Meet Our Team

Meet Dr. Steckelberg

Dr, Melanie Steckelberg

Dr. Melanie Steckelberg has been setting the highest standards of excellence in dentistry for over a decade! She is a Nebraska native who received a Bachelor of Science degree with a major of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Nebraska Wesleyan University, then earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry. Shortly after graduation, she opened her own dental practice in Lincoln, Nebraska. Dr. Derryl Ogden then gave her the opportunity to take over his practice when he retired.

While in the first years of her private practice, Dr. Steckelberg was a faculty member at the College of Dentistry in Lincoln for nearly five years. She enjoyed working with dental students as a part-time clinical instructor in the undergraduate periodontics clinic. This position was given up once Dr. Steckelberg became a mother. However, she does hope to someday return to teaching at the college part-time. Continuing education is important to Dr. Steckelberg, and she works hard to stay on top of emerging dental research.

Dr. Steckelberg enjoys giving back to her community. She works as a dentist at the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department, has provided dental screenings for Lincoln Public Schools since 2008, and represents Nebraska Dentists as a Treasurer of the Nebraska Dental Association (NDA). Her previous leadership position was as an NDA Trustee, representing Lincoln’s ADA Dentists from 2012-2017. Dr. Melanie Steckelberg enjoys a number of professional affiliations including:

    Dr. Steckelberg in cap and gown.
  • American Dental Association
  • Nebraska Dental Association
  • Lincoln District Dental Association
  • Fellow of the American College of Dentists
  • Capital Study Club

In 2014, she received the Outstanding Young Professional Award from the Nebraska Dental Association.

In October 2018, Dr. Steckelberg was honored to become a Fellow of the American College of Dentists. This photo was taken before to the Convocation Ceremony in Honolulu, Hawaii on October 18, 2018.

Dr. Steckelberg and familyWhen not working at Steckelberg Dental, Dr. Steckelberg enjoys running, yoga, photography, sewing and knitting, and spending time with her husband, daughter, family and friends. She recently has been coaching her daughter’s YMCA volleyball team, along with the help of her husband and the other amazing parents!

Meet the Team

Our staff, led by Dr. Melanie Steckelberg, is highly skilled, uniquely trained and strives to provide energetic and fun-loving service to each patient. Our staff members have specialized training, multiple certifications and years of experience treating patients with the highest level of care. We stay abreast of the latest techniques and technologies by regularly attending continuing education courses and seminars.

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Our staff includes:

Jalyn – Dental Hygienist

Jalyn is our outstanding Dental Hygienist. Jalyn joined the team in July 2021 and she quickly became indispensable. Jalyn grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska, and trained at Central Community College in Hastings.

As a dental hygienist, Jalyn assesses oral health conditions, reviews your medical history, takes dental x-rays, and can help provide appropriate oral hygiene strategies to maintain oral health. Jalyn provides dental cleanings, which includes the removal of calculus and plaque (hard and soft deposits) from all surfaces of teeth. She monitors periodontal health and provides periodontal maintenance services. A dental hygienist is a valuable team member and we are privileged work with Jalyn. Jalyn works Monday through Wednesday at Steckelberg Dental.

Kristi – Dental Assistant

Kristi is our fantastic full-time dental assistant. She assists Dr. Steckelberg during dental procedures, sterilizes instruments and disinfects treatment rooms. Kristi takes dental radiographs, impressions, obtains and updates medical history, and coronal polishes. Kristi sets up the operatories prior to your arrival for your appointment and makes sure that everything runs smoothly. She maintains the day-to-day clinical operations of Steckelberg Dental. Kristi joined our staff in January 2022 and we quickly realized just how wonderful it is to have her on our team.

Kristi graduated from Central Community College in Hastings with a degree in dental assisting. She passed her DANB Board, which is when she attained her title of Certified Dental Assistant. Kristi works Monday through Thursday at Steckelberg Dental.

Jan – Dental Assistant

Jan is our wonderful part-time dental assistant.  She assists Dr. Steckelberg during dental procedures, sterilizes instruments and disinfects treatment rooms. Jan takes dental radiographs, obtains and updates medical history, and coronal polishes. Jan sets up the operatories prior to your arrival for your appointment and makes sure that everything runs smoothly. Jan joined our staff in August 2020.

Jan graduated from Southeast Community College in Lincoln with a degree in dental assisting. Jan worked at the Health Department for many years and retired from dental assisting there.  She answered the call to help us out when we were short-handed and she continues to help us out today.  We are so thankful for all that you do for us, Jan. 

To experience the difference that only a well-trained, professional and courteous staff can deliver, schedule your appointment with Steckelberg Dental today!