Meet Dr. Melissa

“We shall never know all the good a simple smile can do.” – Mother Teresa

My greatest joy in life is to help people smile, and I am grateful that my profession allows me to do that in many ways! My daily mission is to not only create beautiful and healthy smiles, but to foster a happy experience and make our office a place where people come to feel good. I believe that by choosing to smile more, we can make our lives better and improve the lives of everyone around us. It's a beautiful, self-perpetuating cycle of smiling and feeling good that starts with a choice. I choose to be happy and grateful, and I help others do the same.

If crooked teeth or a painful bite causes someone to smile less, they are not experiencing all the joy life has to offer them. Parents have always understood the value of a confident smile for their children, but I have found that braces can be an obstacle to many teens and adults pursuing the smile they want. I was one of those people. In the fourth grade, I was thrilled to have braces. For years I was happy and confident with my smile, but after several years of not wearing my retainer, my front teeth began to shift. As an adult in dental school, I was no longer thrilled to wear braces! I underwent Invisalign® treatment instead, and was thrilled with the results and the ease of the experience. At that time, clear aligner technology was in its infancy. Now, over 12 years later, there have been incredible advances in the software design and physical properties of the aligners, allowing me to use Invisalign to help people with bites far worse than mine was. 

In addition to the training I received while in my orthodontic residency, I have dedicated myself to the additional and ongoing training that is needed to become, and consistently remain, a Premier Provider of Invisalign. I frequently lecture to local dental offices on the techniques I am using.  I enjoy teaching others about the benefits of orthodontic treatment as well as the technological advances that have made this treatment so much more effective and comfortable.

The technical and personal aspects of orthodontics are a great balance and give me incredible joy. That is why I feel so compelled to give back: to our team, our patients, and our community. I founded the Nevada chapter of Smile for a Lifetime and organized a local board of directors that selects six scholarship winners every year for free braces that I provide. I have also sponsored the Boys and Girls Clubs since 2012. This profession always has you thinking about how you can make a difference in someone's life, and it isn't always with their teeth.

Beyond orthodontics, I love spreading smiles by having fun with family and friends! I met my husband, Cullen, while learning how to white water kayak during our time together at UNR. We moved back to Cullen's home town of Carson City in 2008, and we are thrilled to be living right next to the mountains and raising our son, Cavery, to enjoy the great outdoors as much as we do. If I'm not at the office, you can find me on the trail either running or mountain biking, or look for me tele-skiing at Kirkwood and Heavenly. I also love to kiteboard, read inspiring books, write poetry, and play the violin. I look forward to meeting you!

“A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.” – William Arthur Ward

Education

Experience

  • Traveler –  South America, January-May 2008
    • Spanish studies in Peru
    • Hiked Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
    • Climbed 20,000' peak in Bolivia, Huayna Potosi
  • Orthodontist –  The Dentists' Office, Fallon, 2008-2013
    • Damon System, Invisalign
    • Vector Tas mini-implant system
    • Combined orthodontics and orthognathic surgery
    • Volunteer, Give Kids A Smile 2008-2011
  • Orthodontist and Owner – Carson City Orthodontics, Carson City, 2012-Present
    • Damon System, Invisalign Premier Provider
    • Vector Tas mini-implant system
    • Combined orthodontics and orthognathic surgery
    • Volunteer and scholarship provider, Smiles For a Lifetime

Professional Affiliations

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It Feels Good to Give Back

We are proud to offer our Patient Rewards Program to recognize your accomplishments and congratulate your winning achievements. Earn points to redeem for prizes, gift cards, and more! In addition, we take part in Smile For A Lifetime, an organization that provides orthodontic scholarships to patients struggling with financial challenges.

OUR CORE VALUES

Kind

  • choose kind words
  • always go the extra mile
  • give lots of hugs & high fives
  • smile at everyone

Fun

  • enjoy the journey
  • celebrate the little things
  • laugh out loud
  • say and feel Woohoo!

Grateful

  • always say thank you
  • acknowledge what went right
  • welcome challenges as opportunities to grow
  • share the abundance

Original

  • think outside the box
  • take the path less traveled
  • lead by example