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Dr. Nelson is dedicated to the concept of lifetime learning. In fact, he’s logged over 2300 hours of postgraduate education beyond dental school, or about 55 hours per year; far beyond the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners’ required 12 hours annually. As a passionate lifelong learner, he firmly believes continuing education in dentistry is the hallmark of a progressive practice committed to top-quality care.
Dr. Nelson graduated from Jasper High School in Jasper, Texas in 1976. He was president of his senior class and president of the National Honor Society. He attended Texas A & M University in College Station from 1976-1979 and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology. He attended Baylor College of Dentistry from 1979 to 1983 and received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in June of 1983. That August, he established his practice on Terrell Road in Greenville. He moved his office to its present location in 1998, and just celebrated the 40th year of practice!
Dr. Nelson is committed to continuing dental education. He earned his Fellowship (1993) and Mastership (2004) in the Academy of General Dentistry. Of the 37,000 members of the Academy of General Dentistry, only 2000 have earned master distinction since its founding in 1956. He participated in numerous postgraduate continuing education courses most notably at the Pankey Institute of Key Biscayne, Florida, The Center for Professional Development in Scottsdale, Arizona, and the MAXI-AAID implant and oral surgery residency in Atlanta and Augusta, Georgia. He is also a member of the Texas Dental Association and The American Dental Association. He currently participates in numerous hours of continuing education annually to aid in his commitment to excellence in treatment.
Dr. Nelson was nominated for Texas Dentist of the Year in 2020 and was awarded the title of Fellow in the International College of Dentist in 2021. Most recently, he earned the 2022 Lifelong Learning and Service Recognition for his commitment to lifelong learning. He is a board member of the Dallas Chapter of the Texas Academy of General Dentistry and is currently serving as the Chair of the Lone Star Dental Conference.
Dr. Nelson and his wife, Beth have four children and nine grandchildren. He enjoys hunting, fishing, and other outdoor activities and has participated in a number of ministry and service endeavors both at home and abroad in the Dominican Republic and Honduras.