Kirk Larson DDS
Dr. Kirk Larson’s decision to become a dentist resulted from wonderful childhood experiences he had seeing his dentist. Dr. Larson completed his dental training in southern California, moved east, spending a few years practicing dentistry on kids and adults. Soon thereafter, he decided to continue his training and enhance his knowledge of pediatric dentistry. Dr. Larson completed a two-year pediatric dental residency specializing in the care of children and those with special needs. During his senior year, he served as chief dental resident at the University of Louisville and Kosair Children’s Hospital.
Dr. Larson strives to keep each of his patients’ appointments fun and relaxed. Knowing that not all kids respond in the same way to treatment, Dr. Larson is committed to work with you and to find what works best for your child. When Dr. Larson is not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife and four children. The Larsons enjoy playing sports and other family activities, both social and church related.
Frank Tuzzio DDS
Dr. Tuzzio was raised in Canton, Ohio. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from The Ohio State University. Following graduation from dental school, Dr. Tuzzio completed a one year general practice residency and a two year pediatric dental residency at The University of Toledo Medical Center. During his training in pediatrics, Dr. Tuzzio earned a Master of Science degree in Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Tuzzio’s daily focus is on patience and compassion, while relieving anxiety for each unique patient.
In his free time, Dr. Tuzzio enjoys spending time with his family and friends and cheering on his Ohio State Buckeyes. He and his wife have a young son and daughter.
Cara Corning DDS
Dr. Cara Corning is a board certified Pediatric Dentist. She was raised in Mt. Juliet and obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at Tennessee Technological University in 2006; her Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Tennessee in 2010, graduating with honors; and her Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry from Cincinnati’s Children’s Hospital Medical Center in 2012.
Dr. Corning enjoys educating and encouraging families on the importance of oral health throughout their childhood and looks forward to serving Zoo Crew patients and parents.
Marissa Sandidge DMD
Dr. Sandidge grew up in Georgia and earned her BS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Georgia and Doctor of Dental Medicine from the Medical College of Georgia. In 2016, she completed her Master’s in Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Michigan. She also has a pediatric sedation certification in the state of Tennessee and is a board-certified professional in the state. She is sympathetic to some of the more unique challenges in dental care, experienced through overseas charity dental work and her thesis on helping children with autism desensitize to toothbrushing.
Dr. Sandidge lives in Nashville with her husband, Nate, and their cat, Nala. In her free time, she reads, practices yoga, and watches Netflix. At work, she most loves making kids laugh.
German Castillo DDS
Dr. Castillo was raised in Nashville, TN and earned his Bachelor of Arts in Dental Hygiene from Tennessee State University. He continued his passion for dentistry at Meharry Medical College, where he received his Doctor of Dental Surgery. After dental school, he moved to Washington, D.C., where he completed a two-year residency in pediatric dentistry. Professional memberships include the American Dental Association, and American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.
Dr. Castillo was inspired to become a dentist because of a dentist in high school and through the need he saw in his community. Fun fact: He was a hygienist before he became a dentist! He loves watching the kids under his care grow up and considers it a privilege to inspire them to do better in life. In his spare time, Dr. Castillo enjoys movies, football, grilling, and spending time with his two boys and wife.