Meet Your Orthodontist

Dr. Jay Lawless

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.

Outside The Office

When Dr. Lawless isn’t in the office playing with Rocky & Bo, our favorite four legged team members, or perfecting someone’s smile, you can find him outside running at Kereiakes Park or any neighborhood in the community. He also enjoys playing or coaching sports with his sons – Rob, Drew and Jack and cooking with his wife and best friend – Laura Nell Lawless.

Dr. Lawless is dedicated to providing the best experience for each patient, not just perfecting your smile! He loves the satisfaction of helping patients achieve their dream smile and wowing them from start to finish!


Bachelor of Science in Biology, with Distinction
University of Kentucky

Doctor of Dental Medicine, with Distinction
University of Kentucky

General Practice Residency,
University of Kentucky and VA Hospitals

Certificate – Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics,
University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center

Orthodontist Jay Lawless with his dog Rocky


Office Support Dog

Doctor Lawless is also the dad of our office support dog, Rocky, a fluffy white bichon frise. He loves interacting with patients and laying on your lap while you’re in the office chair during your appointment. His favorite pastime is going on long walks and listening to country music! He can’t wait to see you!

The Lawless Experience

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Staff and Dr Lawless are amazing and have the best chair side manner. excited to see the outcome.

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