Our Practice

All professionals at Christopher Nelis DDS maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest trends in the dental field. Read on to learn more about our staff's experience and training.


Meet Dr. Chris Nelis

Dr. Chris Nelis is beyond excited to be rooted in West Michigan. He and his wife, Lauren, were both raised in Zeeland and graduates of Zeeland East High School and Hope College. During his time at Hope College, Dr. Nelis was a member of the Hope Men’s Basketball team and earned a degree in Psychology. Athletics have always comprised a large part of Dr. Nelis’ life. From childhood through his college years, the participation and competition derived from athletics has imparted many attributes such as leadership, discipline and cohesiveness. While at Hope College, Dr. Nelis was voted captain of the basketball team during his senior season. He knows that commitment and dedication required in a team sport has molded him into the individual he is today.

Following graduation from Hope College, Dr. Nelis earned his degree from the University Of Detroit Mercy School Of Dentistry. His time at Detroit Mercy provided him with valuable hands-on experience in an unmatched clinical setting. Upon completion, Dr. Nelis was accepted into a general practice residency through Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago, IL. During his time in residency Dr. Nelis completed additional training in areas such as oral surgery, dental implant placement, emergency medicine, special needs dentistry, Invisalign orthodontic certification, and community outreach.

Although Dr. Nelis and his wife, Lauren, loved their time spent in Royal Oak and Chicago, they knew the environment of West Michigan was where they would want to raise their family. The two now have a two year old son named Bennett. Dr. Nelis and his wife are ecstatic to be rooted in the community surrounded by family and friends. They truly feel blessed to be back and serving the people of West Michigan.


Fellowship in Oral Implantology 2018

General Practice Residency, June 2017

Doctor of Dental Surgery, May 2016

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, May 2010

Meet the Team


Stephanie is our Receptionist and Schedule Coordinator with 31 years of experience. Stephanie joined our practice in 2003. She loves greeting and meeting new people, always trying her best to make sure our patients feel comfortable and welcome. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family – especially her grandchildren and spending time outdoors.

Treatment Coordinator/Receptionist

Jessie is our Treatment Coordinator. She is bilingual in English/Spanish. She will help you maximize your insurance benefits, help you understand your treatment plan and fit recommended treatment into your lifestyle. She enjoys being with family, spending time outdoors, traveling and tackling DIY projects.


Richelle is a Receptionist with an emphasis on insurance claim processing. Richelle has over 43 years of experience, joining our office in 2008. Richelle helps patients understand their insurance and enjoys working alongside our other employees. On her days off, you can find Richelle shopping, watching movies, visiting with her grandkids, and walking her dog.

Dental Assistant

Laurie is a Dental Assistant. Laurie has 22 years of experience and joined our office in 2004. She thoroughly enjoys her work assisting Dr. Nelis with a variety of procedures and loves working in our fun atmosphere. In her spare time, Laurie enjoys hiking, camping, and spending time with her daughter.

Dental Assistant

Jenn is a Dental Assistant with 22 years of experience. Jenn joined our office in 2019. She enjoys having fun at work while making a difference in patient’s lives. Outside of the office, Jenn likes camping, kayaking, fishing, and spending time with her family.

Dental Hygienist

Jodi is a Dental Hygienist. She has 27 years of experience and joined our office in 2004. Jodi loves establishing relationships with patients in a fun atmosphere. On her day’s off, you will find Jodi watching movies, camping, and traveling.

Dental Hygienist

Kim is a Dental Hygienist. She has 25 years of experience and has been at our office since 2015. Kim loves educating our patients on dental health and how it correlates to overall health and building relationships with them. Outside of work you will find Kim spending time with her family, gardening, reading, and running.

Happy Reviews

Travis D.
Dr. Nelis is awesome with childeren. Great staff, very professional and personable. Best dentistry in the Holland area.
Blanca M.
Kim is such a great dental hygienist. She is caring and takes consideration of anything you might be going through!! Thanks for all you do!!
Isabel Q.
It was my first time visiting this Dentist office. I had a great experience. Great and friendly staff. I definitely recommend it them. Thank you for taking good care of me.😊
Erica R.
Yet again this place is Amazing! AJ is great and Dr Nelis has great bedside manner. Will send anyone who is looking for a new dentist here!
Brian D.
Awesome dentist, I didn't trust very many dentist besides Dr Christensen, but seeing Dr Nelis a couple of times I feel completely comfortable with him.
Valeria C.
They work well with you and make sure you know what’s going on and answer your questions to the best of their ability. Totally love going here for my dental care!
Deborah R.
Dr. Nelis repaired my front teeth. They look even better than before, color match is perfect, and my smile looks beautiful again! I am normally very anxious at the dentist, and he and his staff took the time to make me comfortable. Was a ver . Very positive experience!
Nate B.
Chris and his team are great to work with! They are so easy going and make you feel comfortable. I highly recommend them!
Debra S
Got me in for a broken tooth very quickly. Appreciated that options of treatment were discussed. Very friendly and welcoming staff. Dr.Nelis put me at ease. Will definitely return.
Tammy S.
Service was great. Jen was great. The Dr took time to personally ask questions and communicate. You dont always find this So often they just come in and our. Would definitely recommend!
Gina T.
My son recently needed to get a broken tooth pulled, he was very nervous. Dr. Nelis explained every step of the procedure to him as he was working. I would highly recommend going to see Christopher Nelis DDS for your dental needs!!
Kevin P.
Amazing Service! I was on a crunch of time and needed my teeth cleaned quickly! They did exactly that. I can always rely on Christopher Nelis DDS for all my dental needs, the dentist here are Phenomenal and take pride in their work!
Rhenn B.
Dr. Nelis was kind and attentive, he made me feel welcome and comfortable. It was nice to see the usual faces like Lori sitting up at the front desk and Jodi (who always does such a superb job cleaning my teeth). This was my first visit with Dr. Nelis after he took over Dr. Christensen’s practice, who I had been seeing and loved going to for over 12 years. Despite my sadness, I was pleasantly surprised and had a wonderful visit! Dr. Nelis is a great new face to a (still) warm and wonderful place 🙂
Sadie V.
I had a great experience going through the Invisalign treatment with Dr. Nelis. He was very knowledgeable and helpful in explaining the process and answering any questions throughout my treatment. I love my results and the process was overall very smooth. All office staff were also very friendly and kind!
Marcia L.
I was so impressed by the friendliness and professionalism of the staff. Dr. Nelis is so gifted as a dentist, I put complete trust in his skills. I was made to feel very comfortable, and very thankful that I have found a dentist here in Holland.
Erin G.
Dr. Nelis is very personable and knowledgeable in all aspects of dentistry. He and his friendly staff do a wonderful job of making you feel comfortable and I’m very happy with the work that they have done. I highly recommend using Christopher Nelis D.D.S. to anyone who is looking for a dentist!
Marina K.
I worked side by side with Dr. Nelis in this office up until Dr. Christensen retired. Dr. Nelis is an excellent dentist who truly cares about his patients. And I can say first-hand, his work is impeccable. This was my first time actually being a patient there and I knew I was in very good hands! Kim was my hygienist and she is very thorough. Every hygienist in this office is great! Laurie, the assistant is a lot of fun, too! Together, including the gals up front, they all will make your experience enjoyable!