Our Team

We at Nelsen Family Dentistry strive to provide quality, comprehensive, patient centered care to everyone who walks through our doors.
Our commitment is to treat each other and each patient as family.
We believe in providing dentistry with integrity in a comfortable, state-of-the-art environment.

Our passion is changing lives and smiles in Chico!


As a team, this is our mission statement. We are excited to introduce you to this extraordinary group of people:


Dr. John Nelsen

Dr. John attended Pacific Lutheran Univeristy and earned a BS in Biology and a minor in Chemistry.  He then went down to Loma Linda University, and it was there that he laid eyes on Dr. Missy the first day of dental school.  They were married in 1998, and graduated together in 1999. They came back to Chico, and together started this practice in 2000. Dr. John excels in all aspects of dentistry, whether it is cosmetic veneers, crowns, implants or Invisalgn. Dr. J is an artist. He is also genuine and compassionate. He takes the time to listen to all his patient’s wants and needs & is committed to providing you with the highest quality of dental care.  He is enthusiastically involved with their local church, school and community, and feels blessed to be raising their 3 boys in such a wonderful town. Dr. John loves to play basketball, workout, mountain bike, or play in the waves at the lake or on the slopes in the mountains.


Dr. Missy Nelsen

Dr. Missy grew up here in Chico, and earned her BA in Liberal Studeis w/ an emphasis in Biology at Pacific Union College.  She  met Dr. John the first day of dental school at Loma Linda University, and the rest is history! She is so excited to be a female dentist back in Chico, practicing together with John & raising their 3 boys.  She loves being a mother and is very involved with the boys school and church.  She loves practicing dentistry, and especially loves her patients, and loves seeing most of the kids in the practice. She too is committed to providing you with the highest quality of dental care and looks forward to building lifelong relationships with you and your family. When they are not working, you'll find her playing tennis, running, snow skiing, or playing at the lake with friends and family.


Dr. Tommy Farris

Dr. TommyTommy is a 1990 graduate of Loma Linda School of Dentistry.  He has a gentle touch and a passion for renewing smiles and making dentistry comfortable. Dentistry provides an excellent outlet for his creativity and problem-solving energy. He & his family enjoy adventures and traveling, whether in mission service or to interesting destinations in the snow or surf.


Liz-Office Manager

It’s great to be part of team who truly enjoys their jobs and their patients. As a previous patient of Nelsen Family Dentistry, I recognized that patient care and patient satisfaction were top priorities. I knew joining their team would be a great fit for me. I love working here, and feel priveledged to work with such quality coworkers and patients alike!


Jamie-Front Office Administrator & New Patient Coordinator

I was born and raised in Chico and I can't imagine a better place to grow up! I graduated from Chico State in 2004 with a B.A. in Social Science and decided to stay and work in town. Being a patient at Nelsen Family Dentistry, I've always admired what a pleasant and friendly office it was, and now I'm lucky enough to be employed by them! It's a pleasure to work with a group of people who are ethical and caring and always put their patients first!


Susan-Insurance & Financial Coordinator

I have been in the dental field for more than twenty years. Being part of Nelsen Family Dentistry, has been a pleasure. To work with a professional, caring team, whose goal is to change the lives of each and every patient, is a unique and delightful experience. As your dental insurance and financial coordinator, it is my job to make sure that the dental health of you and your family comes first!




I have been a dental hygienist in Chico for quite a few years now. I have worked here at Nelsen Family Dentistry since 2002 and absolutely love it! Being a dental hygienist is a very rewarding career and provides many opportunities for my patients and myself. Experiencing the importance of good oral health with my patients is fabulous and fulfilling. I enjoy spending time with my husband and 2 sons. We love to camp, play sports and enjoy traveling. My goal here at Nelsen Family Dentistry is to make each of your dental appointments a comfortable and enjoyable experience. Hope to see you soon!



As a wife, and mother of three children, it's important for me to work in a place where I feel at home. Since graduating from Loma Linda University in 1994 with a B.S. in Dental Hygiene, I have tried to work with people who not only provide the best quality in dentistry, but have fun doing so. That's why I feel blessed to be a part of Nelsen Family Dentistry. I hope you will come and be a part of our unique dental family.



I was born at Enloe and raised here. I graduated from Hygiene at UCSF in 1980. My husband Garth and I have three grown children between us, whom we enjoy visiting.  We spend much of our free time playing golf and traveling. I love to cook and he loves to eat! We are a perfect match! I came on board to Nelsen Family Dentistry in  2010 and have found the practice to be both energizing and stimulating. I enjoy the positive approach and cohesive teamwork in the office.  Everyday I am encouraged to be my best and do my best for our family of patients. I am so proud to be part of the special team of professionals here.



I grew up in central California, and graduated from Loma Linda University in 2000 with my B.S. in dental hygiene. I moved up to Chico in 2004 after falling in love with Northern California. My girls and I love it here! As a mom of three little ones, hygiene has been a great career for me. I enjoy my patients and always look forward to going to work. I feel very privileged to work with the best of the best at Nelsen Family Dentistry!



I feel so fortunate to still love what I do after twenty plus years in dentistry! I started as a sterile tech, then assisted, and then went on to the University of Colorado, earning my B.S. in Dental Hygiene. Dentistry has provided a fantastic opportunity to serve people, teach, grow wonderful relationships and most of all, be a part of the patient journey towards health. I am grateful to have landed in an amazing office that values the same and where there is proof that you can love what you do and have a fantastic time doing it. In my off time you will find me on a trail, at the gym or in the garden enjoying the little things.



I have been practicing dental hygiene since 2008 and have been fortunate enough to become a part of the Nelsen Family Dentistry team. When working, I believe that I am the tool to help my patients become aware of their oral health status and collaborate with them to obtain optimal oral hygiene while creating happy, beautiful smiles. I strive to always maintain a welcoming, caring and gentle environment. When not working, I enjoy spending time with my family, running, cooking, gardening and reading.



I was raised in the North Valley, and have been blessed with four wonderful children.  I graduated from Chico State with a B.S. in Health Science. I attended Dental Hygiene school in Sacramento, and recently graduated from Butte College with my Nursing Degree.  Being a Hygienist has been one of the most rewarding journeys of my career.  It is a delightful surprise that being part of Nelsen Family Dentistry means belonging to a loving, talented family.  I love caring for and helping people.  Getting to know YOU and care for YOU is the best part of my job!

Aprille-HygienistI've read the reviews, I've heard it from friends, and I already personally knew and loved Dr. John and Dr. Missy. Yet I am still surprised by just how awesome Nelsen Family Dentistry is...and I get to work here!!! Whether you need dental treatment or just a warm hug, make no mistake, you will walk into a space that is filled with kindness, gentleness, and quality care and fun. I am so excited for the opportunity to be on this team, to get to know you, and to share my knowledge of oral health with you. I graduated in 1999 from Loma Linda University with a Bachelors Degree in Dental Hygiene.  That summer, I was introduced to a loud, funny, jobless character from Tennessee who quickly professed his love for me. I gently let that southern boy know I was not interested. We married two years later. In 2008, I believe God thought it would be funny to give this organized, peace and quiet loving, control freak...triplets. They are, of course, the loves of my life and I have accepted that this life will be disorganized and crazy for at least another 10 years. I enjoy volunteering at my church and for the kids' school, party planning, and photography.


Kelly-Registered Dental Assistant

KellyI have been here at Nelsen Family Dentistry since 2005. I enjoy working with such great, caring and compassionate people who love what they do. Working here has been very rewarding and fulfilling. To make a difference in people's lives, and to see how their view of dentistry can change is gratifying. We are like a big family here, and most everyone who comes to Nelsen Family Dentistry, ends up becoming part of our family as well!


Shawna-Registered Dental Assistant

I have been a Registered Dental Assistant since 2006. In 2010 I had the wonderful opportunity of joining Nelsen Family Dentistry. I am so thankful to be part of a great office surrounded by amazing people I have grown to love.  My passion for caring for and helping others makes this career very rewarding.  Walking in, people notice the caring atmosphere we have here, for each other, and for our patients.  It's a pretty special place.


Brittany-Registered Dental Assistant

I was born and raised in Chico, and love it here! I've been a registered dental assistant since 2008 and had the great opportunity of joining the Nelsen Family Dentistry family in 2010. Being a registered dental assistant has been very rewarding for me. All the staff her are caring and fun to work with, and I enjoy working with all of them! I love working with people, especially being a part of and seeing the results that cosmetic dentistry can have for our patients. Changing someone's smile can change their life! The compassion we have towards our profession and our patients makes me look forward to coming to work each day.


Lindsay-Registered Dental Assistant

I am one lucky girl! I had the opportunity to join this fantastic group of talented people in 2013. I was fresh out of school, when I was given the chance to join the team. Nelsen Family Dentistry brought me right in, allowing me to ask questions, teach me, and motivate me.  The team has inspired me to become the best possible registered dental assistant I could be. My drive to succeed, and this well-rounded knowledgeable staff have allowed me to grow and achieve more than I have ever expected. I can say without a doubt that I love what I do, and I am proud to be a member of Nelsen Family Dentistry. Hope you too can join our family!


Ashley- Registered Dental Assistant

I love what I do! When I was younger, I knew I wanted to grow up to help people.  Seeing someone walk in the office in pain or unhappy with their smile, and leave a much happier person gives me so much satisfaction.  I have been working at Nelsen Family Dentistry since May of 2016.  Everyone there delivers outstanding care and treats everyone who walks in like family.  I am so blessed to work in such an amazing office!


Chelsea- Registered Dental Assistant

I am so very lucky to be a part of such a fun and caring team! I became a patient at NFD in 2012. The compassion the office had towards me as a patient made me want to become part of the dental field. I then graduated from RDA school in 2014. When I’m not assisting, I love adventuring outside, traveling, hiking with my dog Kash, as well as spending time with family and friends. I look forward to my work every day and love assisting our patients.