A sixth generation Arizonan, Dr. Nelson grew up in the Arcadia Neighborhood (Phoenix/Scottsdale). The son of a physician and a nurse, he knew at a young age that helping and caring for other people would be in his future. During high school, he worked as an assistant at a local Periodontist’s office where he began to develop a deep love for dentistry and a fascination for periodontics.
Dr. Nelson graduated with a Bachelor of Science in biology at Brigham Young University. He then attended the University of Louisville School of Dentistry and received his Doctorate of Medicine in Dentistry. Upon graduating, he was recognized with the Quintessence Publishing award for excellence in periodontics. Dr. Nelson earned a Master of Science in Dental Sciences and his certificate of Periodontology from one of the nation’s leading clinical programs, the University of Texas Health at San Antonio. He has published research on the effect of healing time on bone grafting following tooth extraction. Dr. Nelson is also fluent in Spanish and loves to speak it whenever he can.
Family and Other Interests
Dr. Nelson and his wife Bree have three kids: Reese, Graham, and Tate. He loves spending time with family, eating Mexican food, swimming, playing racquet sports (tennis, squash, badminton, and ping pong), and exploring the outdoors. Dr. Nelson is a very avid Arizona sports fan and couldn’t be happier to be back in the Valley of the Sun.
“The most rewarding aspect of my job as a periodontist is helping patients understand the importance of their oral health by saving their teeth or by facilitating a plan to restore, both functionally and esthetically, their missing teeth. I truly love seeing people build their confidence as I work with them to rehabilitate their smile.”
- American Academy of Periodontics
- American Dental Association
- Arizona Dental Association
- Southwest Society of Periodontists
- Academy of LDS of Dentists