Meet Our Team

At Dentistry by Design, we are committed to providing the best comprehensive dental care in the most friendly and comfortable environment for the entire family. Our team of doctors, hygienists, and assistants are extremely passionate about they do, and this passion shows in everything we do.

Dr. Richard Robinette, DMD

Dr. Rick Robinette is a general dentist practicing in Spring Hill and Hohenwald, Tennessee. He is a 1982 graduate of the University of Louisville School of Dentistry.

Dr. Robinette spent his first ten years as a dentist in the United States Air Force. He was stationed at Tinker AFB, OK, Florennes AB, Belgium, Spangdahlem AB, Germany, and Nellis AFB, NV. Dr. Robinette had a very exciting and rewarding Air Force career. While stationed at Tinker AFB, he was given the opportunity to fly in AWACS and he was a member of the 1984 Air Force Bowling Championship team and a member of the 1987 Air Force Bowling Championship runner up.

While stationed at Florennes AB, Belgium he was part of the Intermediate –Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty to disarm mobile nuclear missiles. While at Florennes AB he was given the opportunity to enter East Germany through Check Point Charlie in West Berlin, Germany. Dr. Robinette was the last person to be stationed at the dental clinic in Florennes as the base was closed as part of the INF Treaty.

He was stationed with the only mixed fighter squadron in the world while stationed at Spangdahlem AB, Germany. As part of his job at Spangdahlem AB, he routinely flew back seat in F-4 and F-16 fighters. Dr. Robinette was also in Germany when the Berlin Wall came down and East and West Germany were united as one country. Desert Shield and Desert Storm occurred while he was stationed there and his base was very active in both campaigns.

During Desert Storm, Dr. Robinette was transferred to Nellis AFB, NV so that he could be a member of the dental clinic team with the Stealth Fighters at Tonopah Test Range, NV. At the time he was stationed there the Stealth Fighters were still a black operations unit.

Among the numerous awards Dr. Robinette received while stationed in the Air Force; he was the Junior Dental Officer of the Year in 1986 for the Air Force Logistics Command. He was awarded an Air Force Commendation Medal and two Air Force Meritorious Service Medals.

Dr. Robinette practices comprehensive dental care looking at the health of the oral cavity and its relationship to the overall health of the patient. He plays a strong emphasis on head and neck pain and sleep dentistry. Dr Robinette has extensive surgical skills in dental implants and periodontal therapy. Since January 2008, he has earned 1824 hours of continuing education.

In his free time, Dr. Robinette likes to bowl, snow ski, water ski, and scuba dive. He enjoys the outdoors.

Christie Williams, RDA

Christie has been with the practice since February of 2004 and considers herself a people person. Christie enjoys talking with the patients and making them as comfortable as possible throughout their visit. When she is not working, Christie enjoys crafting, drawing, and spending time with her family.

Darlene Byrd, RDA

Darlene has been in the dental field for 23 years and has worked in almost every aspect of dentistry. Darlene joined our team in 2005 and enjoys being part of such a great team. Helping people is what she loves about her job. Darlene cares for her patients as though they were family. Outside of work her life revolves around her husband and three children.

Lorie White, RDH

Lorie joined our team in May of 2008 as a dental hygienist. Lorie enjoys working with patients of all ages and giving them a reason to smile. Outside of work Lorie enjoys spending time with her husband and little girl. Go Vols!

Melissa Blackmore, RDA Office Manager

Melissa joined the Dentistry by Design team in 2008 and is currently the office manager.  Through various positions and continuing education Melissa has honed her skills and has a passion for dentistry. Not only does Melissa help to create an exceptional office environment, but she genuinely cares about the patient experience from the moment they walk in the door.  She truly loves getting to know each patient and family that she meets.  Melissa and her husband Tommy spend most of their spare time watching their 2 kids, Chloe and Ethan, play soccer.

Michelle Carroll, RDA

Michelle has been a part of our team since December of 2010, she has experience with hands on treatment with the patients, and working the front desk. Michelle can schedule patient appointments or answer questions about billing and insurance. Michelle is great at with working with children, she has worked with children of all ages and really enjoys it. Michelle strives to give each and every patient the best care possible.

Shannon Denton, RDA

Bio coming soon!

Rhonda Wix, RDH

Rhonda is honored to a part of the team here at Dentistry by Design. Since joining us in 1999, she has expanded her skills from sterile tech to a full time hygienist. Rhonda takes pride in being part of an exceptional team of dental professionals devoted to disease prevention and improvement of the public health. When Rhonda is not brushing teeth she enjoys spending time outdoors with her family.

The staff at Dentistry by Design has years of experience and is committed to providing patients with quality services each and every time. Call us today at 931-486-0700 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to meeting you!


Dentistry by Design
220 Town Center Parkway, Ste 130
Spring Hill, TN 37174


Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm



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