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Meet The Team

Dr. Robert Nelson


A New York native, Dr. Rob Nelson grew up in Delmar and is the youngest of three children. He attended St. Bonaventure University where he received his Bachelor's Degree in Biology. Following in his father's footsteps, he later attended the University of Pennsylvania's School of Dental Medicine for his Doctorate. After finishing his doctorate, he was a resident at St. Peter's Hospital in Albany, completing hundreds of hours of study and specialized training for all aspects of dentistry. He is dedicated to excellence in cosmetic and general dentistry and keeps up-to-date on the latest technologies.

Dr. Rob is a current member of the American Dental Association, the New York Dental Association, and the local Third District Dental Society. He has been a doctor in our practice since 2007. Patients have said they love how he explains every detail and always does what is right for them. When he is not practicing dentistry, he spends most of his time with his beautiful wife and two children. He is a huge automobile enthusiast and loves the outdoors.

Dr. Gary Nelson


Dr. Nelson was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. He attended Union College in Schenectady where he earned his Bachelor's Degree in both Biology and Chemistry. He received his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and completed his General Practice internship and residency at Albany Medical Center. Dr. Nelson is a fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry and holds Board Eligible status in the International Association of Orthodontics. He is also a member and past Treasurer of the Third District Dental Society and the New York State Dental Society.

Dr Nelson loves what he does and makes his family practice welcome to all. He strives to have all of his patients feel at home and takes pride in his gentle touch and honesty. His patients have become patients for life!

Dr. Nelson enjoys playing golf, travelling (especially to Aruba) and is a car enthusiast. He loves spending quality time with his adoring wife, Peggy, their three children, seven grandchildren and of course, their dog, George.

Dr. Victoria Milward


Dr. Victoria Milward has a B.S. degree in Biology from SUNY Albany and a doctorate in Dentistry from the State University at Buffalo, School of Dental Medicine.  Her residency was completed at the Stratton VA Hospital in Albany.

Katie Diamond

Practice Manager

Katie became the full time Practice Manager in 2013, but is no stranger to Nelson Dental Healthcare! She is part of what makes Nelson Dental Healthcare a family practice. Daughter to Dr Gary Nelson and sister to Dr Rob Nelson, Katie has been a part of this wonderful practice her entire life.

Katie attended Le Moyne College in Syracuse and received her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from SUNY Albany. After college, Katie worked in different dental offices in Manhattan and the NYC area as well as in Saratoga County. Before becoming a permanent part of our team, Katie was in sales, working for two of the largest dental distributors in the country.

Katie spends as much time as she can with her wonderful husband and two boys. She lives for the summer when they go camping and head out on their boat on Lake George.

Rhonda Owen


Rhonda graduated with Honors from Hudson Valley Community College in 2001. In recognition for her outstanding scholastic performance, Rhonda received the highest honor for academic and clinical proficiency in dental hygiene. As a result of her dedication to her studies she was awarded the "Gerard A. Ripp Memorial Award" and the "Albert H. Stevenson Award."

Rhonda has been a part of the dental community for nearly 18 years and has been practicing dental hygiene since 2001 with Nelson Dental Healthcare.  We are so lucky to have such an enthusiastic and caring hygienist be a part of our team!  Our patients appreciate her knowledge of dentistry along with her gentle touch.  Check out her amazing reviews and you will see for yourself! 

A resident of Columbia County, New York, since childhood, Rhonda enjoys spending time with family, traveling, the beach, sailing, and running.

Nancy Farrell


If you are looking for professionalism, a warm smile and someone to make you laugh, then Nancy is the Hygienist for you! Nancy has been a part of the Nelson Dental Healthcare team since early 2015 and a Hygienist for over 30 years.  She clearly chose the right profession for her and our patients love her!

Nancy is happily married and has 2 grown children.  She enjoys travelling to be with her close family as often as she can.

Crystal Lushia

Registered Dental Assistant

Crystal is a native of Upstate New York and has been a part of the dental community for the past 20 years.  She graduated from Monroe Community College where she earned a certificate in Dental Assisting.  She further continued her education and gained her New York State license in Dental Assisting in 2005 and received her DANB Certification for Orthodontic Assisting in 2006.  Crystal loves what she does and it shows!  She not only brings many years of dental assisting experience to our office, she also has years of office and practice management.

Crystal has been with us since July 2014 and is a wonderful part of our team!  Outside of the office, Crystal enjoys kayak fishing, snow shoeing and spending time with her family.


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