Cottonwood Dental

Our Team

Our Team

At Cottonwood Dental, we have put together the greatest team you could possibly have. Our staff has over 150 years of combined experience! We love interacting with you, the patient, and often times, we find ourselves calling you our friends instead of patients.

Please feel free to take a second to get to know the greatest staff around because I assure you that we will take the time to learn about you when we have the honor of seeing you at the office.

Meet Our Team

Dr. Cody Boseman - General Dentist

We are so happy to have Dr. Cody Boseman with us at Cottonwood Dental. He is carrying on the Boseman dental legacy. Cody grew up in Salt Lake City and attended East High School. He went to Utah State University for his undergraduate degree in Aviation Management. Before pursuing a career in dentistry, he owned/operated a boat dealership, worked as an airplane mechanic, and then became a pilot for a regional airline.

He received his dental degree from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, and then returned to Utah to complete a residency at the Salt Lake City VA hospital.  There, Dr. Cody was able to gain advanced knowledge in the areas of implant surgery, sinus grafting, bone grafting and sedation dentistry.  He then came to join his dad and uncle at Cottonwood Dental. 

Although Dr. Cody has accomplished a lot professionally he is most proud of his accomplishment as a father to his son Jett.  Dr. Cody is also a founding member of the non-profit organization the Jett Powered Foundation, which benefits the families of kids with rare neurological disorders. 

When Cody isn’t at the office, he enjoys wake-boarding, jumping out of airplanes, flying airplanes, and Crossfit.

Dr. Melissa Pysnak - General Dentist

Dr. Melissa Pysnak used to work evening hours at Cottonwood Dental, but has now joined us full-time in the office. She grew up in Bountiful, Utah and received her Bachelors of Science degree in Nutrition from Brigham Young University. 

Before pursuing a career in dentistry, Dr. Pysnak served an LDS mission in the Czech Republic where her family is originally from. She earned her dental degree from the University of Utah School of Dentistry and completed a one-year general practice residency at the George E. Wahlen VA medical center. While there, Dr. Pysnak received advanced training in various aspects of dentistry including implant surgery, sinus grafting, bone grafting, and IV sedation.

Dr. Pysnak has participated in dental humanitarian trips to the Dominican Republic and Philippines and loves volunteering in the community. When she isn’t working, you can find her outside hiking, kayaking, camping, or playing tennis. She also enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her family.

Dr. Jerald Boseman, General Dentist

Dr. Jerald Boseman is the heart of Cottonwood Dental Associates. He has been practicing dentistry for over 33 years and is an expert in many fields. One of his favorite aspects of dentistry is placing and restoring implants, and he has been doing that for 20 years. He has donated his time to many great causes, including serving on the Utah radiation control board, CAPIR committee, Give Kids a Smile, and volunteering with geriatric patients at local rest homes.

He has spent the last 12 years involved with the Utah Dental Association. He has served in an array of different positions with the UDA, including President, Vice President, Treasurer, and delegate to the American Dental Association. He has recently started teaching at the new dental school at his Alma Mater, the University of Utah. He attended dental school in Chicago, Illinois, at Northwestern University.

When Dr. Boseman isn’t working, he enjoys skiing, flying, and hanging out with his grandkids. 

Dr. Jody Boseman - General Dentist

Dr. Jody Boseman grew up as an Air Force Brat and has lived all over the world, including Germany, the Philippines, and many different states here in the US. He is a one-of-kind general dentist that has been practicing for over 30 years. 

Dr. Christian Nielsen - Periodontist

Dr. Nielsen attended the University of Utah and received his bachelor's in Biology. He graduated from the University of Pacific dental school in San Francisco and completed his postdoctoral specialty training at the University of Alabama Birmingham.

Dr. Nielsen is board-certified with the American Academy of Periodontology and is an active member of the American Dental Association, and Utah Dental Association. He enjoys skiing, Utah football, and spending time with his wife and children.

Sydney - Office Manager

Sydney has been with us for over 14 years but worked in the dental field long before joining our team. She is an integral part of our office, and interestingly enough, she developed most of her incredible skills from on-the-job training.

When asked what she loves about her job, she says, “Getting to know our patients and working with an awesome doctor and staff.” When you come in to Cottonwood dental, the first thing you will most likely see is Sydney’s infectious smile. We think she may have a cot hidden somewhere in the office because some days it seems like she sleeps here!

It’s a rare occasion, but when she is not here working, you will find her hanging out with her husband, children, and grandchildren or reading, cooking, or touring the country in her RV.

Shelli - Office Manager

Shelli has been making people smile at our office for over 13 years now.  Her bubbly personality, combined with her front office expertise, makes it easy for anyone to like her!

Shelli's favorite part of her job is interacting with patients and co-workers.  In her spare time, Shelli loves working out, waterskiing, hiking, biking, and yoga!

Rachel - Registered Dental Hygienist

Rachel has been with Cottonwood Associates for over 19 years.  Her favorite part about being a hygienist is teaching her patients how to take better care of themselves.  

When not at the office, you might find Rachel either chauffeuring her children around town or volunteering at their school.  She enjoys reading books, watching movies, and of course spending time with her husband and kids.

Pam - Registered Dental Hygienist

We have been lucky enough to keep Pam with us for 26 years. She grew up in Price, Utah, where she developed a love for the outdoors. She eventually migrated up to Northern Utah and completed her degree at Weber State University.

When asked what she loves about her job, Pam says, “Great doctors, great staff, and great patients. I also love helping people have healthy, beautiful smiles."  When Pam isn’t working, you will find her reading, sewing, skiing, or hanging out with her family.  

Gayle - Registered Dental Hygienist

We have had the pleasure of working with Gayle at Cottonwood Dental for 25 years! She hails from Tacoma, Washington, and loves to go back and visit often. Gayle is very well educated and attended a multitude of schools including BYU, University of Utah, Yakima CC, Fort Steilacoom CC, and Utah College of Massage Therapy.

Gayle is revered for her knowledge in body mechanics and ergonomics, and she enjoys sharing her knowledge through lecturing, but also through massage therapy. She has had the honor of treating many celebrities with massage, including Sting and Jerry Garcia. When asked what she loves about her job, Gayle says, “The staff and patients.”

When Gayle isn’t working at the office or spa, you’ll have a hard time finding her because she enjoys traveling the world.  

Jasmine - Assistant

Jasmine has been assisting here at cottonwood dental for over three years and we have been so lucky to have her as part of our dental family! Jasmine's laughter in the office can always be heard as she's constantly making someone smile.

When not in the office you can find Jasmine tearing it up at the gym, adventuring outdoors or shopping at Target, because let's face it, everyone loves Target. 

Michelle - Assistant

Michelle comes to Cottonwood Dental with over 12 years of assisting experience!  We are very lucky to have her as a part of our office! Michelle is always making patients smile and feel at ease when they come in to visit us.  When Michelle isn't in the office you might find her traveling the world or spending time with her family and her friends. 

Hannah - Assistant

Hannah has just joined the Cottonwood Dental family all the way from Pocatello, Idaho! Hannah's favorite part about dental assisting is "getting to know the patients and making sure their time at the dentist is a great one!" When not in the office you can find Hannah skiing, mountain biking, or taking her Corgi, Dixie for a walk.

Amy Rigby - Business Manager

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