Meet the Doctors

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Dr. Ben Cannon
Dentist

Dr. Ben Cannon is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and U.T. Memphis College of Dentistry. He joined our practice in 2001. He is a member of the American Dental Association, American Academy of Implant Dentistry, the Academy of General Dentistry, Tennessee Dental Association, and Nashville Dental Society. He is passionate about dentistry, helping people achieve their dental goals, and staying focused on all the new and best ways to better serve our new and existing patients.

In addition to his private practice, Dr. Cannon volunteers his services to the Interfaith Dental Clinic. He also opened a dental clinic in Zimbabwe, which provides free dental care to people suffering from the AIDS virus. He spends many hours each year attending dental conferences and courses to further his training. This allows him and his staff to stay current on the latest trends and technology in dentistry.

When Dr. Cannon is out of the office, he enjoys spending time with his children, Abby and Charlie, family, and friends. He likes spending time outdoors and traveling.

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Dr. Gaylan Brown
Dentist

Dr. Gaylan Brown is a native of Dickson County, raised on the family dairy farm located on 48N between Dickson and Charlotte. After graduation from Charlotte High School, and David Lipscomb College, he attended the University of Tennessee Center for the Health Sciences and received his dental degree in 1977. He returned to his native Dickson and worked 4 years as an associate of Dr. James Rountree. He began his private practice in 1981, taking on Dr. Ben Cannon as an associate in the early 2000s, who is now a partner with him.

After 36 years, he is still very passionate about dentistry, always stimulated by new and better technology and techniques for offering the best possible dental care. He is thankful every day to be able to use the talents he feels that God has blessed him with to serve those people who trust him with their dental well-being.

Dr. Brown is married to Melissa (Heard) and they are the parents of Jared, Joseph, and Luke. Joseph is married to Jamie and they have 3 children. Luke is married to Christen and two wonderful children.

He is actively involved in the Walnut Street Church of Christ where he serves as an elder. He is also a member of the Dickson Good Morning Rotary Club. He enjoys hiking, flower gardening, biking, and spending time with his family (especially his grandchildren).

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Dr. Alex Ristau
Dentist

Dr. Alex Ristau is a native Tennessean who began his professional career out west completing his doctorate of medicine in dentistry at Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine in Glendale, AZ and then going on to practice in Maui, HI. After exploring the west Dr. Ristau wanted to get back to his roots in the great state of Tennessee where he became an associate with East Hills Dental Center. Dr. Ristau’s education and experience has made him adept in painless dentistry, conservative same-day dentistry, digital dentistry, ceramic dentistry, laser dentistry, oral surgery, endodontics and implant dentistry. Dr. Ristau is committed to his craft but has always been committed to his patients more. We know going to the dentist isn’t always the most fun ordeal but Dr. Ristau strives to make every patient’s experience as enjoyable and comfortable as possible.

Dr. Ristau grew up in a suburb of Nashville, TN were he found his love of the outdoors and especially his love for rock climbing. After earning a scholarship to the University of Denver, his natural curiosity took him out west. There he found his ultimate playground in the Rocky Mountains and would go rock climbing and snowboarding every chance he got. After getting accepted to the Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine, Dr. Ristau continued his exploration out west in the deserts of Arizona and spent many of his free days snowboarding in Flagstaff and swimming the water holes of Sedona. After dental school Dr. Ristau found his passion for adventure taking him to Maui, HI where he continued his passion for the outdoors by surfing the North Shore. Now, Dr. Ristau is excited to be back home in his old stomping grounds to continue his outdoor exploration of all this great state has to offer.

Meet the Team

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Whitney

Practice Administrator

Whitney has been in the dental field since 2014 as an R.D.A. and joined the EHDC team in 2016 as a practice administrator. She truly enjoys coming to work each day to help our awesome patients achieve all of their dental goals. She is a native of Dickson, TN. She has one daughter, Sophie. When Whitney is not working, she is watching Sophie play softball, spending time with her family and friends, traveling, fitness, and being outdoors.

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Brittany

Practice Administrator

Brittany has been in the dental field since 2003 and joined the EHDC Team in 2017. She loves the interaction with patients and being a part of helping them achieve their goal. Brittany was born and raised in Dickson County. She and her husband, Brandon, married in 2010 and share three beautiful children, Kennedy, Presleigh and Briggs. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, shopping and watching football during her spare time.

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Christi

Practice Administrator

Christi has been in dentistry since 2016. She joined the East Hills Dental Team in 2019. She takes every opportunity to learn new things. She married her husband, Josh, in 2008 and they share three beautiful kids, Alohna, Sawyer, and Hudson. When she is not at work, she is spending all of her time at the ball field with her kids’ travel softball and baseball teams.

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Rhonda

Waverly Office Manager

Rhonda has been in dentistry since 1981. For the first 30 years of her career, she was a dental assistant doing chairside dentistry before joining our practice in 2014 to manage our Waverly office. She and her husband, Jason, reside in McEwen and are members of Halls Creek Cumberland Church. They are blessed with four children. Grayson, Rhonda’s son, lives in McEwen with his wife, Tera, and their two children, Marlee and Porter. Rhonda is excited to be a Grammy! Rhonda’s daughter, Brianne, graduated from Vol State as an Ophthalmic Technician and will be getting married in the Fall of 2019. Jason has two daughters, Alyson and Ellie. Alyson lives with her husband, John, in McEwen and both work in Dickson. Ellie is attending Murray State, pursuing her degree in Nursing. Rhonda and Jason love spending time with family and in their spare time.

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Abby

Registered Dental Hygienist

Abby graduated in 2006 with a bachelor’s in Dental Hygiene from Tennessee State University. She has been practicing with our team since March of 2012.

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Kristen

Registered Dental Hygienist

Kristen has been a hygienist since 2008 and a graduate from TSU. When not at work, she loves spending family time with her husband and sons outdoors. She also enjoys working out and has a love for animals.

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Ann

Registered Dental Hygienist

Ann received her degrees from Western Kentucky University and TSU. She has been with East Hills Dental Center since February 1997.

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Lisa

Registered Dental Hygienist

Lisa graduated from Remington College with her Associates of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene in 2016. Prior to that, she obtained her Dental Assisting certificate from Volunteer State Community College in 2001 and has Office Administration experience with finance to include insurance. Her long time and diverse experience in dentistry inspired to pursue her career in Dental Hygiene. Lisa is the widow of Sgt. Daniel Baker (EOW 5.30.18). She now works part-time to balance being the sole parent to their daughter, Meredith June.

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Emily

Registered Dental Hygienist – Waverly

Emily has been in dentistry for 25+ years. She started out as a dental assistant, for 10 years. While working, she would take night classes to attend Tennessee State University Dental Hygiene Program. She graduated in May of 2005 as a Registered Dental Hygienist. She has been working with us now since 2017. Emily has one son named Grayson, who attends St. Patrick’s Catholic School in McEwen. She enjoys educating the public about dental health and is thankful to be providing care in our Waverly office.

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Keri S.

Expanded Functions Dental Assistant

Keri has been working at East Hills Dental since October 2000. She lives in Burns with her husband Tom and three boys Caden, Cruz and Cohen.

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Jeanette

Registered Dental Assistant

Jeanette has worked at East Hills Dental Center since October of 1984 and is from Dickson. She has one son, Jonathan and two beautiful granddaughters, Paris and Jovi.

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Keri V.

Expanded Functions Dental Assistant

Keri started in the dentistry field as an RDA in 1998. She has been married to her husband Chris since 1996. They have one son, Adam, who plays football for Creekwood High School. In her spare time she enjoys reading, traveling, watching sports, and working out.

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Autumn

Certified Dental Assistant

Autumn graduated from TCAT in Dickson in 2014 with a license as a Certified Dental Assistant and has been with the East Hills Dental team since March 2018. She and her husband Levi married in 2011 and have two children. When she is not working Autumn loves to go hiking, being outdoors with her family and leading a healthy lifestyle.

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Teresa

Registered Dental Assistant

Teresa graduated as an RDA in 2017. She enjoys helping people to have a better smile. She has been married for 20 years and has 3 children. When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

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Jamie

Registered Dental Assistant – Waverly

Jamie has been a registered dental assistant since August of 2014. She did her clinical rotations with East Hills Dental Center in the summer of 2014, and performed so well that East Hills decided to give her a job right away! Jamie lives in McEwen but is originally from Charlotte. She has one daughter named Cady who attends McEwen Middle School. Jamie enjoys cooking and baking her in spare time, binge-watching Netflix with her daughter and is a music lover.

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