Dr. Lawless grew up in Bowling Green. One of his favorite memories as a child was fishing at Barren River Lake with his Dad, and his two brothers, while his Mom made picnic lunches. He played football, basketball, and baseball as well as served as Class President at Bowling Green High School. With help from Mom, Dad and many others he was awarded an academic scholarship to UK.
After graduating from the University of Kentucky, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Biology, he attended dental school in Lexington. This was the perfect place for Dr. Lawless who loves Kentucky Basketball even more than he loves playing sports. Following his general dental education, he attended an Advanced Residency Program in Dentistry at the University of Kentucky and Veteran Administration Hospitals. There he treated complex cases in a team environment that included Oral Surgery, Periodontics, and Orthodontics. Dr. Lawless then went on to complete his Orthodontic Specialty Training at the Chandler Medical Center in Lexington.