MEET THE DOCTORS – ADULTS
Dr. Lauren Poole
Dr. Lauren Poole serves as head of the General and Cosmetic Dentistry department at Snodgrass-King. Originally from San Diego, California, Dr. Poole spent much of her childhood growing up in the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina. Dr. Poole attended the University of Tennessee and graduated Summa Cum Laude with her Bachelor’s Degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. She went on to receive her Doctorate of Dental Medicine degree with honors from the University of Louisville and was inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society.
Dr. Poole quickly made Nashville her permanent home and joined the Snodgrass-King family in 2015. She and her husband live in Nashville and spend their time taking advantage of the Nashville music and restaurant scene. They are also proud to attend most of the Tennessee Volunteers home football games.
Dr. Nisha Waits was born in Greensboro, NC and grew up in Destin, FL. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Science from Florida State University and was awarded her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine.
Before joining the Snodgrass-King family, Dr. Waits worked in private practice in Destin, FL. She and her husband fell in love with Nashville while her husband attended Vanderbilt University for graduate school, and they are excited to be back and settle down for good. In her free time, she enjoys fitness, cooking, spending time at the lake, and being active in her church. Professionally, Dr. Waits values the trust established with each patient gained through listening to their individual needs so that she can deliver the highest quality of care in a compassionate, painless environment.
Dr. Ian Mort of Rochester, New York, is our newest Adult General Dentist at the Mt. Juliet office. He attended State University of New York at Geneseo in Geneseo, NY. He graduated Magna Cum Laude in May 2012 with a B.S. in Biology. He then went on to continue his education at the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine in Buffalo, NY. He completed his General Practice Residency at the University of Colorado.
Dr. Ian is very new to Nashville, and enjoys anything involving metropolitan areas. He is looking forward to exploring all things Nashville. He is also an avid sports fan! He loves to watch and play golf, soccer, football, basketball and hockey (good thing Nashville is now a huge hockey city!).
Dr. Ian’s favorite part about being a dentist is the public service aspect. He enjoys being able to help someone improve their physical and emotional health, and well-being. He finds that aspect very powerful and fulfilling.
Dr. Ian admires the reputation the company holds throughout the community. He is excited to be part of the Snodgrass-King team and looks forward to contributing to such a great workplace!
Dr. Grace Karem graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2013 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology. She attended dental school at the University of Louisville School of Dentistry and graduated in 2017. She received her certification in moderate conscious sedation from the University of Alabama in 2018.
Dr. Karem was a member of the Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity from 2010-2013 where she gained over 450 hours in community service. She is passionate about volunteering and has spent much of her time speaking in schools educating students on the importance of brushing and flossing. She also, performs dental procedures for the underserved at the Interfaith Dental Clinic. She and her husband live in Nashville, TN.
Dr. Nauzanene Jafari was born and raised in Memphis, TN. She graduated from Rhodes College with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and completed her Doctorate of Dental Surgery at UTHSC College of Dentistry in 2014. Upon graduation, she accepted a job in Nashville and has been loving it here since then.
Dr. Jafari is passionate about volunteering. While she was in dental school, she volunteered with Give Kids a Smile, Ronald McDonald House, Target House for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Christian Mobile Dental Clinic, Church Health Center, and Hope Smiles. Currently, she volunteers in Nashville with Interfaith Dental Clinic when she has the opportunity. While pursuing her degree and working for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Dr. Jafari wrote several articles that were published in scientific journals. In her spare time, she loves going on long walks at Radnor Lake, Percy and Edwin Warner Parks.
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