We pledge to treat all children with respect and compassion, creating positive dental experiences. We promise to provide an experience that will enable our patients to develop and maintain optimum oral health for a lifetime. We are excited to work side-by-side with our families, providing dental education, community service and lasting relationships.
As pediatric specialists, we recognize that all children are unique and special, and treatment approaches or techniques may be different for each child.
Parents are vital members of our team, and are encouraged to join their children in treatment areas when appropriate. There may be times when we askfor your permission to allow your child to be accompanied through their dental appointment by a member of our staff. We are proud that our doctor is fully trained in all aspects of child development.
Dr. Stephanie & Dr. Katie have received specialized training in child psychology, sedation and behavior management. Our doctor and staff will work with parents and caregivers to identify those treatment approaches that most benefit each child. Separation anxiety is common in children, so please try not to be concerned if your child exhibits some negative behavior. This is normal and most children return to their normal behavior after a few minutes. Studies have shown that most children over the age of 3 react more positively when allowed to experience their dental visit on their own and in an environment designed for them. Expect your child to do well and enjoy their visit and chances are they will surpass your expectations!
About Dr. Kloostra
Dr. Kloostra is a Grand Rapids native. She graduated from Grand Rapids Christian High School and then Calvin College. She went on to the University of Michigan, where she went through Dental School and then the pediatric residency program. Her favorite part of being a pediatric dentist is teaching and helping kids cope with their fears and anxieties about going to the dentist. She loves to see them grow and to gain confidence each time she sees them.
In her spare time, Dr. Kloostra loves to spend time with her Golden Retriever Ella, her family, and her friends. She loves playing board games and strategy games (especially Settlers of Catan). In the summer she loves to swim, go to Lake Michigan, and enjoy the beach, while in the winter months she enjoys skiing. She loves to travel and enjoys eating at new and different restaurants anywhere she goes. She looks forward to meeting you and your children very soon!
About Dr. Swanson
Dr. Kathryn Swanson (Pediatric Dentist) found her passion for dentistry while teaching underprivileged children in Ecuador in her freshman year and saw how many of these children lost time from their schooling because of dental pain. This passion led her to pursue a Pediatric Specialty at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry.
She takes great pleasure in building long lasting relationships with her patients and their families. She enjoys working with kids and being a part of building their confidence and self-esteem. She also loves having the opportunity to make dentistry fun for kids.
Dr. Katie and her husband, Jordan, live in the Grand Rapids area. They enjoy spending time with family and going on runs with their Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Maximus.
Call for an appointment today, 616-209-4039!
OUR OFFICE HOURS
Monday 8:00am – 5:00pm
Tuesday 8:00am – 5:00pm
Wednesday 8:00am – 5:00pm
Thursday 8:00am – 5:00pm
Friday 8:00am – 4:00pm