Meet The Doctors
Larry W. Lafever, D.D.S.
Dr. LaFever was born and raised in Nashville. While attending dental school in Memphis, he met his wife Leigh Ellen. They married in December 1983 and have two children, Lauren and Luke. Dr. LaFever's family has lived in Mt. Juliet since 1993. During his youth, he loved to do various types of art work, especially sculpting, leather work, and oil painting. He has always had excellent hand dexterity and an eye for color, form and shade. These attributes, as well as a love of science, are the qualities that led him to pursue a career in dentistry. He saw it as a field in which he could be both an artist and a scientist. Other areas of interest include the Bible and Biblical apologetics, science and theology. He enjoys most sports, especially golf.
He has been in private practice in Hermitage, Tennessee since 1985 and has completed numerous continuing education hours in various dental treatment modalities, including Orthodontics (Braces), Prosthodontics (Caps, Crowns, Dentures), Periodontics (Gum Treatment), Sedation Dentristry and Implants, and Cosmetic Dentistry. Providence Dental Care staff and he will always continue to increase their knowledge of newer and better ways to help you improve and maintain your oral health. Dr. LaFever is a member in good standing of the following dental organizations: American Dental Association, Tennessee Dental Association and the Nashville Dental Society.
Academic and Educational Background:
Middle Tennessee State University, Class of 1978 Double Majors Biology and Chemistry, Mathematics Minor Graduated with a 3.9 Grade Point average on a 4.0 Scale College Honors:
- Dean's List and Honor Roll every semester
- Sigma Honor Club
- Phi Sigma Beta Honor Society
- Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society
University of Tennessee College of Dentistry, Class of 1982 Graduated 7th in graduating class of 146, Certificate of Scholarship, academic year of 1980-81. Certificate of Honor entire course of Dentistry Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society
Richard Doggett Dean and Marguerite Taylor Dean Honorary Odontological Society Delta Sigma Delta Professional Dental Fraternity
United States Navy Lieutenant, Dental Corps Past Memberships Low Country Dental Society - Beauford, S.C.
Memphis Dental Society - Memphis, T.N. Letter of Commendation, Commanding Dental Officer M.C.R.S, Parris Island, S.C.
Joshua K. Gunnels, D.D.S.
Dr. Gunnels was raised in Mount Juliet. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, TN in 2001. After working for a year he decided to pursue other avenues. Josh wanted a people-oriented profession that encompassed his science background with his love for working with his hands. Dentistry has been a perfect fit. After finishing a few biology courses, he attended the University Of Tennessee School Of Density and graduated in 2008. Upon graduation he felt a strong desire to return home to Mount Juliet in hopes of starting a dental practice where he could serve the community with integrity, compassion and gentle care.
On a personal note, Josh and Jenna were high school sweethearts and were married a month after both graduating in 2001. Jenna is a Dental Hygienist. Aubrey Katherine, their first child, was born while Josh was finishing dental school in 2008. They hope to add to their family in the future. The family attends Providence United Methodist Church.
Dr. Gunnels is a member in good standing of the following dental organizations: American Dental Association, Tennessee Dental Association, Academy of General Dentists and the Nashville Dental Society.