Cristin Wallace of McPherson Wallace Dentistry is a ball of energy, with a smile that lights up the room. As team dentist for the Tennessee Titans, we love to see this high heel-wearing dentist holding a place in the boy’s world of professional sports. Often seen at both the Titans’ and Predators’ games, this Nashville native cites professional sports as one of the best things that has happened to Nashville in recent years. With two adorable kids, she can also be seen cheering her kids on, especially her oldest son, fourth grader Parks, who already plays for the Nashville Predators’ junior travel team. Her creative side comes through with her love for cooking and painting. Decisive, funny and brilliant at her job, we are proud to feature Cristin Wallace, DDS, today as our FACES of Nashville.
How has Nashville changed since you grew up here?
I think it has changed in so many wonderful ways. First, cleaning up downtown and making it an area you would want to go to. The addition of professional sports has been a great change for Nashville. And of course, there are many more good restaurants to eat!!
What is the greatest piece of advice you have been given?
You do not get respect because of who you are or what you do, you EARN it. Or work hard, play hard!
Greatest piece of advice you can give about your profession?
Do dentistry because you love it and you want to make a difference, not because of the money. Love what you do and do what you love. You can’t be everyone’s dentist, but be the best you can be to the people you serve. Do not feel that you have to do it all. Find people’s strengths and delegate tasks that someone can do better.
What led you into dentistry?
My father was a dentist and I grew up around it. I never worked for him, but knew I loved it and remember around the age of 12 deciding that I wanted to be a dentist when I grew up.
What is it like being the team dentist for the Titans?
It is great working with these Big Boys… that is really what they are, just really big boys. We cut up and flirt with them and treat them just like anyone – just like all of our other patients. There was a player one time in the office (will not mention names), but he was on the gas and asked for some Chapstick, so we took my hygienist’s red lipstick and put it all over his lips and took a picture… He was a good sport, and the funny thing is, that picture disappeared… we would NEVER hold on to something like that!
What is it like having a practice where the staff is all women?
Really, the amazing group of women work with everyday helps make the office what it is and helps me be a better dentist and person everyday!! Our patients often remark that the feel of the office is more of a spa-like experience than a visit to the dentist. This is only possible because of these great women and our high regard for one another.
Do you have an irrational fears?
Getting eaten by a shark. Pretty ridiculous since we live in Nashville.
What books can be found on your bedside table?
I LOVE to read. I have an iPad and I keep about 5 books going that I rotate through. I am constantly reading something to help me be a better person, dentist or mother, and I rotate some fiction in there as well. Currently, I am reading The Concussion Crisis by Linda Carroll and David Rosner, Healthy at 100 by John Robins, Blue like Jazz by Donald Miller, Growing Up Again by Connie Dawson, and Kill Alex Cross by James Patterson. As you can tell, I like to read a little bit of everything.
Favorite thing to do on a Saturday night?
Attend a Predators game if there is one or a good dinner with friends.
Event most looking forward to attending during the holidays?
I haven’t been invited to any events yet, so would have to say my office Christmas party. It is always nice to get out of the office and celebrate with some great women.
What is the thing you would like to have most under the Christmas tree?
I am very content with my life right now and really need nothing, but if I had to ask for something under the tree, a great bottle of wine or a great pair of shoes (Peter Nappi boots for women sounds fabulous).
Where is your favorite place to eat in Nashville?
I have so many places now because there are so many great choices, but two place I never get tired of are Virago and Ruth’s Chris.
Favorite vacation spot?
Seagrove Beach or any place that is hot and has sand. A beach keeps me pretty happy and content…
Do you have a playlist for a dinner party or a great workout that you can share with our readers?
Like my books, I love lots of different kind of music so, it would be a mixture of sounds. My go-to workout that I love, love, love is boxing. I go to Lee Wood in Berryhill (Boxercise by Lee Wood) and it is fabulous. On days when I am ready to explode, I can go in there and punch a bag. It’s a great stress reliever!
Name three things you can’t live without (excluding friends, family and God):
- Shoes (I love shoes, they don’t talk back, they always fit and always make me smile)
- My phone (unfortunately, should not be so dependent on that)
- Exercise! It keeps my head on straight.
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