Dr. Ford Gatgens

Dr. Ford Gatgens in Dickson, TN | Accent Smile Center

Dr. Ford Gatgens graduated from the University of Tennessee School of Dentistry in 2006 and completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) residency at the University of Tennessee, which focused on comprehensive dentistry and implant placement and restoration. Before opening Accent Smile Center in December of 2009, he practiced dentistry in East Tennessee and the Green Hills area in Nashville, TN. Continuous learning is a lifelong passion for Dr. Gatgens and he and the Team regularly attend continuing education courses to ensure they have the knowledge and training to offer to best quality dentistry for their patients.

In 2014 Dr Gatgens completed a fellowship with the WCLI World Class Laser Institute where he took an additional 50 hours of CE in laser dentistry, completed a written and verbal test, and presented two cases displaying clinical competency. He uses his knowledge of lasers to help his patients receive the best outcomes possible in all areas of dentistry. In addition he enjoys lecturing to students at University of Tennessee College of Dentistry regarding lasers and their use in the dental field.

In addition, Dr. Gatgens is very involved with Smile Source, a dental group that helps independent dentists to ensure their viability with the ever changing corporate dental groups. Smile Source dentists are committed to education and delivering the highest quality dental care to their patients. He helps mentor other dentists so they can reach their potential and have practices that are helping many patients achieve their oral health goals.

Helping others through charity organizations and volunteering are an important value both Dr. Gatgens and his wife Erin believe. In October 2014 they went on a medical mission trip to the countries of Kenya and Tanzania Africa where they helped others receive medical and dental care while also spreading God’s love to the tribal people. “It is an amazing thing to get to experience other cultures and truly see how appreciative people are for very little they have. It is a very humbling experience and I feel blessed to use my talents to give back.”Click to view photos from their trip.

When Dr. Gatgens is not in the office, he enjoys outdoor activities such as water and snow skiing, biking, running, swimming, hiking and camping and spending time with his wife and daughter. Traveling to continuing education meetings takes the majority of his vacation time but he also enjoys time to see different places around the country and world.

Dr. Gatgens and his family are also avid Tennessee Sports fans. You can usually find them watching, if not attending, games for the Tennessee Vols, Nashville Predators and the Tennessee Titans.

Dr. Philip Ezell

Dr E-1Dr. Philip Ezell was born and raised in Nashville, TN, where he graduated from Goodpasture Christian School. He earned a football scholarship to Campbellsville University in Kentucky and graduated earning a Bachelors of Science in Biology/Chemistry. Dr. Ezell received his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University Of Tennessee School Of Dentistry in 2006.

Dr. Ezell has received advanced training in oral conscious sedation and laser dentistry. He excels in all fields of dentistry, including endodontic and cosmetic. Dr. Ezell’s goal is to offer anxiety and pain free dentistry while under excellent care. He wants all of his patients to be proud of the smile he helps them achieve. Before joining the Team at Accent Smile Center, he was co-owner in a mobile dentistry company that provided dental care to underprivileged children in Tennessee.

Dr. Ezell and his wife, Jamie, married in 2010 and are blessed with three children, Kaitlyn, Karlee and Dallas. When Dr. Ezell is not practicing dentistry he enjoys spending quality time with his family and friends, cooking and watching and playing sports.

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