Our Practice

We provide care that will set the stage for your child’s dental care well into adulthood. Most people who have a fear of the dentist had bad experiences in their childhood. Our main goal is to make sure your child only has great experiences at Cumberland Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, everytime. As both Pediatric and Orthodontic specialists, we know that we need to bring together technologies that protect your child’s health, comforts that help them receive anxiety-free dental care, and amenities that make trips to the dentist fun!

Our Doctors in Smyrna, TN

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Dr. Jack Stalker

Pediatric Dentist

Dr. Jack Stalker is a native Tennessean raised in Knoxville. After four years of college at Carson Newman College in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, Dr. Jack attended dental school at the University of Tennessee, where he received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. Realizing his enjoyment of working with children, he elected to train for two additional years in pediatric dentistry. He holds a certificate in pediatric dentistry and a master’s degree in science from the University of Texas. Dr Jack worked in a large group practice in Atlanta before moving to Nashville and becoming a co-founder of Cumberland in 2012.

Dr. Jack received advanced training in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of oral disease, as well as the treatment of children under general anesthesia, oral conscious sedation, and use of nitrous oxide. He has received certification in PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support), BLS (Basic Life Support), and CPR. Dr Jack is a member of the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and the Tennessee Dental Association. In his spare time, Dr Jack cheers for both the Tennessee Vols and Tennessee Titans. He also enjoys flying, cooking, and spending time with his wife Ginny and their family.

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Dr. Chastity Rucker

Pediatric Dentist

Dr. Rucker graduated from the University of Tennessee Knoxville with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology.  She went on to Meharry School of Dentistry followed by a General Practice Residency at Bronx Lebanon Hospital in New York. After practicing General Dentistry for several years, Dr. Rucker returned to New York to complete her Pediatric Dental Residency at Harlem Hospital Center in association with Columbia University.

Dr. Rucker is a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Dental Association, and the American Association of Women Dentists and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentists.

Dr. Rucker is a Nashville native and enjoys travelling, taking cooking classes, and spending time with her family and friends.

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Dr. Peter Wojtkiewicz


Dr. Pete received a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree in 2001 from the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine. He went on to complete a three-year orthodontic residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he received extensive training in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics. Dr. Pete practiced as an associate orthodontist with a large group practice until 2011 when he and his partners founded Cumberland Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics. Dr. Pete is an active member of the American Association of Orthodontics, Southern Association of Orthodontists, American Dental Association, and the Tennessee Dental Association.

Dr. Pete lives in Nashville with his wife, Jackie, and their two children, Layla and Maksim. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, cycling, and spending time with his family.    

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Dr. Blerta Selden


Dr. Blerta received her Bachelors of Biomedical Science degree from the University of South Florida where she graduated with top honors. She continued on to dental school at Nova Southeastern College of Dentistry where she graduated again with honors, as a member of Omicron Kappa Upsilon. Dr. Blerta completed her orthodontic residency at Texas A&M Baylor College of Dentistry and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics.

Originally from Albania, Dr. Blerta and her family moved to the United States in 2008. She now lives in Nashville with her husband, Erik, and their puppy, Ove. In her free time, she enjoys travelling, hiking, and cooking.

Our Smyrna Team

Vicki Mersinger

Practice Administrator
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Charity Taylor

Pediatric Treatment Coordinator

Shannon Perkins

Orthodontic Treatment Coordinator


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