Meet the Team

Our Practice

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 Smyrna, TN

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Dr. Jack Stalker

Pediatric Dentist

Dr. Jack Stalker is a native Tennessean raised in Knoxville. After four years of college at Carson Newman College in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, Dr. Jack attended dental school at the University of Tennessee, where he received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. Realizing his enjoyment of working with children, he elected to train for two additional years in pediatric dentistry. He holds a certificate in pediatric dentistry and a master’s degree in science from the University of Texas. Dr Jack worked in a large group practice in Atlanta before moving to Nashville and becoming a co-founder of Cumberland in 2012.

Dr. Jack received advanced training in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of oral disease, as well as the treatment of children under general anesthesia, oral conscious sedation, and use of nitrous oxide. He has received certification in PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support), BLS (Basic Life Support), and CPR. Dr Jack is a member of the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and the Tennessee Dental Association. In his spare time, Dr Jack cheers for both the Tennessee Vols and Tennessee Titans. He also enjoys flying, cooking, and spending time with his wife Ginny and their family.

Dr. Jennell Galloway

Dr. Jennell Galloway

Pediatric Dentist

Dr. Jennell attended South Carolina State University where she earned her Bachelor of Science Degree. She then attended Tennessee State University where she received a Master’s Degree in Science, followed by the receipt of her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Meharry Medical College. Dr. Jennell then joined the US Army where she served as a General Dental Officer for 3 years, and still serves with the National Guard in the Smyrna Medical Command. Dr. Jennell has also completed her Pediatric Dental Residency through NYU Langone Medical Center in Nashville. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Dental Association.

Dr. Jennell is originally from Sumter, SC. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and looks forward to traveling all over the world with them in the very near future. Dr. Jennell also participates in competitive bodybuilding, and recently won Best Overall with Nspire Sports.

Dr. Chastity Rucker

Pediatric Dentist

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 Michelle Craig of CPDO Smyrna

Dr. Michelle Craig

General Dentist

Dr. Craig attended Middle Tennessee State University where she received her Bachelor of Science in Microbiology. She then attended Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry where she was awarded her Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree. Dr. Craig has been in practice as a General Dentist for several years, and is now excited to make the switch over to Pediatric Dentistry! She is a member of the American Dental Association and the Tennessee Dental Association. 

Dr. Craig is originally from Covington, TN but has been practicing in Shreveport, LA. In her free time, Dr. Craig enjoys movies and watching any and all sports, especially the New England Patriots. She is very excited to be moving back home to start her new adventure with Cumberland!

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Dr. Peter Wojtkiewicz

Orthodontist

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. Elizabeth Melvin, Orthodontist

Dr. Elizabeth Melvin

Orthodontist

Dr. Melvin attended the University of Georgia where she earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology and Psychology and graduated Magna Cum Laude. She then attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry where she received her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree.

Dr. Melvin went on to pursue a career in orthodontics at the Louisiana
State University Health Sciences Center School of Dentistry. Dr. Melvin is a member of both Phi Beta Kappa and the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Society.

Dr. Melvin is originally from Atlanta, but she is very excited to call Nashville her new home! In her free time she enjoys trying new restaurants, spending time with friends and family, working out, reading, traveling, and rooting on the Georgia Bulldogs!   

Our Smyrna Team

Vicki Mersinger

Practice Administrator

Kristen Daly

Pediatric Treatment Coordinator

Shannon Perkins

Orthodontic Treatment Coordinator

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