Dr. Clarence J. Red, III grew up in New Lenox and Joliet, Illinois. As a youth Dr. Red was
surrounded by dentistry, orthodontics and nursing. Dr Red’s father Clarence Red Jr. practiced
orthodontics in Joliet and Morris, Illinois for over 30 years. His mother, Una, was a midwife
and a RN at Cook County Hospital and a volunteer nurse at the Will County Medical Clinic.
It was during Dr. Red’s formative years that he became interested in pursuing a career in
orthodontics as a way to help people in need.
Dr. Red attended grade school and middle school in New Lenox, attending Cherry Hill, Caroline
Bentley and Oakview Junior High. As a high school student he attended Culver Military Academy
in Indiana, but ultimately graduated from Joliet Catholic High School. As a teenager, Dr Red
was a standout swimmer in Illinois and was eligible for numerous swimming scholarships. Rather
then accepting an athletic scholarship, Dr. Red chose to attend Xavier University of Louisiana
where he could focus his attention on academics. At Xavier University, Dr. Red excelled in
academics, fraternity life and research. Dr. Red was published in Chemical Physics Letters
for the research of "Zintyl Phase Materials Effect on Semi and Super Conductors.”
It was in dental school, at Loyola University of Chicago and Meharry Medical College, School of
Dentistry where Dr. Red furthered his interest in orthodontics. Dr. Red was fortunate to graduate
second in his dental school class. This allowed him to be accepted as one of five residents at
the prestigious Case Western Reserve University Dental School Department of Orthodontics in
Cleveland, Ohio in 1995. Dr Red gained expertise and appreciation of growth and development at
the Bolton- Brush Growth Study Center, which is a research collection that comprises the world’s
most extensive source of longitudinal human growth data.
In addition to Dr. Red’s passion for orthodontics and growth and development he has focused much of
his professional energy in helping others who are in need or disadvantaged. He frequently participates
in dental, orthodontic and church mission trips. He has participated in mission work with Angel House
Orphanage and Secondary School in Tarime, Tanzania, and St Jude Hospital St. Lucia West Indies and
First Presbyterian Church of Joliet.
Dr. Red met his wife Linzette in Nashville, Tennessee while attending Meharry Medical College, School of
Dentistry. They have been married for over 20 years and reside in Joliet, Illinois with their two
children Summer and Morgan and their dog Izzy. They frequently volunteer in the community and are
active supporters of many charitable organizations.