on the men’s tennis team. Dr. Gunnels attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham to complete his formal dental training. While serving in Guatemala on a mission trip, his attention shifted to wanting to treat children. Following dental school, Dr. Gunnels completed specialty training at Baylor in Dallas, TX. While there, he spent two years focused on treating pediatric patients and children with special needs. Following the completion of his specialty training, Dr. Gunnels completed two additional examinations to become a Board-Certified Pediatric Dentist. 

From there, Dr. Gunnels and his wife Kristen moved to Denver, Colorado, to work for a pediatric dental office. During their two years in Colorado, they enjoyed everything from skiing, climbing 14ers, and camping. While Dr. Gunnels and his family enjoyed their time in Colorado, they felt a pull to move back to Alabama and start Summit Smiles Pediatric Dentistry. In his spare time, Dr. Gunnels enjoys spending time with his lovely wife, Kristen, and their golden retriever named Beau! He enjoys playing tennis and attempts to play golf! He can’t wait to meet you and your family! 


Professional Organizations

  • American Board of Pediatric Dentistry (ABPD)

  • American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD)

  • American Dental Association (ADA)

  • Alabama Dental Association (ALDA)

  • Birmingham District Dental Society

Professional Organizations

Diplomas and Training

  • Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry

  • Pediatric Specialty Training, Baylor University Texas A&M College of Dentistry

  • Pediatric Specialty Training, Children’s Medical Center of Dallas

  • Pediatric Specialty Training, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital

  • Doctorate of Dental Medicine (DMD), University of Alabama at Birmingham

  • Undergraduate studies in Pre-Professional Biology, University of West Florida

Diplomas and Training

Fun Facts

  • Competed for a college National Championship in tennis

  • Played in a make-shift band while in dental school

  • Likes to think that he is improving at golf

  • Cheers on the Auburn Tigers

Fun Facts


Our Clinic

Here at Summit Smiles, our main priority is that you and your child are at-ease. We have paid special attention to make sure we can accomplish just that! Our team works diligently to meet the individual needs of your child in a fun and relaxed environment! At each visit, you will find a clean office, a friendly face, and most importantly - a place your child will always feel welcomed. Come by anytime to tour the office and meet our team! 

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