Meet Dr. Doctora

Board Certified Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon

Dr. Doctora is currently in private practice in the Nashville area. He is board-certified from the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and the National Dental Board of Anesthesia.

He attributes this unique combination of training to his passionate interests in anesthesia and oral surgery. The two fields are intimately related and achieving diplomate status demonstrates his commitment to not only competence but excellence.

Dr. Doctora earned his BS in physiology at Michigan State University and graduated medical school from the University of Health Sciences School of Medicine in St. John’s, Antigua. He earned his dental degree from the University of Michigan. While in dental school he applied to and was accepted to the following one-month-long externships:

  • The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School /Parkland Memorial Hospital; Dallas, Texas
  • Case Western Reserve University Dental School; Cleveland, Ohio
  • Detroit Sinai Medical Center; Detroit, Michigan

The experiences galvanized his interest in the specialty and exposed him to all facets of OMFS to include dental implants, orthognathic surgery, oral cancer, facial trauma, head and neck cancer, facial reconstruction, cleft lip/palate repair last but not least dental extractions.

After Ann Arbor, he left for the warmth of South Florida where he attended the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine / Jackson Memorial Hospital where he completed his 12 month surgery internship. This rigorous program heavily emphasized facial trauma and head and neck cancer surgery. Subsequently, he completed his OMFS residency at Metropolitan Nashville General Hospital / Meharry  Medical College in Nashville,  Tennessee. In his fourth year he was named chief resident. Additionally,  as part of the program, he rotated through the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, Tennessee for three months where he was further trained in facial trauma and orthographic surgery. One of the many cases Dr. Doctora managed during residency was submitted to the prestigious Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and eventually published.

Most recently, for 2019-2020 he was included in MyNashville Magazine’s “Top 100 Doctors and Health Professionals”. 

Today he remains in Nashville and is active in the department as an attending surgeon and holds an appointment in the School of Dentistry as an associate professor. 

His clinical focus encompasses facial trauma, facial reconstruction, dentoalveolar surgery, dental implant surgery and non-surgical rejuvenation of the aging face. He has a special interest in anti-aging therapy for facial rejuvenation and maintaining healthy skin through nutrition and minimally invasive procedures.

Dr. Doctora is licensed to practice dentistry in Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama. He has been practicing in Smyrna since 2002 and Spring Hill since 2003. Originally from Michigan he now makes Nashville his home. In his spare time, you’ll find him spending time with his family. He also loves the beach, enjoys playing poker, landscaping (playing in dirt) and training at the gym or participating in any form of physical fitness.


  • Diplomate, American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Diplomate, National Dental Board of Anesthesia
  • Diplomate, American Board of Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine


  • Residency-Certificate, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery  Metropolitan Nashville General Hospital/Meharry Medical College Nashville, TN
  • Internship-Certificate, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery The University of Miami/School of Medicine, Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, FL
  • M.D., The University of Health Sciences School of Medicine, St. John’s Antigua
  • D.D.S., University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI
  • B.S., Physiology, Michigan State University East Lansing, MI

Hospital Affiliations

  • TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center- Smyrna, TN
  • Metro-Nashville General Hospital- Nashville, TN
  • TriStar Centennial Medical Center- Nashville, TN


Dr. Michael L. Newton DDS, MD 

 Board Certified in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Dr. Newton obtained his dental degree with honors at Loma Linda University and his medical degree at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. Dr.Newton has trained at the University of Southern California/ Los Angeles County Medical Center, Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, and the University Medical Center in Fresno, California, affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco. He is a member of numerous professional societies and associations, including the International Congress of Oral Implantologists and the American Dental Association. Dr.Newton is also a fellow of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology and a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and the National Dental Board of Anesthesiology.

Dr. Adeseye Awe DDS, MD

 Dr. Awe completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Texas and worked for six years as a registered emergency room nurse returning to dental school at the University of Maryland in Baltimore. During his time in Baltimore, Dr.Awe practiced as a General Dentist and returned to school to specialize in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Nashville General Hospital at Meharry. Every year he travels to Jamaica, Ghana, and Nigeria (where he was born) to provide oral health education and care to the local population, focusing on special needs patients. Dr. Awe’s top priority is the well-being of all patients.