Dr. Nicholas Chelenza was born in Seneca Falls, New York. His father was in the U.S. Army and eventually the family was stationed in Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Dr. Chelenza followed in his father’s footsteps and joined the U.S. Army, serving as a gunnery instructor from 1974-1978. After serving for four years, Dr. Chelenza enrolled at Cameron University. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Physics degree in 1981. He went on to dental school at the University of Oklahoma School of Dentistry. He graduated in 1986 and worked in a private practice for two years. It was during that time he visited Dr. Wells’ pediatric practice and started working part time as a general dentist. It didn’t take long for Dr. Chelenza to realize his love in dentistry was pediatrics. He quickly left to go into a pediatric residency at James Whitcomb Riley Children’s Hospital, University of Indiana Medical Center. When he graduated in 1991, he returned to work at Dr. Wells’ office and has been there ever since.
Dr. Chelenza and his lovely wife, Janette, have four children and 10 grandchildren. In his free time, he can be found spending time with his family, working on cars, or cheering on the Energy Soccer team from the stands.