spirit lake iowa dental

ABOUT US

Below is information about Dr. Nielsen and the staff at Spirit Lake Dental.  We look forward to meeting you in person!

Dr. Eric Nielsen, D.D.S.

Dr. Eric Nielsen newBorn in Sioux City, Iowa, and raised in Moville, Iowa before relocating as a teenager to Spirit Lake, Iowa. He has been married to Sally for 38 years. They have two daughters, Abby and Kristin, and one son, Scott. Abby lives in Queens town, New Zealand,  Scott resides in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Kristin, her husband, Jonathon, their son, Owen and daughter Maggie live in Madison, Wisconsin.

Graduated from Spirit Lake High School, and attended college at the University of Iowa, where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts, and received his general dentistry degree from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry (Go, Hawks!). He joined his father’s dental practice in 1974, and has been the sole practicing dentist since his father retired.

Dr. Nielsen was the mayor of Spirit Lake for over 19 years. His love for the community and commitment to its future have forever changed the growth and progress of the lakes area. His passion for both the community and his practice have impacted residents and patients alike. Our patients are his number one advocates for the practice, referring friends, family, and coworkers due to his gentle, painless care for them, not to mention his wonderful sense of humor.

His hobbies include photography, biking, boating, hiking, and skiing. He is a history buff, and enjoys music and music history. His primary enjoyment in his life is the time spent with his family and friends.

Tammy Riesberg, Office Manager

Tammy RiesbergTammy has lived in Spirit Lake, IA for over 20 years and is originally from Carroll, IA. Tammy and her husband, Mick, have three children and five grandchildren.

Tammy got her education from Des Moines Area Community College and has been working in Dental Management for nearly two decades. She loves the daily interactions with patients and the rest of the team. Her mission is not only to make patients as comfortable as possible, but also to educate patients to make the best choice for their own oral health care. Her passion has lead her to become a member of the American Association of Dental Office Managers.

When Tammy is not working at Spirit Lake Dental, she is often on the golf course or on a boat. When the weather isn’t right for either of these outdoor activities she also enjoys pottery.

Christina Syharath,  Expanded Functions Registered Dental Assistant

Christina Syharath newBorn in Freemont, NE, and raised in Spirit Lake, lA. She has a 15 year old son and an 11 year old daughter. Her family includes her parents and 2 brothers.

She attended Spirit Lake High School, and went on to graduate from the University of Northern Iowa as a Communications major with an emphasis in Business and Tourism. Her desire to learn, as well as her compassion for people, drove her interest to pursue additional coursework, and in turn aide in self-improvement of others in areas ranging from professional development in marketing, coaching in the workforce, and conflict management. She has been a member of our team since October, 2011. Christina is a quick learner and not afraid to try new tasks. She cares for patients as though they are family. Her kind nature, soothing voice, and welcoming smile are her genuine characteristics our team and patients experience on a daily basis.

She has volunteered with the Special Olympics, food drives, and the American Heart Walk. Hobbies include skiing, bike riding, rollerblading, hiking, racquetball, painting, and watching football. Her main enjoyment comes from helping her children grow into young adults.

Shannon Olson, Registered Dental Hygienist

Shannon Olson newShannon is a graduate of the University of Kentucky’s Dental Hygiene program. She has over 20 years experience in treating patients in both general and periodontal practices. Shannon is a mother of three.

Melissa Macri, Registered Dental Hygienist

Melissa Macri newMelissa graduated from Argosy University. She enjoys making patients feel comfortable while providing quality care & educating patients how to maintain their oral health. In her free time, Melissa enjoys traveling, boating, fishing, and staying active.

 

Ashley Hass, Registered Dental Assistant

Ashley Hass newAshley is a graduate of Western Iowa Tech Dental Assisting Program. She enjoys working with patients and making them feel great about their oral health. In her free time Ashley loves reading, spending time with her family, fishing, and baking.