Tom Heeren, DDS, MSD

Clinical Director

After earning his dental degree from the University of Tennessee, Dr. Heeren served as a military dental officer for four years in the U.S. Navy. He completed a general practice residency at the National Naval Medical Center, “The President’s Hospital.” before practicing for more than 4000 active-duty patients in support of Marine Corps units en route to their missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. During his tour with the USMC, Dr. Heeren deployed for eight months in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom where he was the sole provider of dental services in the western Iraq area of operations. Upon returning, Dr. Heeren earned his Postgraduate Certificate in Endodontics and a Master’s of Science in Dentistry at the Medical University of South Carolina. During his free time, Dr. Heeren plays the guitar, enjoys live music and a variety of sports and outdoor activities.

Ben F. Locke, Jr., DDS, MSD


Dr. Ben F. Locke, Jr. is originally from Chattanooga, Tennessee and a graduate of the Baylor School for Boys in 1964. He attended the University of Tennessee in Knoxville for two years and then the U.T. College of Dentistry in Memphis where he graduated in 1969 with a D.D.S. degree. He was a general dentist for 8 years in Chattanooga before earning his Certificate in Endodontics and a Masters of Science in Dentistry from the Boston University School of Graduate Dentistry.

Since that time, Dr. Locke has been in private practice limited to Endodontics in Nashville, Tennessee. Outside of the practice, he enjoys golf, jogging and spending time with his wife of 45 years Lucy, their fours sons and their seven grandchildren.

Lorel E. Burns, DDS


A Nashville native, Dr. Lorel E. Burns, DDS graduated fromMLK Jr. Academic Magnet High School. She went on to attend the University of Pennsylvania for her bachelor’s degree before moving to New York City to earn her dental degree at NewYork University College of Dentistry. Dr. Burns returned to Philadelphia after dental school and earned her Postgraduate Certificate in Endodontics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. In her free time, Dr. Burns enjoys reading, exploring as a foodie, and hiking.

Ashley Bryant

Regional Manager

Ashley Bryant grew up in a small Kentucky town called Princeton before becoming a Hilltopper at Western Kentucky University where she studied education. Ashley has worked in the dental field for 13 years, and she uses that experience in her extensive role as Regional Manager. Outside of the office, Ashley loves spending time with her daughter, Piper, and they both enjoy boating and being outdoors.