Franklin Staff

Dental Bliss

Franklin, TN

Franklin Dentist office

Linda Gatewood

Business Associate

Linda has been in the dental field for over 22 years and enjoyed 9 those years at Dental Bliss. She loves getting to know her guests, making them feel comfortable and at home, easing all their dental fears. Linda takes pride in making the office of Dental Bliss look festive during the holidays with her decorating talent. At home, she loves gardening and being outside with her puppies, Barkley and Scruffy.
Lara Elder

Lara Elder

Registered Dental Hygienist

We are so happy to introduce our extraordinary dental hygienist, Lara. Lara recently moved to the Franklin community the beginning of 2015 from Bowling Green, Kentucky. She completed her Bachelors of Science at Western Kentucky University where she pursued her Dental Hygiene Degree.

Lara absolutely loves what she does. She cares deeply about each and every guest. Lara specializes in guests that have high anxiety about dentistry as a whole. She has a gift that allows her to comfort each patient she comes in contact with. Lara has never had a guest that has left unhappy or dissatisfied in the 4 years she has been practicing.

Lara ensures the up most current dental technology, oral hygiene options and periodontal treatment. She likes to attend any offered continued education courses to expand on the latest and greatest dental materials, techniques and treatment options. Lara is a member of the American Dental Hygiene Association (ADHA) and the local dental hygiene component.

Lara and her husband, Joe, are expecting their first little one come January 2017! They are beyond excited. Lara likes to experiment with cooking in her spare time, riding bikes around this gorgeous town of Franklin, and spending time with family (plus her two cats, Sharon and Bryan).


Heather Lipscomb

Treatment Coordinator

We are pleased to introduce Heather our Treatment Coordinator. Heather has come to Dental Bliss with 8 years experience in the dental field. She is available to you every step of the way to put you at ease and give you understanding of what’s to come both financially and clinically. Her favorite part of her job is meeting new people everyday and helping them smile. She strives to make sure patients are comfortable with their treatment and able to enjoy their appointments here at our office.

Heather and her husband Jermaine live in Murfreesboro. Her son Austin just completed his first year of college at Georgetown. Her bonus child is her sweet dog who is a pug named Kobe. Heather is a BIG Alabama football fan (ROLL TIDE.) In her spare time she enjoys being with her family, reading, and shopping.


Kendra Wiggins

Expanded Functions Registered Dental Assistant

We are pleased to introduce our friendly Expanded Functions Registered Dental Assistant, Kendra Wiggins. Kendra attended Austin Dental Careers in Austin, Texas while her husband was stationed there during his time in the Army. Kendra is originally from Bristol, Virginia. She and her husband, Mat, moved to Nashville in 2013 with their beloved dog, Wilson. They have bought a home in West Nashville and are settling in nicely. Kendra has been assisting for 4 years now and looks forward to spending many years working chair-side.

She recently attended the University of Tennessee for her expanded functions certification. With her compassionate heart and expansive dental knowledge, she is great at putting nervous guests at ease. Kendra will always greet you with a welcoming smile and make sure you enjoy your visit with us. During her time outside of Dental Bliss, she enjoys walking her dog Wilson and finds any excuse to host gatherings for her family and friends. We know Kendra looks forward to meeting each of you.


Jackie Embry

Expanded Functions Dental Assistant

We would like to introduce Jackie, our expanded functions dental assistant. Jackie has been in dentistry since 1998, she received her expanded functions license in 2006. Jackie worked at Dental Bliss previously from 2007 – 2010 and returned in January 2016. When Jackie is not doing what she loves you can usually find her on the lake with her husband and son. She also loves to landscape, play with their 2 Boxers Sadie and Mack and catch a UT football game in Knoxville when she has time.

Jackie is originally from Upstate NY and moved to TN in 2003 with her son, Hunter. She absolutely loves cosmetic dentistry and the exciting experience when patients receive their new beautiful smile. Seeing those moments are truly rewarding and blissful! She looks forward to meeting you and your gorgeous smile!