Family Dentistry Team


John L. Cloninger, III, DDS

Doctor of Dental Surgery

Dr. Cloninger’s Personal History

Dr. Cloninger grew up in Lincolnton, North Carolina. Having a father and an uncle that are both dentist, Dr. Cloninger knew from a young age that he wanted to follow in their footsteps and practice dentistry. He received both his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology (1989) and his DDS Degree (1993) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

After graduation from dental school he practiced as a dental associate in New Orleans, then made his way back to Lincolnton as an associate with his father and uncle for two years. He then decided to branch off on his own and bought Dr. Wyllis James dental practice in 1996. Due to patient demand, he built a new office in 1999, where he still practices today. Dr. Cloninger is the third of four dentist in his family that practice in this area.

Dr. Cloninger has been married to his wonderful wife Sherry since 1997. They have a German Shepard Dog, named Csonka, who thinks he is people. They are both very active in volunteer work and love giving back to this wonderful community. Dr. Cloninger serves as an assistant basketball coach at Lincolnton High School and does numerous volunteer work for the youth in the community. Being a long time resident of Lincolnton, Dr. Cloninger helps support this town any way possible. He believes in this community and all the people that reside here. In his spare time, Dr. Cloninger enjoys playing golf, fishing, playing his guitar, watching college basketball and spending an autumn day at Kenan Stadium (you can find him in section 127 on row JJ).

Honors and Achievements

Member of American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine
Member of American Dental Association
Member of the Academy of General Dentistry
Member of North Carolina Dental Society
Member of Lincoln County Dental Society
Member of Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce
Vice Chair of the City of Lincolnton Parks and Recreations Committee
Member and chair on Board of Directors at Catawba Country Club
Paul Harris Fellow (Rotary International)
Lifetime member of the National Eagle Scout Association
Lifetime member of the University of North Carolina Alumni Association
Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach at Lincolnton High School since 2003