Faculty and Staff

Excelling in Teaching and in Service - Excellence is Our Habit !

The Department of Dental Hygiene employs some of the best faculty members in the State of Tennessee.  We have full-time and adjunct faculty members.  All of the full-time faculty members hold either a Bachelors or Master's Degree.  All faculty members excel in teaching and service.

 

 G.A Lewis

Professor Gary-Lee A. Lewis, BS, RDH, M.Ed.
Department Chair

Is a native of London, England and moved to the United States in 1984. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology (Pre-Dentistry) from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in 1992.  Prof. Lewis received his AAS degree in Dental Hygiene from Tennessee State University/Meharry Medical College in 2000.  He currently holds a Master's Degree in Education with a concentration in Educational Technology.

He became a faculty member with Tennessee State University, Department of Dental Hygiene in September of 2000 and currently teaches Clinical Dental Hygiene, Radiology, Head & Neck Anatomy, and Orofacial Anatomy to first-year dental hygiene students.  He is a member of the American Dental Hygienists' Association.  He has served in the capacity of Public Relations Chairman for the Tennessee Academy of Dental Hygiene, (TADH); 5th District Trustee for Tennessee Dental Hygiene Association, (TDHA) and Past-President for the Nashville Area Dental Hygiene Society, (NADHS).
Email:  galewis@tnstate.edu


Tenured and Tenure-track Faculty Members


 

 Janice

Professor Janice Williams, BSDH, MS

Is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Dental Hygiene where she's involved in various projects.  One includes a Geriatric Education Grant, which allows her to conduct educational presentations to the medical and dental community regarding oral health for the elderly.  She teaches Dental Hygiene Theory (III & IV), Clinical Dental Hygiene (III & IV), to second-year AAS students and Dental Hygiene Externship and Teaching Practicum to BS Degree Completion students.

 
Professor Williams is a member of her professional organization, the American Dental Hygienists' Association, and is a Past Vice-President of the Nashville Area Dental Hygiene Society.
Email:  jwilliams128@tnstate.edu

 Word

Professor Rosalyn Word, RDH, BS, MPA

Professor Word is a 1972 graduate of Meharry Medical College Division of Dental Hygiene, she also received a BS degree in Health Care Administration and Planning in 1980 from the same institution.  She went on to receive a Master of Public Administration in 1981 from Tennessee State University. She has been employed within the Department of Dental Hygiene since 1980 and currently serves as our Coordinator of Admissions and Advisement while teaching Clinical Dental Hygiene (I-IV) to first / second year AAS students and Curriculum Concepts in Dental Hygiene and Allied Health Education.

Professor Word is a member of the American Dental Hygienists' Association, (ADHA), Tennessee Dental Hygiene Association, (TDHA) and the Nashville Area Dental Hygiene Society, (NADHS)
Email: rword@tnstate.edu

 

Professor Gwendolyn Battiste,  RDH, BS, MPH

Professor Battiste is a graduate of Tennessee State University/Meharry Medical College, receiving her AAS in Dental Hygiene in 1999 and BS in 2000.  She also received her Master in Public Health in 2008 from Walden University with a concentration in Community Health Education.  Currently, she is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Dental Hygiene where she teaches Community Dental Health, and Clinical Dental Hygiene (I-IV).
 
Professor Battiste is a current member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, Nashville Area Dental Hygiene Society, 5th District Trustee for Tennessee Dental Hygiene Association, 2012-2013 Past-President for the Baton Rouge Dental Hygienists’ Association, American Public Health Association, and Tennessee Public Health Association.  
Email: gkeeton@tnstate.edu

 

Professor Brenda Kibbel, BS, RDH, M.Ed.

Professor Kibbel is originally from Long Beach, California, where she practiced as a registered dental Assistant in expanded functions.  She received her AAS degree in Dental Hygiene from Tennessee State University/Meharry Medical College in 2000. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene from Tennessee State University in 2003.   Professor Kibbel currently holds a Master's Degree in Education with a concentration in Educational Technology.

She became a faculty member in September of 2009. She currently teaches Dental Hygiene Theory (I & II) and Clinical Dental Hygiene (I & II) to first-year students.  Professor Kibbel is a member of the American Dental Hygienists' Association, (ADHA); Tennessee Dental Hygiene Association, (TDHA) and the Nashville Area Dental Hygiene Society, (NADHS).
Email:  bkibbel@tnstate.edu


Clinical Team


 

 

Dr. Sharon Carter, DDS
Dentist

(615) 963-7475
Email: scarte41@tnstate.edu

 

 

Ms. Kateri Klesyk, RDH, BSDH, MSDH
Clinical Supervisor

(615) 963-1474
Email:   kklesyk@tnstate.edu

 

Ms. Demetra Scruggs, RDH, BS, MHA
Clinical Supervisor

(615) 963-5876
Email: dscrugg7@tnstate.edu

 

Ms. Keyvetta Sykes, RDH, BSDH
Clinical Supervisor

(615) 963-1473
Email: ksykes3@tnstate.edu

 

Ms. Kristan Gordon, RDH, BS
Clinical Supervisor

(615) 963-1475
Email: kgordon8@tnstate.edu

 

Ms. Tauheedah Robinson, RDH, BS
Clinical Supervisor 

(615) 963-5792
Email: trobin36@tnstate.edu

 

Ms. Terry Duvall, RDH, BS
Clinical Supervisor

(615) 963-1473
Email: tduvall@tnstate.edu

 

Ms. Illeana Brandt, RDH, BSDH
Clinical Supervisor

(615) 963-5876
Email: icrite@tnstate.edu

 


Clinical & Administrative Staff


 

 Irene Holt

Mrs. Irene Holt
Program Assistant

(615) 963-5801
Email: istaley3@tnstate.edu

 

 

Ms. Jenetta Merriwether 
Clinical Administrative Assistant IV

(615) 963-5791
Email: jmerriwe@tnstate.edu

 

 

Ms. Sunza Jones
Dental Clinic Assistant  

(615) 963-5835
Email:  sjones36@tnstate.edu