About Us

Ultimate Smiles Dental Laboratory is a small family run boutique dental lab located in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

John Nelson


John Nelson is from Provo, Utah.   With over 40 years of experience and continuing education, John stays on top of the curve.  He is a CDT that is a LVI Master Neuromuscular Technician, Pankey Trained, and has studied under some of the finest cosmetic technicians in the world.

When John isn’t in the office, he enjoys spending time with his family riding dirt bikes, downhill mountain biking, jeeping, snowboarding, and much more.  He coached his children’s hockey for 14 years, and stays active in the community by volunteering at the New Mexico Mission of Mercy charity events that provides free dental services to thousands of New Mexicans.


Mickey Nelson


Mickey joined John in the lab while attending UNM in Albuquerque almost 30 years ago.  She designs work with InLab by Sirona and continues to stay up on the latest technology in the digital field.  When Mickey is not working, she is running in the foothills of Albuqueque with her dog, mountain biking, or donating her time. 


Ilyssa Nelson


John and Mickey’s daughter, Ilyssa Nelson was born and raised here in Albuquerque.  From a young age, she helped out in the lab.  After going to college and earning her bachelor degree in Biology, Ilyssa decided that she wanted to continue the family business.  She is trained in custom bite splints and the digital design of teeth using InLab by Sirona.  Ilyssa is also a soldier in the New Mexico National Guard.