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Dr. Mitchell S. Tatum, D.D.S.

Dr. Tatum is a native of Nashville, TN.  He has many fond memories of his hometown, especially playing football for the Ezell Harding Christian School Eagles and working at Opryland and the Grand Ole Opry as a teenager.

Dr. Tatum’s interest in dentistry began while majoring in chemistry at David Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN where he earned his B.A. in 1990.  He went on to earn his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Tennessee at Memphis in 1995.  Upon graduating, he was an associate dentist until the opportunity arose for him to purchase the dental practice of Dr. Larry Puckett in Smithville, TN.  Dr. Puckett’s practice had been a thriving part of the Smithville community since 1962. 

Dr. Tatum has been a practicing general dentist in Smithville since 2000, and he enjoys all aspects of dentistry, especially building long-term relationships with his patients.  His expertise extends to performing more than 2000 CEREC procedures and becoming a credentialed dental implant professional.  He and his staff pride themselves on maintaining the welcoming and caring environment that DeKalb Dental Center is known for, while also providing their patients with state of the art dental technology.  Their goal is big city dentistry with small town friendliness.  In a continued effort to provide the most advanced dental care, Dr. Tatum has plans to build a new dental office at this current location.  The estimated move in date is scheduled for March, 2016.

Dr. Tatum is  a member of the ADA, TDA, Middle Tennessee Society of Advanced Dentistry and the Fourth District Dental Society where he served as a delegate for six years. 

Dr. Tatum and his wife Gina have been married since 1993, and they have three sons that keep them busy.  They enjoy spending time on Center Hill Lake and following their beloved UT Vols. 

Insurance and billing

Audrey began working in the Smithville office in 1973 as a young mother. She has worked as a dental assistant and front desk for Dr Puckett through the years as needed. Audrey cares for our patients, enjoys talking with them and helping them get the best insurance benefits possible. She has a daughter and son in law that she loves dearly a granddaughter who is the love of her life. She enjoys spending time with her beautiful granddaughter and their favorite place is the beach. She's already planning their next trip!


Joined the team in 2003 as a multitasking dental receptionist / registered dental assistant.  

She begin working in the dental field in 1994 as a chairside assistant while still in high school, while also attending Blount Co. Dental Assisting.

Misty manages the schedule, helps with insurance & dental plans.

Misty works hard to solve questions and make sure you are satisfied with our answers to any dental questions you might have.  

She will gladly assist you with patient appointment confirmation and answering general patient concerns.


Sandy joined the team in 2003, but has been a dental assistant since 1994. She graduated from Nashville Tech. She married her high school sweetheart Alec. They love spending time with their family. They enjoy watching their son Mason play all kinds of sports, and their daughter Oliva cheer for the Dekalb County High School basketball team. Sandy loves helping and assisting patients with all their dental needs.


Danyalle joined the practice in 2008 after graduating from Tennessee technology center with a dental assistant degree. She is married to her wonderful husband Jeremy, has an awesome step-son Jake and four fur babies; Prince, Lilly, Missy, and Margo. In her free time she enjoys traveling to new exciting destinations. Her husband Jeremy is in the band Whyte Noyse, she loves going to all their shows and being their number one fan! Danyalle loves taking care of patients and making sure they are as comfortable as possible.

Dental Hygienist

Phyllis Asberry is a Registered Dental Hygienist and joined our practice in May of 1990. She received her associates degree from Tennessee State University/Meharry in 1986. Phyllis currently resides in Brush Creek, TN with her husband Myron and has a step son Lee and his wife Bryttni, granddaughter Katie and step daughter Tina.

Phyllis loves taking care of our awsome patients,  riding horses, shopping for antiques, spending time with family and friends.

Dental Hygienist

Beth was raised here in Dekalb county in Alexandria. She graduated from Tennessee State University/Meharry Medical College in 1991 as a Dental Hygienist. Beth married her high school sweetheart Darrell in 1991 and they have two wonderful sons, Eli and noah. She enjoys watching football with her family whether her boys are playing or enjoying the game with them. They enjoy cruising and spending time together. Beth started working in the Smithville office in 1995 with Dr Puckett and has enjoyed working with Dr Tatum since 2000. She loves taking care of our patients to have optimal dental health and she calls them her friends.