The Nelson Dentistry Team
Meet Our Team
Almost 2 years ago I moved to Missoula from McMinnville, OR, where I was working as an associate at Gentle Dental. However, I am no stranger to Montana. From about preschool to 3rd grade I lived in Missoula near Chief Charlo Elementary. In fact, I was part of the inaugural 3rd grade class at Chief Charlo when it first opened. Before that, I attended C.M. Russell Elementary just down the road from our current dental office! Then, due to my parent’s job re-location, we moved to Helena, MT.
I graduated from Capital High School and then went on to graduate at Montana State with the degree of Cell Biology and Neuroscience. Similarly to Dr. Jackie Jones (who cared for the practice before me), I graduated from Oregon Health and Science University – School of Dentistry.
I am very excited to be back in Montana. With five generations of my family calling the Big Sky State home, it feels like… well, home. I also brought my lovely wife Jazmin (the Dental Director at Partnership Health) and my Bernese Mountain Dog “Willi.” Jazmin and I met in dental school, and fell hopelessly in love. We married at the Cathedral of St. Helena in Helena, MT.
I wasn’t always going to be a dentist. In fact, I was enrolled to attend Denver Automotive and Diesel College to become a Master Automotive Technician. But I had an abrupt change of heart. Don’t get me wrong, I still love working on cars, but there are no regrets with my final career choice--I truly feel dentistry is what I was made to do.
I’m an avid movie buff, and love photography (many of the photos on my website and in the office I have taken myself!).
My personal goals are to provide a clean, comfortable, and welcoming environment for you. I want to focus on not dictating what I think is the best treatment, but to collaborate with you to incorporate your desires to arrive at your best treatment plan. Once that plan is established, I take pride in striving to do the very best dentistry I can every time. I am honored to have the privilege of developing a relationship with each & every one of my patients.
Brianna is from a small town named Bayfield, CO, which is located in the southwestern region of the state. She is very grateful for growing up in such a beautiful part of the country as it developed her passion for outdoor adventures. Spending time with family and friends is very important to her. Some of her hobbies include hiking, biking, boating, and traveling.
Brianna has also lived in both Spokane, WA and Great Falls, MT while pursuing her dental hygiene degree. She graduated from the dental hygiene program at Montana State University-Great Falls College. Shortly after, she moved to Missoula where she is happy to be practicing dental hygiene and promoting oral health. Brianna says, “I am thrilled to be a part of this Montana community and can’t wait get to know all of you.”
Lynnea grew up in Helena, MT and graduated from Montana State University in 2013 with a Bachelors of Science in Business (with Management and Marketing options). She is very excited to work in a small business environment again, be a part of a patient-centered team, to explore a new Montana community, and to get to know you!
Lynnea is the proud owner of a Newfoundland puppy named Iggie. Lynnea enjoys reading, baking, learning to play the guitar, and spending time with her family. While she is a firm believer cookies suffice as a meal, she is also working on honing her culinary skills for healthy food. Dr. Nelson swears that she makes THE best cookies!
Aarika’s mom has been a dental assistant for 23 years and she has always been her inspiration. Ever since she was 4 years old Aarika would visit the office her mother worked at and began to fall in love with everything dentistry.
Aarika grew up in Kalispell, Montana doing all of the classic outdoor activities such as fishing, camping, hiking, hunting, four wheeling, boating, and anything else that was outside! She was part of a competitive cheerleading team that traveled all over the northwest to compete. She competed in this for about 7 years and then turned to coaching for the next 3 years. It was one of the best experiences she remembers and it taught her many skills she uses to this day. Aarika graduated from Flathead High School in 2011 and moved to Missoula in 2013. Aarika loves getting to know all of the patients that enjoy coming to visit us at Nelson Dentistry and making great connections with them. She’s very outgoing and friendly and puts you at ease when she greets you with her great bubbly smile!