Dental Staff

All professionals at Park Rapids Family Dental P.L.L.C. maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest trends in the medical field. Read on to learn more about our staff's experience and training.

Dr. Lora Nelson - Dentist / Owner

Dr. Lora Nelson has been practicing dentistry since July 2012. She worked as Dr. David Andersen's associate dentist for eight years before purchasing the practice from him in July 2020. 

Dr. Nelson grew up in Cambridge, MN before attending college at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, receiving her Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. She then attended the University of Minnesota where she earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree.

Dr. Nelson is licensed by the Minnesota Board of Dentistry and is a member of the American Dental Association (ADA), Minnesota Dental Association (MDA), and Northwestern District Dental Society.

Dr. Nelson lives in Park Rapids with her husband, Jeremy, who owns Park Performance Chiropractic. They have three young children who keep them very busy: Layla (6), Natalie (4), and Benjamin (2). In her free time, Dr. Nelson enjoys being on the lake, home decorating, spending time with family and friends, and playing with her basset hound, Humphrey.


Dr. David Andersen - Dentist

David grew up in Remer, MN on their family resort. He attended the University of Minnesota for undergraduate and dental school. He graduated in 1992 with his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree and moved to Park Rapids. He was married to Amy in 1994, and they built the current dental office in 2003.  Dr. Andersen owned and operated David E. Andersen, D.D.S. P.A. until he sold the practice to Dr. Nelson in July 2020.  Dave now works Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesday mornings at our office.

David has served on many community and state committees and boards, holding several officer positions along the way. He is a Past President of the Minnesota Dental Association. In 2005, he was selected as the Park Rapids Community Service Award winner and was honored as one of the Minnesota Jaycee’s Ten Outstanding Young Minnesotans. He is also a longstanding a Rotary member and is a former president of the organization.

In addition to his many professional commitments, David enjoys spending time with his wife, Amy, and their lab, Skyler. Whether it be hunting, fishing, or spending time on the pontoon with friends, David loves to be outdoors enjoying all the Park Rapids lakes area has to offer.


Mariah - Office Manager / Dental Hygienist


Mariah joined our office in April 2015 and became Office Manager in July 2020. She was born and raised in Bemidji, MN. She attended Argosy University in Eagan, MN and received her Dental Hygiene degree in 2014. She and her husband, Ben, have two dogs--a Mini Australian Shepherd named Nala and an English Springer named Kona. In her free time she enjoys fishing, hunting, and spending time with her husband and their dogs.  


 Christy - Front Desk Coordinator

Christy is originally from Washington state.  After meeting her husband, John, in 2014, Christy moved to Minnesota in 2015.  John and Christy were married the following summer, and welcomed a baby boy two years later.  In her free time, Christy loves spending time outdoors with her family and friends.


Carol - Dental Hygienist

Carol was raised in Perham, MN. She entered the Armed forces and then went onto college at NDSCS in Wahpeton, ND where she graduated with a degree in Dental Hygiene in 1990. She joined Dr. Andersen's dental team in 1992. Carol and her husband live in New York Mills on a dairy farm. They have two daughters, Sada and Savannah. Sada is mother to Carol's two wonderful granddaughters, Mila and Sage, and her new grandson, Crosby.


Sylvia - Dental Hygienist

Sylvia grew up in Floodwood, MN.  She attended Lake Superior College in Duluth, MN, receiving her dental hygiene degree in 2007.  She lives in Nevis with her husband, Jeff, and two kids, Leah (11) and Jayden (8), and their yellow lab, Rex.  In her free time, Sylvia enjoys baking and spending time outdoors, hunting, fishing, hiking, jogging, biking, paddle boarding, and spending time with her family and friends.


Breanna - Dental Hygienist

Bree was born and raised in Wadena, MN. She attended college at NDSCS in Wahpeton, ND where she got her degree in Dental Hygiene in 2015. She joined our team in April, 2019. She lives in Sebeka, MN on a small hobby farm with her husband, Jake where they raise sheep and chickens. In her free time, Bree enjoys checking trail cameras, shopping, and hanging out with friends and family.  Jake and Bree welcomed their first child, Wiley, in 2019.


Jessica - Dental Assistant

Jessica has been a licensed dental assistant since 2009. She earned her degree at Central Lakes College and joined our office in 2011. Jessica, her husband, Darin, and daughter, Haley, live on a small farm in Deer Creek, MN. In her free time she likes to horseback ride, hunt and spend time with her family.


Kim - Dental Assistant

Kim has been a Licensed Dental Assistant since 2001. She earned her degree from Dakota County Technical College in Rosemount, MN. She received a B.S. in Community Health from SCSU in 2004. Kim and her husband, Aaron, live in Park Rapids with their two boys, Nolan and Logan. Kim is originally from Thief River Falls. When she isn't working she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.