Nelson Dentistry

Meet the Team at Nelson Dentistry

Dr. Jonathan Nelson


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 relocation, 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!).  And just like nearly every guy in Missoula, I like fly fishing too.

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. 

-Dr. Jonathan Nelson



Dental Hygienist

Originally from Colorado, Brianna attended Montana State University - Great Falls College and has been a registered dental hygienist since 2015. Brianna strives to ensure our patients always feel 100% informed and comfortable during their visit. To her, there's nothing more gratifying than educating and helping patients overcome their dental fears. In her free time, Brianna enjoys spending time doing all things outdoors, camping, boating and traveling.


Care Coordinator

As our Office Manager, Lynnea strives to make sure all of our patients are well taken care of and can help you with any specific questions or concerns you may have. 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 really enjoys working in a small business environment, being able to support her older brother (Dr. Nelson), continuously seeking out ways to challenge the whole team, and hearing about all the dynamic and amusing adventures patients have been up to.

Lynnea’s world largely revolves around her Newfoundland, Iggie. She enjoys reading, baking, hanging out with Iggie, 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!


Scheduling Coordinator

As the Scheduling Coordinator, Sara will help in any way that she can to make scheduling your appointments as accommodating as possible while also assisting with any further questions about your dental treatment and financial side. She has over 10 years in customer service experience and truly loves this part of her job. Meeting people and helping them receive the dental care they need makes her happy. Our practice has always been a part of her life as she came here as a child and was seen by Dr. Jackie Jones, then Dr. Nelson became her primary dentist when Dr. Jones retired in 2014.

Sara moved to Missoula, Montana when she was 2 years old and has lived here ever since. She went to Hawthorne Elementary, C.S Porter Middle School, Big Sky High School, and the University of Montana for a couple of years pursuing a degree in Accounting. Sara stepped into the dentistry world in 2016 when she worked as an orthodontic assistant, then was offered the job as a receptionist here at Nelson Dentistry in August 2017. Sara has 2 children, a son, and daughter who are her whole world. She has 2 ferrets name Juju and Harley who enjoy coming with her on hikes up Blue Mountain and playing at the rivers. Sara’s passions are shooting, gardening, working on cars, and the outdoors. She is excited to get to know you!


Liz grew up in Washington and moved to Montana in 2011 with her husband, and three beautiful girls. She wants to live the Montana dream of hunting and fishing and loving every day. She has always been passionate about teeth. So, she decided to pursue a career in dentistry to help people feel confident, and enjoy their smiles. Liz then joined the Nelson Dentistry team at the beginning of this year where she enjoys the daily challenges that she encounters. She enjoys creating relationships with patients and ensuring everyone has a smile when they leave. In her free time, she loves to swim, hike, ride horses, and a good winery every now and again.


Ayla moved to Missoula from Oregon in early 2018. She moved to Montana to be closer to her family and loves it here. In her spare time, she likes to spend time with her nieces and nephews, travel, read, and explore Montana. Before entering the dental field, Ayla worked in a physical rehabilitation center in Oregon as a CNA.  She loves working with such an enthusiastic team, and is looking forward to continuing to learn more about the dental world!

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