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 the Doctor

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.

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Meet the Team

Stephanie, Receptionist

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.

Renae, Receptionist

Renae is our Receptionist and Schedule Coordinator with 20 years of experience in the dental field. Renae joined our office in 2012. She loves working at Christopher Nelis DDS because even though it is a professional setting, the staff gets along well and has fun along the way! Renae is also bilingual and fluent in Spanish. She is extremely helpful in translating when necessary to ensure patient’s needs are addressed. Outside of work, Renae loves to bake, cook, and shop at thrift stores.

Richelle, Receptionist

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.

Laurie, 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.

Jenn, 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.

Jodi, 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.

AJ, Registered Dental Hygienist

AJ is a Registered Dental Hygienist with 40 years of experience. She joined our office in 2017. AJ appreciates directly impacting her patients’ overall health and lives through their oral health while building valued “friends and family” relationships. In her spare time, AJ enjoys playing everything and anything outdoors during all four seasons. She is also training a future leader “PAWS” puppy and is busy loving on her two daughters, their husbands, and three precious grandboys.

Kim, 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

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!