Our Doctors

Family Dentists

Dr. Dan MelamedHendersonville

A former software employee, Dr. Melamed traded in his years of staring at a computer for a doctorate from Meharry Medical College and a future helping people get the best dental care possible. When he’s not staying up to date on the latest dental technology in order to provide cutting edge dental solutions, he spends his time watching college basketball, managing his fantasy football league, and spending time with his wife and little boys.

Dr. Ryan Minyard Murfreesboro

Originally from Fresno, CA, Dr. Minyard is a graduate of the University of the Pacific where he played college soccer and later received his Doctorate in Dentistry. After practicing dentistry on the West Coast Dr. Minyard moved to the Nashville area in 1994 where he now lives with his wife and their three kids. An avid soccer player, Dr. Minyard continues to play in local recreational leagues here in Tennessee.

Dr. Himanshu PatelDonelson

Dr. Patel, a San Jose native, received his B.S. from the University of California, Davis and his D.M.D. from Temple University. After graduation, he worked for a private practice in Philadelphia before relocating to Nashville with his wife, who works at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital. In addition to spending time with friends and family, Dr. Patel stays active by hiking regularly and playing sports for fun.

Dr. Johnny Pearce Bellevue

Dr. Pearce grew up in Memphis, TN. He is a 1984 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry. After graduation, Dr. Pearce was in private practice for 29 years, with the majority of his practice focused on implant and restorative dentistry. Dr. Pearce has been married for 32 years and has 3 children. He is an avid San Francisco 49er's and Ole Miss football fan.

Dr. Derrick Reid Donelson

Dr. Derrick Reid is a graduate of Meharry Medical College and been a local Nashville resident since 1990. Originally from Detroit Michigan, Dr. Reid attended the University of Detroit. Dr. Reid has been practicing for over 15 years, most recently was an associate of Aspen Dental and provided dental services in their Dickson and Columbia practices. When he’s not keeping up with the latest advances in computer and dental technology, he enjoys traveling the world with his daughter Erika, or spending time with family and friends.

Dr. Keith Van Benthuysen Brentwood

Dr. Van Benthuysen received his B.A. with honors from the Citadel and his D.M.D. from the University of Florida. He began his dental career in the U.S. Army before entering into private practice in Florida more than two decades ago. Since joining the Embassy Dental family in 2006, he now lives in Franklin, TN, with his wife Beverly and their young son.

Dr. Joel VeitscheggerCool Springs

After growing up in Bowling Green, Ky. and earning undergraduate degrees in Music and Religious Studies at Western Kentucky University, Dr. Veitschegger attended the University of Kentucky where he earned his D.M.D. He spent three years practicing dentistry while in Northern Maine with his wife and their Norwich Terrier, Onus, before moving back to the South to be near family and friends.

Dr. Mark “Jay” Ruark II Hillsboro Village

Born in Hopkinsville, Kentucky and raised in Cape Girardeau, MO, Dr. Ruark completed his undergrad at Murray State University. He received his DMD at the University of Louisville School of Dentistry. Dr. Ruark moved to New Orleans after graduation where he practiced in both New Orleans and Baton Rouge, until 2012 when he moved to middle Tennessee. Dr. Ruark currently resides in Nashville. When not practicing dentistry, he enjoys spending time with his 4-year-old-son, Payton, and girlfriend, Candice. He also enjoys working out and describes himself as an “avid sports nut.” He loves Peyton Manning and the Broncos, Kentucky college football and basketball, as well as the St. Louis Cardinals.

Oral Surgeons

Dr. Jeffrey Carter

Dr. Jeffrey Carter is an accomplished surgeon who serves as a distinguished member of dental and medical societies such as the American Dental Association, the American Medical Association, the Nashville Academy of Medicine, and the American Society of TMJ. Since earning his B.S. from Tufts University, his D.M.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine, and his M.D. from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, he has been printed in over fifty publications including chapters in books, journals, and interactive videos and computer software. Dr. Carter is also the director of fellowship and internship programs and dedicates his time to serve in visiting professorships and lectures/abstract presentations at universities around the country.


Dr. David Wyatt

Dr. Wyatt attended dental school on a four year Army Health Professions Scholarship, receiving his dental degree from the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry in 1980. Dr. Wyatt served nine years in the United States army where he completed a general practice residency and was twice decorated with the Army Achievement Medal and Army Commendation Medal. He received his orthodontic certificate and Masters Degree from the University of Louisville. He is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, the Southern Association of Orthodontists, and the American Dental Association. Dr. Wyatt is a clinical faculty member at the University of Louisville School of Dentistry Department of Orthodontics.His hobbies include jogging, skiing, basketball and biking.


Dr. Tamara Griffin

Dr. Tamara Griffin joined our family in December 2015 performing endodontic services in the Cool Springs office. Dr. Griffin attended University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine then Baylor College of Dentistry where she received a M.S. in Health Professions education and certification in Endodontics. Dr. Griffin also was the Chair of Endodontics at Meharry Medical College as well as faculty member at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Dentistry in Memphis, TN.

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