Harborview Family Dental has been around since the early 60s when Dr. Allen Young started the practice.  Currently, Dr. Gary Madison & Dr. Grant Nelson operate the general dental practice.  Dr. Madison grew up in Duluth, graduated from the University of Minnesota Dental school in 1990 & has been practicing in Duluth ever since.  Dr. Nelson grew up in the Twin Cities & graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2001 & has been practicing with Dr. Madison since then.  They both love what they do & would be happy to provide service for you.  Both Dr. Madison and Dr. Nelson are very involved with the community, church, are members of  the Minnesota and American Dental Association,  and actively volunteer with the Lake Superior College Hygiene clinic, Salvation Army Dental Clinic and Give Kids a smile day.

Dr. Gary Madison


My family consists of my wife Patti, oldest son John, daughter Melissa, 
youngest son Thomas, and a Springer named Neli.
Our family and friends enjoy cabin-time and all the activities the lake has to offer.


Hunting, fishing, travel, sports, and coaching youth sports has been a big part of my life.  YMCA in the mornings before work, walking, and biking are exercise outlets.

I continue to love my job and feel blessed this is the profession I chose.  My staff that works in the office, here at Harborview Family Dental, is excellent and makes coming to work a pleasure.  I feel very honored, grateful, and humbled treating our patients here at HVFD.

Dr. Grant Nelson


My wife, Elaine & I have 4 kids (2 of the canine variety, Micah(our eldest son &

Annalise our daughter)  We all love the outdoors &  are active skiing, running, biking, doing triathlons, camping, canoeing, hiking, fishing, hunting, ...  My wife & I were both born in the Twin Cities, but truly love Duluth.  You can often find us running on the Superior Hiking trail, cross country skiing at Lester or canoeing  on Lake Superior.

Becoming a dentist and working with our wonderful  staff has been one of the better decisions I've made in my life.   I enjoy going to work each day and feel very fortunate to be able to help others improve their oral health.