A native of Lawson, Missouri, “Dr. Nelson” graduated from Lawson High School in 1996. After participating on the University of Kansas football team, Nelson earned his B.S. at William Jewell College, with an emphasis in Leadership and Biology.
He went on to serve as a trainer, consultant, and capital campaigns fundraiser for Sigma Nu Fraternity and William Jewell College before deciding to pursue his lifelong dream: following his father’s (Dr. Larry Kanning) footsteps into the family dentistry practice. Dr. Nelson graduated from the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Dentistry in 2013, with Endodontic Honors and served as the founding president of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD). He is proud to carry on his father’s dental legacy, which Dr. Larry began in Lawson in 1975 and transition to Kanning Dental in 2013 once Dr. Nelson joined the team. Dr. Nelson is passionate about building a team of dental professionals who take heart in serving their patients well and the community around them.
Outside of dentistry, Dr. Nelson enjoys spending time with his best friend and wife Amy, their son Hayes and their daughter Collins. Together they enjoy spending time outdoors- mountain biking and camping, but Dr. Nelson especially loves perfecting the art of striping his front and back yard.
- American Dental Association (ADA)
- American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD)
- Spears Study Club
- American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry Charitable Foundation- former President (2016)
- University Study Club- Kansas City