Great Teeth Start With Us

We are professionals that set the standard for great dental care in Lubbock, Levelland, Littlefield, Idalou, and Lamesa. Our team works to better your smile no matter how long it’s been since your last appointment.

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Our Team

Dr. P’Jay Merrell

Dr. P’Jay Merrell was born and raised in Quitaque, a small town in the Texas panhandle. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Texas Tech University. After graduation, Dr. Merrell earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from Baylor College of Dentistry in 2012. He continued his training at Baylor, completing a 3-year specialty program, earning a certificate in Prosthodontics and a Master of Science Degree in Oral Biology. As a Prosthodontist, he obtained advanced skills in treating patients with complicated esthetic (cosmetic) and functional needs. His training allows him to provide an advanced level of comprehensive care for his patients. Achieving optimal care that is appropriate to each individual is paramount to Dr. Merrell.

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Dr. Kathleen Nichols

Kathleen Nichols, D.D.S., FAGD, has practiced in Lubbock for 30 years, opening her practice after graduating from Marquette University School of Dentistry in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1986. A “Texan by choice,” Dr. Nichols got here as soon as she could! Dr. Nichols has received fellowships in the prestigious, American College of Dentists and the International College of Dentists. Further, she has been awarded a fellowship in the Pierre Fauchard Academy. In June 2015, Dr. Nichols received her fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry.

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Best of the West

Title: Best of Lubbock 2014, 2016

2017 & 2018 Category: Dentist

Contributor: Avalanche Journal


Title: Best of the West 2016, 2018

2019, 2020 & 2021

Category: Best Dentist Contributor: KCBD

Spear Education & Study Club

Staying Ahead?

Dr. Nichols is a member of Spear Education & Study Club which helps dentists achieve clinical excellence and practice success, by supporting doctors with continuing educational resources created and led by some of the most respected clinicians in restorative dentistry today. Our affiliation with Spear ensures that we are committed to providing the most up to date, exemplary patient care.

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Mouth Healthy

Healthy Life

The ADA’s new dental health website for consumers,, has information you need to take better care of your mouth today so it will take care of you for life. Visit your life stage and find tips for healthy habits, top concerns, nutrition, and fact or fiction information concerning dental health.

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