Meet Dr. Dennis Nutter

Dr. Dennis Paul Nutter is a board-certified pediatric dentist who has been in practice for more than 25 years. He earned his Bachelor of Science in biology and his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Southern California. He completed a combined hospital-university residency in pediatric dentistry at USC. Dr. Nutter has certificates in both hospital dentistry and cleft palate rehabilitation from Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center in Downey.

Dr. Nutter serves as the president of the California Society of Pediatric Dentists, as well as a national lecturer on pain assessment, pain justification, and pain measurement in children. He also sits on numerous committees of the CSPD and is a trustee of the Western Society of Pediatric Dentists.

The doctor is a frequently invited lecturer to the University of Southern California, University of California San Francisco, and Loma Linda dental schools. In addition, Dr. Nutter is a past president of the Napa-Solano Dental Society and a past trustee of the California Dental Association. He has also served as a delegate to the American Dental Association.

Hospital Appointments

Dr. Nutter is on the surgical staff of:

  • NorthBay Medical Center
  • VacaValley Hospital
  • Kaiser Permanente, Vallejo
  • Kaiser Permanente, Vacaville


For more than ten years, Rolling Hills Pediatric Dentistry has served as the primary location for the pediatric dental rotation of general practice residents from two Northern California Veterans Administration dental clinics: Mare Island, Vallejo and McClellan AFB, Sacramento.

General practice dental residents alternately observe the practice of Dr. Nutter, Dr. Garcia, and Dr. Gerber as they diagnose and treat pediatric dental patients in the Rolling Hills professional facility.

In addition, Dr. Nutter has lectured to pediatric dental residents at the University of California, San Francisco and to other dentists and allied health professionals at UCSF Fresno.


Dr. Nutter is a published author and has served as a journal reviewer and guest editor for the Journal of the California Dental Association.

Recently, his articles inspired changes in national guidelines for behavioral guidance for pediatric dentistry. His articles are now referenced in those guidelines. His publications are listed below; the CDA Journal has an open access policy and these articles can be viewed by anyone.

“Improve your clinical pain practice with children.” CDA Journal, 2009; 37(10);703-704

“Good clinical pediatric pain practice: Neurobiological considerations.” CDA Journal, 2009; 37(10):713-718

“Good clinical pediatric pain practice: Latrogenic considerations.” CDA Journal, 2009;37(10):713-718

“Good clinical pediatric pain practice: Target considerations.” CDA Journal, 2009;37(10):719-722

“Good clinical pediatric pain practice: Metric considerations.” CDA Journal, 2010;38(12):857-863.

Beyond the Practice

Dr. Nutter is a California native. He was born in Fresno and raised in both Fresno and the Palos Verdes area of Los Angeles. He and his wife Marcia live in Vacaville and vacation in Tahoe. When he’s not seeing patients, Dr. Nutter enjoys cycling, writing, teaching, and spending time with his son Travis, who is in college in San Francisco.

Patient Testimonials
“Wonderful staff who are extremely nice and patient with my twins! I would recommend Rolling Hills Dentistry to all families with kids! Always great service no matter what type of dental needs my kids have!” ~ Karen J. “Hands down the best pediatric dentistry I have ever taken my kids to. The dental assistant made the experience fun for my daughter and took the time to explain everything she did and every tool she used.” ~ Ali B. “Absolutely LOVE Rolling Hills Pediatric Dentistry. They do an excellent job of putting the kids at ease, talking to them about the procedure, showing them what will be done as well any and all instruments that will be used. They never proceed until the child AND the parent is comfortable and always talk TO the child, not AT the child. I HIGHLY recommend Rolling Hills Pediatric Dentistry.” ~ Maria K.