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About Legacy Hill DentistryLegacyHillDentistry-NashvilleTN

Legacy Hill Dentistry was started by Dr. Rick Russell in 1995 with the goal to provide family dental care, for our growing community. We welcomed Dr. James Brannen and Dr. Alex Edwards to our growing practice in May 2014. With this addition, Legacy Hill Dentistry will continue to meet our patients’ needs. Our doctors are excited to introduce new proven technology including Invisalign, and a one visit porcelain crown technology called Cerec. The staff of Legacy Hill Dentistry is experienced and knowledgeable. They are dedicated to providing each patient with the relationship necessary to establishing and maintaining oral health.

Practice Mission Statement

The philosophy of our practice is to provide quality, affordable care to our patients in a manner that is consistent with the way that we as healthcare practitioners would like to be treated. We strive for honesty and professionalism in our office. Our motivation is to assist our patients in achieving the highest level of oral health that they can attain. If we are unable to render the care needed by a patient, we have formed a reliable network of specialists that we may refer to in order to reach those wellness goals.


Staff – Dentists

Dr. Alex Edwards DDS

Dr. Edwards was born and raised in Hohenwald, TN. After graduating high school, he attended Freed-Hardeman University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science. After college, Dr. Edwards went to the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry where he received his DDS. Dr. Edwards is married to Murfreesboro native, Ashley, and they are expecting their first child in August. They also have a 3-year-old Chiweenie named Amos.

During his free time, Dr. Edwards enjoys spending time with his family and friends, golfing, building woodworking projects, getting involved at his local church, and cheering for the Tennessee Vols. Dr. Edwards is extremely excited to be a member of the Legacy Hill team and hopes you will visit soon.

Dr. James Brannen

Dr. James Brannen was born and raised in Clarksville, TN. He graduated from Clarksville High School and attended the University of Tennessee Knoxville where he received a B.S. degree in Biochemistry Cellular and Molecular Biology in 2010. He was also a four-year letterman on the University of Tennessee Men’s Golf Team. After college, Dr. Brannen attended the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry in Memphis where he received a D.D.S. degree. Now back in Middle Tennessee, he is excited to join the Legacy Hill Dentistry team and to continue providing excellent patient care.

Dr. Brannen loves to play golf, cheer for the Tennessee Volunteers, and spend time with his family. He is married to Kathleen Graham Brannen from Knoxville, TN and welcomed their first baby, Eleanor Grace Brannen, in March.

Dental Hygienists

Tammy White Gordon, Dental Hygienist

Tammy was born in Charlotte, North Carolina and moved to the Middle Tennessee area in 1969. She is a graduate of Smyrna High School and received her associate’s degree in dental hygiene from Tennessee State University/Meharry Medical College in 1981. She began practicing dental hygiene in 1981. She began working with Dr. Russell in 1997 part-time and then began full-time in 2006. She is a member of the Dental Hygiene Advisory Committee at TSU and also participates in Head Start screenings. She is married and enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Tabatha Keatts, Dental Hygienist/Clinical Coordinator

Tabatha is a native of Smyrna, TN. She began working for Dr. Russell in 2002. After a few years as an office assistant, she attended Tennessee State University where she received an Associate’s Degree in Dental Hygiene. She returned to Legacy Hill Dentistry in 2006 as a Registered Dental Hygienist. Tabatha is a part of the medical/dental mission team that aids the underserved, indigenous population of Mexico. She also volunteers with headstart in Murfreesboro providing free dental screening to 4-year-olds. She spends most of her free time with her husband and two children at the ball fields.

Cathy Beaumont, Dental Hygienist

Cathy is a native of Smyrna. She graduated from Lavergne High School in 1992. Attended MTSU & TSU completing an associates in Dental Hygiene and Bachelors in Dental Science. Cathy is a serving member of Lifepoint Church. She enjoys spending time with family, CrossFit, and outdoor activities.

Dental Assistants

Stacy Costa, Dental Assistant

Stacy is a native of Smyrna. She has worked for Dr.Russell since 1997. She is a Registered Dental Assistant and is CPR certified. In her spare time, she enjoys going camping and spending time with family and friends

Kristin Vanns, Dental Assistant

Kristin is a lifelong resident of Lavergne. She is a former student of Daymar Institute where she received her diploma for Dental Assisting. She is CPR, AED, and Radiology certified. Kristin enjoys spending time with her family and son, Tristian, with baby girl Mollie. Her hobbies are hanging out on the lake, and shopping.

Harley Stewart, Dental Assistant

Harley graduated from Coffee County Central High School in 2011. In 2015, she graduated with honors from Kaplan College. Harley is a registered Dental Assistant and certified in CPR, AED, radiology, and nitrous oxide monitoring. She enjoys spending time with friends and family and going shopping.

Office Staff

Amber White, Front Desk Assistant/Marketing

Amber is a native from Smyrna and has worked at Legacy Hill Dentistry since September 2010. She is AED and CPR certified by the American Heart Association. Amber is happily married to her husband Zach. She enjoys spending time with her son, Tate, weight lifting, hot yoga, Predators games, and weekends on the lake with family and friends.

Laci Mabry, Office Coordinator

Laci is a native of Smyrna and has worked at Legacy Hill Dentistry since April 2012. Laci is happily married to her husband Mitchell. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her son, Conner, going to football games, basketball games, weight lifting, and spending time with friends and family on the lake.

 Lesley Warta, Book Keeper