Meet The Team


Amanda M – Patient Care Coordinator

A Little About Me: I started out going to school for dental assisting but during my extern I realized I enjoyed working up front with patients. I have been in the dental field for over 5 years.  I have always been passionate about working with children, which is why my partner and I became certified therapeutic foster parents.  It is a lot of work but so rewarding when you are able to see these little minds grow and learn.  I enjoy spending time with my family and traveling to New Orleans where some of my family lives.

I Love Dentistry Because: When I went to dental assisting school I went in hopes to work for a pediatric office because of my love for children.  It is such a joy seeing kiddos come in excited to see us.  I also enjoy working with parents and helping make their experience as smooth as possible. We want our patients to enjoy coming to the dental office and to be excited about taking care of their teeth.

At Nelson Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics: I am the patient care coordinator.  I am the first person you see when you walk in and I will make sure that at the end of your appointment you have all your appointment’s scheduled and feel satisfied with your care.

Amanda H – Patient Care Coordinator

A Little About Me: I was born and raised in the Northwest.  I have an amazing husband and we have a fantastic little boy!  I have been in the dental field for the past 10 years, but decided to switch to Pediatrics 5 years ago because of my love for working with children.  When I’m not working, I enjoy running, reading a good book, and spending quality time with my family.

I Love Dentistry Because: It plays such an important role in our overall health.  Developing good oral hygiene habits early in childhood can impact us into adulthood.  I love working with kids and seeing their excitement about the overall health of their teeth.

At Nelson Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics: I am one of the faces you will see when you arrive.  My job is to make sure you and your child are well informed and have a positive dental experience from start to finish.


Penny – Dental Assistant

A Little About Me: I was born and raised in the Northwest. I am blessed to be married to a wonderful man and be the mother of three amazing children! We enjoy trips to our cabin on Ten Mile Lake, boating, water skiing, playing on jet skis and outdoor activities. I have worked in the dental industry since 2006 and enjoy working with children.

I Love Dentistry Because: Our teeth not only affect our self-confidence and willingness to smile, but having good oral hygiene habits is also an important part of our overall health.  I enjoy having the opportunity to serve people, and help them learn the importance of good oral hygiene.

At Nelson Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics: I have the opportunity to work with out fabulous team in serving our patient’s dental needs.  I enjoy working as a dental and orthodontic assistant and working with our doctors to educate and serve our young patients and their parents!



Stephanie – Dental Assistant

A Little About Me: I graduated from Concorde Career College in August 2012 and received my Dental Assisting Certificate. I am a true Portlander!  Born and Raised in the Northwest. When I am not working I enjoy spending time in the kitchen cooking and baking and watching food network. YEP! I am a foodie! It is true and dear that I am blessed to live in the food driven culture of Portland. I have two cats (who are basically my children) Sherlock-our part Maine Coon  who has 23 toes in all (True Story) and Watson- our 7 month old rescue kitty we adopted from SW Washington Humane Society.  I am excited to work in an office where I am able to combine my passion for dentistry with my love and excitement for working with kids!

I Love Dentistry Because:  As a young child I loved going to see the dentist and have an obsession with teeth and brushing my teeth as well. My desire is to educate children about the importance of oral hygiene by showing and teaching them the skills they need to succeed in taking great care of their mouth.  My goal is to get them excited about coming to the dentist.   I  love working with kids and being able to be my goofy self. Someday I would love to volunteer my time with Medical Teams International and help those who are affected by poverty, disaster and conflict throughout the world.

At Nelson Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics:  I am a Clinical Pediatric Dental Assistant for Dr. Nelson and an Orthodontic Assistant for Dr. Miller. I enjoy working alongside both Doctors and together we have built a strong, driven, and passionate team to serve you and your child’s needs through their adolescent years and beyond.