After growing up in southern California, attending dental school at USC, and working out west for ten years, Dr. Nowell Gray met and fell in love with Brenna, who was originally from Louisville. After the two married, they moved back to the Midwest and in April 2016, opened Gray Family Dentistry, a small dental practice consisting of himself and two office assistants. The intimate atmosphere means he’s gotten to know his patients since he’s the one not only filling cavities, performing root canals, putting on crowns, doing Invisalign, and performing other cosmetic procedures but also cleaning teeth.
“We work hard to not be one of those big clinics with patients filling up the waiting room,” says Gray. “Sure, down the line it would be nice to grow a bit, hire a dental hygienist, and purchase some of the new gizmos and gadgets because I’m a nerd when it comes to dental tech, but I’m just happy to get good reviews and referrals from happy patients.”
His patients are pleased because Dr. Gray is kind, caring and communicative.
“I view patients as a person, not as a mouth,” he says. “It’s the difference between genuinely wanting to chat with your patient to find out more about them and just asking bluntly, ‘Open up. Okay, what hurts?’”
His personable nature is the one thing that made it hard to leave California as over those ten years, he had made a lot of friends while practicing his craft. But he immediately took to life in Louisville.
“What I love most is all the green,” says Gray, who was enamored by all the trees and plants when he first arrived. It was the people, however, that most impressed him.
“I was worried when I first moved here that I’d feel like this outsider in a small community and that nobody would embrace me, but people have been so friendly and welcoming,” says Gray. “Not only that, but they are so pro-Louisville and pro-Kentucky. Everyone has a stamp, bumper sticker or shirt that celebrates this area. There’s such a sense of community here, which is very cool.”
His wife has also found her calling in Louisville, having opened up a studio called Sculpt 6, which is a total body workout that utilizes the Lagree Method, a program that blends elements of Pilates, cardio, and weights. The workout, which includes a lot of isometric movements that engage the slow-twitch muscles, is designed to tone up and define muscles rather than build bulk and mass, making it appealing to women.
“It’s such a hard workout, but the people who do it, love it,” says Gray. “It’s the new trend in LA that Brenna has brought to Louisville.”