Meet Dr. Joseph Kelly

"Growing up in Vancouver I knew at an early age I wanted to work in the health field, and throughout my educational journey I found my calling in being a Dentist. I believe in treating my patients with integrity, serving those in the community, and striving for excellence in all that I do. I feel passionately about continuing my education and continually work towards learning how to provide the best care possible for all that I treat.  I look forward to providing the people of SW Washington with the best care possible." — Dr. Joe

Dr. Joe is not only passionate about practicing excellent dentistry, but he is passionate about serving in his community.  He has served as a volunteer dentist for National Children's Dental Health Month and Clark College School of Dental Hygiene, providing treatment for underprivileged youth and their parents.  Like Dr. Dave and Dr. Tom, he has given his time to educate children at local library and preschool settings.  

Early in his dental career, Dr. Joe served in the US Air Force, providing dental care for active duty members of the 27th Special Operations Wing.  He continues to serve through the US Air Force Reserve, dedicating one weekend a month to comprehensive care for members of the 446th Air Force Wing at Joint Base Lewis McChord.

Aside from his military service and dental career, Dr. Joe finds time to stay active and promote overall health and wellness.  He enjoys intramural volleyball, serving as Captain of an OHSU and Air Force Intramural Volleyball team.  He has almost 20 years of swim coaching experience and triathlete training.  He is an advanced violinist, having played since he was five years old and is also fluent in Spanish.  

Education & Continuing Education

  • Bachelor of Science, Exercise Science, Brigham Young University
  • Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry, Oregon Health and Science University

Dr. Joe believes in continuing his dental education and training, pursuing coursework in implant placement and restoration, sleep apnea, oral surgery, Solea laser and CEREC® technology.  In accordance with the vision at Discovery Dental, he understands the importance of staying current on all new technologies, enabling him to better serve his dental patients and provide them with the dental care that they seek, using the best materials and techniques.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Dental Association
  • American Academy of Implant Dentistry
  • SPEAR Faculty Club Member
  • Clark County Dental Society
  • Washington State Dental Association
  • Hispanic Student Dental Association

Personal Life

Dr. Joe grew up locally and is the middle son of five boys.  He loves to travel, having visited almost every state in the US and lived in Southern Spain for two years as a missionary.  He has played the violin since childhood and even had the opportunity to play the national anthem at the Rose Garden and multiple Air Force bases.  Dr. Joe is an avid swimmer and has taught swim lessons for over 20 years, and also loves volleyball, basketball and other outdoor activities.