Meet The Team
Meet Clayton Cummings, DDS
Owner & Dentist
Through Advanced Dental Health Center, Dr. Cummings has created an anxiety-free environment for his patients. His advanced skill set, commitment to continuing education, and advanced training assures each patient is in good hands.
After graduating with a Bachelor of Science from Louisiana Tech University, Dr. Cummings received his DDS from The University of Tennessee College of Dentistry. He has continued to learn through his involvement in the Nashville dental community and is a proud member of the American Dental Association, the Tennessee Dental Association, the Nashville Dental Society and Volunteer Study Club.
Dr. Cummings was awarded the Certificate of Recognition from the Tennessee Dental Association for the most Continuing Education. He was chosen as Top Dentist by Nashville Lifestyles magazine and has been featured on local TV shows such as, “More At Mid-Day,” “Talk of the Town,” and “Fox News” segment.
Dr. Cummings was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and spent most of his childhood years in Arkansas and Louisiana. He is married to Lisa and has two grown daughters, Lauren and Lindsey.
Much like his all time favorite TV character, Andy Griffith, Dr. Cummings is the “real deal.” What you see is what you get:
“A down to earth, honest, and smart guy who cares most about the care of his patients!”
Meet Erin Tao, DDS
Dr. Tao’s practice philosophy is simple: educate and motivate. She provides her patients with the knowledge to make dental decisions that make sense for their lifestyle and health goals. She enjoys keeping a full continuing education schedule and bringing modern techniques back to the office to better serve our patients. At Advanced Dental Health Center, she strives to make sure you and your family know that our office sees you as a real person first and a dental patient second.
Dr. Tao is originally from Lafayette, Indiana, where she completed her undergraduate degree at Purdue University. She received her DDS from The Ohio State College of Dentistry prior to completing a one-year residency in Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) at Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She is a proud member of the American Dental Association, Tennessee Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, Nashville Dental Society, Southern Women’s and Volunteer Study Clubs.
Dr. Tao is married and has two dogs. Her family enjoys volunteering in the Greater Nashville area, as well as a competitive game of racquetball or a long run through one of Tennessee’s many beautiful trails.
Simply put, Dr. Tao loves what she does and looks forward to meeting you and your family.
Meet Our Staff
Heather Messick, RDA
Scheduling Coordinator & Dental Assistant
Heather, our scheduling coordinator, is usually the first person you speak with at Advanced Dental Health Center. She efficiently manages the front desk and the clinical and hygiene schedules. Heather has been with us since 1999, meaning she knows the industry intimately and enjoys answering patient questions and assisting in their treatment decision process. She has formal training as a chairside assistant as well as scheduling coordinator which allows her to assist patients in answering a wide array of questions.
Born and raised in Manasquan, New Jersey, Heather spends much of her time enjoying the outdoors. She loves hiking, biking, and going to the lake.
Kelly Horner, RDH
Many patients can attribute their “ah hah” moment about the connection between their oral health and overall health to Kelly. Joining our practice in February of 2018, Kelly places focus on building relationships with patients and showing them how much she cares for them and their oral health needs. She graduated from the University of North Alabama with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts as well as Tennessee State University with an Associate Degree in Dental Hygiene. She was her dental hygiene Class President.
Kelly moved to Nashville, in 2005, from Muscle Shoals, AL. She lives in Fairview with her husband, Quinton and new baby girl! She loves to spend time with friends and family, singing, and relaxing at their house on Kentucky Lake. She is also a member of Fellowship Bible Church in Franklin, TN.
Crystal Rigsby, RDH
Crystal graduated from Tennessee State University in 2009 with an Associate of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene. She brings a great “can do” attitude to work every day. Eager to provide excellent service, our patients frequently comment that Crystal is “very thorough” and “so comforting.” Crystal has been with us since 2010.
Crystal, a Nashville native, loves spending time with her husband, Jesse, and her three little ones. She enjoys decorating, sewing, and crafting when she’s not at work.
Kim Sitler, RDH
Kim received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology in 1993 and her Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene in 1996 from Western Kentucky University. While in hygiene school, Kim was chosen by the Kentucky Dental Hygiene Association to serve as a student delegate to the American Dental Hygiene Association in Chicago. Her case study work was published in the Journal of Dental Hygiene, and she holds licenses in both Tennessee and Kentucky.
Kim and Dr. Cummings go way back, working together since 1996. Kim’s patients are like family members to her. Her patients are constantly complimenting her “gentle touch,” knowledge, and vibrant personality.
Kim is a Nashville native and is happily married to her husband, Eric, with two children, Gregory and Reilly. Huge sports fans, they can almost always be found watching or participating in some kind of sporting event.
Lisa, Dr. Cummings wife, worked at Advanced Dental Health Center from 1990-1996 and started back in the office as of August 2014. With a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, this Christian Brothers University graduate makes sure everything in our office runs smoothly.
Lisa and Dr. Cummings have been married since 1983, and they have two beautiful daughters, Lauren and Lindsey. When she’s not at the office, Lisa spends her time reading, hiking, and traveling.
Melinda joined the Advanced Dental Health Center team as our Financial Coordinator in May of 2018. She comes to us from Arizona where she received an Associates Degree from Phoenix College and a Degree of Arts from Bryman College. She has a background in dentistry, serving as a dental assistant for nine years before moving into her profession in financial services. She now has fifteen years of experience helping patients achieve the care they need. Her favorite thing about her work is creating lasting relationships with patients.
Outside of work, Melinda is passionate about spending time with her daughter, Marissa and her Jack Russell mix named Romeo. Together, they love to travel and watch movies.
Brandy Waller, RDA
Brandy loves assisting Dr. Cummings to help patients reach a better, more confident smile. She received her RDA license through the board of dentistry and has worked in the dental industry for over 15 years. Brandy joined our dental family back in July 2017 and truly enjoys watching patients transform after they’ve finished their treatment.
She is from White House, TN and currently resides in Hendersonville with her husband and three Bulldogs (Lou, Joe, and Lola). They are proud parents of their son, Kaleb, who joined the Navy in 2018 to be a Navy Diver. Her family try to jet off to the Carribean, for every chance they get, to relax and enjoy the “beach bum” lifestyle. And when they are home Brandy enjoys cooking for the family and trying new recipes.
Brandi Maige, RDA
Brandi loves being a part the Advanced Dental Health Center team and making sure patients are always comfortable and at ease. Originally from Waco, Texas, she graduated from Dental Staff School of Tennessee to become a Registered Dental Assistant and joined the practice in October 2017.
Outside of work, Brandi lives on a farm in Primm Springs, TN with her husband, Spencer, their two children, Braxton and Izabella. They also have 2 goats (Dolly and Penelope), 1 yorkie (Toby Mac) and a lot of chickens to always keep them on their toes! She loves learning sign language, knitting and helping others have a strong relationship with Jesus.
Jenni Phillips, RDA
Jenni joined our team in February of 2019 as a Dental Assistant. She always makes our patients feel comfortable at our practice and she loves when they smile because of the work we’ve done.
Jenni loves the adventure! When she’s not here, you’ll find her hiking, or exploring Nashville.
Mackenzie Brown, RDA
Mackenize joined our team in October of 2019 as Dental Assistant who loves making a connection with our patients.
She is a native to Bowling Green, Kentucky, but now lives in the great music city, Nashville. When she’s not helping make our patients smiles, she’s out with her friends having fun!