Meet the Team

You can be confident in Nelson Ridge Dental as your dental healthcare professionals. We are fully trained, skilled, and certified to provide you with the expertise you are looking for. Our team members fulfill their responsibility to continuing healthcare education, attending dental conventions, seminars, and lectures. We want to keep informed about new products and equipment, stay on top of advancements in treatment procedures and techniques, and continually learn how to better serve you and your family as our patients. We are constantly learning to provide you the very best dentistry healthcare services and the latest routine, restorative and cosmetic treatment plans.

Joanna, RDH – Hygienist

  Joanna was born in Blue Island and raised in Homer Glen. She went to Lockport High School where she met and eventually married her high school sweetheart, Paul Etchison. Joanna graduated from Parkland College in Champaign, IL as a Registered Dental Hygienist. She has worked in a general and pediatric office for the past…

Amanda RDH, BSDH – Hygienist

  Amanda fell in love with dentistry when she started working as a dental assistant out of high school. She quickly realized her passion and continued her schooling to become a dental hygienist. Amanda graduated from Parkland College in Champaign and is a licensed and board certified dental hygienist. She proceeded to complete her bachelor’s…

Pamela, RDH – Hygienist

  Pamela was raised in Chicago Ridge and graduated in 2009 from Prairie State College with a degree in Dental Hygiene.  Educating her patients about prevention of oral cancer, periodontal disease and cavities is her daily mission. One of Pamela’s favorite parts of being a hygienist is the relationships she develops with her patients. Joining…

Calla, RDH – Hygienist

  Calla grew up in a small town called Harding. She graduated from Parkland College in 2013 to obtain her license in Dental Hygiene. After working in Champaign Il, she decided to move closer to home in Ottawa and joined our practice in August of 2015. She enjoys improving the smiles of others and the…

Lauren – Dental Assistant

  Lauren has been a dental assistant for 9 years. She has been working chairside with Dr. Etchison since 2009 and has been at Nelson Ridge since the practice opened. She really enjoys taking care of people, and seeing smiles on their faces after a great dental experience. Lauren has four children with her husband…

Jaclyn – Dental Assistant

  Jaclyn grew up in Lockport, and currently lives in a small town called Bonfield. She has been in the dentistry field for 11 years and couldn’t be happier! She joined Nelson Ridge in March of 2012 and feels that being able to help people overcome their fears and be as comfortable as possible is…

Amy – Dental Assistant

Amy has been a dental assistant for 10 years and she loves what she does.  Her job allows her to do what she does best and that is take care of people.  She enjoys the relationships she develops with each and every person. Amy is the proud mother of four beautiful children, 2 boys and…

Ashley – Dental Assistant

  Ashley has been in the dental field for twelve years working in both the front office and as a dental assistant. She thoroughly enjoys working in both sides of the practice and feels it allows her to have great relationships with our patients. Ashley grew up in Lockport and still currently lives there with…

Justine – Treatment Coordinator

  Justine is proud to be a part of NRFD since it’s opening in 2012.She feels that the team members create a true family who cares deeply about its patients and their dental experience. It feels great to provide outstanding care and compassion to our patients. She is a mother of three amazing and beautiful young ladies and…

Kristie – Front Office

  Kristie joined Nelson Ridge Family Dental Team in October 2013. She has worked in the dental field as a front desk coordinator for 19 years, in general dentistry and orthodontics. She has also worked as an dental assistant. Kristie enjoys meeting new people and building personal and professional relationships. She also enjoys helping patients…

Andrea – Front Office

  Andrea was born in Wright City, Missouri and has lived in Manhattan for the past 5 years. She joined Nelson Ridge Family Dental in August of 2014 and loves working with such great people. Currently, Andrea is attending the University of St. Francis to obtain her bachelor’s degree. She loves to spend time with…

Krista

  Krista knew her career would be in the dental field from the moment she had braces. She was determined to motivate others to help them achieve the same confidence she had watching her own smile transform. She graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a Bachelors Degree and then continued to get…