Our Hygienists

Paula Carter – R.D.H, B.S.

paula“A healthy smile is the prettiest thing you can wear.”

Paula is a Nashville native. The head of our hygiene department, she has been with the practice since 2001. She received the honor of Magna Cum Laude and earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Tennessee State University/Meharry School of Dentistry in 2000. In 2014 Paula attained her certification to administer local anesthesia.

“At a very young age, I watched my parents lose their teeth to dental disease due to lack of knowledge and quality resources. This shaped my future and I knew that I could help make a difference in the lives of others through education, information, and superior execution of treatment skills utilizing the most modern, up to date techniques and equipment. I never want my clients to feel embarrassed or ashamed but rather know that new beginnings start here. Together, without fear, we can achieve the beautiful smile and optimal state of health, they have always dreamed.”

Outside of the office, Paula is a single mother to daughter Olivia, loves outdoor activities, a huge music lover, values laughter, faith, family and friends. An avid professional scuba diver and instructor with PADI, she chases her dream of receiving the highest level course director rating.

Rena Williams, R.D.H, A.A.S.


Rena was born in Southern California and moved to a small Tennessee town when she was 16 years old. She graduated with Honors from Chattanooga State with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Dental Hygiene in 2014. Rena has also received her certification to administer local anesthesia. She and her husband, James, moved to Nashville in January 2015. Rena joined our team in 2015 after her move.

“I became a hygienist to be able to deliver superior health care to patients in the dental office. I enjoy building a continuing relationship with our patients. I also strive to make every person in my chair comfortable because no one should be afraid to take care of their smile!”

In her spare time, Rena likes to spend time with her husband working on their family farm here in Middle Tennessee. They enjoy spending time outside with their family and dogs (Tank the Rottweiler & Rusty the Red Heeler).