Dr. Baese DDS

Jon Baese, DDS


Dr. Baese (Bay-see) is a Nashville native who founded the 12 South Dental Studio out of his vision for providing a unique dental experience to the Nashville community. He has completed extensive training and experience in cosmetic dentistry and began pursuing complex dental cases early in his career. His love for learning and his pursuit of excellence have led him to complete intensive training at Spear Education in Scottsdale, Arizona and at the Kois Center in Seattle, Washington. He is also a certified “DuraThin Prepless Veneer” clinician.

Dr. Baese is a member of the American Dental Association (ADA), Tennessee Dental Association (TDA), the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), and the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD). He received an Award of Excellence from the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain as well as admission into the Dean Odontological Society, an Honorary Society for exceptional educational achievement.

He has also received recognition as the Phillip E. Isaacman Master Waxer for his attention to detail and ability to replicate natural dental anatomy. Dr. Baese graduated with a degree in Biology and a minor in Business from Lipscomb University before graduating from the University of Tennessee with his Doctorate of Dental Surgery.

He met his wife, Kristin, while serving the people of Guatemala and have since led several trips to the area to provide dental care to the rural areas. They have been married since 2009 and as of 2018 added twin boys to their family. Dr. Baese and his family enjoy traveling, backpacking and exploring the new restaurants of Nashville.

Emily Meltzer DDS

Emily Meltzer, DDS


Dr. Emily Meltzer shares our values in creating a wonderful patient experience. Dr. Meltzer grew up in Philadelphia and later obtained her undergraduate degree from George Washington University in Washington D.C. She attended the prestigious Temple University for her dental degree and later completed residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia from 2007-2008. Dr. Meltzer practiced 5 years in Philadelphia and then moved to Baltimore where she practiced an additional 5 years. After starting a family, Dr. Meltzer and her husband decided to move to Nashville with their two children, where they have made 12 South their home.

Dr. Meltzer shares Dr. Baese’s belief in a lifelong commitment to education and strives to stay current with the latest advances in the field of dentistry. She is active in the local dental community and is the sitting Vice President of the Southern Women’s Dental Study Club. She also volunteers her time at Interfaith Dental Clinic and has provided dental care to the people of the Dominican Republic with Operation Smile.

Dr. Meltzer loves spending time with her family and exploring the outdoors. She is an avid runner, hiker and enjoys yoga.



Office Manager

Michelle was born and raised in Louisiana. She made Nashville her home in 1999. Michelle started out working in dentistry as an assistant in 1996 and in 2018 joined 12 South Dental Studio as the Office Manager. She loves helping and connecting with patients while working alongside an awesome team. Outside of the office she enjoys tackling DIY home projects, hiking and kayaking.


Patient Care Coordinator

Taylor is from Memphis and now lives in Nashville with her husband, Matt, and her daughter, Hazel. She has her Master’s Degree in Social Work but changed paths a few years ago and is so thankful to have landed at 12 South Dental Studio. Her favorite part of her job is connecting with our patients and making everyone feel welcome and comfortable in our office. When not at work, Taylor loves spending time with her husband and daughter, having game nights with friends, and enjoying a good wine and charcuterie board.


Dental Hygienist

Allison is from Lexington, KY and joined the 12 South Dental Studio team in 2015. She graduated from Western Kentucky with a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene. Allison has always loved going to the dentist, which has fueled her passion to make this her career. She’s thoughtful about making each patient appointment relaxing and enjoyable!

When not at work, you can catch Allison at the local gyms around town or out trying new restaurants.



Dental Hygienist

Kayla is from Jackson, TN and joined the 12 South Dental Studio team in 2016. She graduated from The University of Tennessee with a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene. Kayla enjoys focusing on each patients’ different needs in order to build an ongoing and trusting relationship with them. When not at work, she enjoys cooking, staying involved in church and spending time with her energetic little boy, Johnston and her husband Mark.

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12 South Dental Studio - Dentist in Nashville, TN
Our Location

2700 12th Avenue South

Nashville, TN 37204​​

Contact Us

Phone 615.832.6300

Fax 615.832.6308


Office Hours

Monday: 7 am - 4 pm

Tuesday: 7 am - 4 pm

Wednesday: 7 am - 4 pm

Thursday: 7 am - 4 pm

Friday: 7 am - 4 pm