Our Philosophy

In this office, our goal is to provide for you the highest quality of dental care in a warm, comfortable environment.

We will stress the prevention of oral diseases, and will endeavor to teach all of our patients how preventive dental care can help them to achieve happier, healthier lives.

Our promise to you, our patient, is to always listen, address your concerns, and work together to achieve your dental goals.

Our desire to seek out continuing education will provide us with the knowledge of the latest and best techniques to provide you, and the community, with the quality of dental care that you deserve.

We commit ourselves to care for you as though you are a member of our own family.

Dr. Sutherland and the Nixa Dental Team


Emily G. L. Sutherland, DDS

Dr. Sutherland wants help you achieve a beautiful, healthy smile in the most comfortable environment possible.  She will treat you like a member of her own family.  Dr. Sutherland wants to get to know you, listen to your concerns, answer your questions, and help you reach any goals you have for your smile.

Dr Sutherland has advanced education in Dental Implantology, and experience with Crowns, Bridges, Dentures, Extractions, Bone Grafts, Fillings, Root Canal Therapy, Periodontal Therapy, Cosmetic Dentistry, Pediatric Dentistry, Botox Cosmetic, Dermal Fillers, and all areas of General Dentistry.  Dr. Sutherland is a member of the American Dental Association, Missouri Dental Association, Greater Springfield Dental Association, American Academy of General Dentistry, American Academy of Facial Aesthetics, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and is a past Fellow of the International Academy of Implantology.  

Dr. Sutherland is originally from Houston, Texas. In 2000 she moved to Ellisville, Mississippi where she finished her junior and senior years of high school.  She then completed a bachelor’s degree in English at the University of Mississippi.  She married Springfield native, Mike Sutherland, in 2006.  They moved back to Springfield where Dr. Sutherland furthered her science education at Missouri State University.  Dr. Sutherland and her husband lived in Kansas City while she attended the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry.  She graduated in 2013 as a Doctor of Dental Surgery and practiced dentistry in Kansas City until 2016. 

Dr. Sutherland and her family are very excited to finally be back in the area.  She and Mike have two daughters, aged four and two years old.  Dr. Sutherland was a patient of Dr. Butterfield, who was the first dentist in Nixa, MO.  She was very happy to take over his practice in May 2016, and has loved meeting all of his wonderful patients.  Dr. Butterfield and his wife, Susie, retired in September 2016, and are enjoying life on their sailboat.

Head of Reception and Insurance Specialist


Lauren lives with her husband and children in Ozark, where she has deep roots in her community.

Today Lauren is enjoying her position as Insurance Specialist and Head of Reception.  With experience in insurance benefit analysis, claims, and financial services, Lauren is ready to help patients with the financial aspect of obtaining the dental care they need.   Whether she helps you maximize your insurance coverage, file a credit application, or make personal financial plans, Lauren is here to help you achieve the healthy smile you desire.

Lauren also coordinates our patient care by accommodating the needs of each and every person.  It is important to her that patients have a positive, comfortable experience, and leave excited to come back to their dental home.

Registered Dental Hygienist

Julie Chisum, RDH

After growing up in Marshfield, Julie earned her degree in dental hygiene from Missouri Southern State University in Joplin. She has worked as a hygienist for over 16 years, including working for Dr Butterfield from 2002-2004, before relocating to Kansas City.  After recently moving back to southern Missouri, she has found her way back to Nixa Dental and is thrilled to again be a part of our team. 

As a hygienist, Julie strives to provide each and every patient with the highest quality of care, treating them as if they are family.  

Julie currently lives in Ozark with her two kids, Brayden and Bianca, as well as her miniature schnauzer, Olaf, and her cat, Sasha. She is a proud football, wrestling, and gymnastics mom. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, cooking, reading, and doing yoga.  

Expanded Function Dental Assistant


Hello, I’m Amy and I have loved being in dentistry since 1987.  As the only child of Dr. Michael and Susie Butterfield you could also say I have been in dentistry my whole life.
I have had the pleasure of serving at the front office, hygiene department and operative as well as knowing abundant laboratory skills. My favorite position is that of Expanded Function Dental Assistant where I get to learn and then educate patients about excellent dental choices. It’s exciting to see patients bloom with their beautiful smiles and help them learn how to care for their dental health for a lifetime.
Raised in Nixa, I married my best friend Ed and we have raised our kids into fine adults. I love canning, kayaking and my pets!


Our History

Dr. Michael K. Butterfield started the first dental practice in Nixa in 1977.   Dr. Sutherland was actually a patient of Dr. Butterfield’s while she lived in Springfield, performed job shadowing  at this very office, and Dr. Butterfield even wrote her letter of recommendation for dental school.  Dr. Sutherland was incredibly happy to be able to return to this area and join the Nixa Dental family.   We are very proud of our deep roots in our community and our strong personal relationships with our patients.