Lori D. Nelson DDS
Dr Nelson was born and raised in Albany, New York, and graduated from the State University of New York at Albany. She later graduated valedictorian of her class from the University of Maryland, Baltimore College of Dental Surgery in 1983. Upon completion of a General Practice Residency with the United States Air Force in 1984, she moved to Florida and finished her military obligation at Patrick AFB. There she enjoyed serving her country and learning with some of the most esteemed and successful dentists in Brevard. Years later, some participants of that same group formed the Brevard Study Club. After Dr Nelson established her private practice in Palm Bay, Florida, she was invited to join the club and continued to gain vast experience and knowledge.
Dr Nelson has a passion for quality, ethical care with a strong emphasis on current procedures that optimize the health of patients. As such, her practice has focused on being mercury-free long before her colleagues. Her desire to be current in the many phases of dentistry is quite evident. Her commitment to excellence is equally obvious. She never ceases in her pursuit of knowledge; she avidly studies to learn better techniques, superior materials, and state of the art treatment modalities for her patients.
The fruit of her studies is evident in all areas of dentistry that she focuses on, including cosmetic dentistry, implant restoration, sleep dentistry, facial pain dysfunction, and the treatment of those with special needs. This latter interest was developed while in dental school as she began her internship at the Special Needs Clinic at the school. While many dentists do not treat patients with special needs, she and her staff openly welcome those who may require a special amount of time and attention thus following the Lord’s command to show compassion towards others.
Dr Nelson’s greatest joy is her two children, who have blessed her beyond measure. They have taught her the true meaning of love. Her son Matt, who has special needs, has recently joined her at the office with the same commitment toward excellence and helping others that all members of the staff exemplify.
Dr. Nelson serves her patients with a commitment to excellence that never waivers. Her staff, which includes two registered dental hygienists, two certified dental assistants, an insurance specialist, and a treatment coordinator, have been with her for upwards of 25 years. Their longevity with the practice and loyalty to her patients reflects their devotion to the profession and the compassion that Dr Nelson shows to all people she works with, be they patients or staff. The staff’s commitment to excellence allows patients to receive the best of care from the moment they enter the practice. Their excitement for learning new methods and industry standards helps make them the best dentist in Palm Bay, FL.
Emily L Millingen, DDS
Dr. Emily Millingen was raised on the island of Jamaica and moved to United States for college with her family. She attended Florida International University where she obtained her Bachelors in Biology; she continued her education at Barry University where she got her Masters in Biomedical Science. She graduated from Howard University College of Dentistry. There she was awarded by the Northeastern Society of Periodontics and the Academy of General Dentistry for her outstanding aptitude as a general dentist.
Community service and being able to give to others is very important to her. Over the last two years she has participated in the Jamaica Dental mission trip, where she volunteers her time by treating the underserved in rural populations. She takes great pride in her work and always puts her patients first. She loves getting to know her patients and building personal relationships with them.
In her free time, Dr Millingen enjoys animals of all sorts. She has been “mom” to numerous adopted cats and dogs in her life. As an Island girl, going to the beach or being around any body of water is one of her favorite past times. Family and friends are vital to her so spending time with them is most important. She always enjoys exercising, and is trying to get back into dance classes.
Dr Millingen practices all aspects of General Dentistry and brings expertise in endodontics or root canal therapy to our practice. She enjoys learning about new and innovative approaches to dental care for her patients. It is her great pleasure to be working with Dr. Nelson and the exceptional dental team at Ultimate Smile Design.