Meet our Team
Dr. Michael Oakes | Owner & Dentist
Dr. Michael Oakes is committed to continuing the patient-driven focus of Vitality Dental. Dr. Oakes is a servant-hearted individual who genuinely cares about the entire patient experience throughout every aspect of our practice.
Dr. Oakes attended the University of Tennessee for his undergraduate education and received his DDS from the University of Tennessee in Memphis in 2003.
When he’s not at the office, Dr. Oakes loves spending time with his wife, Mandy, and their two sons, Austin and Hudson. Dr. Oakes is an avid golfer and Tennessee Volunteers football fan. He might be a dentist by trade, but Dr. Oakes is a chef at heart.
Dr. Ricky Huffines | Dentist
Dr. Ricky Huffines has been at the practice since 1984, and he has been committed to providing each patient with excellent, attentive care ever since. Dr. Huffines graduated from the University of Tennessee Memphis with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy, and he also earned his DDS from the University of Tennessee in Memphis in 1983.
Dr. Huffines is happily married to his wife, Amy. They have two daughters, Kelly and Jennifer, and two precious granddaughters. He enjoys traveling and golfing.
Dr. Tyler Holmes | Dentist
Dr. Tyler Holmes has been passionate about dentistry since a young age when his own general dentist and orthodontist helped him achieve his ideal smile. From the inspiration, he went on to attend the University of Tennessee for his undergraduate and received his DDS from the University of Louisville in 2015.
He previously worked for Aspen Dental for two years and we are honored to have him as a part of the Vitality Dental family. Dr. Holmes loves learning about the latest and greatest technologies and advancements in dentistry and is a member of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI), American Dentistry Association (ADA) and Tennessee Dental Academy (TDA).
Outside of the practice, you’ll find him cheering on the Vols during football season, playing tennis or golf, attending concerts and hanging out with his friends and his two dogs.
Meet our Staff
Amanda joined our practice in 2012, and we are so thankful to have her! This Tennessee State University graduate and her husband, Brad, have two wonderful children, Madison and Jackson. Amanda loves going to the lake and attending her children’s sporting events.
Heather joined Vitality Dental in 2016, and we’re thrilled to have such a patient-focused individual serving as one of our assistants! She has a strong educational background, studying at Kettering College, Southern Adventist University, and Southwestern Adventist University before becoming a certified dental assistant at Anthem Career College. Outside of the office Heather enjoys being a mom to her two amazing kids. She also loves crossfit and music
Cori, our multi-talented business manager and dental assistant, has been helping our practice in countless ways since she joined our team in November 2012. This Remington College graduate helps keep everything organized and running smoothly at our office. When she’s not at work, Cori loves playing softball, working out, going to the lake, spending time with her two dogs (Tuxx and Eleanor), and watching Tennessee Volunteers football.
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Gina, a graduate of Tennessee State and Meharry Medical College, has been serving our patients faithfully since 1994. She loves having the opportunity to give patients a smile they’re confident about! When she’s not in the office, Gina cherishes time spent with her family. She enjoys attending her kids’ ballgames, and likes skiing, gardening and restoring old furniture.
Cristy is a graduate from Nashville State Tech in 2001 and earned her Expanded Functions Dental Assistant certification from OTHSC at Memphis in 2009. Cristy is a joy to have at Vitality Dental and has brought a lot of knowledge and expertise to our practice in 2017.
She is a mother of two sports fanatics and is actively involved in her church. When she’s not at a ballpark with her family you can usually find her jogging or horseback riding in the great outdoors.
Monica is our spunky EFDA and graduated from Nashville State. She joined our team in 2017 and has been a great resource to have at our practice by advancing her craft since 2003. When she’s not assisting Dr. Oakes, she’s spending time with her husband, two daughters, and dog. She enjoys DIY projects around the home.