‘I believe in this community’
Daniel Nelson wants to be more than a dentist.
In opening his new practice, Springbrook Family Dentistry, the 2010 Panorama high school graduate is looking forward to becoming an active member of the Guthrie Center community. Nelson shared his excitement during Celebrate Guthrie Center on May 2.
“I don’t just want to be here and be your dentist and your dentist only,” he told community members. “I look forward to becoming part of the Guthrie Center community, and I look forward to getting involved in any way I can.”
After his high school graduation, Nelson furthered his education at Central College in Pella before attending the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. He will graduate on May 25 before beginning his career as a dentist in Guthrie Center.
“I wanted to go into dentistry because both of my parents have medical backgrounds, so I was always interested in medicine and dentistry,” said Nelson. “Dentistry helps people eat, it’s essential to life, and it helps people look better and just have a whole better quality of life, and that is just the most rewarding thing for me.”
After the town lost its dentist, Nelson seized the opportunity to open his practice in Guthrie Center, just seven miles away from the town he graduated in.
“I had a lot of opportunities to go elsewhere like Des Moines or a larger practice or something that had less financial risk,” said Nelson. “I chose Guthrie Center because I believe in this community, and I believe in you guys.”
Nelson purchased the old dentist office building, located at 214 State Street. Currently, he is working with Clark Construction to remodel the office, which has been completely gutted.
“I want to remodel to get a fresh start and make it my own,” said Nelson. “It was not an efficient layout to perform dentistry.”
Once completed, the office will include brand new, state of the art equipment, which Nelson says will allow him to treat all of his patients to a high standard of care.
The goal is to have the renovation complete and have the office open for business by the middle of August, but Nelson notes that construction timelines don’t always go as planned and the process could take longer.
Springbrook Family Dentistry could potentially bring two to three jobs to town. Nelson plans to hire a dental assistant and a receptionist, who could dual as a dental assistant, when he opens for business later this year. Later down the road, he hopes to add a dental hygienist to the staff.
As he approaches graduation and the start of his career as a dentist, Nelson says he is most excited about meeting new people and becoming a part of the community.
“I’m excited to meet with everyone and hear what everyone has to say,” he said. “I look forward to improving some lives.”