About East Brainerd Oral Surgery
Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, Bill Childress, DDS, MD, Karl Meyer, DDS, MD, and Ricky Johnson, DDS, MD, practice a full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery with expertise ranging from dental implant and bone grafting procedures to single or full-mouth extractions. We can also diagnose and treat facial pain, facial injuries, and perform corrective jaw surgery.
East Brainerd Oral Surgery‘s team is trained in assisting with I.V. Sedation and I.V. General Anesthesia within our 7,200 square foot state of the art office setting. We are members of the American Academy of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS), Tennessee Society of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons (TSOMS), American Dental Association (ADA), Tennessee Dental Association (TDA), and Chattanooga Area Dental Society (CADS).
Our clinic can easily accept customers of multiple insurance providers and create a case history for each.
All our surgeries are furnished with state of the art equipment and maintained at the highest standards.
With over 60 years of dental practice and experience with implants, we are experts in all facets of dentistry.
Our Happy Clients
“I had my wisdom teeth out at East Brainerd Oral Surgery. Great experience! The staff really cares and made me feel completely at ease. I would definitely recommend!!”
“Dr. Meyer and Staff, I want to thank you for taking great care of me throughout my visit and procedure. I felt as if I were the only patient in the office – you were all so attentive. I had experienced the attention you give when you took care of my father-in-law, J.J. That’s why it was and is so easy to refer family, friends and Dr. P’s patients to your office. Thank you again and blessings to each and every one of you!”
“I freely confess that I’m a dental coward, so when I found myself needing a tooth removed and a bone-graft for an implant, I was not a happy girl! I’m so glad that I found EBOS. Dr. Meyer was wonderful and every single person there went out of their way to make me feel comfortable and confident. My surgery was a breeze and my recovery has been perfectly uneventful. It’s so totally out of character for me that I actually look forward to my visits there! Honestly, I don’t know why anyone would go anywhere other than to Dr. Meyer and Dr. Childress. They and their amazing staff have my very highest recommendation.”
“Dr. Childress did an amazing job extracting my wisdom teeth today! 8 hours later…and I’m doing great! What a friendly staff & a great environment!”
Bill Childress was born and raised in Tennessee. He grew up in La Follette, Tennessee, and attended the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Upon completion of his undergraduate degree there, he went west to Memphis and received his DDS from University of Tennessee Health Science Center in 1989. Dr. Childress joined the United States Air Force and completed a General Practice Residency at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. Captain Childress served as a general dentist for four years at MacDill AFB, Tampa, Florida. He transferred to Lackland AFB, in San Antonio, Texas, and entered a six-year Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Residency at the USAF’s Wilford Hall Medical Center. While in the OMS residency, Dr. Childress graduated from medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, and received a medical degree in 1998. He received certificates of completion for a General Surgery Internship in 1999, and the Oral Maxillofacial Surgery Residency in 2000.
Major Childress moved to Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, and served as a staff Oral Surgeon at the Air Force hospital there. He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in 2001. In 2003, he moved back to San Antonio, Texas and Wilford Hall Medical Center, and served as a staff oral surgeon, Training Officer for the Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Residency, was promoted to Colonel in 2008, and retired in 2010 as Program Director of the Air Force’s largest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery residency.
Dr. Childress has looked forward to coming home to Tennessee for 21 years, as he served his country in the Air Force. His wife, Betsy, grew up in Jefferson City, Tennessee, and graduated from Carson-Newman College. They have two children, Justin and Meredith.
Dr. Karl Meyer received his undergraduate degree from Northern Illinois University in 1983. Upon graduation in 1987 from Northwestern University Dental School in Chicago, Illinois, he received a direct commission into the Air Force. He completed a one-year General Practice Residency at Chanute Air Force Base, Illinois. Dr. Meyer served as a general dentist at Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene, Texas for four years before entering residency training in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery (OMS) at Wilford Hall Medical Center, San Antonio, Texas. While in the OMS residency, Dr. Meyer graduated from medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, and received a medical degree in 1998. He received certificates of completion for a General Surgery Internship in 1999, and the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency in 2000.
Lieutenant Colonel Meyer was assigned to Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea for one year, then moved to Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. Dr. Meyer was promoted to Colonel while at Eglin AFB. His 23-year miltary career included two tours in Korea and a voluntary humanitarian mission in Suriname, to treat an under-served population. His military career culminated in 2010 as the Director of Education in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery for General Dentistry, and senior teaching staff at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center, Lackland AFB, Texas. He is a member of the American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons.
Dr. Meyer is married to Francesca Hsin, from Portland, Oregon. She is a graduate of Oregon State University, and University of Texas Health Science Center School of Pharmacy. The Meyers have one daughter.
Dr. Ricky Johnson retired from the U.S. Air Force in 2014, and returned to the state he calls home. He grew up in Dickson, Tennessee, earned his undergraduate degree from David Lipscomb College in 1985, and graduated first in his dental school class at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, in 1991.
In the Air Force, Dr. Johnson served as a general dentist at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois and Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma, prior to entering residency in the Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery (OMS) at Wilford Hall Medical Center, San Antonio, Texas. While in the OMS residency, Dr. Johnson graduated from medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, and received a medical degree in 1999. He received certificates of completion for a General Surgery Internship in 2000, and the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency in 2001.
Upon completion of his residency, Dr. Johnson was assigned to Kadena Air Base in Japan for one year, then Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas for four years. He returned to Wilford Hall Medical Center in San Antonio, for the final years of his Air Force career. From 2010 until 2014 he wasCommander of the Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Flight and Chairman/Program Director of the SanAntonio Military Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Program, at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, as well as Military Consultant to the Air Force Surgeon General for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
Dr. Johnson met and married his wife Kim, while living in Murfreesboro before attending dental school. They have two children, April and Steven. Outside the office, Dr. Johnson enjoys outdoor activities, hunting, fishing, boating, and college football. He anticipates becoming active in the local American Legion and finding a church family.
Jenny is a 2008 graduate of Chattanooga State Technical Community College, and the dental assisting program. She is certified in radiology, sealants, and nitrous oxide monitoring. She is also a graduate of East Tennessee State University in 2010, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Public Health, concentration in community health and a minor in nutrition.
Jenny is a Basic Life Support (BLS) CPR certified instructor and enjoys providing patient education as well as dental education to offices in CPR as well as sterilization and infection control. Jenny enjoys greeting patients with a warm smile and providing assistance and care to meet the patient’s needs.
Jenny is a member of the American Dental Assistant Association (ADAA), Tennessee Dental Assistant Association (TDAA), Alpha Phi Omega, and an AlliedStaff member of American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS).
Jenny was born and raised in Etowah, TN where she graduated from McMinn Central High School in 2004, and currently resides in Chattanooga, TN. During her free time, she enjoys playing
the piano, reading, traveling, being out on the lake, and spending time with her family. She married Robby in May 2011.
Kristina is one of our newest member here at East Brainerd Oral Surgery. She recently graduated with the class of 2015 from Chattanooga State with her associates degree in applied science and dental assisting.
“Being at East Brainerd Oral Surgery has allowed me to expand my knowledge in the dental field. I have enjoyed working with patients and greeting them with a warm smile.”
Kristina grew up in Chattanooga and will be getting married this fall. She enjoys spending time with her two Boston terriers Rafa and Zola. Kristina and her fiance enjoy taking them on hikes in the Chattanooga area as well as spending time on the lake.