Meet Our Doctors


Dr. Samantha Hughey of Smiles by Samantha in Lebanon, TN
Samantha J. Hughey-Wence, DDS
Dr. Samantha Hughey-Wence attended the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where she obtained a Bachelors degree in biochemistry. She attended the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Dentistry, from which she graduated in 2015 with her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree. She constantly studies on new advances in the dental field to stay abreast of the latest treatments and techniques, and has completed advanced training in Invisalign®. She is also Gerety Orthodontic Braces Certified, and is enrolled in advanced training with Hiossen Dental Implants, and has actively been placing implants for the past year. Dr. Hughey-Wence is a member of several professional organizations, including:

She has also received the Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Weems Leadership and Service Award.

As a dentist, Dr. Hughey-Wence’s goal is to make her patients visit to her office enjoyable and pain-free, and for her patients to leave smiling bigger than when they arrived.

Dr. Hughey-Wence is a native of middle Tennessee. She spend the first few years of her life in Lebanon before her family moved to Gallatin, where she was raised and attended school. Both of Dr. Hughey-Wence’s parents are nurses, so she was drawn to the healthcare field growing up. She has an identical twin, Jessalin, and a younger brother, Jake, who both live in the area. Dr. Hughey-Wence got married May of 2020 to her husband Cory, who is a native of Lebanon and is a subcontractor. Dr. Hughey-Wence is a member of the Southern Barre gym in Hendersonville. She enjoys being outside, playing with her German Shepherd.


Dr. Candace Gallowitz of Imperial Dental Care in Hendersonville, TN
Candace Gallowitz, DDS
Dr. Candace Gallowitz joined our practice in June 2021. She is originally from Dyersburg, Tennessee. She attended Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee, earning a Bachelor of Science in biology in 2015. Dr. Gallowitz received her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, Tennessee, in May 2021. Dr. Gallowitz and her husband got married in 2019, and they have one fur baby together named Luck. When she is not working, she enjoys reading, watching rom coms, crafting over the holidays, going to the lake, and spending time outside with her husband and dog.

Dr. Gallowitz’s goal as a dentist is to provide quality and comfortable care to her patients. Although she is a recent graduate, she has immersed herself in the dental community by becoming a member of local and national dental associations, including:

  • American Dental Association (ADA)
  • Tennessee Dental Association (TDA)


Meet Our Team


At our dental office in Lebanon, Tennessee, you can expect to be treated like family. If you have questions or want to schedule a consultation with our dentist, reach out at 615-444-7180 today! We look forward to seeing you for a visit at Smiles By Samantha.

Diann, a smile at the front desk of Smiles by Samantha in Lebanon, TN
Diann Somes – Front Desk
Diann works at our front desk! When not at the office, Diann loves reading, camping, spending time with family and snuggling the grandbaby. She also enjoys Mexican food, pizza and good barbeque.

Michelle, hygiene coordinator of Smiles by Samantha in Lebanon, TN
Michelle McLane – Hygiene Coordinator
Michelle has been with our team since September 2016. She loves talking with our patients and getting to know them, and helps our patients to feel welcome in our office. She also makes sure that our schedule flows well throughout the day so that we can provide optimal patient care. Michelle and her husband of 30 years, Matt, have one daughter named Jessica. In her spare time she enjoys walking and spending time with her new Goldendoodle, Murphey.


Paige, Smiles by Samantha in Lebanon, TN
Paige Zajac – Front Office and Dental Assistant
Paige went to school in Franklin, Tennessee, graduating in 2015. She has been with our team since 2017. Paige makes our patients feel welcome in our office, and enjoys being around people who care about our patients and who like being in the dental field.Paige married in 2018, and outside of the office enjoys hiking, swimming and spending time with her family.


Amanda, a registered dental hygienist for Smiles by Samantha in Lebanon, TN
Amanda Anders – Registered Dental Hygienist
Amanda completed her dental hygiene degree in 2010 at Tennessee State University. In September 2012 she joined our team, establishing a solid relationship with her patients and earning their trust while improving all aspects of their health and wellness. Amanda enjoys interacting with her patients to ensure that each individual obtains maximum oral health. She loves her work in dentistry and has a heart for each patient she treats.Amanda is married to the love of her life, James, and has one son, Camden. She spends her spare time with her family, and enjoys scrapbooking, traveling and going on adventures with her family.


Sara, a registered dental hygienist for Smiles by Samantha in Lebanon, TN
Sara Branham – Registered Dental Hygienist
Sarah earned her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from MTSU, and her Associates degree in dental hygiene from Remington College. She has been part of our dental team for six years, and feels like this is her second family. She enjoys spending time with her coworkers, and has truly loved getting to know all of her patients over the years. She is always happy to see how they are doing in their lives. Sara always does what is in the best interest of her patients, making sure that they know how their oral health is impacting their life and how it can be improved.Sara and her husband, Brandon, have been married for five years. She has two grown stepchildren, Ethan and Megan. Ethan is serving in the Army while Megan is completing her final year of college. Sara and her husband moved to the country in Kentucky a year ago and absolutely love it! She drives a long way each day to get to work, but our team and patients make it worth the trip. Outside of the office, Sara enjoys spending time with her family, watching movies, playing music with her husband and traveling.


Tracy, the lead dental assistant at Smiles by Samantha in Lebanon, TN
Tracy Batey – Lead Dental Assistant
Tracy completed her education at Nashville Tech, and began working in the dental field with Dr. Brady in 1989, continuing with Dr. Hughey. 2019 marks her 30th year in the dental field. Tracy brings with her a positive attitude, and helps keep our patients feeling at ease during their appointment, assisting with anything the doctors needs and ensuring that our patients receive quality treatment. She loves being part of helping our patients get the smile they want and eliminate pain.When not at work, Tracy loves spending time with her family, walking and playing with her grandchildren.


Sky, a dental assistant at Smiles by Samantha in Lebanon, TN
Sky Fuqua – Dental Assistant
Sky joined our team in August 2019 after graduating from the Dental Staff School of Tennessee. She comes from a big family and she always looks forward to spending time with them, especially her nephew, Ellis. She also likes to spend her time hiking with her dog.