Meet James Fleming, DDS
Dr. James Fleming was raised in Columbia, Tennessee and attended Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. He continued his education at The University of Tennessee, College of Dentistry where he was awarded his Doctor of Dental Surgery.
Dr. Fleming regularly attends continuing education courses in Cosmetic & Aesthetic Dentistry, Laser Dentistry, Implants, Endodontics, as well as General Restorative Dentistry. He maintains active membership in The American Dental Association, The Academy of General Dentistry, The Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and many others. Dr. Fleming was voted into 2016, 2017, and 2018 Top Nashville Dentist for Nashville Lifestyles.
Together with his lovely wife Cheryl, Dr. Fleming enjoys spending time with his two sons, Mac and Swope. They enjoy activities such as boating, hunting fishing, and spending time on his family’s farm.
Meet Michael Vaughan, DDS
Dr. Micheal Vaughan grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee and attended Vanderbilt University where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in economics. He studied German and History at the University of Regensburg in Germany. Dr. Vaughan graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry and completed a 2 year General Practice residency at Vanderbilt University.
Dr. Vaughan is an active member of the Nashville Dental Society, the Tennessee Dental Association and the American Dental Association. Dr. Vaughan received the designation “Fellow” in the Academy of General Dentistry in 1999 and was Editor for the Tennessee Academy of General Dentistry from 1999-2004.
Dr. Vaughan learned the technique of intravenous or IV Sedation at Vanderbilt University and holds a Comprehensive Conscious Sedation License to use both oral & IV conscious sedation in the practice of dentistry. He is certified in both Basic Life Support & Advanced Cardiac Life Support.
Dr. Vaughan likes to spend free time with his wife and daughters, Megan and Mollie, and visiting family in California and North Carolina.
Meet Megan Chavana, DDS
Dr. Megan Chavana grew up in the small coastal town of Port Lavaca, Texas. She attended the University of Texas at Austin as an undergrad and earned her doctor of dental surgery at Texas A&M University College of Dentistry. Dr. Megan has been trained in many areas of dentistry and is comfortable seeing patients of varying needs. She puts a heavy emphasis on patient education and preventative measures so that her patients can succeed with long-term oral health.
Shortly after graduation, Dr. Megan, her husband, and corgi (named Charlie) made Nashville their home. Every summer until she moved to Nashville, she worked at her family’s snow cone business that they purchased when she was in the 7th grade. On the weekends, Dr. Megan enjoys baking, cooking, and playing tennis.
Robert S. Elam, DDS, MAGD
Dr. Robert S. Elam is an honorary team member at Dentistry of Nashville and was an integral part of building a Nashville Tradition of Excellence. In 2020, Dr. Bob made the decision to retire and allow the Elam legacy to continue through Dr. Vaughan and Dr. Fleming.
Lori | Hygiene Coordinator
Lori is one of the first faces you’ll see here at Dentistry of Nashville! She’s been with the practice since 2006. She’ll make sure you understand every aspect of your appointment. In her free time, Lori loves spending time with her two daughters.
Mystery | Patient Care Coordinator
This Springfield resident is one of the friendly faces that will greet you when you visit. Whether it’s your first or fiftieth visit, Mystery is ready to assist you. She is originally from Denver, Colorado, and has been in dentistry for 20+ years as an expanded functions dental assistant and in administration. Mystery loves spending time with her two boys, doing anything outdoors, and cooking Mexican food!
Melissa | Registered Dental Assistant
Born and raised in Nashville, Melissa has had a very diverse career background. She started in the dental industry and moved on to start a business in landscaping. Melissa has found her passion for dentistry again at Dentistry of Nashville. She enjoys spending time with her husband and their two fur babies, Sidney and Roxi.
Jayme | Registered Dental Assistant
Jayme’s passion to help create beautiful smiles makes her an excellent fit here at our office. She enjoys spending time with her family and watching Monday Night Football. Go Titans!
Lisa | Registered Dental Assistant
Lisa started at Dentistry of Nashville in 2019. She enjoys making your appointment all about you! Whether that’s brightening your smile, giving you a compliment, or just helping you out in some small way, you’ll leave a bit brighter. A fun fact about Lisa, she is one of 9 children and belongs to a motorcycle club!
Meredith | Expanded Functions Dental Assistant
Meredith grew up in the Nashville area and earned her degree from UT Chattanooga. Effervescent and witty, Meredith is a welcoming presence for all in our office. Outside of dentistry, she loves staying active with her two golden retriever babies!
Janelle | Registered Dental Hygienist
Your smile is never in better hands when Janelle is your hygienist. Janelle has a big heart for patients with a long history of dental anxiety, and she makes sure to help you feel as comfortable as possible.
Joanne | Registered Dental Hygienist
Joanne is a Chicago-native where her love for the Cubs (and all other Chicago teams) originated. A smile is so important to your overall health and Joanne makes sure that her attention to detail is a part of every regular cleaning. On the weekends you can find Joanne trail hiking or paddle boarding with her two pitbulls.
Tara | Registered Dental Hygienist
Tara is originally from South Florida and attended Palm Beach State College. She loves being a part of the Dentistry of Nashville team, getting to know each patient, and being able to earn her their trust. Tara will make sure you leave with a genuine smile! Fun facts: she has a fur baby named Tito and enjoys hiking, yoga, and cooking.
Sherry | Office Mother
We wouldn’t trade our Office Mom for a million dollars! Sherry makes sure that our office is in tip-top shape, from operatories to all of our linens. Sherry is also a Pastor, a party planner, and a cook!