Congrats Dr. Griffin!


Congratulations Dr. Tamara Griffin, Embassy Dental Endodontist, for being chosen as one of the Top Endodontists in Nashville.

Every year, Nashville Lifestyles magazine asks thousands of dentists in the area “if you had a patient in need of a dentist, which dentist would you refer them to?” Dentists are asked to take into consideration years of experience, continuing education, manner with patients, use of new techniques and technologies, and, of course, physical results.

Check out the September Issue of Nashville Lifestyles.

Introducing Dr. Patrick Hunter

DrPatrickHunter_croppedWe would like to welcome Dr. Patrick Hunter to Embassy Dental Cool Springs! Dr. Hunter was raised in Williamson County and went on to earn his BA at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville then his Doctor of Dental Surgery at the University of Tennessee Health and Science Center in Memphis in 2010. Dr. Hunter performed a general practice residency in the US Navy in 2011 before joining the Navy as a Dental Department Lead. In 2013, he became the General Dentistry Division officer and AEGD Assistant Director in the Navy’s Great Lakes division in the Chicago area.

Please welcome Dr. Hunter, his wife and four children back to Williamson County and to our Embassy Dental Family!

Cool Springs Update

CongratsDrVEmbassy Dental Cool Springs is excited to announce Dr. Joel Veitschegger has been accepted to participate in the New York University Lutheran Dental Medicine Pediatric Specialty residency program. Dr. Veitschegger will attend a 24-month hospital and health care center accredited program in the greater Nashville area.

Dr. Veitschegger has been with Embassy Dental since 2014 and has provided excellent care and service to our patients. We are very happy for Dr. Veitschegger. He will be missed by our Embassy Dental team and patients.

Dr. Veitschegger’s last day will be August 31, 2016. Congratulations once again to Dr. Veitschegger, his wife Katherine and son, Walker. It is great opportunity for their family!

Happy Hour at Mellow Mushroom


Mark Massingille (Brentwood), Jasmine Webb (Brentwood), Christa Waymire (Support Center), and Nikki Collins (Hillsboro).



(Pictured to the left) Kim Wallace, Rhonda Ward, & Dr. David Wyatt (Ortho) (Pictured to the right) Dr. Jay Ruark (Hillsboro), Christy Englehart (COO), and John Llewellyn (Hillsboro)

Welcome Dr. Robbie “RJ” Harris, III,

Dr. HarrisDr. Robbie “RJ” Harris, III,
Embassy Dental Oral Surgeon

Dr. Harris is a Texas native and a Board Eligible Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon. He attended the University of Oklahoma at Norman for his undergraduate studies, where he played football for the Sooners. In 2011, he received his Doctor of Dental Surgery from University of Texas Dental Branch at Houston where he was elected into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon national dental honor society. He then entered his Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery residency at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN and completed his training in June 2015, serving as Chief Resident in his final year. He has co-authored multiple professional publications and is certified in Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, and Advanced Trauma Life Support. He has a servant’s heart and is an avid outdoorsman. In his spare time, he enjoys hunting, fishing, college athletics, golf, and playing the guitar.

Embassy Dental Team Members Attend CEREC Training

We had a great turnout at the Embassy Dental training in June to learn more about CEREC techniques.

Mike from Ivoclar taught our doctors and assistants staining and glazing techniques. (Pictured below)


Dr. Van and Jasmine Webb (Brentwood) lead the session in designing and milling of the CEREC crowns. Dr. Melamed (Hendersonville) and Nikki Collins (Hillsboro) were our brave patients. (Pictured below)


Thanks to all who participated; everyone learned a lot and we had fun doing it.

Making it Easy for Patients to say “Yes” by Dr. Paul Homoly


On June 3, Dr. Joel Veitscheggar (Embassy Dental Cool Springs), Vicki Gorlitz (Director of Operations), Dr. Steve Hecklin (CDO), and Kelsey Watts (Embassy Dental Cool Springs) attended Dr. Paul Homoly’s conference Making it Easy for Patients to say “Yes”. The conference was in Scottsdale, AZ.

Dr. Paul Homoly, CSP, is a leading voice on the topics of case acceptance for complete dentistry, practice development, and influential communications. For over three decades, his work has enabled all members of the dental profession to experience the rewards they’ve earned and deserve.

Senior Dental Care

iStock_000021601515MediumContrary to popular belief we do not become less cavity prone as we grow older. In reality we become more cavity prone as time passes. This is due to several reasons.  First, our gums begin to recede with time, exposing the more cavity prone root surfaces of our teeth. Secondly our salivary flow decreases. Saliva has several components that keep decay under control.  It buffers the acids contained in our diets. Saliva also has antibodies that attack the bacteria responsible for decay. Older patients take many medications that can lead to dry mouth.  Thirdly the pits and grooves on our back teeth have been exposed to the bacteria and acids for a longer period of time. These pits and grooves are not accessible to tooth brush cleaning. Their microscopic size is ideal for harboring cavity causing bacteria.

This does not mean that we are doomed to losing our teeth or being slammed with a lot of cavities. It just means we need to become more vigilant and prevention minded. Regular, and possibly more frequent, professional hygiene visits may be indicated. Fluoride treatment is a must for the older patient (even if dental insurance does not cover it). Home care is equally important. The use of an electric toothbrush, flossing, and using baking soda as your dentifrice and prescription fluoride gels all can be beneficial in reducing cavity occurrence.

So just because you have a few gray hairs does not mean you can ignore your oral health. Make an appointment today and let’s check under the hood.

Dr. Keith VanBenthuysen

OMS Nashville Spring Dental Hygiene Seminar

Many members of our Hillsboro Village team were given 4.5 Continuing Education Credits for attending the OMS Nashville Spring Dental Hygiene Seminar on May 6th. Dr. Ricardo Padilla, DDS, gave a lecture on “Oral Cancer – Causes, Screening, Diagnostic Tools & Management of Xerostomic Cancer Patients; Pathology found on Cone-Beam CT & Common Lesions of the Periodontal Apparatus”.

Left: Dr. Jay Ruark, Valerie Stephens, Terri Bailey, Janelle Dodson, and Ronnetta Washington | Right: Dr. Jay Ruark checking in for the OMS Nashville seminar.


Hillsboro Village Wins February Team Incentive

On April 25th, Hillsboro Village got to cash in their reward at Dabble Studio. Many team members, as well as a few Practice Support Center team members, came together for a fun night of painting, sipping, snacking, and bonding!

(1) Katherine Brewer (2) Terri Bailey (3) Melissa Urich, Janelle Dodson, Tracy Miller, John Llewellyn, instructor, and Eve Smith (4) John Llewellyn