Meet Dr. Melissa Dennison

I am very proud to be a dentist and own a dental practice that reflects my own care philosophy: one based on respect and compassion towards my patients and their needs. My goal is to restore patients’ self-confidence in their smile by using the most gentle, effective techniques.

I grew up in Burnt Hills, New York, in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains. As a child, I always knew I wanted to be a dentist. In 1988, I became a registered dental hygienist and enjoyed working in the dental field very much. After a few years, I decided to continue my education and become a dentist.

In 2004, I received my BA in biology at Cal State Northridge and started my dental training at Tufts School of Dental Medicine in Boston.

While at Tufts, I served on the ethics, professionalism, and citizenship committee, and was the recipient of the Dr. Pauline Fuller Persons Scholarship. I was also honored to receive the Altshuler ethics award, which was established by Dr. Justin Altshuler and family to recognize a student who displays sensitivity and understanding of the role of ethics in the provision of oral health care and the responsibility entrusted to dentists to meet the needs of citizens.

I absolutely loved my time at Tufts. We were exposed to all the specialties and received top-notch training. I enjoy going back regularly for continuing education and to visit whenever I can. 

Continuing education is vital in my mission to provide my patients with the most up-to-date, effective dental care. To this end, I am not only an AGD member, but I have completed my AGD Fellowship Award. Now I am working toward the AGD Mastership Award.

To earn a fellowship award, a dentist must complete at least 500 dental continuing education hours, pass a rigorous and comprehensive exam, and maintain AGD membership for three continuous years. Mastership is only awarded to dentists who have completed a minimum of 1100 hours of continuing education and passed a rigorous exam.

I met my husband Dave, who is a State Farm agent, while I was in dental school. We live in Atkinson with our two Shetland Sheepdogs, Buster and Riley, and our cat Serge. Sometimes the dogs like to visit the office!

In my free time, I love yoga and enjoy golfing, though I am not very good at it. Dave and I also enjoy traveling to visit our family, who live all over the country.

Memberships

  • American Dental Association
  • New Hampshire Dental Society
  • Academy of General Dentistry, fellow
  • American Association for Women Dentists