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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. Our office staff consists of: Karen, Brenda, Holly, Jill, Deana, Janel, Nancy, Heather and Stevie! 

Please contact us today if you would like to schedule an appointment!


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 her 2 grown sons.

Brenda Lalli

Dental Assistant

Brenda has worked for Dr. Nelson the past 5 years.  She attended the Massachusetts Dental Society Program in Southboro in 2010.  She loves spending time with her daughter and husband, along with her dogs Mac and 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 26 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.  

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.

Deana Nelson

Insurance Benefits Coordinator

Deana joined the staff at Dr. Nelson's office in May of 2015.  She graduated from Andrews University with an MAT in Teaching.  She's worked as a teacher, with kids in after school programs, and at The CASA Project.  She loves spending time with family and friends, going ATVing in New Hampshire, travel  and reading.

Janel Salada Maggiore

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 her husband, Chuck, 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 enjoys ATVing, travel, reading, spending time with her family and friends (and a good margarita) and last but not least, spending time with Stevie, her Havanese and Mojo her cat.


Stevie is a Havanese that greets patients of all ages and helps to relieve the anxiety of being in a dental office.  She is in the reception area daily looking forward to greeting each patient. Stevie trained at Champion Kennels for over a year for her position.  When not working Stevie enjoys long walks, traveling with her family, and atving.   

Heather Russ


Heather joined our office recently at the front desk as a receptionist and scheduler.  Her customer service experience makes her a pleasure to work with.  When not assisting patients with their scheduling, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Mike,  their two teenage daughters, Lindsey and Emma and their two golden retrievers.  She loves to paddleboard and vacation in Savannah and Florida.  


We combine experience with the latest in dental technology to deliver the best patient experience possible.