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

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. Joseph R. Gatti

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.

Marsha Jones

Marsha became interested in the field of dentistry and dental hygiene through the influence of her childhood orthodontist.  She began her career with a part-time dental assisting position when she started college.  She subsequently attended the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Dentistry, graduating in 1976 with a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene.

Marsha has previous experience in the specialty area of periodontics and has enjoyed, and appreciates, the knowledge she has gained in the area of restorative and esthetic dentistry.  She joined the practice in 1999.

In her leisure time, Marsha enjoys reading, running, playing the piano, gardening, gym work outs and activities with family and friends.  She and her husband, David, are proud of their two children, Kristen and Greg, and their son-in-law, Jarrod.  Grandchildren, Treven and Kendel, bring true joy and pleasure to her life!

 “At Lawrence Dental Studio, we have a unique and caring environment that supports and encourages life-long learning and personal success and development for each of us.  This allows the opportunity to serve our wonderful clients in the best manner possible.”

Mona Groene

Mona and her husband Randy reside in Ottawa, Kansas.  They are the proud parents of three grown children; Jason and his wife Kelly, Aimee and her husband Nathan, and their youngest son Grant.

In her spare time, Mona enjoys walking, antiques, cooking, sewing and any activity that involves her large extended family.  The Groenes are confirmed home remodelers, always planning the next project.

“I have been a dental assistant for over 40 years.  I have always been fortunate enough to work with dentists that provide their clients with exceptional dentistry.  Dr. Gatti, Marsha and Bridget are not only great people with whom to spend my day, they are, in my opinion, some of the most talented dental professionals with whom I have ever had the privilege of being associated.  The care they provide for their clients is absolutely wonderful and I am thrilled to be a part of the Gatti team.  It is so much fun to be a part of all the great smiles that are created within the walls of this Dental Studio”

Bridget Clark

Bridget is a Nebraska native, but has called Lawrence home since 2005. She is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she received her Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene degree. She comes to the Studio with nearly 26 years of dental hygiene experience.

Bridget’s passion for hygiene began as a young girl. She remembers being appointed her ailing Grandpa Hank’s “denture keeper” while he lived with her family.

“There was just something so absolutely satisfying about handing those clean dentures back to him! It felt like the one small thing she could do to make a difference in how he felt for the day.”

Fast forward many more years than she’d like to admit, and Bridget still feels that same sense of satisfaction when given the opportunity to help people attain their greatest level of health. When she is not at the Studio, you will find her spending time with her husband and four children, running, reading, painting and enjoying all things outdoors.

Joseph R Gatti, DDS PA

Dentist – Lawrence 5100 Bob Billings Parkway Suite 110

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