“I enjoy the on-going relationship with patients and their families.I like doing things and building things (fillings, crowns, bridges, and dentures) with my own two hands.”
Dr. Ken Clemens grew up in Lancaster, Ohio, and entered the Army following high school. Paired with a dentist during the war, Dr. Clemens learned the value of a college education. Following the war, Dr. Clemens pursued that education at West Virginia University and received his DDS from the Ohio State University School of Dentistry. Following the completion of his DDS, Dr. Clemens returned to service during the Korean War.
In 1956, Dr. Clemens founded a dental practice in Lima, Ohio. For more than 50 years he has been a strong advocate for his alma mater and for the Ohio State University Alumni Association. In 1976, he sat on the founding committee of the College of Dentistry Alumni Society and later served as the president of its board of governors.
Along with his seat as president of the Lima Academy of Dentistry, Chairman of the Liaison committee of ODA Representatives to HEW Region V., and trustee for the Seventh District of the American Dental Association, Dr. Clemens is counted among the first individuals to be recognized by the OSU’s President’s Club as a charter member.
Dr. Clemens helped to create the dental hygiene program at Rhodes State College where he was a long time board member and took an active role in many national and state health and educational organizations, including the American Dental Association and Ohio Dental Association. He also was a member of Governor Richard Celeste’s Task Force on Health Care Cost Containment and Governor George Voinovich’s Task Force on Higher Education.
Along with numerous continuing education certifications such as Periodontics in General Practice and Gnathological Reconstruction, Dr. Clemens has earned many accolades and awards for his commitment to Ohio State and the field of dentistry. Among these are the Centennial Award from the Ohio State University, the Distinguished Service Award from Lima Technical College, the International College of Dentists Golden Pen Award, the Ohio State Alumni Association’s Leadership Award, and the James A. Rhodes State College Honorary Associate in Applied Science Degree. In 2011, he received the Ralph Davenport Mershon Award and is recognized by Ohio State’s Neil Legacy Society for a bequest to benefit the College of Dentistry. He also received the Ohio Association of Community College’s Maureen C. Grody Award for extraordinary leadership at Rhodes State College.
Dr. Clemens continues to work part-time at Lima Dental Associates. He supervises fourth-year Ohio State dental students at Lima Community Dental.