Our Staff

All the professionals at Smiley Family Dentistry maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest trends in dentistry.

Dr. Chris Smiley

Dr. Christopher Smiley is a native of Grand Rapids and a graduate of Forest Hills Northern. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Michigan and in 1986 earned his Doctorate in Dental Surgery from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI. Following graduation, along with his wife Dr. Colette Smiley, he joined in practice with his father, Dr. Harold Smiley, who founded this practice in 1948.

Chris enjoys practicing general dentistry with an emphasis on restorative care. He is trained in implant placement and restoration through Nobel Biocare and is a certified provider of Invisalign orthodontics.

Dr. Smiley is a published author in professional journals and has lectured nationally on evidence-based dentistry, patient centered care, dental quality measurement, management of periodontal disease, and practice management and dental benefit plans. Dr. Smiley has been recognized for his continuing contributions to the dental profession, receiving Fellowship in the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists, and the Pierre Fauchard Academy. He is a past recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the West Michigan District Dental Society.

Chris and Colette are the parents of two adult daughters. He enjoys skiing, golf and building and maintaining long-lasting patient relationships. Appointments with Dr. Smiley can be made through our patient portal www.smileydds.com or by calling our office at (616) 361-0654.

You can contact Dr. Smiley directly at chris@smileydds.com

 

Dr. Stephanie Benton

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Dr. Stephanie Benton is originally from Wyoming, Michigan and graduated from Rogers High School in 2000. She then majored in Biomedical Sciences at Western Michigan University and graduated in 2003 with a Bachelors in Science. She attended the University of Michigan School of Dentistry and graduated in the top ten percent of her class with her Doctorate of Dental Surgery in 2008.

Stephanie joined Smiley Family Dentistry upon graduation and greatly enjoys family practice. Creating personal relationships with her patients is a top priority. Stephanie focuses on restorative care, and is a certified provider of Invisalign orthodontics. She enjoys providing cosmetic care and has pursued additional training through the Kois Center in Seattle, WA.

Dr. Benton is a member of the American Dental Association, Michigan Dental Association, West Michigan District Dental Society as well a member of the Pierre Fauchard Academy. She has served on local task forces and as an alternate delegate for the Michigan Dental Association’s House of Delegates.

Stephanie resides in northeast Grand Rapids with her husband Kevin and their three children, Eli, Lucy and Macy. Together they enjoy being outside, and spending time at their family cottage. Appointments with Dr. Benton can be made through our patient portal at www.smileydds.com or by calling our office at (616) 361-0654.

Contact Dr. Benton directly at stephanie@smileydds.com

 

Dr. Christopher Nelis

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Dr. Christopher Nelis is a graduate of Zeeland East High School and Hope College where he earned a degree in Psychology and played on the Men’s Basketball team. He is a graduate of the University Of Detroit Mercy School Of Dentistry. Following dental school Chris enrolled in a general practice residency program at Advocate Illinois Masonic Health System in Chicago, IL. This residency program provided additional training and experience in hospital based care, oral surgery, anesthesia, emergency medicine, special needs dentistry, and community outreach through dental service on a mobile dental van traveling to underserved areas of the greater Chicago area.

Most recently, Dr. Nelis completed an in depth fellowship in oral implantology through the California Implant Institute. This intensive curriculum provided valuable knowledge on surgical procedures with emphasis on the placement of dental implants.

It is Chris’ goal to apply his education and advanced training to provide care for our patients at Smiley Family Dentistry. He is enthusiastic about his return to West Michigan, not only to practice dentistry, but also to grow and raise his family. Chris and his wife currently live in Zeeland and I have a one year old son. Appointments with Dr. Nelis can be made through our patient portal at www.smileydds.com or by calling our office at (616) 361-0654.

 

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Kori, RDA - Registered Dental Assistant and Office Manager

Kori is a Registered Dental Assistant with 20 years of experience in our office. She is a graduate of Northview High School and the Grand Rapids Community College Dental Assisting Program. Kori also serves as a dental assisting board examiner for the State of Michigan.

Kori enjoys spending time with her husband, two children and German Shepherd. She is also active in watching her kids sporting events.

 

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Sandy, RDH - Dental Hygienist

Sandy is a Registered Dental Hygienist who has been caring for the patients of Smiley Family Dentistry for over 37 years, beginning with Chris' dad, Dr. Harold Smiley. She is a native of Grand Rapids and  earned her hygiene degree from Grand Rapids Community College and she has been instrumental in the growth of our practice philosophy, "helping patients achieve and maintain dental health in a relaxed, comfortable and friendly environment."

Outside the office, Sandy enjoys spending time with her husband, son, daughter in law and two granddaughters.

 

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Mary, RDH - Dental Hygienist

Mary is a Registered Dental Hygienist with over 38 years of practice experience, 20 of which are with our office. She is a native of Grand Rapids earned her hygiene degree from Grand Rapids Community College. Mary enjoys showing her patients how to improve and maintain their smiles.

When not at the office, Mary enjoys time with her husband and blended family. She is busy in our local running community as a coach, volunteer and runner of distance events. Mary is likely to encourage you to making running and flossing a party of a healthy lifestyle!

 

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Maureen, RDH - Dental Hygienist

Maureen is a Registered Dental Hygienist who has been with our office since the late 1980's. Maureen received her hygiene degree from Ferris State University where she also earned a Bachelor's degree in Allied Health Education. She has taught at both Grand Rapids Community College and Ferris State University.

Maureen enjoys time with her family and friends at sporting events, zumba, sewing and reading. Maureen brings energy and enthusiasm to our practice in providing superior clinical care and oral health education for our patients.

 

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Katie, RDH - Dental Hygienist

Katie is a Registered Dental Hygienist with 17 years of experience. Katie is involved in our community in presenting dental health education programs to elementary school students. She brings enthusiasm and friendliness to patients and coworkers.

Katie enjoys family time with her husband and their two children - and her involvement in all of their activities! She also participates in team races and spectates many sporting events.

 

Heather, RDA - Registered Dental Assistant

Heather is a Registered Dental Assistant with 7 years of experience in our office. She is a native of Ishpeming, located in the Upper Peninsula. Heather received her Dental Assisting License through Grand Rapids Community College. She serves as a dental assisting board examiner for the State of Michigan. Heather is actively working on completing her Bachelor's Degree in Allied Health Science from Ferris State University. 

Heather enjoys spending time with her family, friends and fur friends. Her hobbies include; camping, gardening, bowling and softball.

 

Tyler, RDA - Registered Dental Assistant

Tyler is a 2017 graduate of Grand Rapids Community College Dental Assisting Program. As a Registered Dental Assistant, Tyler works chairside with patients to assist Dr. Smiley and Dr. Benton during a variety of dental procedures. Tyler also began  serving as a dental assisting board examiner for the State of Michigan in the spring of 2018.

Originally from Grayling, Tyler currently resides in Walker with his family. In his free time, he enjoys watching his two young children learn and grow, and beggining new family traditions with his wife.

 

Heather S., RDA - Registered Dental Assistant

Bio Coming Soon!

 

Cindi - Reception and Appointment Coordinator

Cindi has over 33 years of dental office experience. Her friendly smile and dental knowledge is welcoming as she greets patients at the front desk. She assisted chairside for 12 years, and moved to the business side of dentistry for the past 21 years.

Cindi is a Grand Rapids native and currently resides in Rockford with her husband. She is passionate about animal rescue and is looking forward to providing a "fur-ever" home for another dog in need in the near future. In her time away from the office, she enjoys rowing, kayaking, walking and biking. She also enjoys reading and cheering on the Detroit Tigers, Lions and Red Wings with her husband.


Colleen - Financial Coordinator

Colleen is a Grand Rapids native. She began in our office back in 1988 as a dental assistant. After almost 20 years of working in the healthcare field, she returned to Smiley Family Dentistry in 2017 to join our staff in the business office. 

Colleen relishes time with her husband, 3 children and 8 grandchildren. Camping and kayaking are family favorites. Her true passion is quilting, and she spends much of her spare time designing and sewing new treasures for loved ones.

 
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