Pediatric and Kids Dentist Cookeville TN!
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As Pediatric and Orthodontic specialists, we know that we need to bring together technologies that protect your child’s health, comforts that help him or her receive anxiety-free dental care, and amenities that make trips to the dentist fun! We also know that the care we provide 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 childhood, and one of our main goals is to make sure your child only has great experiences at Cumberland Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics. And we haven’t forgotten the fun! We offer video games in the waiting room, free wifi, and TVs in every operatory, helping keep your child entertained and distracted during dental visits.
You’ll find our office at the intersection of S Jefferson St and E Jackson St next to Krystal and the Cookeville Commons shopping mall. We’re across the street from Jefferson Ave Church of Christ and near Kroger and Aldi.
We love investing in our community and doing school outreach! Some of the surrounding schools our team visits within the Putnam County School District are Capshaw Elementary School, Sycamore Elementary, Algood Elementary School, Algood Middle School, Prescott South Middle School, Cookeville High, Park View Elementary, and many more!
Our team at Cumberland Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics of Cookeville serves the communities of Putnam County including Cookeville, Algood, Baxter, Monterey, and Sparta.
Ralph Callender III, D.D.S. has been in the orthodontics world for 34 years! Dr. Callender received his DDS degree from Loma Linda University College of Dentistry in California. He obtained his Orthodontic Specialty Certification from Howard University College of Dentistry in Washington, D.C. Dr. Callender has received numerous awards and certifications including Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics, Outstanding Performance in Orthodontic Research from Howard University Residency in Orthodontics, and Special Recognition in Recruitment and Retention from American Dental Association.
During his free time, he enjoys writing, photography, running, skiing, Bible study, and spending time with my family. Dr Callender is honored for the opportunity to transform his patients' appearance and if he had a second chance to choose a career, he would choose orthodontics again without hesitation!
Dr. Bryan received his Bachelor’s Degree from Emory University. He then attended the Medical University of South Carolina where he obtained his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree. After graduating from Dental School Dr. Bryan pursued advanced graduate training in Pediatric Dentistry at the Boston University Henry Goldman School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Bryan joined our Cumberland family in August 2014.
Dr. Bryan is originally from Charleston, South Carolina. He is proud to currently call Nashville his home with his rescue dogs Chip, Duke, Kenobe, Daisy, and Buddy. In his spare time, he enjoys running, traveling, cheering on the Predators, and learning new things. He enjoys working with Cumberland because of the team environment and the way we interact with our patients. He loves being a Pediatric Dentist because it enables him to make such a positive impact on his patients’ lives.
Dr. Jantzen is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University with a degree in Business Finance. After graduating from MTSU, she chose to pursue a career in dentistry and obtained her dental degree from Meharry Medical College. Dr. Jantzen went on to receive additional training in pediatric dental techniques at the University of Alabama School of Dentistry.
Dr. Jantzen has been with Cumberland since February 2014. She is currently a member of the American Dental Association, Tennessee Dental Association, and the American Association of Women Dentists.
A Middle Tennessee native, Dr. Jantzen still resides here with her husband, Matthew. In her free time, she enjoys attending hockey and football games, concerts, and traveling. Dr. Jantzen enjoys getting to have fun at work and making visits to the dentist as easy as possible for her patients. She feels most rewarded by knowing that she is helping her patients be more confident and proud of their smiles!
Dr. Smith attended Harvard University for his Doctorate of Dental Medicine, where he trained with world-class mentors. After dental school he completed orthodontic residency at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, serving as Chief Resident. Dr. Smith specializes in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics helping our patients obtain beautiful smiles with Invisalign and braces.
Outside of the office he loves exploring Tennessee with his wife Heidi and their children!
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.
We recognize that every child has unique dental treatment needs from kids dentist. Sometimes a simple procedure can seem overwhelming or intimidating. If you have a child with special needs, we can provide kids dentist and pediatric dental care for them in an environment that ensures their experiences are positive and rewarding. Our team of specialists work to make the parents a part of the treatment process. At Cumberland we focus on educating our team members on the diverse needs of every child.
For greater comfort, we offer oral sedation for kids. Some children might need sedation from kids dentist during their dental visits for a variety of reasons, and if your child is especially sensitive to anxiety, oral sedation can make all the difference!