Meet the Team

Get to know your dental team in Meridian, ID.

Your Partners at Restoration Dentistry

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Dr. Clayton grew up in Southern California in a family of six kids. From a young age, he developed a love for the mountains, desert, and wide open spaces. He has always loved riding his bike, cooking new recipes, and playing music.

Our dentist always knew he wanted to work with his hands, and at Restoration Dentistry, he does exactly that. Dr. Clayton combines the art of dentistry with his expertise to heal and restore each day.

One of his favorite parts of the day is getting to know patients like you and hearing your story, passions, hobbies, and creating long-lasting friendships.



Eliza grew up in Boise and was elated to return here to raise her family. She loves connecting with people in our community and helping them find hope in a different kind of dental experience here at Restoration Dentistry. The best part of her job is getting to make so many new friends while educating them about our dental services.

Our marketing director, Eliza, is Dr. Clayton’s wife and they have two boys ages 3 and 5. Together, they enjoy hiking, biking, camping, and playing on the river. A fun fact? She loves connecting with other women and supporting them, and would love to become a birth doula one day.


Office Coordinator

Tessa is #4 of 5 kids and was raised half in the Treasure Valley and half in Northern Utah. As the office manager at Restoration Dentistry, she loves seeing the difference and relief patients achieve from easy access to great dental care. Tessa also enjoys connecting with our visitors and creating a safe space where they feel comfortable from start to finish.

Outside the office, she stays busy with her husband and kids. When she has time to herself, she loves to decorate cakes (you can find her work at @ollimaicakesOpen Instagram page (open in new window)). A fun fact? Tessa’s bucket list includes traveling to Melbourne, Australia for the Australian Open.

“I decided to join this awesome team because Dr. Clayton has such a passion and you can feel how excited and inspired he is and it’s easy to get excited with him and understand his vision.”


Dental Hygienist

Monica has lived in Idaho since 1999 and loves our state’s four seasons and outdoor recreation. Her mom and grandmother were both nurses but hated the hours, and Monica found that dentistry offers a much better work-life balance. At Restoration Dentistry, she loves getting to know our patients and teaching them about their oral health and the oral-systemic connection.

In her spare time, you’ll likely find Monica somewhere with friends playing volleyball (whether it’s indoors or outdoors). She also likes to spend time with family; this includes dirt biking, snowmobiling, hiking, camping, skiing, boating, fishing, and rock climbing. Monica also loves to travel, and her favorite quote is, “Life is not happening to you; it’s happening for you.”


Dental Hygienist

Sammie Nicolello grew up in the beautiful wilderness of Alaska, where she met her husband, Tim. They ventured to Idaho to pursue their studies at the University of Idaho, where Sammie completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. Driven by her passion for transforming and enhancing lives, she decided to continue her education at Idaho State University, earning a second Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene. Sammie’s dedication to her patients goes beyond traditional dental care, as she is also trained as a myofunctional therapist.

As a dental hygienist and myofunctional therapist, Sammie finds great joy in cheering on her patients, educating them, and providing comprehensive oral health care. Her optimistic and passionate personality adds tremendous value to the office, as she is committed to delivering the best care and education to every patient she encounters. Outside of work, Sammie’s greatest joy comes from being a supportive mother to her two children. You can find her enthusiastically cheering them on during their t-ball games, gymnastics classes, and flag football matches. In her spare time, she endeavors to nurture her green thumb through gardening and is also learning the art of playing golf. One item on Sammie’s bucket list is to travel to Italy with her husband, immersing themselves in the country’s rich culture and experiences.


Lead Dental Assistant

Jessica Snapp is a dedicated Dental Assistant with an impressive 16 years of experience in the field. Married to her wonderful husband, Drew, Jessica takes pride in being a loving mother to their two amazing children and three furry companions. Growing up in the picturesque Treasure Valley of Idaho, Jessica has developed a deep affection for her home state.

Choosing a career in dentistry was a serendipitous turn for Jessica. With a heart set on healthcare, she initially hadn’t considered dentistry until she was presented with an opportunity to attend a dental assisting program two decades ago. Taking a leap of faith, Jessica discovered her love for the profession and has been passionately practicing ever since. For her, the most rewarding aspect of her job is helping patients overcome their anxiety and empowering them to achieve improved oral health and confidence.

Jessica’s compassionate nature and personal experiences with anxiety make her a valuable asset in the office. She believes in the power of understanding and connecting with others, as she has gone through her own journey of overcoming anxiety. Every step, no matter how small, toward facing and conquering anxiety is a victory, and Jessica considers it a blessing to be a supportive presence in her patients’ lives. Outside of work, she cherishes quality time spent with friends and family, whether it’s enjoying outdoor activities like kayaking and attending concerts or simply relishing a peaceful moment with a comforting cup of coffee and snuggles from her schnauzers.


Dental Assistant

Evan is a Boise, Idaho native who was raised in a vibrant family with three siblings. After graduating from Timberline High School, Evan embarked on a career in dentistry driven by his appreciation for a clean and curative environment. As a valuable member of the team, Evan finds great satisfaction in assisting with operations and ensuring a smooth workflow within the office.

Evan’s willingness and ability to tackle any task make him an invaluable asset to the office. He approaches his work with a can-do attitude, always ready to step in and help wherever needed. Outside of the office, Evan enjoys caring for his three feline companions and dedicating his time to working on and driving his car, indulging in his passion for automotive interests. One item on his bucket list is to drive an Italian supercar through the scenic roads of the Swiss Alps!



Katie was born and raised in Idaho, growing up only a few minutes away from Restoration Dentistry. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communications from Boise State UniversityOpen website (open in new window) and joined the marketing team at Restoration Dentistry because she truly believes in Dr. Clayton’s mission.

In her free time, Katie loves anything outdoors-related, especially during the summer, spending as much time as possible on the lake and river, swimming, boating, or kayaking. During the winter, she stays busy with her family at various Boise State sporting events. Katie’s married and has three children, and she’s semi-fluent in American Sign Language.

Patient Stories
‘‘Wow, what an incredible dental experience! Dr. Clayton is so thoughtful and thorough. He takes his time, and I never felt rushed; he addressed all my concerns. The staff is so friendly and makes you feel right at home. His technology is cutting edge, far and above what most dentists are using. I’m SO glad I found them, and I’m excited to feel confident in my new dental home. 10/10, recommend.’’

- Brenna C.

‘‘Dr. Clayton and his team are always so friendly, thorough, and kind. They have a lot of accommodations to make your visit comfortable and are very in-depth to make sure all aspects of your health are great. I love the family feel you get with the conversations.’’

- Peyton L.

Your Better Dental Experience Starts Here

Dr. Clayton and Monica talking with a patient

At Restoration Dentistry in Meridian, ID, we’re here to help keep you smiling! Whether you have dental anxiety, are overdue for a visit, or feel overwhelmed by your options, our team is here to create a comfortable and stress-free experience.

  • Step 1: Ease Your Mind
    First, our team will get to know you in a calming, safe space. You can sit back and relax in our modern office that feels more like a spa.
  • Step 2: Let’s Work Together
    Next, we’ll discuss your oral and overall health and find the best way to optimize it in a judgment-free way. Then, our team will help you build an anxiety-management plan that you feel good about.
  • Step 3: Keep Smiling
    A healthy, beautiful smile promotes better well-being. Turn to us for all of your dental care needs using less invasive, nature-driven dentistry. Our team will be there for you every step of the way.
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