About Dental Associates of North Alabama
While we offer 12 offices throughout Alabama, each office, like this one in Decatur, is locally owned and operated by doctors who live in the community and are involved in local causes, fundraising efforts and volunteerism.
General, Family, Cosmetic, & Implant Dentistry in North Alabama
Visiting the dentist can be an incredibly stressful time for some people. Whether they've heard horror stories about the dentist or have personally had a negative experience, the idea of going back can be problematic. At Dental Associates of North Alabama, we are dedicated to providing patients with a sense of comfort. You deserve to have gentle and compassionate dental care, not a clinical feeling when you visit the dentist.
Greg Hawkins, DMD
Graduate of Holly Pond High School, 1980
Bachelor of Science – Auburn University, 1983
University of Alabama School of Dentistry, 1988
Why I do what I do?
"I was raised in rural Cullman County Alabama. One summer I worked for a veterinarian. After that summer, I decided that I would rather work on people than "stinky" cows. I had always loved going to the dentist and I enjoyed my dental visits. When I was in the fifth grade I had a bad experience with my teeth and my dentist was able to take care of me. From that time on I was interested in the field of Dentistry and I knew this would be one area that I could make a real difference in the lives of others. I have enjoyed taking care of my patients and interacting with them for over 25 years."
Dr. Hawkins enjoys collecting vinyl records and is an avid golfer. He is married to Tammy and has two children Joshua and Lindsey and one grandchild, Jordyn.
Riley Hawkins, DMD
Graduate of Holly Pond High School, 1985
Bachelor of Science Auburn University, 1989
University of Alabama School of Dentistry, 1993
Why I do what I do?
"While at Auburn, I decided to follow my brother, Greg, into the dental field. In the twenty plus years that I have practiced, I have met many wonderful people. For some, going to the dentist is a very stressful event and one of the rewards I receive from practicing dentistry is relieving those fears and making their visit a pleasant one."
Dr. Riley enjoys golfing, exercising, and watching Auburn football. He is married to Rhonda and has three children, Katie, John, and Ross.
Scott Sumners, DMD
Graduate of Decatur High School, 2007
Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering – University of Alabama, 2011
University of Alabama Birmingham School of Dentistry, 2016
Why I do what I do?
"As early as middle school my father was trying to talk up dentistry because he thought it looked like a more interesting job than his own. I wasn’t convinced until high school when I shadowed Dr. Greg and Dr. Riley here at Dental Associates and saw how light-hearted they managed to keep things at work while still helping people. I decided then that it was my calling to try and put a smile on people’s faces for a living. "
Dr. Sumners lives in Madison with his wife, Savannah and his daughter, Sadie. They enjoy trips to the mountains, hiking, skiing, weight-lifting, and tennis.
Daniel Morris, DMD
About Dr. Morris
Dr. Lee Morris was raised in Florence, Alabama where he graduated from Bradshaw High School. He then received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from the University of North Alabama. While at UNA, Dr. Morris played football for the 1993 and 1994 National Championship teams. Dr. Morris then attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham where he received his Doctorate of Dental Medicine.He then moved back to Florence where he practiced general dentistry for four years. It was at this point he decided to continue his education by pursuing a certificate in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
Dr. Morris then moved to Kansas City where he completed a six-year program in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. It was also during this time that Dr. Morris received his Doctorate of Medicine at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Dr. Morris has moved back to his home in Florence, Alabama to pursue a career in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery serving the people of the Tennessee Valley.During his training, Dr. Morris has had the opportunity and privilege of treating advanced surgical cases, which have included facial trauma, craniofacial deformities, and maxillofacial pathology.
Dr. Morris has spent a considerable amount of time training in anesthesia, trauma surgery, surgical intensive care, cosmetic surgery, orthognathic surgery, TMJ treatment and surgery, dentoalveolar surgery, advanced bone grafting, and dental implants. Dr. Morris is married to the former Allison Sneed of Florence. They have three children: Daniel, Landon, and McKinley. When not spending time with his family, Dr. Morris enjoys running, swimming, cycling, and golfing.
Dr. Clayton Browne
Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, Bachelor of Science in Engineering, 1999
Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Designation, Earned 2005
Emory University, Atlanta, GA, Masters in Business Administration (MBA) with Finance Concentration, 2008
University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry, Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD), 2015
University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry, Certificate in Orthodontics, 2018
Why I do what I do?
Dr. Browne's goal is simple: to help patients smile, speak, and laugh with confidence. Providing this confidence to each patient in a fun, family-oriented environment is his vision for the practice. Dr. Browne is married to Libby and has three children (Clark, Charlie, Martha). In his free time, he enjoys sports, family time, and raising bluebirds.
Dr. Browne was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, and has lived in the city most of his life. He began his professional life as a financial analyst in the banking and investment industries but ultimately changed careers and could not be happier with that decision. Dentistry allows Dr. Browne to do two of his favorite things: meet new people and help to solve problems. After attending UAB Dental School, he was accepted into and completed the UAB Orthodontics residency program and is proud to be following in his father's footsteps as an orthodontist.