Welcome to Quirk and Wheeler Orthodontics

At Quirk and Wheeler Orthodontics, we are excited to welcome you and your family to our office. We love to get to know our patients on a personal level to determine their needs. Our team is committed to helping you achieve all of your smile goals in an environment that is nurturing, hassle-free, and relaxing.
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Meet Doctor Quirk

Dr. Quirk was born in Anchorage, Alaska; however, her family moved to Cookeville when she was young. Dr. Quirk has called Cookeville home ever since! After graduating from Upperman High school, Dr. Quirk attended Sewanee: The University of the South. While in college, on a mission trip to Haiti, Dr. Quirk fell in love with dentistry. She graduated from Sewanee with a degree in Biochemistry. She was then accepted at the University of Louisville School (UofL) of Dentistry, where she received her Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry (DMD) degree. After that she continued her education and speciality training in Orthodontics at UofL, receiving her Master of Science in Dentistry (MS) and Certification in Orthodontics.

Dr. Quirk loves puzzles. She often has one in progress at her home. Orthodontics allows her to combine her passion for science and love of puzzles in a practical career. Dr. Quirk has roots that run deep in the medical community of the Upper Cumberland. Her grandmother was the first female physician at Cookeville Regional Hospital. Her grandfather and mother both owned and operated a family pharmacy in Sparta for several decades. This history inspired a dedication to serving the people of the Upper Cumberland. “This is the best place in the world to live and raise a family. I am so blessed to have grown up here and so glad be back to raise my family.”

Dr. Quirk and her husband, Ryan, met while at Sewanee. They love to hike and go camping. Their daughter, Quinlan Rose, was born in December of 2021. They also have one fur-baby, an Australian Shepherd, named Smoky.

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Professional Affiliations

  • American Association of Orthodontists
  • Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics
  • Southern Association of Orthodontists
  • Tennessee Dental Association
  • American Dental Association

Board Certification

Orthodontists can apply for board certification voluntarily. Being board-certified gives patients an added level of confidence that the doctor takes their job and commitment to orthodontics very seriously. To become board-certified, Dr. Quirk was thoroughly evaluated by a highly respected panel on her knowledge, skills, and experience.

Meet Doctor Wheeler

As of 2022, Dr. Wheeler has been practicing orthodontics for 25 years. He loves every minute of it and enjoys coming to work every day. He believes in the saying that if you love what you do, then you will never actually work a day of your life. Dr. Wheeler treasures the lifetime relationships he has built with patients, families, and his team. He feels lucky to work with a team of excellent people who are great at their jobs and care deeply for our patients.

In his free time, he enjoys playing a lot of golf, a little ping pong, reading, and traveling to see other parts of the world. In the next phase of life he plans to continue to practice orthodontics, play lots of golf, and add grandchildren to his family. His three daughters are all currently pregnant and due in the summer of 2022.

Dr. Wheeler looks forward to growing the practice with Dr. Quirk and helping their partnership flourish to provide the highest quality of orthodontics with the goal to transform patient’s lives and have a positive impact on their future.

Personal Affiliations

  • American Association of Orthodontists
  • Tennessee Association of Orthodontists
  • Tennessee Dental Association
  • American Dental Association

Meet the Team

Audrey, R.D.A.

We all call Miss Audrey “Momma Audrey” because there isn’t much she doesn’t do for our team and our patients. She has been with the practice since 1999. From receptionist to office administrator and everything in between, she has the knowledge and experience to make sure our patients are well taken care of.

Audrey is a native of Crossville and has been married for 30 years, with 2 children and 5 grandchildren. She loves to travel with her husband and see new places.

Our office, your second home