Meet the Staff

Howard R. Daines, DDS

Dr Daines_Family Dentistry–Brigham City Utah

I am grateful for the opportunity of serving the dental needs of the Brigham City area for almost 20 years. I was born in Okinawa Japan in a military hospital and grew up in Southern Idaho and Cache Valley.

I have been especially grateful to get to know the great people in our community. I love being able to provide comprehensive care for the entire family. We are a prevention focused practice that also loves to provide a full range of dental care. From simple fillings to wisdom teeth and implant services.


  • Utah State University, B.A. Biology with a Korean Language minor 1991
  • University of Washington, Seattle. D.D.S. 1995
  • Fellowship University of Washington DECOD clinic. Dental care of the disabled adult and pediatrics. 1996
  • Continuing education in oral surgery, implants and wisdom teeth.
  • Oral sedation certification & training, Nitrous Oxide training.

Daniel K. Nelson, DDS

Dr Nelson_Family Dentistry–Brigham City Utah

My wife Heidi and I are originally from Cache Valley, so being so close to our parents and siblings is a great blessing. I love the opportunity to serve the Brigham City community as a dentist! This is such a beautiful area and a great place to call home!

Dentistry to me is way more than just the procedures. It’s all about human interaction and positive relationships. My goal is to treat my patients like my own parents, siblings and children. I understand that going to the dentist is often uncomfortable, so we focus on making the visit pleasant. I respect the opinions of all my patients and encourage them to make decisions with me on how to best meet their dental wants and needs.

Some of my hobbies include playing the piano, family history, and playing with my kids. We enjoy going to Yellowstone and other National Parks almost every year.


  • Undergraduate degree from Utah State University (2000)
  • Doctor of Dental Surgery from The Ohio State University (2004)
  • Dental Laser Certified – World Clinical Laser Institute
  • Extensive continuing education in implant placement and restoration

 Jennifer Hess-Lucus, RDH, BS

Jennifer_Family Dentistry–Brigham City UtahJen earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene in 1994 at Weber State University.  She has provided comprehensive dental hygiene care in our family practice since 1998. She enjoys  the relationships she has built with patients over the years, and prides herself in providing gentle, yet  thorough care. She is especially patient with children, and anyone who experiences dental anxiety.
Originally from Tremonton, her family relocated to Brigham City in 2004, where she resides with her husband Craig, and two of her three daughters. In her spare time she enjoys crafting, reading, shopping, vacationing, and playing with her two granddaughters.