Meet Our Doctors
Dr. Priscila Jelsing is originally from Brazil. She earned her dental degree from a Brazilian dental university in Rio de Janeiro, after which she decided to pursue a specialty degree in periodontics.
Dr. Jelsing was the proud owner of a private dental practice in Rio de Janeiro before meeting her amazing husband, Michael, on a family trip to Sapulpa, OK. This gave her life a new direction and brought her career to America. She joined the staff of Loma Linda University as a professor in the periodontics program. After teaching for a couple of years, she decided to enter the Doctor of Dental Surgery program to receive her American dental license.
After receiving her license, she moved to North Dakota and opened four dental practices in four different communities with the help of her husband.
In 2017, Dr. Jelsing relocated to Tulsa to be closer to family and bring a unique brand of dentistry to the local community. Since then, Dr. Jelsing has developed a first-class private practice, where integrity and skill provide outstanding results.
Apart from helping others with their smile, Dr. Priscila Jelsing is a wife and a proud mom of two girls, twin boys, one Yorkshire, and one golden retriever. She loves cooking Brazilian gourmet food for family and friends, reading personal and professional growth books, and playing the drums since she was 15 years old.
- Received dental training from a Brazilian dental university in the state of Rio de Janeiro
Earned a specialty degree in periodontics
Received her American license as a dentist here in the USA from the Doctor of Dental Surgery program
- Training in dental implantology from Advanced Implant Educators of Augusta Dental College
- Dr. Jelsing is highly experienced in all phases of restorative dentistry…Learn more about our services…
- She has participated in mission trips to underserved communities in Brazil as well as Africa. All are experiences that she will never forget
Worked at Loma Linda University as a professor in the periodontics program
- Experienced in implementing orthodontic treatment as part of The American Orthodontic Society…Opens a new window to the official website…
Spartan Family Dentistry provides excellent care, and the entire staff is very professional. Every visit has been great. Dr. Jelsing really understands how to make patients feel comfortable and take the anxiety away from the dental patient experience. You can tell she loves her craft.
Rich C. (Spartan Patient)
Dr. Lynna Van Merkey received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry, graduating with Distinction. She was inducted to the highly prestigious Omicron Kappa Upsilon dental honor society, receiving the OKU Dr. William S. Kramer Award based on demonstrated scholarship, character, and the potential promise for the advancement of dentistry and service to humanity.
She is passionate about continuing education to expand her knowledge and skills in all areas of dentistry. Dr. Van Merkey has a cheerful, caring personality complemented by a gentle treatment approach. She is committed to providing the highest quality of care to her patients.
Outside of the office, Dr. Van Merkey enjoys spending time with her husband and her fur babies, Winston the standard poodle and Moose the giant schnauzer. She loves to cook, do yoga, paint, and play the piano.
Bio coming soon!