Traci grew up in Grafton, West Virginia graduating from Grafton High School. Traci has known she wanted to be a dental hygienist since age 12. After high school, she attended West Liberty State College and received her Associates Degree in Dental Hygiene. She received her license to practice dental hygiene from the State of West Virginia and practiced there for four years.Desiring a warmer climate, she followed her brother to Florida in 1990, and has practiced here since. She brings to the office of Drs. Nelson and Millingen over 20 years of experience. This shows in her ability to relate to her patients in a clear, compassionate, and joyful manner. She truly cares for them as she would want to be cared for. She gives each person the best dentistry can offer while establishing a lifelong relationship with them.To achieve this, she focuses her continuing education on courses specific to periodontal health and the relationship of that to our overall health. In her pursuit, she has gained vast knowledge in the fields of traditional and alternative medicine and how they relate to dentistry. She excels in helping her patients understand their dental needs and how their overall health influences their oral health and vice versa. Striving to be comprehensive in her approach to her patients, she sees each person as an individual and seeks to know them as a friend. Her ability to explain complex issues to her patients makes her a great asset to our practice.Traci's passion is working with youth. She has volunteered in Youth Ministry since giving her life to the Lord. She exhibits great skill in relating to teens, caring for each of them as if they were her own. She also leads the dental team for Grace Church Melbourne mission trips to Guatemala. They go regularly and attend to their medical, dental and spiritual needs. She blesses us with her gifts of professionalism and fellowship.
Rachelle is originally from Ohio, relocated to Florida in 1985. She graduated in 1988 from Palm Bay High School and knew in her freshman year that she wanted to pursue a career in dental hygiene. Her dental career actually began as a dental assistant for Dr. Richard Schmid the summer before she was accepted into the rigorous dental hygiene program at Brevard Community College. In 1991, she received her Associate in Science degree in Dental Hygiene and is proud to be one of ten graduates from the first Dental Hygiene class at BCC.Rachelle's special attention to detail makes her a valuable member of our dental team. She has been a part of Ultimate Smile Design team since 1993 and enjoys being part of such a close personal office which makes work not seem like work but more like being with family. She appreciates being part of an office that keeps up with the continuing changes in dentistry. Her dedication to provide her patient's the most thorough yet gentle hygiene appointment is always her top priority. Rachelle's ability to really grasp details and understand her patient's needs and desires significantly contributes to the precision of the diagnosis and subsequent plan used to build the perfect smile for each of her patients.Rachelle's passion for the outdoors leads her and her husband on yearly vacations of hiking. To date, they have hiked in the Yosemite, Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Tedwood, Bryce, and Zion National Parks. She also enjoys gardening, exercising, and wood working. She has the amazing ability to decorate; if you love the look of our office, know that it is Rachelle's vision. Rachelle's love for cats has her as a "mom" to Boo and Betty. They were stray cats from her neighborhood and are now spoiled in their very loving home! Rachelle and her husband attend Calvary Chapel Church of Melbourne and are proud to be Christ followers. She is blessed to have all of her extended family living locally making for lots of precious family gatherings.
Nakiyah was born in Melbourne, Florida and relocated to Palm Bay at a young age. She graduated in 2015 from Bayside High School. She wasn't sure what career she wanted, but she knew she wanted to be in the Dental Field. In 2020, she took charge and attended Concorde Career College for Dental Assisting. She graduated in 2021 with a 4.0 GPA and was a Lamplighter, which meant she assisted the Instructor in teaching the other students about making temporary crowns, x-rays, and other chairside necessities. She worked as a dental assistant for a couple of months trying to find her dental home, which she has now found at Ultimate Smile Design.
We are thrilled to have Nikki onboard. She takes pride in everything she does. She treats her patients how she would want family members to be treated. Seeing our patients’ faces light up when they see their new smile warms her heart and lets her know she's doing her job right.
When Nikki is not at work she loves spending time with her husband DeShawn and their beautiful daughter Kayleanah.
Expanded Functions Dental Assistant
Sherri is a Florida native and a graduate from Palm Bay High School in 1981. She attended Eastern Florida State Nursing Assistant Program in 1981 and worked for Holmes Regional Medical Center for several years before attending Eastern Florida State Dental Assisting Program, graduating in 1984.
Sherri has worked in the Melbourne area as a Dental Assistant and an Office Manager, working in all the specialties. Sherri owned and operated a dental temporary agency and has also worked in a local dental laboratory. Her laboratory experience is very unique and has allowed us to streamline communication and patient care.
Sherri enjoys baking, crafting, paddle boarding, and her grandson, Maverick, who is a very happy, busy 5-year-old.
Carmen was born and raised here in Melbourne, FL. She is the mother of one super sweet princess. Carmen has 19 years of experience in dentistry with skills from practice administration to office management. She is also licensed in dental radiology. It’s safe to say dentistry is truly Carmen’s passion.
When she’s not working, she enjoys spending time with her family and doing research on things of interest. Carmen is a people person who will be sure to warm your heart and give you a reason to smile.
Ann Marie Chester
Ann Marie was born in Rhode Island and moved to South Florida in 1963 when her father retired from the U.S. Navy. She began her career in dentistry in 1981 as a Certified Dental Assistant. She received her dental hygiene degree as a part of the charter class of Brevard Community College in 1991. She considers herself a people person whose goal is to offer her patients a pleasant dental experience. Her wealth of knowledge is only surpassed by her gentle spirit and touch.
Ann Marie's passions are volunteering and traveling, having been to Europe 3 times, her first going as an exchange student. She and her husband of 31 years, Dave, have 2 children, Harrison and Hannah.
Roberta started her career in dentistry in 1980 as a dental assistant and brings more than 20 years of hygiene experience to our team. She has a knack for motivating patients to make caring for their teeth and gums a priority. Roberta also educates our patients about the latest restorative and cosmetic dental advances. Our patients love the gentle touch Roberta provides while getting their teeth cleaned.