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.
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.
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.
Meet Your Dental Family
Lori | Patient Care 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.
Lauren | Patient Care Coordinator
Lauren started working in the dental field in her home state of Kansas in 2017. She has worked many different roles in a dental office. She joined our practice in November of 2022 and is one of the first faces you see coming into our office. In her free time she enjoys being outdoors and spending time with her family and friends.
Esther | Patient Care Coordinator
Originally from Oregon, Esther moved to Nashville in 2004. She graduated from Central Oregon Dental Assisting in 2001. Over the years she has obtained experience in the dental field as an assistant and administratively including insurance coordinating. She enjoys caring for patients and is happy to help answer any questions. In her spare time, she plays piano and likes going to concerts.
Anna | Registered Dental Hygienist
Anna’s career in dental career started in 2016 when she was accepted into the Dental Hygiene program at Northeast Mississippi Community College. She has been working at Dentistry of Nashville as a RDH since graduating in May of 2018. Thanks to her western Tennessee upbringing, outside of the office you can find Anna doing all things outdoors such as hiking, kayaking, and ATV-ing with family and friends!
Carol | Registered Dental Hygienist
With over 24 years of experience, Carol recently moved to Nashville from Chicago with her husband and their dog, Bentley. She grew up in Central Illinois and attended Illinois Central College in Peoria. Carol’s also an active American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) member. She enjoys painting, reading, bike riding, and seeing live shows or music festivals when she’s not at the office.
Tristen | Registered Dental Hygienist
Tristen moved to Nashville from Northwest TN near Reelfoot Lake in 2020 to pursue her career in dental hygiene. Through building rapport and assessing each patient’s wants and needs, she is able to create a treatment plan unique for each patient. Her passion comes from allowing her patients to lead healthier lives by improving their oral health as well as overall health. Outside of work, she enjoys comedy shows, crafting, cooking, and fishing!
Kayla | Registered Dental Assistant
Kayla has always had a passion for dentistry and patient care. She is our expanded functions dental assistant here at Dentistry of Nashville. She has been working in the dental field since 2009 and she joined our team last April.
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!