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 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.

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.




Michelle received her training from the Stautzenberger Institute and is very happy to be working side-by-side with Dr. Kuras. It's easily seen that Michelle is very good at what she does while enjoying her time with patients. Her warm, caring personality exudes the great attitude that Nurture Family Dental is proud provide its patients.

Michelle joined Nurture Family Dental in November, 2017, and immediately found her groove working with Dr. Kuras. You'll find Michelle making sure your visit with Dr. Kuras is as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.

She is a proud mother to her three kids, Audrey, Nolan and Jake, and loves watching them grow together. She also enjoys making candles in her free time.


Dental Assistant


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.

Kelly has a business management degree from Cleary College along with a wealth of expertise in practice management and dental insurances to help you schedule treatment. When you call us, it will often be Kelly's inviting voice happily assisting you. It's easily seen how much she enjoys working with people, and upon starting with Nurture Family Dental in January of 2017 made an immediate positive impact. She manages our schedule, insurance claims, phone system, referrals and much more. We are very fortunate to have someone with Kelly's knowledge and attitude on our team!

Along with her husband, Greg, Kelly enjoys going to concerts, gardening, yoga and spending time with her friends and family!


Practice Coordinator


Business Manager

Dustin graduated from the University of Michigan-Dearborn with BBA degrees in both Marketing and Management. As our Business Manager, 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 for the practice.

In his former career as a Sales and Account Manager for the steel and aerospace industries for over a decade, 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 restoring vintage arcade games and loves his life at home with Dr. Kuras and their four kids.


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