The Doctors

DR. JAMES KNOTT

Dr. Knott is a lifelong resident of Council Bluffs. He graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School in 1966. He received a Bachelor’s Degree of Science from the University of Iowa and graduated from the University of Iowa Dental School in 1975. Dr. Knott looked at many opportunities to establish a practice and chose to return to his childhood home, where he has been practicing ever since. Dr. Knott began practicing as a solo practitioner. Dr. Knott is very proud to be part of Omni Dental. The practice has evolved over the past 39 years. Omni Dental now has five doctors and offers multiple services such as root canal therapy, invisalign, oral surgery, implants, crowns, removable partials and dentures, and many more under the same roof. Dr. Knott enjoys staying current with new technologies and advanced techniques through continuing education.  Dentistry has changed considerably over the past almost 40 years since I started my practice. Dentistry is not just filling teeth, it’s become more Holistic. We now know that oral health affects the entire body with direct correlation to the heart, diabetes, pregnancy difficulties and others being studied. Whereas orthodontics were more about esthetics when I was growing up, we know look at alignment and function, looking for a lifetime keeping the oral health and your teeth intact.  No longer do we enter this earth without teeth and have to leave the same. The states requires only 15 hours of education every year, we Doctors at Omni double and triple those requirements so we can stay on the cutting edge of our profession Dr. Knott was married to Stella in 1975. They have three daughters: Alicia, Mary and Kathleen, three grandsons: Ethan, Elias and Liam, and two granddaughters: Megan and Eva. He enjoys walking bicycling, home remodeling projects, cooking, wine tasting, and technology. He is a member of the Queen of Apostles Church, the Knights of Columbus, and the American Legion Post 2 and is a Past President of the local chapter of the Rotary Club International

DR. DAVID L. JONES

Dr. Jones holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree from Creighton University. He is a member of the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and the Iowa Dental Association and is the Past President of the Southwest Iowa District Dental Association. He is also a Fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry – an organization that is committed to lifelong continuing education. Since coming to Council Bluffs, Dr. Jones has focused on developing great relationships with his patients and on practicing the most advanced and comfortable dental techniques. He has trained at the World Clinical Laser Institute – studying minimally invasive laser dentistry. Additionally, he is a member of the Acorn West Study Club in San Diego, CA, which focuses on restorative and rehabilitative dentistry and treatment of TMJ problems. Dr. Jones has also attended the Pankey Institute for Advanced Dental Education in Key Biscayne, Florida. The Pankey Institute’s courses of study are recognized by leading dental associations and attract dentists from all over the world who want to provide their patients with top-quality, personalized care. Dr. Jones is married to Alicia, and they have three children. He enjoys spending time with his family and supporting Creighton Bluejay Athletics. He is also a member of Queen of Apostles Church in Council Bluffs.

DR. ROBERT W. HURLEY

A native of the Omaha/Council Bluffs area, Dr. Hurley possesses an unwavering commitment to maintaining dental excellence and to bringing his patients the most advanced and comfortable technology available. A graduate of Simpson College and the respected University of Iowa College of Dentistry, Dr. Hurley remains up-to-date with developments in dentistry through continuing education, as well as maintaining memberships in prestigious associations including: the International College of Oral Implantology, the Iowa Dental Association (Past District President), the American Dental Association, and the Omaha Dental Association. Dr. Hurley is also a Master in the Academy of General Dentistry – an esteemed achievement – and he has also trained with some of the world’s most prominent dental specialists. Outside of the office, Dr. Hurley enjoys the company of his family and is proud of his successful children. He is very active in his free time, spending it playing basketball and golf, while also enjoying fishing for walleye, pheasant hunting, biking, and snow skiing.

DR. MELISSA NENSEL

Originally from Spencer in Northwest Iowa, Dr. Nensel’s passion for caring service and her enthusiasm for state-of-the-art dental treatment have made her a trusted friend and advisor to her patients. Dr. Nensel received her undergraduate degree from Creighton University and her Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Iowa School of Dentistry. Her experience with the most up-to-date dental technology enables her to offer her patients advanced, comfortable dentistry, achieving excellent results. Dr. Nensel is a member of the American Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry. Dr. Nensel is committed to lifelong continuing education. She is a member of the Midwest Gnathostatic Research & Study Group which meets yearly to discuss varying dental topics. In addition to the many continuing education classes Dr. Nensel attends locally, she has also completed several courses at the Pankey Institute for Advanced Dental Education in Key Biscayne, Florida. The Pankey Institute’s courses of study are recognized by leading dental associations & attract dentists from all over the world who want to provide their patients with top quality, personalized care. At home, Dr. Nensel’s enjoys: spending time with her husband, Brent, and other family and friends; cooking and baking; running; and, supporting Creighton Bluejay and Iowa Hawkeye athletics.

DR. GRANT FLENKER

Dr. Flenker is a lifelong resident of Council Bluffs. A 1972 graduate of Abraham Lincoln High School, he attended college at Creighton University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1976, followed by a Doctorate of Dental Surgery in 1980. Dr. Flenker is a member of the Sioux City Dental Society, which focuses on continuing education. He also attended the Dental Business Mastery Program in Dallas, Texas. Dr. Flenker and his wife, Deb, have three children and eight grandchildren. His hobbies include photography and woodcarving, and he is a passionate hunter. He is a member of the Community of Christ Church.

DR. Kara Mullins

Dr. Mullins joins our team having previously practiced at a non-profit clinic in Southeast Minnesota.  She is dedicated to compassionate, cutting-edge dentistry and working with her patients to achieve their “healthy smile” goals.

Growing up a Husker fan in Kansas City, she attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for her undergraduate degrees.  After finding laboratory science lacking a personal connection, she pursued dentistry graduating from Creighton University School of Dentistry in 2012.  Dr. Mullins follows evidence-based dentistry, providing quality and lasting treatment outcomes.  In line with Omni Dental’s values, she is committed to providing excellent rehabilitative care using advanced dental technology and materials.

Through her career, Dr. Mullins has soaked up local opportunities to learn and give back to her patients and community.  She is a member of the American Dental Association and volunteers in national Give Kids A Smile events.  Her gentle approach and emphasis on patient education put dental fears at ease.  She is excited to return to the Omaha/Council Bluffs area with her husband and become a part of the Omni Dental Family!

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