Dentist in Lawrence, KS
All our professionals at Lawrence Dental Studio, L.L.C. maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest trends in dentistry.
Dr. Nick Salava grew up in Burlington KS, received his undergraduate degree in human biology from The University of Kansas in 2006 and then worked in dentistry for several years before attending and graduating with his dental degree from A.T. Still University, Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health. While in dental school he also received his graduate certificate in public health, was involved in multiple research projects, and accumulated several service and academic awards. Following dental school, Dr. Salava continued on for a year and a half as a Periodontal Resident at the University of Iowa, College of Dentistry, emphasizing his focus on advanced periodontal disease and dental implant therapy. Dr. Salava practices with a strong foundation in evidence-based dentistry and focuses on making your health and comfort his top priority.
Nick, his wife Kelsi, and their two daughters recently moved to Lawrence and are looking forward to being involved in the community. They enjoy their church, vacationing, hanging out with friends and family, and spending time outdoors.
“I’m truly excited to join Dr. Gatti and the team at the Lawrence Dental Studio. It is an honor to contribute and work with such an exceptional group. I look forward to continuing the highest level care that you have come to know and love from the Studio.”
Dr. Gatti is a graduate of the University of Kansas and received his dental degree, with honors, from the University of Missouri – Kansas City in 1983. He is a member of the academic honor societies Phi Kappa Phi and Omicron Kappa Upsilon. Dr. Gatti served as an Associate Clinical Instructor at the UMKC School of Dentistry before starting private practice in Lawrence.
Dr. Gatti strongly believes in continuing education and has averaged well over 100 hours of continuing education per year since graduation, much greater than the required 30 hours yearly. He also believes in continuing education for his team and has chosen to spend the resources of time, effort and finances on the development of each individual’s knowledge and abilities as well as his own. Under the leadership of Dr. Gatti, the team has invested heavily in the behavioral aspects of healthcare as well as leading edge clinical dentistry. Dr. Gatti is an active member of several dental organizations, including:
LD Pankey Institution, Alumni Association
American Academy for Oral and Systemic Health
Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine
American Dental Association
Dr. Gatti is a firm believer in our community as witnessed by serving on a multitude of boards. He is a past president of Leadership Lawrence and the Boys and Girls’ Club of Lawrence, to name a couple. Most recently he served on The Biological Sciences Advisory Board of The University of Kansas. Dr. Gatti’s main clinical focus has been directed toward cosmetic and long term restorative dentistry, TMJ and dental sleep medicine, including CPAP intolerance and snoring cessation.
Dr. Gatti and his wife Melody have been married since 1982 and have two sons, John (wife Emily) and Tony (wife Jessica). Dr. Gatti has the knowledge that can only be gained by numerous hours of continuing education combined with over 35 years of clinical dentistry – experience is a great teacher! You will find him to be incredibly passionate about dentistry and his unique style of practice.