Dr. David Snodgrass – Pediatrics

Dr. David Snodgrass is a Pediatric Dental Specialist trained in a hospital setting. He received his DDS degree from the University of Tennessee in 1984, certificate in Pediatric Dentistry from the Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1986 and has been practicing pediatric dentistry in Nashville since 1987. He is also a part-time assistant clinical professor of pediatric dentistry at Vanderbilt University and Meharry Medical College, School of Dentistry.

Having authored eight publications in five different National and International orthodontic and pediatric journals (see below), Dr. Snodgrass is a recognized lecturer and mentor to orthodontic study clubs all over the United States. He is best known for the “Snodgrass Appliance” a unique idea that combined the attributes of the Haas Palatal Expander with the attributes of Dr. Hilger’s Pendulum appliance. The Snodgrass Appliance has been used by orthodontists for over 30 years. Learn more about Snodgrass Appliances.

His awards include the Achievement, Fellowship and Diplomat Awards from the American Orthodontic Society and the International Association of Orthodontics. He is a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Orthodontic Society, the International Association of Orthodontics and the Tennessee Dental Association. Doctor Snodgrass has treated over 100,000 patients in the middle Tennessee area including over 3,500 cases of physically handicapped and medically compromised children under general anesthesia in out-patient surgery facilities and major hospitals including, Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, Centennial and Summit.

He and his wife Melody have 3 children and live in the Nashville area. They are involved with many charitable organizations including Danita’s Children in Quanaminthe, Haiti where they built, equipped, supplied and staffed a medical/dental/eye clinic for Danita’s Children, Hope for Haiti, 501c3 charitable foundation in 2008. Twice a year Dr. Snodgrass takes a team of 15-20 staff members to Haiti to staff the dental clinic. They also take their dental teams to Monkey Jungle in Sosua, Dominican Republic, 501c3 charitable foundation, the Haitian and Dominican Assistance Corporation where they equip and supply a free dental clinic.

Dr. Kristina Shuba – Adults

dr shuba cool springs dentistDr. Kristina Shuba was born and raised in Krasnoyarsk, Russia. She started pursuing her childhood dream to become a dentist when she arrived in the States in 2006. After graduating from King University with a Bachelor of Business Administration, she earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery from Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry in Nashville, TN and completed her General Practice Residency at UT Knoxville Medical Center.

Dr. Shuba’s dedication to dental health is motivated by her passion for helping others. Her number one goal is creating memorable bonds with her patients while being a positive mentor of good health. “From Russia with love,” is a standard greeting from Dr. Shuba! In her spare time she loves rollerblading and working out.

Dr. Tara Grzetic – Orthodontics

Dr. Tara Grzetic was born and raised in the Chicago suburbs. Her inspiration to become an Orthodontist started in high school after she was awarded the Donald J Fee, DDS Kaneland High School scholarship, awarded to the most deserving science student. 

Dr. Tara received her undergraduate degree from Augustana College in Rock Island, IL. where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. in Biochemistry. She continued her education at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry where she earned her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree. While attending UIC, Dr. Tara received the Dr. Adalbert L. Vlazny Award and the Dr. Jerry F. Balaty Award for Excellence in Restorative Dentistry.  After dental school, she received her Master’s Degree in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI. 

Dr. Tara is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, the American Dental Association and the Tennessee Dental Association. 

She and her husband live in Franklin with their kitty, Mamba. In her free time, she enjoys playing sand volleyball, hiking, cooking, and working on knitting projects for her family and friends.