Welcoming, Patient, Gentle and Knowledgable.

That is how we are often described by our patients. And that is what we strive to be every day!

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Our Mission

To improve our patients' health by providing excellent dental care.

Company Values

Our Patients

We value placing our patients' needs before company profits, and will always seek to do what's most beneficial for the health of the patient first.

Our Employees

We value training our team members for personal and professional growth from their very first day of employment, and will help our employees achieve their goals in any capacity of which we're capable.

Our Community

We value being as active with our neighbors in Pleasant View as much as possible, and will give back through volunteer opportunities in any way we can.

Your Dentist

Dr Rachel Carlson

Rachel Carlson, DMD

Your Dentist in Pleasant View, TN


“Hello, I am Dr. Rachel Carlson, and I want to welcome you to our dental practice. My dental team and I understand that we are here to serve your needs, not the other way around. That is the mission that drives us to offer the highest level of dental care that we can every day. I invite you to come visit our office and see for yourself why our patients are pleased to call Highland Family Dental their dental home.”

Get To Know Dr. Rachel Carlson

Dr. Rachel Carlson is a special kind of dentist. With her gentle, friendly, and caring style, she brings comfort to her patients and enjoys getting to know each patient on an individual basis.

Through her comprehensive and conservative evaluations, Dr. Carlson ensures that each patient’s dental treatment is good for long-term oral health. She strives to give her patients options that fit their budget and healthcare needs.

Dr. Carlson welcomes the whole family to her new state-of-the art office. Nestled in the historic community of Pleasant View, TN, Highland Family Dental utilizes the latest in dental technology, such as digital x-rays that emit less radiation.

Dr. Carlson attended Indiana University on a full athletic scholarship for Softball. She earned her Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) at Southern Illinois University - School of Dental Medicine.

Each year Dr. Carlson continues to attend extensive post-doctoral studies in clinical dentistry, enabling her to provide some of the latest advances in dental technology. She also participates in organized dentistry to stay abreast on dentistry and societal trends that impact teeth and have an effect on the entire body.

In her spare time she enjoys horseback riding, sports and spending time with her husband Justin and their dog Neyland.


Indiana University (BS)
Southern Illinois University - School of Dental Medicine (DMD)

Licenses and Associations

Licensed Dentist in the state of Tennessee
American Dental Association (ADA) Member
Tennessee Dental Association (TDA) Member
Nashville Dental Society Member

Your Dental Team

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Raymond Mendez

Office Manager

Hello my name is Raymond Mendez, and I am so excited to welcome you to our family. As part of the management team my first priority will always be the patient experience. From the moment you walk in the door my goal is to ensure that you have a professional experience and that you feel appreciated. It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the Highland Family Dental experience.

Get To Know Raymond

Raymond comes to Highland Family Dental with an extensive background in medical management, patient care, as well as accounting and Business Administration. Raymond says that his passion for helping others comes naturally, having been in the dentist chair himself he can relate to the concerns one might have prior to a procedure. Raymond has this message for patients of Highland Family Dental “My personal goal is to ensure that each of you have a clear understanding of any procedure prior to it happening and your concerns are addressed and your mind put at ease so that you have a comfortable, informed, stress free experience.” During his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his daughter, bowling, water sports, and taking in a good book.

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Front Office Assistant

Hi there, my name is Kassey, and I am happy to be a part of the dental family! I am new to dentistry but have experience with Medical Administration and Customer Service. I strive to make each of you feel welcomed as soon as you walk in our door and help you in any way I can.

I am from a small town in Maine and then moved to Massachusetts in 2020 for a little over a year. There I worked for a medical office where I found that I truly enjoy administrative work and assisting others. After a year in Massachusetts, I moved here to Tennessee! Spending time at the beach or lake is one of my favorite places to be. I also enjoy spending time with my friends and family. I am so excited to be a part of this practice and get to know all our patients!



Front Office Assistant

Hi! I’m Haley Newman, your friendly face at the front desk of Highland Family Dental. With a welcoming smile, and a knack for organization, I’m here to ensure your experience with us is seamless and pleasant! From scheduling appointments that suit your schedule, to answering your questions with a helpful attitude, I’m dedicated to making your visit stress free! With 5 years of experience in patient care, I understand the importance of creating a warm environment for your dental journey!

I would describe myself as an open and honest person, who doesn’t believe in misleading others, and tries to be fair in everything I do.

I am from Cheatham County, born and raised. I love being able to give back to my community. I enjoy reading books, playing with my dogs, and enjoying the outdoors in my free time! I currently reside in Cedar Hill with my husband and our fur babies.

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Eve Mehallow

Dental Hygienist

Hello, my name is Eve Mehallow and I am Highland Dental's Hygienist. I have almost 25 years experience as a Dental Hygienist. My goal is to provide a thorough and compassionate dental cleaning experience. No matter how long you have been away, we are here to answer your questions and help you achieve a healthy smile. I am grateful to be a team member of Highland Family Dental.

Our family and doggie moved to Coopertown, TN from Northwest Ohio in the summer of 2021, after my husband Jim was offered a great job opportunity in Nashville. My son, Austin attends college at Franciscan in Steubenville, Ohio. He is in a pre-nursing program right now.

Our family is enjoying the beautiful scenery in Tennessee and looking forward to camping and exploring the many State parks we have here. We are always looking for good restaurants to try out also.


Keaton Morrissey

Lead Dental Assistant

I was born and raised in middle Tennessee, so naturally I love the outdoors and all that comes with it! I grew up playing competitive softball and volleyball as well as graduating top of my class. I am an expanded functions dental assistant who has been in the dental field since 2011. I have broad training in the dental field not only in general dentistry, but pediatrics, oral surgery, and orthodontics as well. Raised in a small town myself, I know the importance being able to make patients of all ages feel comfortable in a dental setting and to know that they are truly receiving the best quality care. I strive to be able to educate patients on their treatment and oral health as well as comfort those who may feel uneasy in the dental chair. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family and pets, listening to true crime podcasts, and relaxing by the water!

Keaton is an Expanded Functions Dental Assistant; this designation means she has undergone extensive additional training, both didactic and clinical, and passed multiple examinations to be certified by the state to place fillings and perform additional procedures. She has trained under Dr. Carlson for 3 years and possesses a thorough understanding of both the biology and material sciences necessary to place her restorations to the highest standard of care.

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Christina Balde

Expanded Functions Dental Assistant

I was originally born and raised in Tennessee, but I grew up moving from state to state as a military dependent. I have always learned best from hands-on experiences and jobs, which is how I found myself in the dental field. I reached my peak as an Expanded Functions Registered Dental Assistant after over a decade in the field, and I am still in love with dentistry and being part of our patient's smile journey.

Besides dentistry, I am also passionate about healing, thriving, and growing into the best version of myself through gut health, mindset work, and fitness. I think that it is very important that we take care of the one body we have so that we can live our best lives. I also enjoy using my tools and resources to help others on their own self-healing journeys.

In my free time, I like to find moments of joy by taking myself out for country line dancing (lessons and social dancing), as well as west coast swing. I thrive on sunshine, experiences, and adventures.


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