About Your Dentist

Michael Smith, DDS

The way I see the practice of dentistry is the wonderful opportunity it is to support the health of the community. As I work to make others stronger, I am made stronger in the process. Partnering with my skilled and friendly team, we see lives transformed by bringing healthy, attractive smiles to our patients.


After completing my dental training at the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry in 1977, I was invited to teach in the pre-clinical and clinical settings. It was only a year and a half into teaching that I was invited to enter the prosthodontics residency at the V.A. where I completed the 2 years post-doctoral program in 1981. I returned to teaching for 20 years and built a private practice in Dentistry. I love to learn, teach and care for others.

Continuing Education

Staying informed of new information is very important for providing my patients with the greatest level of care. To keep on the cutting edge of restorative dentistry, I attend continuing education courses annually. Staying involved with the greater dental community is also a great asset, and I am currently a member of the American Dental Association, the American College of Prosthodontics, the Tennessee Dental Association, the Memphis Dental Society, and the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation.

Outside the Office

I was born in eastern Tennessee and raised in a medical family. I am one of seven children, and six of us are involved in some aspect of the field of medicine. I currently reside in Memphis with my wife, Rene. We have three grown children, Brandon, Anna, and Stuart, a daughter-in-law, Ashley, a son-in-law, Larry, and a daughter-in-law, Nina. When I'm not in the office I enjoy grilling and gardening.

My community is very important to me. I am actively involved in my local church, Bellevue Baptist, and participate in a mobile dental clinic, providing dental care to low income families.

Lindsey Pedersen, DMD

There is no greater feeling than hearing our work had a positive impact on a patient’s life, be it the confidence provided by a new smile or the comfort of a healthy mouth. The opportunity to create the next success story motivates my team every day. I work to create an upbeat and safe environment where the patients become part of our family. I have nearly a decade of experience as a practicing dentist and use cutting edge technology to improve the patient’s treatment. I want you to leave Great Southern Smiles thinking that this wasn’t your typical dental experience.

My Mission

I want my patients to know that I truly care about them and their well-being. Its my mission to provide quality dentistry and to help my patients achieve and maintain a healthy, brilliant smile.


I graduated from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor as a Spanish major with a pre-dental concentration, and went on to earn my doctorate in dental medicine at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. After completing 500 hours of continuing education, I was named a Fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry. I’ve participated in the Dawson Academy for full-mouth rehabilitation and the Engel Institute for implant studies. I’m committed to staying up-to-date on the latest innovations in dentistry.

Outside the Office

I grew up in the Chicago suburbs and was captain of my high school field hockey team. I’ve run a marathon, completed yoga sculpt teacher training, and enjoy attending barre classes with friends. I remain fluent in Spanish and relish opportunities to speak the language with patients.

I live in the Memphis area with my husband, 2-year old son, and our dog. I’ve been to Europe, Asia, and Africa and enjoy learning about different cultures.

Benjamin Addison, DDS

My Mission

My mission is to be a good steward of my patient's trust and to provide them with the best possible care, giving them a pleasing smile and strong mouth to enjoy their favorite foods.  We have an amazing team here at Great Southern Smiles, and I hope you would join our practice and feel like you have a dental home worthy of your smile.


I graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in classical piano performance and then completed my pre-dental course work at Christian Brothers University. I earned my Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry and am a current member of the American Dental Association, Tennessee Dental Association, and the Memphis Dental Society.

Hobbies and Interests

I was born and raised here in Memphis, TN. I grew up playing piano and youth baseball. In high school, I participated in piano competitions and swimming. After college, I began coaching high school water polo and continue to coach and play for the Bluff City Blues water polo club.

I currently live in Memphis with my wife and attend Bellevue Baptist Church together. In our off time we like to be outside hiking, disc golfing, and reading together. Whenever possible we enjoy traveling together, seeing new cities and eating new food.