Meet Dr. Popp

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Meet Dr. Popp

Orthodontics has given Dr. Tom Popp the opportunity to help people while doing a job that he loves. His patients feel his enthusiasm from the moment they first meet him. He sees each patient and works to customize treatment to fit every individual’s personal situation. He pursued a career in the dental field to help people improve their smiles and feel better about themselves. The opportunity to meet each patient and be a positive part of their lives has kept Dr. Popp enjoying each day of work for the past 20 plus years he has been involved in orthodontics.

Education and experience in the field

Dr. Popp attended the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where he received his Bachelor of Arts in biology. He then attended Emory University Dental School in Atlanta, GA where he earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery graduating with highest honors. He had a general dental private practice in Chattanooga, TN for five years before returning to school for more education. This time, he travelled to the University of Washington in Seattle for a Master of Science in Dentistry and Certificate in Orthodontics. He established his current orthodontic office in Chattanooga over 20 years ago.

Continuing education and professional affiliations

Dr. Popp strongly believes that to provide the highest quality treatment he must remain up-to-date with the newest trends in orthodontics and dentistry. He regularly attends continuing education courses and enjoys networking with other dental professionals. He participates in local, state, and national meetings with numerous organizations including the American Association of Orthodontics, Tennessee Dental Association, and University of Washington Orthodontic Alumni Association. He also enjoys sharing his knowledge and experience through teaching others.

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In the office

Dr. Popp has five years of experience practicing general dentistry and over 20 as a Chattanooga orthodontist. He enjoys the opportunity to create individual relationships with all patients while helping them to better their lives. With Dr. Popp, you are sure to get personal attention and a caring touch. He loves helping his patients achieve incredible smiles and maintain good oral health that they can enjoy their entire lives.

Out of the office

Dr. Popp has lived in Chattanooga most of his life and loves the area. He was in Atlanta for dental school and enjoyed his time in Seattle for his orthodontic residency but was drawn back to Tennessee to live and establish his practice. He happily settled down in Chattanooga, TN with his wife, Starr, whom he has been married to for over 30 years. They have four children, Colton, Haley, Bryson and Selena, with whom they share sports, outdoor activities and traveling. They especially enjoy their time on whitewater rivers canoeing and kayaking, both recreationally and competitively. Dr. Popp and his children, TeamPOPP, have competed internationally in several Whitewater World Championships as members of the United States National Team. Dr. Popp and his family are always ready for adventure and excitement.

Visit Dr. Popp at one of our two Chattanooga, TN orthodontic offices located on Hixson Pike and Gunbarrel Road.


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