Meet the Team

Meet Our Doctors

Dr. Michael R. Wanlass

"My approach is conservative, yet I treat each patient as if they were part of my family."


Dentistry is the perfect mix of finding solutions, improving health, and helping people smile! My team and I strive to ensure that we deliver the best oral care possible. My approach is conservative, yet I treat each patient as if they were a part of my family.

Through continued education and years of experience, I see more clearly the value of good health and strive to help each of my patients achieve their optimum vitality. Through the many procedures and exams completed, the knowledge that oral health greatly affects overall health keeps me motivated.

For nearly 30 years, my amazing team and I have strived to provide dental care in a warm, welcoming environment, using innovative techniques and technologies. It has been rewarding to share in the lives of our patients. I consider these friendships some of the richest joys of my career! I am grateful for the trust my patients place in me and my team. If you haven’t been in to our office, I look forward to meeting you and helping you feel part of the Wanlass Dental family.


Just recently I hit the halfway point…I’ve lived in Las Vegas for half of my life! Even though it’s very different from my native Michigan, I’m proud to call Las Vegas home. I love hiking through Red Rock, boating on Lake Mead, camping on Mount Charleston, or biking any trail I can find…all with my family! Five of my children are grown and live throughout the country, my youngest two children and wonderful wife keep me involved, active, and young! (Yes, I do love to watch almost any Michigan game!)

I have been so fortunate in my life and enjoy giving back to the community whenever I can. I’ve had the opportunity to do humanitarian work in other countries, as well as locally for various organizations. Our team and I have supported many causes close to our patients’ hearts, as well as supporting our troops through the Wounded Warrior Project. We’re grateful for opportunities to help bring smiles throughout the world!

Family Dentistry

Degrees and Education
Bachelor of Science in Zoology
– Brigham Young University

Doctorate of Dental Surgery
– University of Michigan Dental School

General Practice Residency
– Loma Linda University

Appointments Available
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
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Dr. Jesse Gridley

Dr. Jesse Gridley was born and raised in Minnesota. At 15 years old he started college as a pre-med major because his grandfather was a doctor. However, while working as an EMT, emergency room doctors talked him out of going to medical school. In his 20s, Dr. Gridley traveled to China to pursue his interests in traditional Chinese medicine. He ended up enjoying language learning, and after two years of living in China, spent an additional 3 1/2 years living and teaching English in Japan. While in Japan, Dr. Gridley's sister married a dentist back in Minnesota. While talking with him, Dr. Gridley found that dentistry seemed to have everything he was looking for, without the drawbacks he'd been warned about in medicine. He returned to the U.S. and entered dental school at OHSU in Portland where he was also selected to participate in advanced courses in perio and oral surgery. After graduating, Dr. Gridley worked in both public health and private practices, with extensive training in CAD/CAM, aesthetics and implantology, even teaching CAD/CAM to the instructors at his alma mater at OHSU. He is now relocated to Nevada from Oregon and is excited to be joining a practice as committed to excellence as Wanlass Dental. In his free time, Dr. Gridley enjoys Tai Chi, Iaido, computer games, and the occasional D&D session.

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