403 East College Street, Pulaski, TN 38478

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Nathan Owens, DMD, FAGD
A survey by the American Dental Association found a person’s smile outranked eyes, hair, and body as the most important physical feature. Dr. Owens’s objective is to give his patients a smile they are proud of. “We want our patients to feel comfortable the minute they walk in the door. We understand patients don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. From there we focus on helping our patients feel good about themselves through the way they smile.” Dr. Owens grew up in a small town, similar to Pulaski, in central Alabama. He was raised on a dairy farm in Helena, AL. An intercollegiate soccer scholarship led him to Harding University in Searcy, AR. Dr. Owens graduated with honors a semester early from Harding as biology major with a minor in chemistry and Bible. He continued his education at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he received his doctorate in dental medicine (DMD). Ranked high in his class, he graduated with honors, including the Clinical Excellence in Leadership Award. He was also a member of Omicron Delta Kappa Honors Society. Dr. Owens is a member of the Tennessee Dental Association, American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, American Dental Implant Association, American Academy of Facial Esthetics, American Dental Society of Anesthesiology, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and the International Association for Orthodontics. He has continued his education in esthetic dentistry, sedation dentistry, implants, orthodontics, and more.Dr. Owens is dedicated to continually improving his personal and team’s training to better provide care and services for his patients. In 2015, he was awarded with the prestigious award of a Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry (FAGD). He has also earned his Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree. Dr. Owens is an international dental speaker, which leads him to teach other dentists various aspects of dentistry in the United States and Canada.

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Lauren A. Carter, DDS
Dr. Lauren Carter grew up in Brentwood, TN. She graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and double minors in mental health sciences and general science. From there she went on to earn her doctorate in dental surgery (DDS) at Meharry Medical College. After dental school, Dr. Carter completed a one-year residency through New York University. Continuing education is very important to her. She has taken additional courses in implant and sedation dentistry. She is a member of the Tennessee Dental Association, American Academy of Implant Dentistry, American Dental Association, and Academy of General Dentistry.Providing the gold standard in dentistry is very important to Dr. Carter. She could not be more thrilled to be a part of the Owen’s Family and Cosmetic Dentistry team and to serve the wonderful people of Pulaski, TN, and surrounding areas.

 

Front Desk

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Kim W. – Office Manager
Kim has been in the dental field since 1995, becoming a Registered Dental Assistant and certified in nitrous oxide monitoring in 1999. She attended the Dental Assisting Program at Nashville State. Kim has worked in this office since 2000. She and her husband, Andy, were married in 2000 and have two sons, Cameron and Conner. Her extended family includes her Weimaraner, Charlie, and leopard gecko, Spot. Kim is an active member of Lindsay Lane Baptist Church and is passionate about recycling at home and at the office. She enjoys spending time out of the office working on projects at home, watching movies, getting together with friends and family, fishing, boating and relaxing fire side.

 

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Gwen M. – Front Office Manager/Scheduling Coordinator
Gwen started working in the office in 2006. She is cross-trained and part of the front office team. Gwen married Jeremy in 2002. They have two daughters, Khloe and Mia. Gwen spends her time out of the office hunting, enjoying time with family and friends, and riding ATVs.

 

Sarah S. – Insurance Coordinator
Sarah, daughter of retired dentist Dr. James Kenneth Webb, was involved in her father’s practice for most of her life. She worked in the office’s administration 12 years, joining Owens Dentistry in 2008. After graduating from GCHS in 1991, she attended MMC in Pulaski. Sarah went on to earn her BS/BA in Sociology/Criminal Justice from TTU in Cookeville. She is a member of First Baptist Church, Pulaski and spends her spare time with her husband Scott, son Webb (13) and their feisty cat Prancer. She likes to hang out in her PJs as long as she can when she’s not at work and IF you happen to catch her out on the weekend she’ll be in her favorite ball cap.

 

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Kimmy B. – Scheduling Coordinator
Kimmy started working in the office April 2016 as part of the front office team. She was born in Orlando, Florida and moved here around the age of three. Kimmy is married to Ryan Brown and they have two kids, Kayden (3) and AnnaKate (1). Kimmy enjoys being outdoors and time spent with friends and family.

 

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Kimmy K. – Hygiene Coordinator
Kimmy joined our office in June 2018. She is a native of Giles County. Kimmy received her diploma as an accounting assistant in August 2017 from the Tennessee College of Applied Technology and is currently enrolled at the University of Alabama to acquire her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. She has two sons, Landon and Carson; she also has 4 soon-to-be step children, Hannah, Brenna, Sam and Ashton. Kimmy is set to marry Cameron Hood in January 2020.Kimmy enjoys spending time and going on adventures with her family and friends especially her niece and 2 nephews, Haley, Jaxon and Knox. She also enjoys scrapbooking, cooking, and spending time at the lake.

 

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Blaise R. – Reception and Marketing
Blaise joined our team in January of 2018 for reception and marketing. She is a native of Pulaski, TN, and is married to Chaz Rogers. Blaise is a 2011 graduate of Giles County High School. She attended Martin Methodist College in Pulaski where she was a member of the Volleyball team and received her Bachelor Degree in Business Management. Blaise and her husband are proud dog parents of Chaos and Ellie. Blaise enjoys the outdoors and spending time with friends and family.

 

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Emily G. – Treatment Plan Coordinator
Emily was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio before moving to Naples, Florida in 2012 at the age of 21. In Naples, she was managing 4 home and women’s fashion boutiques. Emily also met now husband, Jeff in Naples whom she married in April 2018 after her move to Tennessee in 2017. She joined the Owens Dental team in June 2018 after gaining 2 years of dental experience at an office in Columbia.Emily enjoys spending her time outside with her husband on their mini farm, hunting, fishing, and riding ATVs. She also spends a lot of time in her butterfly garden and doing arts and crafts. She and Jeff are enjoying their new married life and slowing down to enjoy God’s country.

 

Hygienists

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Lydia B. – Registered Dental Hygienist
Lydia has been working in the office as a Dental Hygienist since June 1995. She graduated from Giles County High School in 1992 and earned her RDH from Tennessee State University in 1995. Lydia is the daughter of Linda and the late Ray Holt. She has been married to Tim for 22 years, and they have two children, Lexi (18) and Lindsey (16).Lexi is freshman at UNA and Lindsey is a junior at GCHS. Lydia enjoys spending time with family and friends.

 

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Haley P. – Registered Dental Hygienist
Haley joined our office in March 2015. She is a native of Savannah, TN. Haley moved to Pulaski in 2010 after marrying her husband, Andrew. They have a son, Greyson, who was born in 2017. She earned her Associates in business from Jackson State and her Associates of Applied Science in dental hygiene from Remington College. Haley is a member of First Baptist Church, Pulaski. She and her husband both coach cross fit. She also enjoys reading, spending time with family and anything outdoors.

 

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Amy S. – Registered Dental Hygienist
Amy has been a dental hygienist in the office since September 1998. She attended Martin College and received her bachelor of science in Dental Hygiene from the University of Tennessee Center for Health Sciences in December 1977. Amy has two children, Rae (husband, Eric) and Blake (wife, Cassie). Amy and her husband, Dwight, have seven grandchildren and attend Howell Hill Church of Christ. Amy enjoys working in her yard and spending time with her family.

 

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Jane C. – Registered Dental Hygienist
Jane joined Dr. Owens in November of 2017. She graduated from Martin Methodist College in 1976. She graduated from University of Tennessee Center for Health Sciences Memphis in December 1977 with a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene. She is married to Mike Currin. They have three children, Tyler, Trey and wife Amanda, and Kaycee; two grandchildren, Makenna age 8 and Annalise age 7 months.

 

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Kendall G – Registered Dental Hygienist
Kendall was born and raised here in Pulaski, TN. She graduated from Tennessee State University with an Associate of Applied Science in dental hygiene. She is certified in the administration of local anesthesia and monitoring nitrous oxide. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling and anything that requires being outdoors.

 

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Tarra C. – Registered Dental Hygienist
Tarra has been a dental hygienist in the office for one year since the retirement of Dr. Dugger, whom she worked for 18+ years. She earned her Associate of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene in 1997 from Chattanooga State. She was awarded the Golden Scaler for clinical experience. She has been married to Len for 27 years and they have 2 children, Peyton (18) and Mia (13). She is a member of East Hill Church of Christ where she teaches Sunday school to Kindergarten/1st grade.She enjoys spending time at the softball field watching Mia, cooking, spending time with family, shopping with the girls, and helping out at her family’s business.

 

Assistants

Khandi H. – Assistant/Clinical Coordinator
Khandi has been a member of our team since 2009. She is a Registered Dental Assistant certified in radiology and nitrous oxide monitoring. She is married to Dr. Owens and their blended family includes, Gage, Leiley, Lilah and a baby girl due in January. Khandi enjoys shopping, scuba diving, traveling and spending time at the river with family and friends. She also enjoys spending time with her animals on her mini farm. She is currently attending night school at Martin Methodist in pursuit of her bachelor’s degree.

 

Hannah B. – Registered Dental Assistant
Hannah Briggs was born and raised in Athens, AL. She has been a dental assistant for 5 years. She received her CDA at Calhoun Community College in Decatur, AL. She also received her Associates Degree and her Associates of Dental Assisting. She is now a RDA of Tennessee and she has been working for Owens Dental for almost 3 years. She plans on continuing her education in the future. She enjoys spending most of her time with her son, Hoyt, family, and friends. Most of all she enjoys helping people gain a beautiful smile through dentistry.

 

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Travonya – Registered Dental Assistant
Travonya is a native of Pulaski and 1999 graduate of GCHS. She began her dental career as a Registered Dental Assistant in 2004 when she completed her training at Tennessee Technology Center of Pulaski. In 2011 she received Expanded Functions Credentials from University of Tennessee Memphis. Travonya is passionate about providing excellent patient care and making sure each patient has a personable and enjoyable dental visit. She is a member of Temple of Praise Church and enjoys traveling, family gatherings and spending time with her husband Tory and their precious daughter, Zion.

 

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Alesis – Registered Dental Assistant
Alesis was born and raised here in Pulaski and is a 2015 graduate of Giles County High School. She earned her Associates of Arts from Martin Methodist College in the spring of 2017 and is working towards her Bachelors of Business Administration. She completed her dental assisting training at Tennessee Technology Center Pulaski in 2018. She has been a member of our team since December 2017 after being a patient for many years. She enjoys spending time with her dog Mae and on her grandparents farm. She is currently engaged to her best friend and longtime boyfriend, Cole, and the two will get married in April 2019.