Orthodontist and Pediatric Dentist Smyrna 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 Rock Springs Rd and Cedar Grove Rd, less than a mile from Sam Ridley Pkwy W and I24.
We love investing in our community and doing school outreach! Some of the surrounding schools our team visits within the Rutherford County School District are Rock Springs Elementary and Middle Schools, Smyrna Elementary, Stewartsboro Elementary School, Smyrna Primary School, and many more!
Our team at Cumberland Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics of Smyrna serves the communities of Rutherford County including Smyrna, LaVergne, Walterhill, and Eagleville.
Dr. Rucker graduated from the University of Tennessee Knoxville with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. She went on to Meharry School of Dentistry followed by a General Practice Residency at Bronx Lebanon Hospital in New York. After practicing General Dentistry for several years, Dr. Rucker returned to New York to complete her Pediatric Dental Residency at Harlem Hospital Center in association with Columbia University.
Dr. Rucker is a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Dental Association, and the American Association of Women Dentists and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentists.
Dr. Rucker is a Nashville native and enjoys travelling, taking cooking classes, and spending time with her family and friends.
Dr. Luther was born and raised in western New York. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Science Pre-Professional Studies and was named an Emil Hoffman Chemistry scholar. She went on to Columbia University College of Dental Medicine where she was an active board member on the national level for the American Student Dental Association. Following graduation, Dr Luther completed her pediatric Dental Residency at the University of Buffalo, where she was highly involved in many of their unique outreach programs such as Clean Sweep Buffalo and Smile Education Day.
In her spare time she loves to read, be active, and spend time with her family and friends. She loves to play with her two pets, a dog name Kingsley and a cat named Minnerva, and even brushes their teeth to ensure the whole family has good oral hygiene!
Dr. Pete received a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree in 2001 from the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine. He went on to complete a three-year orthodontic residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he received extensive training in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics. Dr. Pete practiced as an associate orthodontist with a large group practice until 2011 when he and his partners founded Cumberland Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics. Dr. Pete is an active member of the American Association of Orthodontics, Southern Association of Orthodontists, American Dental Association, and the Tennessee Dental Association.
Dr. Pete lives in Nashville with his wife, Jackie, and their two children, Layla and Maksim. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, cycling, and spending time with his family.
Dr. Mike was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, where he started his undergrad at Washington University. After his first year, he transferred to Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN and graduated with a B.A. in Neuroscience. Shortly after, he went to University of Louisville School of Dentistry and graduated in May 2017 with magna cum laude honors. Then, Dr. Mike received a Certificate in Orthodontics and Master’s of Oral Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry, where he was also awarded the Dr. Jerome and Mrs. Joy Fein Endowed Scholarship “in recognition of excellence in the Orthodontics Residency Program.”
Community involvement is also important to Dr. Mike, who has participated in mission trips with the Christian Dental Society and has worked in a mobile dental unit with St. Matthew’s Baptist Church. He is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists and the American Dental Association.
Dr. Mike is excited to be back in Middle Tennessee to continue his love for dentistry and helping people every day. He is in search of the best wings in the area! Dr. Mike likes to spend his free time outdoors, golfing, barbecuing, hiking, and fishing, and watching professional and college sports. He is a die-hard Blues and Cardinals fan.
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!