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We provide care that will set the stage for your child’s dental care well into adulthood. Most people who have a fear of the dentist had bad experiences in their childhood. Our main goal is to make sure your child only has great experiences at Cumberland Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, everytime. As both Pediatric and Orthodontic specialists, we know that we need to bring together technologies that protect your child’s health, comforts that help them receive anxiety-free dental care, and amenities that make trips to the dentist fun!

Our Doctors in Clarksville, TN

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Dr. Samantha Kelly

Pediatric Dentist

Dr. Sam was born and raised in Buffalo, NY. She completed her undergraduate education at St. John Fisher College, where she majored in Biology and minored in Spanish. Dr. Sam received her Doctorate of Dental Surgery Degree from The University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine. She graduated dental school with magna cum laude honors, and was the recipient of the New York State Dental Foundation Scholarship, The ADA Foundation Scholarship, and the Women’s Dental Guild Scholarship. Her post-doctoral training was completed at Indiana University/ Riley Children’s Hospital for Children, where she received her Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry and Master of Science in Dentistry. While in residency, Dr. Sam completed the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) Fellowship. This fellowship is an interdisciplinary leadership-training program focused on working with children and families affected by Neurodevelopmental Disabilities.

Dr. Sam loves being involved and giving back to the community! She has volunteered for Remote Area Medical mission trips in Tennessee, and provided dental care in the Dominican Republic and Ecuador. In her free time, she enjoys going to concerts, traveling, baking, and cheering on the Buffalo Bills!

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Dr. Lauren Carlson

Pediatric Dentist

Dr. Lauren grew up in the state of Washington. She completed her undergraduate education at Seattle University, where she played softball and majored in Finance. Dr. Lauren received her dental degree from the University of Louisville School of Dentistry. She graduated dental school in 2017 with magna cum laude honors, was the Omicron Delta Kappa Outstanding Graduating Senior Award for her class, and was a member of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honor Dental Society.

Her post-doctoral training was completed at Indiana University/Riley Hospital for Children, where she received her Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry and received a Master’s in Science Dentistry for a project focusing on presurgical treatment of cleft lip and palate patients. While in residency, Dr. Lauren was named Chief Resident her second year of the program.

Dr. Lauren loves giving back to the community. She has volunteered for the Union Gospel Mission free dental clinic in Seattle, Give Kids a Smile: Kentucky, and has completed two mission trips to Jamaica to provide free dental care.

In her free time, she loves spending time with family, trying new restaurants, and rooting for her favorite sports teams: the Seattle Mariners, Seahawks and the University of Washington Huskies.


Dr. Blerta Selden


Dr. Blerta received her Bachelors of Biomedical Science degree from the University of South Florida where she graduated with top honors. She continued on to dental school at Nova Southeastern College of Dentistry where she graduated again with honors, as a member of Omicron Kappa Upsilon. Dr. Blerta completed her orthodontic residency at Texas A&M Baylor College of Dentistry and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics.

Originally from Albania, Dr. Blerta and her family moved to the United States in 2008. She now lives in Nashville with her husband, Erik, and their puppy, Ove. In her free time, she enjoys travelling, hiking, and cooking.

Our Clarksville Team


495 Dunlop Lane Suite 112 Clarksville, TN 37040
(931) 221-0050

Mon: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Tue: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Wed: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Thu: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Fri: 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Sat—Sun: Closed


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Leslie Cook

Leslie Cook, RDA

Practice Administrator
LeAnne Hightower

LeAnne Hightower

Pediatric Treatment Coordinator
Candace Baker

Candace Baker

Orthodontic Treatment