Derrick Mendez, DMD

General Dentist

Dr. Mendez graduated from the University of Alabama School of Dentistry in 2014 and joined Mahan Creek Dental in 2016 after practicing in Montgomery for two years. Before he began his career in dentistry, Dr. Mendez attended Auburn University and graduated in 2008 with a degree in software engineering. He completed a second major in biology at UAB in 2010. Though he enjoys working with technology and the software behind it, Dr. Mendez realized during his time in Auburn that his true passion lay in his childhood dream of becoming a dentist.

In just the last few years, Dr. Mendez has shown a high level of involvement within the dental community. During his dental training at UAB, he served as a class officer and was very active in the American Student Dental Association. Dr. Mendez has been selected as a recipient of the Joseph F. Volker award, which is an honor that is bestowed annually on a student dentist who has epitomized the team concept by selflessly helping classmates through their dental education and working for the good of the school and student body. In 2018, Dr. Mendez was inducted as the President of the Alabama Academy of General Dentistry; at time of induction, he was the youngest individual to hold this office. Having logged almost 200 hours of continuing education in just the last three years, he is well on his way to earning Fellowship status within the Academy of General Dentistry.

Dr. Mendez lives in Alabaster with his wife Erin and their five-year-old boy, Ian. They love dogs and have a heart for animal rescue; their family includes Avery, a yellow lab, and Henry, a black shi-tzu. Dr. Mendez enjoys many outdoor activities, especially running. He has participated in Birmingham’s Mercedes Half-Marathon in past years and plans to run it again in the near future.

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