Our Team


Dr. Cakmes has a general practice specializing in cosmetic dentistry. Dr. Cakmes has successfully improved all kinds of smiles, from those needing general maintenance to those needing total aesthetic reconstruction. But one comment is consistent among all his patients. They believe “Dr. Cakmes is the gentlest dentist they have ever known.” His careful approach minimizes patient discomfort and makes every patient feel cared for and important. Because he believes in the value of a team atmosphere, Dr. Cakmes has cultivated a staff environment that is highly supportive and loyal. Patients benefit from the cooperative efforts of Dr. Cakmes and his staff.

“I believe that each of my patients deserves the highest quality of care. That’s why I strive to use the best techniques to provide the best results for every patient.”

Dr. Cakmes earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN with a Bachelor of Arts degree in microbiology in 1981. He went on to graduate from the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry, Memphis, TN with a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 1985.

His professional memberships include: The American Dental Association, Tennessee Dental Association, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, The Academy of Dental Health Practice Administrators, and The Second District Dental Society. Dr. Cakmes continues to build his knowledge through yearly continuing education courses and hands-on seminars.

Dr. Cakmes is married with two sons. He enjoys golfing, boating, camping and U.T. Football.


Growing up, Steven Cakmes spent a lot of time in his dad’s office. Watching his father interact with patients is what sparked his own interest in the dental field. A Knoxville native himself, he is excited about coming back to his hometown and serving the community he grew up with.

“I have a strong sense of community and becoming a dentist in the area I grew up, and being able to give back to that community makes me happy.”

Steven earned his Graduate in Medicine at the University of Tennessee, where he also completed a General Practice Residency in 2016-2017. He has a special interest in the placing and restoring of implants, as well as crown and bridge work.

When he’s not at Cakmes Dental Studio, Steven enjoys outdoor activities like running, camping, and tending to his garden. You may also catch him at the local farmer’s market or a Tennessee football game.

He is a Remote Area Medical Volunteer and does volunteer work with the Knoxville County Health Department

Steven credits a lot of his success and accomplishments to the support of his family. “My family has always been very supportive and have encouraged me to follow my dreams. It takes a village to get to where I’m at, and they have been that village for me.”

Meet the Staff

Why choose Us?

Heather Cochran
Office Manager

Heather is a born and raised Kentucky girl and attended the University of Pikeville in Pikeville, KY. New to the Knoxville area, she brings more than 10 years of experience in the dental field to Cakmes Dental Studio. Heather has a daughter, Macie Storm, and loves being a mother. In her free time, she likes to cook, read, golf, visit the lake, and spend time with her family. She enjoys learning new ways to help herself, her team, and her patients achieve goals!

Why choose Us?

Irma Isaac, RDH

Irma earned her Associated Degree of Applied Science in Biology from Shepherd University and as Associated of Science degree in Dental Hygiene from Roane State Community College. Irma has been a dental hygienist for 25 years. Irma is certified in Local Anesthesia Administration and holds a trademark from the Federal Government as an Oral Health Coach. Her hobbies include photography, reading, and riding her registered Tennessee Walking Horse named “Pushing Dreams”.

Why choose Us?

Carol Princing
Patient Coordinator

Carol has been working in the dental field since age 19 and has over 45 years of experience including periodontics, x-ray certification, endodontics and treatment counseling. She currently serves as the Patient Coordinator for Dr. Nicholas Cakmes. Carol has 3 grown children and 6 grandchildren. She enjoys cooking, reading a good book, bike riding, dancing and attending church.

Why choose Us?

Rachel Shalansky, RDA
Dental Assistant

Rachel graduated from dental assisting school in 1994 where she received her training from the U.S. Air Force in Wichita, Kansas. She has lived in Knoxville area for 11 years. She brings her 22 years of clinical experience to Dr. Cakmes’ office where she works alongside him as a chairside dental assistant. She has daughter Morgan and a young son Jackson. She enjoys scrapbooking, cooking and the outdoors.

Why choose Us?

Kim Webber, CDA, RDA
Dental Assistant

Kim began her career as a Dental Assistant after graduating from the Tennessee Technology Center in 2007 with an Associate Degree. She worked for Kroger for 15 years in the customer service department before beginning her new career in dentistry. She was born and raised in Knoxville and has 2 beautiful children and a wonderful husband. They enjoy their weekends together as a busy family on the go. You can usually find Kim enjoying a family vacation on a Caribbean cruise ship.

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  • (865) 584-6163
  • (865) 588-8202
  • 6230 Highland Place Way
    Suite 201
    Knoxville, TN 37919

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