Melissa Emch RDH Nurture Family Dental Best



Melissa​ received her Bachelor of Science degree from Western Michigan University and then went on to earn another degree in dental hygiene from Lansing Community College. With over 10 years of hygiene experience, Melissa’s attention to detail and enthusiasm to maintain high standards in the profession of periodontics are truly appreciated by her patients and dental team. She brings an extensive knowledge and a caring passion for dentistry through health and wellness to all of her patients, making them feel at ease by building personal relationships, confidence, and trust. Along with her gentleness and understanding nature, she is extremely devoted to educating patients on their individual needs.

Joining Nurture Family Dental in January of 2017, Melissa has quickly made a large, positive impact on the practice. Using her keen eye for interior design, she helped transform our practice into the comfortable and welcoming place it has become by designing a vast majority of the space within!

Together with her husband, Dave, Melissa enjoys spending time with their seven children, traveling north to Michigan's many wineries, gardening and using her artistic touch in restoring furniture and freelance interior design projects.  

Ashley Daher RDH Nurture Family Dental Best

Clinical Lead

Ashley received her bachelors degree in dental hygiene from the University of Michigan, and joined Nurture Family Dental in late February, 2017. Since joining the practice, Ashley has quickly received many compliments from our patients on her compassionate care and friendly, outgoing personality. She enjoys meeting new people each day and making sure you are receiving the best care possible. As clinical lead, Ashley guides the clinical team and its process that make your visit friendly, comfortable and smooth, while planning out the future of the department.

Ashley and her husband Josh are proud parents to their daughters, Bailey and Macey. When not busy with mom life, Ashley enjoys time riding her Harley and spending time outdoors.

Maureen Michel RDH Nurture Family Dental Best

Maureen ("Mo") received her degree in hygiene from Mott Community College and is such a joy to be around. It's easily seen that Mo genuinely cares for each patient and loves meeting new people. Her warm, caring personality exudes the great attitude that Nurture Family Dental is proud to provide its patients.

Mo joined Nurture Family Dental in October, 2019. She and her husband, Britt, are proud parents to their daughter Andrea and their "adopted" Emma, whom they welcomed into their home as a foreign exchange student. She greatly enjoys yoga, great food, and spending as much of her summers on the water as she can!



Kerrie Dental Assistant Nurture Family Dental Best

Dental Assistant

Kerrie brought her 20+ years of dental experience to Nurture Family Dental in February of 2018. She has expertise in handling patients of all ages, as well as deep knowledge of orthodontics. Her joyous and fun demeanor brings even more happiness to our practice. Teaming with Michelle in assisting Dr. Kuras, she has helped streamline many of the background operations that keep the office running even more smoothly!

A native to the area, Kerrie knows Brighton and the surrounding community very well. She quickly became comfortable with the practice, as her personality and work ethic are a perfect match for the type of care we strive to provide.

Kerrie and her husband Larry are proud parents to their two kids, Hannah and Shane, and stay busy with their activities. She also enjoys spending time outdoors and going to concerts with friends.

Amie Dental Assistant Nurture Family Dental Best

Amie brought her 23 years of dental experience to Nurture Family Dental in March of 2020. She attended Oakland Community College and has taken numerous CE courses over the years (Temporalmandibular Disorder and pain management being her favorites). She is always laughing, has plenty of great stories to tell and has been a great fit in the NFD family!


Between she and her husband, David, they have 5 children (four sons and one daughter). She enjoys camping, kayaking, hiking and traveling with her family and friends!


Dental Assistant

Holly Dental Assistant Nurture Family Dental Best

Holly joined Nurture Family Dental in January of 2020 after serving the Brighton area for the majority of her career with one provider before he retired. Her 27+ years of dental experience have been a pleasure to welcome to the practice. Holly is a tremendous team player and is has a wonderful ability to make patients feel comfortable and welcome while in the doctors chair! Holly earned her dental assisting certificate from Washtenaw Community College, and is a CDA and RDA!

Living in Brighton with her husband, Todd, and two sons, Garret and Evan (both Brighton H.S. grads now in college), she enjoys traveling, golfing, boating, hiking and snowmobiling as well as cooking and baking for friends and family.


Dental Assistant

Dustin Kuras Business Director COO Nurture Family Dental Best Smart

Chief Operating Officer

Dustin graduated from the University of Michigan-Dearborn with BBA degrees in both Marketing and Management. As our Chief Operating Officer, he takes pride in making sure our office hums along without a hitch! Whether it be our accounting, payroll, marketing, equipment, supplies and many other areas, Dustin loves managing our day-to-day operations and creating long-term goals and visions for the practice.

In his former decade-long career as a Sales and Account Manager for the steel and aerospace industries, Dustin learned the value in establishing lasting relationships with people and ensuring that his customer service to others was paramount. He is very excited to utilize his experience to better your visit to our office!

In his free time, Dustin roots on his Wolverines, enjoys golf, restoring vintage arcade games and loves his life at home with Dr. Kuras and their four kids.