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Making a Difference: A Family Legacy

Former Hart Countian JD Shadburne now resides in Goodlettsville, Tennessee, where he’s continued his family’s legacy of serving the community.

By Katrina England

Reporter, Hart County News-Herald


Hart County Native and 2010 Hart County Graduate J.D. Shadburne is making a huge impact in Tennessee.

Although his dental clinic, Trailhead Pediatric Dentistry, only officially opened two days ago, Shadburne is committed to sponsoring kids in the buddy league at Gallatin’s new, all-inclusive, Miracle Park Baseball League.

Miracle Park is Tennessee’s largest A.D.A. compliant park, complete with a playground, pedal park, and baseball field.

“The park’s mission is centered around inclusion, and allowing kids to be kids,” said Shadburne. “With the baseball league, they believe every child has the right to be on a team.  That was something that really resonated with me.  My office is called Trailhead, with the metaphor of going on a hike.  When you come to a trailhead, it’s the beginning of a path, where connections with others are made and where adventures begin. We’re trying to get others started off on the right foot and the buddy baseball league is doing the same thing.”

For every 5 new patients, Trailhead will happily sponsor an athlete in the Miracle League, allowing them to play free of charge.

Their sponsorship will cover the cost of the player’s jersey and hat, as well as fees for registration to get into the league.

For the Shadburnes, the theme of the dental office isn’t just a matter of painted landscapes along the walls, it’s their way of life.  So far, the family has visited 14 National Parks, and have their sights set on eventually seeing them all.

Shadburne now resides in Goodlettsville, Tennessee with his wife Sarah, and their children, Isla and Tate.  He returns to Hart County each year, to help with the presentation of the Christian Shadburne Memorial Scholarship, in memory of his late brother, who also had a strong desire to help his community.

Though the Shadburnes no longer reside in Hart County, they are remembered with fondness by so many for their love for others and their community.

“I am so proud of Dr. JD Shadburne and his new adventure as a pediatric dentist,” said family friend Jane Ann Tharp. “His new Trailhead Pediatric Office with a national park theme is very unique and will be loved by the kids. Congratulations Dr. Shadbourne.”

For more information on Trailhead Pediatric Dentistry, visit, email or call (615) 575-3344.

When you come to a trailhead, it’s the beginning of a path,” said Shadburne, describing the name of his National Parks inspired office. The murals were designed to provide a sense of warmth, curiosity, and adventure for patients and their families.



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