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Welcoming Dr. Nelson’s Patients

After practicing dentistry for 38 years, Margie and I have decided that it is the right time to retire. It was a difficult decision because many of my patients are like extended family to me. It has been the greatest honor that you chose me to be your dentist and I am proud to have had you as a patient and friend.

Our primary concern when we considered our retirement options was for our patients continued dental care. I wanted to assure a good fit for our patients. The first time I met Dr. Steve Burds from Gateway Dental, I came home and told Margie that he was the one. He has similar philosophies about patient care and safety is a priority. The office is friendly.  I think you will be impressed.

Gateway Dental is an established practice in downtown Des Moines at 1540 High Street, which is less than a mile from our office.  There are 2 dentists, Dr. Burds and Dr. Grant McCaulley and 4 hygienists. They have free parking.

Dr Burds is a University of Iowa Dental School alum and has been practicing dentistry for 20 years. He has achieved a lot more awards and memberships than I ever have! His wife, Colin, is a Physician’s Assistant and they have four children. Most of his interests are family activities. He coaches youth basketball, and he enjoy all his kids’ concerts, games, and events.

Dr. Grant McCaulley joined the Gateway Dental team after he graduated from the University of Iowa Dental School in 2019. He and his wife, Ashley, have a 7-month-old baby and lives in Waukee. Dr. McCaulley grew up in Urbandale. He has enjoyed returning to our vibrant city.

Check out their bios and other info on their website, www.gatewaydentalgroup.com.

As many of our patients are aware, Margie has been slowly working through the list of patients are overdue for routine cleanings because of the pandemic. The next couple of weeks, Margie will be scheduling appointments for January at Gateway Dental. You can contact our office to make an appointment at Gateway or you can contact Gateway Dental directly at 515-244-9565 or info@gatewaydentalgroup.com.

If you have already scheduled an appointment for 2021 at our office, Gateway Dental will be contacting you to confirm your appointment details.

Our mailing address will not be changing for at least six months.

I have already told Dr. Burds that he will love our patients. You are special people. My life has been better because you were a part of it. Thanks for your kindness, trust, laughs, tears, and great memories. Our best to you!

Best wishes and have a great life!

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