Our Dental Team

Front Office Staff


Appointment Coordinator

Sonya Bucek joined our practice in July of 2022. Sonya is the final puzzle piece in Dr Nelson's dream team.  She is a former co-worker and longtime friend of Dr. Nelson and Freedom from the first wonderful practice where they started their dental careers.  Sonya brings with her over 25 years of work in the dental and orthodontic fields, and is beloved by all patients.

In her spare time, Sonya and her husband Jim enjoy going to concerts, sporting events, and spending time with family and friends. Sonya goes above and beyond to greet our patients and make them feel comfortable in our office. If you have a question, Sonya can answer it!


    Appointment/Insurance Coordinator

Gayle Nelson joined our practice in December of 2007.  Gayle is a retired high school business and math teacher who has lived in Arlington for over 30 years.  When she is not at the office her time is occupied by her husband Mike, her golden-doodle Maddie Bell  and 12 grandchildren.  Gayle will be glad to assist you in scheduling your appointments, and will often be the smiling and friendly face who greets you as you enter our office.  



Business Manager

Lena Otwell joined our practice in April of 2023.  Lena is the daughter of the late Dr Wayne Feil who practiced dentistry in Arlington for over 40 years. She has been working in dentistry since she was 17 years old beginning at her fathers practice.  She is an expert in dental insurance benefits and can not only help you decipher your plan, but also help you choose a good plan during your open enrollment.  Lena has 4 children, and 1 grandchild who occupy her time when she is not in our office.


Dental Staff 

    Dental Assistant

Freedom Todd 

has been Dr. Nelson’s chair-side assistant for almost 25 years.  She is a licensed dental assistant by the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners and is certified in nitrous oxide monitoring, radiology (x-ray) and CPR. 

Freedom grew up in Crowley and later moved to the Fort Worth Area. She and her husband Terry live in Fort Worth with their daughter Ashlynn, and her dogs.  Freedom strives to make each patient is as comfortable as possible during their dental procedure.  She welcomes each patient with a smile, and her gentle nature makes her a favorite with patients and fellow team members.  Freedom will make sure all of your questions are answered before, during and after treatment.




Amanda Boettger 
joined our dental team full-time in June of 2018. However, she has helped out in our office since obtaining her dental hygiene degree from Tarrant County College in 2011.  Prior to that, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Family Studies, minoring in addictions and recovery from Texas Tech University. Having this background, Amanda is particularly sensitive to  the needs of her patients. She has years of experience working with children, people with special needs, and people with severe dental anxiety.    

Amanda loves to spend time with her family. Her husband Keith works for Mansfield ISD. They have 2 children Benjamin and Michaela.  Amanda is active in her church, volunteering in the community, and in Boy Scouts of America. 



Tori Pollak joined our team in August of 2023.  Upon meeting Tori, the response from our patients and staff was unanimous, she was part of the Nelson Family.   Tori received her Dental Hygiene degree from Texas Womens University.