About Your Dentist
Implants and Reconstructive Dentistry
Dr. Steve Johns has focused much of his dental practice on providing implants and reconstructive dentistry to his patients. “Implant dentistry is my passion. It has given me the ability to greatly improve the quality of our patients’ lives by allowing them to function as they did with their own teeth.” He has obtained credentialing in many implant organizations.
Dr. Steve Johns attended high school in Cookeville, Tennessee and received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Tennessee Technological University. He graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry with his Doctorate of Dental Surgery and returned to Cookeville to open a dental practice with his wife, Dr. Mary Linda in 1981.
Putnam County Senior High School – Class of 1970
Tennessee Technological University – 1970-1975
University of Tennessee College of Dentistry – 1976-1978
Alabama Implant Study Group Implant Series – 1980-1982
Medical College of Georgia Maxi-Course – 1983
Misch Implant Institute – Graduate 1989-1990
Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry (ABOI)
Diplomate of the American Society of Osseointegration
Fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID)
Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantology (ICOI)
Graduate of the Misch Implant Institute
Dr. Johns is currently serving his 7th year on the AAID Admissions and Credentials Testing Board and is an Honored Fellow of the AAID (reserved for the top 1% of the Academy).
Honored Fellow AAID 2004
Diplomate ABOI 2003
Fellow AAID 1995
Diplomate ASO 1992
Fellow ICOI 1988
National Health Service Corps 978-1981
Private Practice 1981-Present
American Dental Association
Tennessee Dental Association
4th District Dental Society
Academy of General Dentistry
Alabama Implant Study Group
Tennessee Academy of General Dentistry
American Academy of Implant Dentistry
Southern District American Academy of Implant Dentistry
International Congress of Oral Implantology
American Congress of Oral Implantology
American Society of Osseointegration
American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry
Dental Organization of Conscious Sedation
President – 4th District Dental Society 1992-1993
President – Southern District AAID 1993-1994
President – East Tenn. Implant Study Group 1990-1991
President – Alabama Implant Study Group 2000-2001
Board of Trustees AAID 1993-1994
AAID Chairman Ethics Committee 1997-1999
Chairman of AAID Annual Meeting 1996
Co-Chairman of AAID Research Foundation Meeting 1997
AAID Annual Meeting Committee 2000
Drs. Steve and Mary Johns are both very active in the community. They attend and teach Sunday school at the First United Methodist Church. Dr. Steve Johns sings in the church choir and the Upper Cumberland Barbershop Quartet Chorus.
He earned the rank of Eagle Scout in 1967 and is still very active with the Boy Scouts of America organization. He is a historian for the Upper Cumberland BSA and is the Unit Commissioner for Troop 108 and Assistant District Commissioner and District Chairman for the Upper Cumberland District.
He is also a Board Member and Treasurer for the Cookeville History Museum.
General Dental Care
Dr. Mary Linda Johns devotes her practice to general dental care for the entire family with a special focus on cosmetic dentistry and pediatrics. “Helping people feel good about receiving the dental treatment they need is very important to me. What a child experiences during the first visit to the dentist will last forever, therefore we want to create a pleasant experience for each child.”
In 1981, Drs. Johns graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry and returned to Cookeville to open a dental practice with her husband, Dr. Steve Johns in 1981. It has always been important to both doctors to be able to combine raising a family with their dental practice. They have three children, who are all married, and one granddaughter. Their youngest son is carrying on the family tradition and is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry in Memphis.
Dr. Mary Linda Johns attended high school in Cookeville, Tennessee, received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Tennessee Technological University, and graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry.
Putnam County Senior High School – Class of 1972
Tennessee Technological University – 1972-1976
University of Tennessee College of Dentistry – 1977-1981
Graduate of the Las Vegas Institute for Cosmetic Dentistry
Drs. Steve and Mary Linda Johns are both very active in the community. They attend and teach Sunday school at the First United Methodist Church.
Dr. Mary Linda Johns is a past recipient of the Outstanding Young Tennessean Jaycee Award. She is also a Genesis House Board Member and past President.
Dr. Johns is also a Senior Sales Director with Mary Kay Cosmetics where she is able to fulfill her goal of helping people feel better about themselves and watch her team members reach their goals.
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” – Mahatma Gandhi
“My mission is to positively affect my community by providing exceptional dental care, fostering long-term relationships with my patients, and raising awareness of the importance of oral health. I want to educate and empower my patients to take ownership of their dental health and hygiene. To serve others is to know oneself.”
Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry – Nashville, TNDoctor of Dental Surgery
Everest University – Tampa, FLMaster of Business Administration
University of South Florida – Tampa, FLBachelor of Arts in Biomedical Science and Communications
Continuing Education & Professional Memberships
Dr. Ferdinand completed a General Practice Residency in June of 2016. She is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry.
Life & Hobbies
“My life consists of being with my husband and loving on my three boys. We enjoy dancing, being outdoors, and finding time to things for others. In my spare time, (which is rare with three kids under 7) I enjoy arts and crafts, especially scrapbooking. Basically, our family just loves spending time together, so anything that allows us to do that brings us joy.”
“Teeth – fix or pull, you still need a mouthful!”
“My mission is to maintain a friendly, pain free office for my dental patients while getting to know each person individually. I want to let my patients know that they can trust me and that they are not just another human passing through.”
Education & Continuing Education
Doctor of Dental Surgery
Baylor College of Dentistry – Dallas, Texas
Bachelor of Science in Biology
Abilene Christian College – Abilene, Texas
Dr. Johnson completed the Implant Preceptorship Course at The University of Texas Dental School in San Antonio. From 2004 to 2021, he served as a staff member of the Department of Oral Surgery at University Medical Center.
Life & Hobbies
Dr. Johnson lived in Lubbock, Texas for most of his life, and practiced there for 26 years. He served on the board for Texas Boys Ranch for 12 years. He has also been married to the love of his life, Sharon, for 36 years. The couple has two daughters together, Rachel and Erika. They also have a grandson named Atlas.
In Dr. Johnson's spare time, he loves snow skiing, classic cars, and aviation. He has restored several cars over the years, snow skied all over Colorado and New Mexico, flown with his father all over the U.S. and spent many weekends with the kids at the lake. He has also been involved with several medical mission trips to Mexico, Peru, and Guyana.
When he isn't snow skiing or working on restoring classic cars, Dr. Johnson can be found simply just enjoying time with his wife and taking long walks with his dogs. "When life returns to normal after Covid, I wish to resume travel with my wife, Sharon. We have been to Scotland, Ireland, Italy, The Bahamas, Mexico and the U.S Virgin Islands!"