After a traumatic accident at 14 left him with multiple injuries, including extensive broken bones and dental trauma, Dr. Godat knew he wanted to help heal people. With this in mind, he dedicated himself to the study and practice of periodontics and dental implants to restore healthy smiles to patients.
He completed his undergraduate degrees at Oxford College and Emory University, and received his Dental Degree form the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry, graduation with highest honors. He trained for three more years in a residency at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received his Masters and Specialty Degree in Periodontics and Dental Implants. He also has advanced training in IV Sedation to help patients stay comfortable. While in residency, Dr. Godat worked as a general dentist. This experience gives him a unique perspective and understanding of restorative dentists’ needs, particularly for implant dentistry and planning complex treatment. To keep up with latest advances in dentistry, he attends over 200 hours of continuing education every year.
He joined Periodontal Associates of Memphis in 2000. Together with his partners, they have placed over 20,000 dental implants. He is also the co-founder of the Mid-South Interdisciplinary Dento-Facial Study Club and Mid-South Spear Study Club. These organizations help coordinate treatment between a patient’s general dentist and dental specialists to give them the best treatment possible.
Dr. Godat has a variety of interests and activities outside of work. He participates in multiple local, national, and international study clubs. He lectures at the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry as well as the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. he believe in giving back to the community and help found the Mid-South Mission of Mercy, which provides free dental care, works with the Church Health Center, and has been on numerous mission trips. With a lifelong interest in computers and new technologies, his passion has led Periodontal Associates of Memphis to have the most up-to-date equipment ensuring patients receive the best care possible.
Even though he is the only full-time practicing, board-certified periodontist in the Mid-South, Dr. Godat still finds time to balance his home and work life. He has been married to his wife, Paige, for 21 years and has two daughters. They are members of First Evangelical Church and he attends a weekly bible study. You can also find him at Iron Tribe most days before he comes to the office.
Dr. Godat and Dr. Craddock are honored by their dental peers to be selected as Top Dentists, Top Periodontists, and Top Dental Implant Surgeons in Memphis and the Mid-South for the last 10 years in a row!