Our Doctors

Family Dentists

Dr. Keith Van Benthuysen Brentwood

Dr. Van Benthuysen received his B.A. with honors from the Citadel and his D.M.D. from the University of Florida. He began his dental career in the U.S. Army before entering into private practice in Florida more than two decades ago. Since joining the Embassy Dental family in 2006, he now lives in Franklin, TN, with his wife Beverly and their young son.

Dr. Patrick Hunter Cool Springs

Dr. Patrick 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.

Dr. Ryan Minyard Murfreesboro

Originally from Fresno, CA, Dr. Minyard is a graduate of the University of the Pacific where he played college soccer and later received his Doctorate in Dentistry. After practicing dentistry on the West Coast Dr. Minyard moved to the Nashville area in 1994 where he now lives with his wife and their three kids. An avid soccer player, Dr. Minyard continues to play in local recreational leagues here in Tennessee.

Dr. Himanshu Patel Donelson

Dr. Patel, a San Jose native, received his B.S. from the University of California, Davis and his D.M.D. from Temple University. After graduation, he worked for a private practice in Philadelphia before relocating to Nashville with his wife, who works at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital. In addition to spending time with friends and family, Dr. Patel stays active by hiking regularly and playing sports for fun.

Dr. Amrita Patel Bellevue

Raised in the Boston area, Dr. Amrita Patel attended the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences before earning her DMD in 2015 at the Boston University School of Dental Medicine. She then went on to pursue a general practice residency at the UCLA School of Dentistry (Special Patient Care and Hospital Dentistry Program) which she recently completed. A new resident of the Nashville area, Dr. Patel enjoys spending time with her family, reading, outdoor activities, music, and dancing.

Dr. Mark “Jay” Ruark II Hillsboro Village

Born in Hopkinsville, Kentucky and raised in Cape Girardeau, MO, Dr. Ruark completed his undergrad at Murray State University. He received his DMD at the University of Louisville School of Dentistry. Dr. Ruark moved to New Orleans after graduation where he practiced in both New Orleans and Baton Rouge, until 2012 when he moved to middle Tennessee. Dr. Ruark currently resides in Nashville. When not practicing dentistry, he enjoys spending time with his 4-year-old-son, Payton, and girlfriend, Candice. He also enjoys working out and describes himself as an “avid sports nut.” He loves Peyton Manning and the Broncos, Kentucky college football and basketball, as well as the St. Louis Cardinals.

Dr. Derek Thompson Hendersonville

A native of Mayfield, KY, Dr. Derek Thompson attended Murray State University for his undergraduate studies, and then earned his dental degree from the University of Louisville School of Dentistry. Dr. Thompson moved to Nashville after completing his studies and has been practicing general dentistry since 2010. Outside of the practice, he enjoys a variety of sports, listening to live music, and anything to do with classic cars.

Oral Surgeons

Dr. Robbie Harris

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.


Dr. David Wyatt

Dr. Wyatt attended dental school on a four year Army Health Professions Scholarship, receiving his dental degree from the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry in 1980. Dr. Wyatt served nine years in the United States army where he completed a general practice residency and was twice decorated with the Army Achievement Medal and Army Commendation Medal. He received his orthodontic certificate and Masters Degree from the University of Louisville. He is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, the Southern Association of Orthodontists, and the American Dental Association. Dr. Wyatt is a clinical faculty member at the University of Louisville School of Dentistry Department of Orthodontics.His hobbies include jogging, skiing, basketball and biking.


Dr. Tamara Griffin

Dr. Tamara Griffin joined our family in December 2015 performing endodontic services in the Cool Springs office. Dr. Griffin attended University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine then Baylor College of Dentistry where she received a M.S. in Health Professions education and certification in Endodontics. Dr. Griffin also was the Chair of Endodontics at Meharry Medical College as well as faculty member at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Dentistry in Memphis, TN.

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