Dr. Bradley Dykstra Dr. Bradley Dykstra founded Hudsonville Dental in 1978. He was born and raised in Shelby, Michigan. He received his Bachelor of Science degree at Calvin College, graduated from the University of Michigan\u2019s Dental School, and then moved to Hudsonville to start his own practice. Dr. Dykstra has recently obtained his MBA from Grand Valley State University. Dr. Dykstra is a huge advocate of continuing education and completes well over the minimum requirement at over 100 hours a year. He is fervently keeping up with the changes in current technology, as well as the latest procedures, techniques, and materials in dentistry. In addition to his involvement in dental organizations, Dr. Dykstra is also involved in the Hudsonville Chamber of Commerce, Hudsonville DDA, and Zeeland Hospital Board of Directors. In his spare time, Dr. Dykstra enjoys sailing, learning, traveling, and spending time with his wife, children, and grandchildren. Dr. Dykstra loves working with people, creating beautiful smiles, and the challenge of keeping up with the latest procedures, techniques, and materials in dentistry. What You Didn't Know... Dr. Dykstra is also a well-respected authority on dental technology and the digital office in the dental field. He gives seminars around the United States on topics like digital radiography and the digital dental office, among other things. He speaks regularly for Practiceworks (Kodak), and has also spoken for the Michigan Dental Association, New Orleans Dental Conference, 3rd District Dental Society of New York, and the Seattle Study Club, among others. Dr. Dykstra Is Officially a ForbesBooks\u2122 Author With His New Book: Gateway To Your Body: How Your Smile Impacts Your Overall Health. Dr. Dykstra recently became a published author with his book\u00a0Gateway To Your Body: How Your Smile Impacts Your Overall Health. In his new book, Dr. Dykstra shares how he has set Hudsonville Dental apart from the rest in terms of patient care, quality of service, and community engagement. In addition, he teaches how to best care for your own dental health at every stage of your life and information for addressing common dental ailments. This book will teach you how to: \tImprove your overall health \tIncrease your self-confidence \tReduce your risk of oral disease \tUnlock your full potential You can get Dr. Dykstra's book, Gateway To Your Body: How Your Smile Impacts Your Overall Health,\u00a0on Amazon or by request your FREE copy by visiting drbradleydykstra.com\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0 Dr. Dykstra has also been published in numerous dental magazines and journals on various topics relating to the digital dental office and practice management. Dr. Dykstra is an active member of the following organizations: \tAmerican Dental Association \tAmerican Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry \tAmerican Academy of General Dentistry \tMichigan Dental Association \tWorld Clinical Laser Institute \tSpeaking Consulting Network \tWest Michigan Dental Society \tKent County Dental Society \tAmerican Academy of Dental Practice Administration Dr. Brian Yared Dr. Brian Yared joined Hudsonville Dental in October 2005. Raised in Forest Hills, he is a long time resident of West Michigan. While attending Lyman Briggs Residential College at Michigan State University, he earned his Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Biology. Dr. Yared received his doctorate from the University of Michigan Dental School in 2003, all the while maintaining his Spartan allegiance. Since graduating, Dr. Yared has worked in dental offices in Cascade and Wyoming. During this time he has gained a diversity of knowledge as well as an appreciation for all patients. Dr. Yared values the personal interaction, the individuality of each patient, and the progressive science of his chosen profession. Dr. Yared is an active member of the American Dental Association, Michigan Dental Association, West Michigan Dental Society, and Kent County Dental Society. For leisure, Dr. Yared spends time with his wife, son, other family, and friends. He also enjoys watching sports and caring for his yellow Labrador puppy. Dr. Yared looks forward to working with you to create the beautiful smile you deserve. Dr. Joshua Peiffer Dr. Joshua Peiffer joined Hudsonville Dental in May 2013. Dr. Peiffer was born and raised in Traverse City, Michigan, and graduated from Traverse City Central High School before attending Northwestern Michigan College and transferring to Michigan State University where he earned his BSC in Human Biology. This is where he determined that he wanted to help people and have a career in medicine. Dr. Peiffer earned his DDS from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry and began his career in northern Michigan before moving to Hudsonville where he met his wife, a Hudsonville native. They had their first baby boy in September 2013. Aside from enjoying family time, Dr. Peiffer likes being on the water, golfing, playing ice hockey, snowboarding, hunting, and fishing. Dr. Jeremy Schell Dr. Schell joined Hudsonville Dental in July 2015 after graduating from the University of Michigan and completing a residency program with the VA. He was an active student leader in the Michigan Dental Association and the American Dental Association and continued his memberships after graduation. Dentistry\u2019s draw to Dr. Schell starts with patient interactions. He believes in evaluating the patient as an individual and works to increase their oral health while helping patients achieve a great smile. Dr. Schell and his wife Courtney moved back to West Michigan to raise their children, Hunter and Mila, in the area they both love. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, fishing, hunting, boating, golf, and watching sports, especially University of Michigan and Detroit sports. Dr. Benjamin Schell Dr. Schell joined Hudsonville Dental in July 2018. He was born and raised in Traverse City, MI. As a child Dr. Schell remembers being fascinated with the health field, which eventually led him to pursue a degree in neuroscience from the University of Michigan. During this time his fascination and passion for serving others only intensified. Dr. Schell continued his education in dentistry by attending the University of Michigan School of Dentistry in 2014. He found that dentistry has a perfect balance between serving others and guiding patients to not only stable oral health, but also systemic health. During dental school, Dr. Schell and a handful of students organized, led, and worked clinics that serve veterans who do not have access to dental care. The program is called Victors for Veterans and is now becoming incorporated into the U of M Outreach Program. The work Dr. Schell and his colleagues did was completely free. He had the pleasure of serving in around 16 clinics during his time at U of M. Dr. Schell & his wife Megan got married in June 2018 and have a dog named Charlie. Along with spending time with family, Dr. Schell and his wife Megan enjoy traveling the world and find joy in immersing themselves in different cultures\/perspectives. When they are not traveling, the two enjoy outdoor activities including hiking and boating. Dr. Matthew Rogers Dr. Rogers joins us from his recent position as a Captain in the United States Air Force Dental Corps. He knew early on that he wanted to help people pursue healthy and happy lives and that dentistry would allow him to blend caring for patients and connecting with people. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and went on to the University of Detroit Mercy for dental school. He is excited to be moving to West Michigan with his wife Christine and his dog Steve. In his free time, Dr. Rogers enjoys traveling, hiking, kayaking, time with family and friends, and watching his favorite sports team: the Detroit Red Wings. Dr. Cassandra Wieckhorst I sought out a career in dentistry because: \tI get to make people healthier systemically and often say to my patients \u201cthe start to a healthy body is a healthy mouth!\u201d \tI get to give people the smile that will give them the confidence and comfort to show their personality. I always go back to "How can someone fully be themselves in an interview for a job if they are uncomfortable with their mouth?" \tI get to meet\/interact with many people every day, I am very social\/extroverted so I need that in a career; which allows me to serve my community. \tI get to be a patient advocate and educate the importance of full-body health including dental, medical, and mental health. What is your goal for your patients? \tThey leave happier than when they came in. \tThey are comfortable with the practice and their treatment choices. \tThey understand the reasoning and importance of their treatment choices. \tThey do not feel judged. \tMost importantly, I want them to know I genuinely care and want the best for them! What memberships are you currently involved in? \tAmerican Dental Association (ADA) \tMichigan Dental Association (MDA) \tWest Michigan District Dental Society (WMDDS) What other awesome and interesting things could you share about yourself? \tLike Dr. Yared, I too attended Lyman Briggs Residential College at Michigan State University before matriculating to the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. I even got to study abroad in Italy and Brazil. \tI am always reading two books at a time and possibly listening to a third (which is apparently odd). \tI adore my doggo, Moonie, who is a Mini-Aussie Pap and the light of my life (if you ask about her, be prepared for a long lecture of me doting on her)! \tI enjoy workout classes at Orangetheory Fitness. \tI am enjoying learning how to complete home repairs with power tools. Dr. Chris Powell What led you to seek a career in Pediatric Dentistry? "I always enjoyed working with my hands and wanted a career where I would be able to know I was helping people. This led me to an interest in dentistry. When I started dental school, the idea of working with kids seemed terrifying, but then I discovered how rewarding it is to help a nervous child become comfortable at the dentist and I never looked back." What are some achievements that you have gained in regards to dentistry? "I am a board-certified pediatric dentist and Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. I served as the legislative director for the University of Michigan chapter of the American Student Dental Association, helping to lobby for oral health policy at the state and federal level." What volunteer work have you been a part of in the past? "In college, I volunteered to teach science to elementary school children in low-income areas of Grand Rapids. In dental school, I worked with Special Olympics Special Smiles providing free oral health screenings and oral hygiene instruction to Special Olympics athletes. In residency, I went on a trip to provide free dental work to children in rural Maine who did not have adequate access to care." What are some of your interests outside of dentistry? "I love dogs and have a puppy going through the therapy dog certification process, our hope is that she will be able to visit children\u2019s hospitals and make kids\u2019 lives a little easier. In 2014 I climbed an ice wall on a glacier in Iceland. I also have a wonderful family."