Meet The Grand Rapids
Dental Team

Meet The
Team

Your Friendly Smile Squad
for Optimal Oral Health

Smiley Family Dentistry in Grands Rapids, MI

Kaitlin

Registered Dental Hygienist

Kaitlin graduated from Ferris State University and is one of our trusted, gentle hygienists. When you visit our Grand Rapids dental office, you’ll find Kaitlin helping our patients achieve optimal oral and systemic health and alleviating any fears they have about going to the dentist. In fact, that’s why Kaitlin got involved in dentistry to begin with. As someone who previously had dental fear, she’s uniquely qualified to help all of our patients relax and remain stress-free. When she’s not helping patients in the office, you can often find Kaitlin in the great outdoors kayaking, fishing, and snow skiing. You may even find her enjoying her favorite local restaurant, Bangkok Taste Cuisine.


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Rachel

Registered Dental Assistant

Following graduation from Grand Rapids Community College, Rachel joined our practice as a dental assistant. Rachel says she loves working at Smiley Family Dentistry because of the close-knit team relationships and the opportunity to provide the best care possible for our Grand Rapids Patients. She adds that she enjoys trying to keep two steps ahead in anticipating the doctor’s needs, and she finds it most rewarding to see a patient’s face light up when they see the cosmetic results of BioClear tooth bonding. Rachel most loves time with her baby daughter and evening bonfires with friends and family.


Smiley Family Dentistry in Grands Rapids, MI

Kori

Office Manager/Registered Dental Assistant

Kori is a graduate of Grand Rapids Community College and has been with Smiley Family Dentistry since then, beginning as a Registered Dental Assistant 25 years ago. Kori enjoys managing the day-to-day operations of our dental office, helping her team to succeed in providing high-quality dental care for the Grand Rapids community. She says one of the things she admires most about working with us is the longevity of both our staff and our patients. When you work with Kori, you’ll find she’s loyal, friendly, and funny. When she’s not working, Kori is a booster for her kids’ sports, hanging out with family, and taking walks with her German Shepard.


Smiley Family Dentistry in Grands Rapids, MI

Cindi

New Patient Coordination/Scheduler

Cindi is a graduate of the Grand Rapids Educational Center and has over three decades of experience working in a dental office. At Smiley Family Dentistry, she coordinates scheduling appointments and helping new patients get started with their care. She loves getting to know our family of patients and taking the stress out of making appointments. Cindi enjoys working with our team because she says it truly feels like a family. She’s a compassionate and loyal friend to those who come to know her, and she prides herself on being timely and detail-oriented. When she’s not busy helping out at our Grand Rapids dental office, Cindi is walking, reading, raising monarch butterflies in the summer, rowing, kayaking, and volunteering with animal rescue.


Smiley Family Dentistry in Grands Rapids, MI

Colleen

Billing Coordinator

Colleen is a graduate of Grand Rapids Educational Center and Davenport College. She first worked as a dental assistant with Smiley Family Dentistry beginning in 1988, prior to leaving to become an administrator with the Potawatomi Health Service and then running her own professional uniform shop. At our busy dental office, Colleen is the go-to person for all things relating to billing, accounts, and insurance claims. She handles it all with grace and ease. Over the years, Colleen says she’s enjoyed learning patients’ stories to relate with them on a more personal level. After all these years of working with us, Colleen says we’re just one big extended dental family, caring for each other and our patients with compassion. Colleen is married with three kids, eight grandchildren, and seven granddogs. Her favorite pastime is quilting but she also loves the outdoors.


Smiley Family Dentistry in Grands Rapids, MI

Danielle

Registered Dental Assistant

Danielle is a graduate of Grand Rapids Community College and started working as a dental assistant at Smiley Family Dentistry upon graduation. Danielle says she was drawn to our Grand Rapids dental office because of the people she works with and the fact that she’s able to meet someone new every day. She is excited to work in a modern office and she enjoys using technology like our Sirona Primescan to take digital impressions for our Grand Rapids patients rather than the yucky goo of yesteryear. Dating all the way back to her fourth-grade graduation book, Danielle says she wrote of her dreams of working in the dental field. Outside of being an RDA, Danielle enjoys reading, baking, and outdoor activities.


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Lejia

Registered Dental Assistant

Before joining the rest of the team at Smiley Family Dentistry, Lejia graduated from Grand Rapids Community College Registered Dental Assistant program. As one of our RDAs, Lejia is responsible for assisting our doctors during treatments and going out of her way to ensure you’re comfortable. She says she loves being an integral part of our team because it’s such a friendly environment where everyone cares for each other and our patients like family. Lejia is unfailingly kind, positive, adventurous, thoughtful, and shares her sense of humor with our patients. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering at local safety net clinics with Dr. Goodyke, playing soccer with friends, traveling, and going to the gym.


Smiley Family Dentistry in Grands Rapids, MI

Heather W.

Registered Dental Assistant

Heather is a graduate of Grand Rapids Community College with her RDA and earned a bachelor’s degree in Allied Health Science from Ferris State University. She has worked from the beginning of her dental career with Smile Family Dentistry over a decade ago. Heather enjoys brightening the smiles of our patients by providing Zoom Teeth Whitening. “It’s amazing to witness the dramatic, often life-changing difference this in-office service can make for our Grand Rapids Patients!” Heather says she stays busy at our dental office doing all things dental assisting, from working chairside to lab work, ordering supplies, and helping our team of dentists provide outstanding patient care. A native of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Heather is determined, hardworking, easygoing, and goal-oriented. When she’s not helping out others and getting to know our patients, Heather enjoys gardening, bowling, and family time chasing her young daughter, four dogs, and two cats.


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Heather S.

Certified Dental Assistant

Heather is a graduate of Calvin College with a degree in sociology. She chose the CDA career path because it allows her to help people and put them at ease when they need support. Heather says a joy of being a dental assistant at our Grand Rapids dental office is that she continuously meets new people and learns their fascinating stories. She says her coworkers make work a fun place to be. Heather is upbeat and positive with a love for spending time with her two children on their 40-acre family farm raising hogs and growing flowers. On weekends you may find her at the Grand Rapids Farmers Market where you can purchase her floral bouquets.


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Jessica

Registered Dental Hygienist

Jessica is a graduate of Grand Rapids Community College and has been working in dentistry for years before joining our dental office. As one of our dental hygienists, Jessica can help you have a healthier smile by cleaning your teeth, advising you about your oral health, and administering preventive care. She was drawn to dentistry because she loves taking care of patients and also loved her dental hygienist as a child. Outside of the office, you can find Jessica spending time with her two children and husband, hosting family dinners, trying new recipes, and thrift shopping.


Smiley Family Dentistry in Grands Rapids, MI

Mary

Registered Dental Hygienist

Mary is a graduate of Grand Rapids Junior College with over 40 years of experience working in dentistry. Mary says her coworkers make our Grand Rapids dental office a great place to work with everyone operating as a team to provide the very best inpatient care. Mary is detail-oriented and enjoys guiding her patients to better care for themselves and their oral health. She says working at Smiley Family Dentistry is unique because we are privileged to have relationships with multiple generations of families. Outside the office, Mary applies her love of distance running to coach a women’s running group to raise funds to fight cancer. She also enjoys hiking, being with family, sewing, and baking.


Smiley Family Dentistry in Grands Rapids, MI

Katie

Registered Dental Hygienist

Katie is a graduate of Grand Rapids Community College and has been a valuable member of our team for nearly three decades. She enjoys incorporating the latest technology in cleaning teeth, gathering digital x-rays, and demonstrating patient conditions with digital photography.  Katie says she enjoys her daily interactions with patients and helping them achieve their oral health goals. She says she is energized by working with patients at our Grand Rapids dental office, and she loves the flexibility being a hygienist provides. Katie is outgoing, friendly, and talkative. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering at church, spending time with her family and friends, and outdoor activities.


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Diana

Registered Dental Hygienist

Diana is a graduate of Ferris State University and is the newest member of our hygiene team. She had worked at another practice for 16 years before coming over to our dental office in Grand Rapids, and we’re lucky to have her! You could say that Diana has always had an interest in dentistry – she worked in a dental office back in high school, and that put her on a lifelong career path of caring. She’s here to help you achieve the healthy, confident, beautiful smile of your dreams. Outside of work, you may see her running, boating with her husband and two kids, or having dinner with family and friends at Luna.