Meet The Doctors


Dr. Melissa Nixon, DMD

Dr. Nixon is a graduate of the University of Florida College of Dentistry. She has been practicing in The Villages, FL and has recently moved to Jacksonville.  She has a great deal of experience in dentistry and is a perfect successor to Dr Gaff. Growing up around dentistry, Dr. Nixon got her start in patient care at a young age, seating and comforting patients in her father's dental practice in Pennsylvania. She quickly gained affection for connecting with patients, as well as an avid love of science. She graduated Cum Laude with her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Dickinson College, where she met her husband Jared, who was a Marine Corps officer at that time. Dr. Nixon still finds time to run half marathons, swim, cook, and spend time with her husband and dog.



Dr. Ryan Garske

Dr. Ryan earned his Doctorate of Dental Surgery at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry in Baltimore, Maryland. Originally from Long Island New York, he moved to Jacksonville, Florida in 2017 to continue his career in dentistry. He is an active member of the American Association of General Dentistry, the American Dental Association and the Florida Dental Association. He is committed to continuing education in order to remain current with state-of-the-art technology, procedures and materials in dentistry.

Dr. Ryan's mission in dentistry is to provide the highest level of professional care for his patients. While educating his patients through each step of the treatment process, his goal is to include and inspire the patient to understand the importance of their oral health.

When he has free time, Dr. Ryan enjoys playing with his dog, Mavis, and his two chickens. Dr. Ryan is also married to Dr. Nixon’s sister (who is also a dentist!). 

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