Trisha - Hygienist
Trisha is a Tri-County High School graduate. She then went on to GRCC and graduated from the dental hygiene program in 2015. She married her high school sweetheart, Talon Tramper, in 2016 and they have two blue heeler puppies named Stella & Ace. She enjoys hanging out with friends, doing yoga, and spending quality time with family (especially nieces and nephews ;)). Trisha enjoys dentistry because there's always something new to learn and she loves getting to know all of her patients!
Cathy - Hygienist
Cathy has worked in dentistry since 1990 and has worn many "hats" (front office, assisting, and hygiene). She says, "It is the second best decision I made next to marrying my best friend, Kelly. He and I ambitiously built our home and continue to take on DIY projects". Cathy has many fur babies, including horses. She loves camping with them and trail riding. In the winter months, she keeps busy with jewlery making. Cathy is happy to be a part of this dental team and looks forward to meeting you!
Jocelyn - Hygienist
Jocelyn is the latest addition to our hygiene staff. She is a recent graduate of Ferris State University. She is married to husband, Colin. Jocelyn enjoys kayaking, hiking, walking her dogs, camping and crossfit.
Melissa - Dental Assistant
Melissa is also one of our assistants, having been with us since late 2011. Since joining our practice she has found a nice niche in patient care. Melissa finds dentistry interesting and loves getting to know our patients. Outside of the office, Melissa is married to her husband Kurt and they have two adorable childres, Noah and Natalie. They enjoy camping, kayaking and spending time with her family.
Sue - Billing & Collections
Sue joined our team as the Insurance/Treatment Coordinatior in 2014. Sue comes to us with lots of previous experience in another dental office. Sue is our resident baby whisperer (she loves the kids!) Outside the office, Sue has been married to her husband Karl since 1975 and they are both Newaygo natives. They have two grown children and five grandchildren: Harrisen, Carter, Tes, Ryann Estelle and Katelyn. Sue loves history, reading and exploring the countryside. Karl and Sue LOVE to travel! Sue loves sporting a variety and funky fun glasses.
Lisa - Insurance Specialist
Lisa has been a resident of Newaygo County for nearly 30 years but only recently joined Newaygo Family Dental. She has been in the dental field for 24 years. Lisa and her husband Wayne have three daughters. She loves spoiling her four grandkids and dragging her husband to flea markets and antique shops. Lisa will greet you at our front desk!
Dr. Dennis Nelson
Dr. Dennis Nelson, a native of Grant, graduated from Grant High School in 1966. After serving in the US Army, Dr. Nelson completed his undergraduate studies at Central Michigan University and went on to graduate from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry in 1978. Upon commencement, he was presented with the Francis B. Vedder Society Award for excellence in Crown and Bridge Prosthodontics. He returned to his hometown and maintained a successful practice which was opened in 1980, until his son, Dr. Ross Nelson, joined him in 2011 to run and manage a state-of-the-art facility in nearby Newaygo.
Dr. Ross Nelson
After graduating from Newaygo High School in 2003 and following his father's educational route, Dr. Ross Nelson joined the family practice. He brings with him the benefit of another University of Michigan School of Dentistry degree signifying a unit of excellence that can be provided only be such a respected center of learning. Dennis and Ross work hard to embrace the latest technology for the continued benefit, comfort, and safety of their patients and staff. Both doctors hold a firm belief that the best care is provided when technology is melded with exceptional dental skills and practices. This father-and-son team and friendly staff look forward to serving you and your family. Visit us to see the difference experience, technology and education can make when caring for your oral health.