Meet The Team

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Meet your Lancaster, MA Dental Team - Theodore R. Nelson, D.D.S., P.C.

Theodore R. Nelson, D.D.S., P.C. Dental Team

Every individual brings many strengths that make our Lancaster practice a collective family. Left to right we have Jill, Nancy, Heather, Stevie, Dr. Nelson, Karen, Janel, Holly and Brenda.   

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Karen Johnson

Dental Assistant

Karen began her dental career in 1976 working in orthodontics, endodontics, and in general dentistry.  She has maintained her CDA and LDA.  She enjoys every aspect of dentistry and helping our patients have an easy, comfortable dental experience.  She loves practicing yoga in her free time and her favorite place to visit is Martha's Vineyard.  She loves spending time with her husband and two sons, daughter-in-law and new granddaughter.  She also enjoys time with her little Havanese, Misty. 

Brenda Lalli

Dental Assistant

Brenda has worked for Dr. Nelson the past 10 years.  She attended the Massachusetts Dental Society Program in Southboro in 2010.  She loves spending time with her daughter and husband, along with her dog, Joplin and her cat Charlie.  Brenda enjoys nature, yoga, family, friends, and volleyball.


Holly Nosek

Dental Hygenist

Holly graduated from Forsythe Dental Center in 1977 and then from Northeastern University in 1978 with a degree in Health Science.  She has worked for Dr. Nelson for 30 years.  She enjoys spending time with her husband Jon and her sons Joel and Chad, and their many friends.  She enjoys camping, kayaking, snowshoeing, skiing, reading and spending time in Maine and on Cape Cod when she is not working.  

Holly has enjoyed being involved with breast cancer charities.  She has walked in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer twice and she and her husband have volunteered many years for the Susan G. Kolman 3 day walk.  

Heather Russ


Heather came to our office with a background in customer service.  She grew up in the Clinton-Berlin area and is known by many of our patients. She is the voice of the office and greets each patient warmly by either phone or when they come into the office.  Her customer service experience helps put the patients at ease.  When not assisting patients with their appointments and care,  she enjoys spending time with her husband, Mike,  their two  daughters, Lindsey and Emma and their two golden retrievers.  She loves to paddle board, and vacation in Savannah and Florida.  

Jill Hodson

Dental Hygenist

Jill graduated from Loma Linda University School of Dentistry in Loma Linda with a BS. in dental hygiene in 1999.  She has been working for Dr. Nelson since March 2010. She and her husband live with their 3 children, Dean, Luke, and Kate, along with a cat named Mittens.  Jill enjoys volunteering at her church and children's school, reading, baking and playing the french horn.

Janel Salada

Dental Assistant

Janel has a degree in Social Sciences and maintains her CDA and LDA.  She has worked in the dental field for 15 years. Janel enjoys spending time with friends and family and is a proud aunt to her two nephews.  She has been actively involved in the Worcester Chapter of the Junior League.

Nancy Nelson

Office Manager

Nancy has worked in the dental office since she and Dr. Nelson purchased the practice in 1986.  She graduated from LSU in 1985 with a MA in Educational Administration. Nancy started out in the office as a dental assistant and eventually migrated to the front desk area. Nancy enjoys travel, reading, movies, spending time with her husband, grown children, good friends, and last but not least, spending time with Stevie, her Havanese.  

Bubbles Blaney

Insurance Coordinator

Bubbles Blaney joined our office recently as the Insurance Coordinator.  She is here to help our patients' navigate their insurance plans.  Bubbles has worked in the dental field for 10 years.  If any of the doctors do a treatment plan for you,  Bubbles will be the one going over it with you.  She battles the insurance companies to maximize our patients' insurance.  

When Bubbles is not working, she is living life to the fullest.  She loves zip lining and sky diving.  In the summer she can be found on the beach with a good book.  Bubbles also spends time with Stevie, our office Havanese.  

Rachel A Girouard

Registered Dental Hygienist

Rachel Girouard, a Registered Dental Hygienist is joining our office for Fridays.  She graduated in 2017 from Quinsigamond College with her Associates Degree in Dental Hygiene.  In 2016 while in school, Rachel received the Massachusetts Dental Hygiene Association Clinical Excellence Award.  Since graduating, Rachel has spent time working with children and more recently patients of all ages.  When not doing hygiene, Rachel loves to spend time with her young daughter.  We are excited to have her join our staff.  

Laura J Blash

Licensed Dental Assistant

Laura is a licensed Dental Assistant specializing is periodontal and surgical assisting.  She graduated 17 years ago from the New England Dental Assisting School in Worcester.  Laura has been assisting Dr. Hopeck for several years.

Laura and husband are the proud parents of twin boys.  When not busy assisting she enjoys spending time with her family and horseback riding.  She is also an accomplished baker.  Her co-workers enjoy sampling her cupcakes and cakes.  

Stevie the Havanese

Office Emotional Support Manager

Stevie, the Havanese, is a loving and social 13 year old silky Havanese that greets patients.  For patients that want to pet and love her, she is available.    She spends her days up by the front desk making everyone's day a little brighter. She is able to help  with the stress of being in a dental office.  Stevie posts to Instagram under stevie_the_havanese.  

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