Meet the Staff
Dr. Allen Bush
Doctor of Dental Surgery

Allen Bush was raised, and still resides, in Goodlettsville, TN. He graduated from Goodpasture Christian school in Madison, TN. He attended college at Vanderbilt University and Abilene Christian University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude.

Dr. Allen attended dental school at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis. He has completed advanced training in Botox and Dermal Fillers, Conscious (Oral) Sedation and Implant Dentistry. He is a proud member of the Academy of General Dentistry.

He travelled the entire state of Tennessee, from Mountain City to Memphis, for 7 years in a mobile dental unit serving the needs of underprivileged children. Dr. Allen enjoys weightlifting, helping people and spending time with his wife and 2 boys. He is an avid reader, amateur philosopher and sports enthusiast.

Dr. Bradley Beisiegel, DDS
Cosmetic, General Dentistry, Restorative, and Root Canal

Dr. Bradley Beisiegel is eager to deliver the fabulous care our patients deserve at Rivergate Dental. He greatly enjoys working with all types of patients, with a variety of needs and wishes – including restorative/cosmetic dentistry, oral surgery, and root canals. Most of all, Dr. Beisiegel is committed to forming a connection with his patients and creating a dental environment in which they are at ease.

“I care deeply about making your visit to our office among the best you’ve experienced! My goal is to treat you as if you were my own family – with integrity, honesty, and kindness. I have a passion for delivering your dental care to the highest clinical and professional standards and doing it as comfortably and painlessly as possible. I am looking forward to connecting with you soon!”

When he’s not doing dentistry, Dr. Beisiegel loves playing and watching basketball, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.

Dr. Merwin Scruggs, DMD
General Dentistry

"Dr. Merwin Scruggs received his Doctorate of Dental Medicine from The University of Mississippi Medical Center. Dr. Scruggs is a general dentist that focuses on patient education and long-term success of dental treatment. He enjoys working with patients and listening to them to see how he can best help them.

Dr. Scruggs says “My favorite part of dentistry is talking with patients and understanding how their lives can be impacted by my profession. I love that I can build a lasting relationship with them and provide them with comfortable, lasting dental care."

When Dr. Scruggs is not treating patients, he enjoys hiking, grilling, and traveling with his wife and daughter."

Daphne Schwartz
Chief Operating Officer

Daphne is our Chief Operating Officer. She has been with Rivergate Dental for 25 years. During that time she has formed many great and valuable relationships with patients and colleagues alike. She takes great satisfaction with giving the patient the best experience they can have from the time they arrive until they depart from the office.

She and her husband are avid music collectors with over 2,000 vinyl records in their collection. She also enjoys traveling & singing and writing songs in her spare time.

Kayla Dubina
Office Coordinator

Kayla is our Office Coordinator. She is from Hartselle, Alabama and moved to Hendersonville with her husband Keith in December of 2018. She graduated from the University of Alabama (Roll Tide!!) with a degree in Early Childhood Education, but her life brought her to Rivergate Dental. Kayla has been with us for 2 years now.

In her free time, she absolutely loves going to concerts. She loves all types of music and has seen everyone from Stevie Wonder, the Jonas Brothers, Tim McGraw, and even Phish. Other than going to concerts, she loves watching sports of all kinds and lounging around with her dogs Forrest and Quinn.

Allie Watson
Registered Dental Assistant

Allie is a Registered Dental Assistant. She graduated from Remington College. She is originally from a small town in Tennessee in Gordonsville. From a young age, she knew she wanted to work in the dental field. She loves that she gets to help improve someone's smile and confidence.  

Outside of the office, she enjoys spending time with my friends and family. She also enjoys painting and relaxing at home with a good movie or show. Overall, she is excited for my future in the dental field and looking forward to meeting new patients & helping them on their dental journey.

Ericka Wood
Expanded Function Dental Assistant

Ericka is an Expanded Function Dental Assistant. She started her career in dentistry in 1993 and joined our team in 2021. Along with her Expanded Functions license, she has 20 years of experience in cosmetic and implant dentistry, IV and oral sedation, and dentures. Her goal is to build and maintain patient relationships by providing them with a comfortable, positive visit.

Ericka and her husband love spoiling their grandson and outside of work she enjoys quilting, cooking, and working in her flower garden.

Amanda Evans
Registered Dental Hygienist

Amanda is a Registered Dental Hygienist. She has been in practice for 15 years, since graduating with high honors and receiving her degree in Dental Hygiene of Allied Health Sciences. Considering herself to be a true dental nerd, she is always eager to take continuing education courses to stay current in her practice and provide quality, evidence-based care.

Of particular interest to her is dietary impact on oral health. As a patient advocate, she helps her patients to understand the state of their oral health, how it correlates to their whole-body health or disease and how they can modify their daily practices to achieve optimum oral health and an aesthetic smile.

Outside of work you may find her enjoying the outdoors, cycling, practicing yoga, strength training, reading or listening to podcasts on health and wellness, all things biology, and a little true-crime as well. Her favorite of all, is any activity that involves quality time with her husband and children.

Not only does Amanda hope her patients leave feeling clean, but also empowered with knowledge and tips for maintaining or improving their oral and overall health. She is truly thankful for having found a great team to work with everyday that have the same priorities at heart, to ensure our patients receive the absolute best care and support possible.

Jennifer Weiler
Registered Dental Hygienist

Jennifer Weiler is a Dental Hygienist. Her first priority is YOU, our valued patient. She prides herself on ensuring you get the best care possible in a comfortable and relax setting. She has been in the Dental field for 17 years and a Dental Hygienist for 11 years. Her goal is to ensure when you are finished with your appointment, you feel good about your smile and you have all the information needed to make decisions on your oral health.

When she's not taking care of our valued patients, she's spending time with her family, enjoying the peaceful outdoors, reading books, doing puzzles or curled up on the couch with a bowl of popcorn watching stupid reality shows.

Hannah Pryor
Check Out Coordinator

Hannah is our Check Out Coordinator. She is from Robertson County and graduated from the Dental Staff School of Tennessee in 2018. Shortly after, she gave birth to her beautiful daughter who is now four years old and truly the highlight of her life. During her free time, she enjoys being on the lake, making memories with her little girl, and spending time with her family.

In July 2022, she decided it was time to start her career. Soon after she accepted an insurance coordinator position at Rivergate Dental, leaving her previous job of 7 years. Since starting, she has learned and grown so much and recently accepted a check out coordinator position. She loves being in the dental field, meeting new patients, and playing just a small role in helping our patients love their smile again.

Chelsea Howell
Insurance Coordinator

Chelsea is our Insurance Coordinator. She has been in the dental field for over 4 years and is the mother of three. In her spare time she loves to spend time with close friends and family.