Native Nevadan joinsValley Pediatric Dentistry |

Native Nevadan joinsValley Pediatric Dentistry

Staff Reports
Special to The R-C |

Native Nevadan Dr. Heather Parsons returns to the area and joins Dr. Todd Gray at Valley Pediatric Dentistry.

Parsons will be providing Northern Nevada youth with pediatric dental care and hopes to educate area children and their families on the value of good oral hygiene and its impact on overall health.

After graduating from Virginia City High School, Parsons attended and received her undergraduate degree in biochemistry with distinction from the University of Nevada, Reno.

She went on to attend Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine where she obtained her doctorate, Magna Cum Laude in 2011.

In 2013, Parsons received her Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry from Stony Brook University Hospital in New York.

“I am excited to be working with such an exceptional and established team,” Parsons said. “Dr. Gray and the staff at Valley Pediatric Dentistry provide our area youth with high quality pediatric dental care in a friendly and fun environment. I look forward to building life-long relationships with our patients, and their families, as well as becoming more involved with our community.”

Parsons said she believes the biggest obstacles to maintaining good dental health are appropriate treatment and education on the importance of oral hygiene.

Growing up in Virginia City, Parsons understands the challenges associated with rural living and accessing dental care due to time constraints and distance to service providers.

She feels that by properly engaging the entire family with fun, effective care and prevention strategies, parents and their children will be equipped to combat the daily distractions and challenges of dental care.

During her free time, Parsons enjoys running her two dogs Bogey and Kobe.

She enjoys outdoor activities such as boating and hiking with her boyfriend, Wisi Betschart, at Lake Tahoe.

Further, Parsons has been active supporting the efforts of various community-minded health care organizations.

Parsons’ volunteerism includes Give Kids a Smile (hosted by Nevada Dental Society New Dentist Committee), which provides preventative and restorative dental services to patients at no cost, and Remote Area Medical. RAM is a free medical, dental and vision program which will offer services to residents of Yerington, Carson City and Las Vegas in October 2015.

It is anticipated that this year’s events will serve between 500-800 Nevada patients per day. For information visit

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