Remembering Dr. Gary
Dr. Cohen, or "Dr. Gary" as he was affectionately known by his patients and staff, prided himself in not only providing clinical excellence in orthodontic treatment but also in creating lasting relationships with his patients. The professional yet friendly atmosphere of his office makes one immediately feel comfortable.
After graduation from the College of Dentistry at the University of Tennessee, Dr. Gary worked as a general dentist for five years before entering the orthodontic residency at St. Louis University. He completed his orthodontic residency training in 1983 graduating at the top of his class. His professional affiliations include the Nashville Dental Society, Tennessee Dental Association, American Dental Association, Tennessee Association of Orthodontists, Southern Association of Orthodontists and the American Association of Orthodontists. Dr. Gary is past President of the international Orthodontic Education and Research Foundation and the 8th District Dental Society of the Tennessee Dental Association. He is the founder and director of the Summit Institute, an interdisciplinary dental continuing education organization dedicated to optimizing dental care in Sumner County. He continually upgraded his clinical skills through continuing education and research to maintain his practice on the cutting edge of orthodontics.
As part of his commitment to the youth of our community Dr. Gary sponsored local hockey, soccer and baseball teams and contributed to the school athletic programs in Sumner and Robertson County. He was past president of the board of the Cumberland Crisis Pregnancy Center. He served as a Sunday school teacher and deacon at First Baptist Church of Hendersonville where he and his family have been members since 1988.
Dr. Gary and his wife Nancy lived in Hendersonville and have three adult children. Their son Ben works as an orthodontic lab technician at Smile Construction Orthodontics. Their daughter Grace, married to Adam Veenker, is a Registered Nurse and lives in Bishop, CA and is the mother of Steven and Jonah. Kate, their younger daughter, is a Registered Pharmacist.
In his free time Dr. Gary enjoyed photography, aviation, boating, traveling, skiing and spending time with his family. Dr. Cohen and his wife Nancy went to be with the Lord together on September 17, 2012. These pillars of our community are greatly missed on a daily basis.