Meet the Team
Dr. Josh and Dr. Brik are the only dentists in Southern Colorado who spent 5 years after dental school becoming residency trained specialists in both orthodontics and pediatric dentistry. We are excited to welcome Dr. Tanya, a pediatric dentist.
Meet Dr. Josh Erickson
His distinctive training gives him the ability to achieve the ultimate goal of creating healthy, beautiful and confident smiles for your child, all in one specialized location. Designed with your children in mind, our cozy and fun environment combined with caring staff makes our office feel like your child’s dental home.
Dr. Josh’s extensive training and gentle, positive approach will make even the most apprehensive child feel relaxed and comfortable.
- University of the Pacific School of Dentistry in San Francisco, CA Doctorate degree (DDS), graduating with honors
- University of Washington’s School of Dentistry, Department of Orthodontics, Seattle, WA Orthodontic Specialty Certificate
- Masters in the Science of Dentistry (MSD)
- Board Eligible by the American Board of Orthodontics
- University of Tennessee’s School of Dentistry, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Memphis, TN
- Pediatric Dentistry Specialty Certificate
- Board certified by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry
- Continuing education is paramount as he provides comprehensive care in both pediatric dentistry and orthodontics. Dr. Josh maintains active membership in all pertinent local and national professional organizations relating to his specialties.
Dr. Josh is married to his wonderful wife, Teresa, and has three daughters. He enjoys taking advantage of all the activities Colorado has to offer, including, swimming, tennis, mountain biking and adventure racing. He is also an avid BYU, Broncos and Nuggets fan.
Our team consists of a caring group of professionals who strive to make you and your child as comfortable as possible during your visit with us. in one specialized location. Designed with your children in mind.
Meet Dr. Brik Nielsen
Dr. Brik along with his amazing wife Ashley, and their three children: Trey, Emery, and Jackson will be making Colorado Springs their new home.
They are natives of Mesa, Arizona and Dr. Brik comes from a family of dentists. He received his Bachelor of Science from Brigham Young University. He then completed dental school at the University of Southern California. The ensuing FIVE years, Dr. Brik was formally trained in both orthodontics and pediatric dentistry.
Oahu, Hawaii was the headquarters for his 2-year pediatric dental residency at Lutheran Medical Center.
This unique program had him traveling from Oahu to Maui to the Big Island to provide dental care to some of the most underserved children in the country.
He then moved 5,000 miles to Buffalo, New York to complete a 3-year residency in orthodontics at the University of Buffalo. He will be graduating June 2016 with his Master’s of Science, and specialty Certificate in Orthodontics.
In order to further his pediatric dental abilities, while in orthodontic residency, Dr. Brik has been working part-time in private practice at Just 4 Me Pediatric Dentistry in Buffalo NY.
He and Ashley have enjoyed immersing their family in every community they have lived. In Los Angeles,
they became frequent fliers of Disneyland, beach trips, and attending popular television shows in Hollywood. They welcomed their first two children, Trey and Emery, during dental school with Emery being born the week of graduation. For the next couple of years, they enjoyed exploring the culture and beauty of Hawaii. Most recently, the Nielsen’s have been loving their east coast experience. They have been able to take advantage of DC, NYC, Boston, Adirondack Mountain Range, Philadelphia and others. In 2014 they welcomed Jackson, their “Buffalo Baby” into the family.
Meet Dr. Tanya Karnavy
- Lutheran Medical Center, Hawaii: Pediatric Dentistry
- Lutheran Medical Center, Hawaii: Advanced Education in General Dentistry
- New York University, College of Dentistry: Doctorate of Dental Surgery
- University of Denver: Bachelor of Biology & Art
Meet the Team
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KaileyEDDA Dental Assistant
HannahEDDA Dental Assistant
Nicole has been a dental assistant for 11 years and loves being able to get close with her patients and watch them grow up. She was born and raised in Colorado Springs and has a 5 year old son. She loves sports and knows sign language.
Nicole has been a dental assistant since 1998. She attended Western Career College in Sacramento, CA where she received her Registered Dental Assistant Degree. She then went on to receive her Expanded Functions certificate in 2001 from UCSF School of Dentistry. She loves nutrition, hiking, and anything outdoors.
Lisa truly enjoys the challenge of handling the day to day operations of our busy office. Her favorite part is building relationships with our patients and inviting them into our practice family. She also takes pleasure in coordinating the orthodontic treatment of our patients and their parents.
Lindsay is our administrative assistant at our Monument location. She happily assists patients with their scheduling and treatment needs.
Kailey has been a dental assistant for over 4 years and plans to assist for many more. Kailey says one of her favorite things about being a dental assistant is helping ease our patient’s anxiety when going to a dental appointment.
Hannah is a talented dental assist who welcomes our patients with a warm and friendly face to ensure they are happy and excited about coming to the dentist. She is passionate about young children, crazy about Red Bull, has 2 brothers, 1 sister, and a gorgeous niece
Elissa is a new member to the front office staff, she is excited to embark on a new journey that combines two of her passions; working with kids and customer service.
Dawn is Dr. Erickson’s insurance coordinator for our Colorado Springs and Monument locations. She performs and oversees the financial and insurance aspects for our patient’s accounts.
Amanda has been a dental/orthodontic assistant for 4 years. She loves being able to see the children every day and watch them grow with us.
Adam is trained in the latest technology and form of laboratory work for orthodontics. He has a masterful skill to custom design each mouth piece that comes out of his lab. His dedication to quality assures that each one fits perfectly. He personally cares about each patient and that shows through the excellent outcome of his products. He enjoys the outdoors while hunting and camping with his wife, Jennifer, and their three beautiful daughters.