Administrative Offices

Office of Business and Finance

The Office of Business and Finance handles financial transactions for the clinics.  Patients receive quality care and innovative treatments at an affordable price, but please be informed that services are not complimentary.




Please click here for more information regarding our payment options and policies or call 615.327.6900. 

Office of Clinical Affairs 

The Office of Clinical Affairs oversees patient safety, compliance, quality assurance, emergency and disaster response, and patient concerns.



Shawna R. Chesser, D.D.S.

Associate Dean and Assistant Professor
Clinical Affairs
School: Dentistry

Phone: 615.327.6395



Machelle F. Thompson, RDH, MSPH

Assistant Dean, Clinical Affairs
Director of Patient Services
Associate Professor, Dental Public health
School: Dentistry

Phone: 615.327.6605

Click here to learn more about quality assurance and patient concerns.

Office of Development and External Affairs

The Office of Development and External Affairs is responsible for developing relationships and securing support to enhance the Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry's missions and goals. Serving as the School's liaison to community organizations, government entities, private individuals, and other universities, our office seeks to develop symbiotic partnerships through fundraising, special events, and community outreach. We accomplish this by developing good working relationships with external organizations to engage dental students in clinical experiences.

Please contact us for more information or, if you are interested in giving a one-time or on-going gift, click here to access either the Gift Donation Form or Pledge Commitment Form



Walter R. Owens, DDS, FACD, FICD

Assistant Professor and Director,
Development and External Affairs
Office of the Dean
School: Dentistry

Phone: 615.327.6656


Office of Development and External Affairs
School of Dentistry-Office of the Dean, 2nd floor
1005 Dr. D.B. Todd, Jr. Blvd.
Nashville, Tennessee 37208

Telephone: 615.327.6207