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Now Hiring: Human Resource Coordinator

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Smile One Services is a Grand Haven based Dental Service Organization, providing business services to West Michigan dental offices. Salary plus benefits. Position is 3-5 days per week with negotiable (but consistent) schedule; expecting total to be approximately 30 hours per week. This is an excellent opportunity for a business professional to balance work and family. Please send resume to Paige@SmileOneServices.com 

Human Resource Coordinator

The HR Coordinator will carry out responsibilities in the following functional areas: employee relations, payroll, benefits administration, on-boarding, and policy implementation and employment law compliance.

Employee Relations

  • Address any employee relations questions and issues that can’t be handled by team leads. Identify, recommend, and implement solutions
  • Counsel leadership on employee performance issues, employee relations concerns, etc.
  • Conduct exit interviews, review data and make recommendations to leadership for continuous improvement
  • Serve as a liaison between employees and leadership
  • Manage Flock communication portal
  • Maintain company directory and other organizational charts

Payroll

  • Insperity Software (time card and PTO) lead
  • Point of contact for payroll processor, including providing complete payroll information to payroll processor
  • Train team leads to provide complete and accurate payroll processing, and PTO management
  • Analyze and maintain the company’s salary budget/compensation program

Benefits Administration

  • Liaison between team and insurance benefit administrator(s). This includes initial enrollment, renewals, communicating benefit information to employees, changes and cancellations, and required paperwork as requested by administrator.
  • Coordinates administration of unemployment benefits

On-Boarding

  • Work with hiring department to oversee hiring process, including coordinating and approving job posts, administering pre-employment tests and performing reference checks
  • Facilitate on-boarding process and new hire orientation. Set up of all systems and benefits related to new employment
  • Ensure new hire paperwork is completed and processed

Policy Implementation and Employment Law Compliance

  • Oversee file management system for all personnel files and records
  • Maintain job descriptions
  • Process all personnel disciplinary action, ensuring proper approval. Coach, counsel and guide leadership/supervisors before executing employee disciplinary actions
  • Manage company’s handbook on policies and procedures; recommend new policies, approaches, and procedures as needed
  • Partner with leadership to communicate HR policies and procedures
  • Ensure all HR policies and requirements remain compliant in accordance with federal, state, and local laws
  • Initiates and obtains approval for changes in salary

Requirements

Bachelor’s degree in business related field with demonstrated understanding of human resource laws; or equivalent experience. Broad understanding of human resources principles, practices, and procedures. Ability to handle matters of confidentiality discreetly and work with employees on issues requiring varying degrees of sensitivity. Ability to lead and manage complex projects and programs; research and recommend new programs and coordinate necessary resources.

 

 

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Now Hiring: Patient Coordinator

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Join the Smile team! Smile One provides services to the practices of Smile Grand Haven, Smile Cascade, Little Smiles, and Smile Orthodontics. If you love helping people and like to be challenged and appreciated, this is your opportunity.

3-5 days/week plus benefits. Dental experience not required. Will train the right team player. Excellent communication and service skills a must.

Business minded, patient focused individual must:

    • Enjoy and thrive communicating primarily via phone
    • Create simplicity out of detailed information
    • Communicate effectively
    • Prioritize among interruptions
    • Work with high technology
    • Deliver exceptional experience

Smile One supports Smile Dental Partners, a growing private dental practice. Check us out at SmileDentalPartners.com. Will train the right team player.

Please reply with resume to business@smileoneservices.com.

 

Will a vegetarian diet hurt my teeth?

By | Featured, Grand Haven Blog Article, Grand Rapids Blog Article, Health & Wellness

A vegetarian lifestyle can have many health benefits, including a reduction in cholesterol, fat, and possibly even calories. Unfortunately, the removal of meat from a diet also reduces the intake and absorption of several important vitamins and minerals, a few of which can impact the health of your teeth. The Academy for General Dentistry has found that eating a vegetarian diet for a prolonged period of time can increase the risk for gum disease due to a potential deficiency in Vitamin D and Calcium.

The good news is that there are plenty of good habits and food choices that can help offset any deficiencies from a vegetarian lifestyle. A few of these include:

  • Avoid frequent snacking on high-carbohydrate foods, including dried fruit and sweets. A good rule for anyone since these high-sugar foods can be hard to clean from your teeth.
  • Eat a balanced diet of fruit, vegetables, legumes, and grains to ensure you’re receiving the proper nutrition.
  • Include green leafy vegetables in your diet every day. Meat and seafood include nutrients which help to remineralize teeth and neutralize the acidic environment in our mouths. Fortunately, most green leafy vegetables also have these demineralizing attributes.

Most importantly, do not skip your regular dental checkups! Your dentist is an important player on your healthcare team and may help identify any nutritional deficiencies before they become issues.

 

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Join us on Instagram

By | Featured, Fun Stuff, Grand Haven Blog Article, Grand Rapids Blog Article, Orthodontics, Pediatric Dentistry

We’re all about smiles, especially selfie smiles! So the Smile team is launching our very own Instagram page to share some of those smiles with you. Whether it’s big smiles (Adult & Teen Dentistry), little smiles (Little Smiles Pediatric Dentistry), or…well…shiny smiles (Smile Orthodontics), we’ll be sharing them all.

Join Smile Dental Partners on Instagram and show us your favorite smiles! Tag us so we can find you. #smiledentalpartners

 

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Smile Dental Partners welcomes Dr. Nick Stebbins

By | Featured, Grand Rapids Blog Article, News & Announcements

Smile Dental Partners is excited to announce that Dr. Nick Stebbins is joining the Smile team. Dr. Nick is originally from Jenison where he grew up and went to high school. He attended Western Michigan University where he earned a Bachelor Degree in Bio Medical Science and Chemistry. After college he served in the Marine Corp. for six years including a year and a half deployment in Iraq.

Dr. Nick earned his DMD (Doctor of Dental Medicine) from A. T. Still University in Mesa, Arizona and has been practicing for 3 years.

We are pleased Dr. Nick has decided to return home to West Michigan, settling in Grand Rapids to be near family. He is a welcome addition to our Smile team.

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Enamel Erosion: Symptoms, Signs, and Solutions

By | Featured, Grand Haven Blog Article, Grand Rapids Blog Article, Health & Wellness

We’ve all heard the importance of protecting and caring for our tooth enamel, but few know why it is so important and what exactly we can do (other than brush our teeth) to protect it.

Two great analogies for what enamel is and does are fingernails and cars. When you get a manicure, a clear topcoat is applied to your nails to protect the paint underneath as well as the body of your fingernail. On a car, a similar practice of adding a clear coat of paint helps protect the vehicle from scratches and damage. Your enamel functions in a similar fashion as the protective coating of your teeth.

Many people think it is the enamel that makes your teeth white – it isn’t. The enamel protects a softer material called dentin, which is white and comprises most of your tooth. When teeth become discolored, it is the dentin that has become stained. While it’s not the enamel that is discolored, a yellowing of your teeth may be a sign that your enamel is damaged, allowing the dentin to become stained.

Other common signs that your enamel has been compromised include increased sensitivity, roughening of the tooth, and chips or jagged edges.

While there are treatments to restore the protection that enamel provides, you cannot regenerate enamel. The best preventative measure is to protect it by brushing often with a fluoride toothpaste, but also brushing correctly. Being too aggressive with your brush may do more harm than good. Avoiding acidic foods and drinks is also important. Soft drinks and citrus-based foods and drinks can erode the enamel of your tooth.

Visiting your dentist regularly will help identify any concerns related to your enamel. As with most health concerns, prevention is the best solution.

 

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11th Annual Halloween Candy Buyback a sweet success!

By | Community Events, Featured, Fun Stuff, Grand Haven Blog Article

Little Smiles’ 11th Annual Halloween Candy Buyback was a big success thanks to all the kids (and grown ups) who brought in their extra candy. Over 250 pounds was collected in all. Children received $1 for every pound of candy.

This year’s winning school was Peach Plains Elementary who brought in a whopping 136 pounds! St. Mary’s came in second with 19 pounds and third place was a tie between Griffin and Walden Green (14 pounds each).

Thank you to our local community for your support and for helping to teach our little ones about making healthy choices. Peach Plains Elementary will receive $2 per pound for their effort and an amazing plaque.

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How do you say Xylitol? (And what is it?)

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How often do you grab a quick lunch and then finding yourself reaching for a stick of gum? Gum has the ability to cover all sorts of lunch time taboos. Spinach in your teeth? Gum will floss it away. Onions on your sandwich? A minty gum will eradicate (or mask) your bad breath. Chewing gum, by design, can be good for your mouth so long as you stick to sugar-free and non-acidic brands. Before you reach for your favorite bubble-making brand at the store, consider this:

Xylitol (pronounced zy-li-tawl) is a sugar alcohol much like what is used in popular low-calorie sweeteners like Stevia or Truvia. The amazing attribute of this alcohol is that it fights tooth decay by balancing the pH (acid) levels in your mouth and prevents bacteria from sticking to your teeth. Xylitol has a naturally minty and sweet flavor, so it is common in dental products, such as floss and toothpaste, as well as gum. Xylitol gum is a popular product that has come on the market in recent years. While levels of Xylitol are contained in some popular brands like Trident, other products contain 100% Xylitol and have benefits like being free of Aspartame and other harsh additives.

Next time you reach for that post-lunch stick of gum, make it one that will help keep your smile healthy!

 

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Halloween Candy Buyback 2018!

By | Community Events, Featured, For Kids, Fun Stuff, Grand Haven Blog Article

Halloween is almost here! And that means it’s time for Little Smiles Grand Haven’s 11th annual Halloween Candy Buyback.  The purpose of this fun program is to encourage kids to support their local school while making healthy choices.

Be Healthy!

Our message to kids is simple: Too much Halloween candy isn’t good for you or your teeth.  So pick out your favorite candy to enjoy.  Then, bring the extra, unopened candy to Little Smiles Grand Haven and we’ll buy it back from you for $1 per pound.  It’s a win win!  (Children must be 13 years and under.)

Support your School!

Little Smiles’ Halloween Candy Buyback is also good for local schools in the Grand Haven and Spring Lake area.  Every pound of unopened candy that is delivered to Little Smiles is designated to each child’s school.  The school that brings in the most candy wins, and will receive $2 for every pound of candy that was designated to that school.  The winning schools receives an award, a check, and bragging rights for the year.  (Candy may be donated by anyone in the community—children and adults alike—and applied to the school competition.)

Bring unopened candy to Little Smiles Grand Haven (1203 S. Beechtree Street). We will be accepting candy on the following days:

  • Thursday, November 1 — 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Friday, November 2 — 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

 

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Michigan’s first multi-specialty dental practice opens Grand Rapids location

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After ten years of helping families smile along the Lakeshore, Smile Dental Partners is opening a new practice in Grand Rapids called Smile Cascade.

Since opening Smile Grand Haven in 2008, Dr. Darren and Paige Riopelle have been challenging the status quo of traditional dentistry with a high-quality, patient-centric, preventative approach. Today it is the only multi-specialty resource along the Lakeshore capable of comprehensive dental care from birth through adulthood.

The new Grand Rapids location on Cascade Road is home to three distinct specialties that are typically not found in one practice—Smile Cascade (adult and teen dentistry), Little Smiles (pediatric dentistry), and Smile Orthodontics.

“Our goal has been to provide a dental experience that is 180 degrees from what people expect,” explains Dr. Riopelle. “We combine a personal, friendly, and fun experience with state-of-the-art technology and a proactive approach to dental health.”

Smile’s patient-centric approach is evident throughout the new Cascade practice. Adults enjoy private exam rooms, convenient lunchtime appointments, and an adult family room equipped with wifi and coffee bar. For young patients, Little Smiles provides a child-friendly environment that starts with a life-sized tree and interactive games in the Little Smiles family room. Beyond that, kids enjoy an “underwater” exam room with a giant fish tank and flatscreen TVs above each child-sized exam chair.

“We go above and beyond to create a fun and positive experience for babies, toddlers, through adolescents,” explains Dr. Cristian Brutten, Little Smiles’ Pedodontist. “That first positive experience for young children is important to establish a good relationship with healthcare providers throughout their life.”

Making a visit to the dentist a positive experience for kids has been the inspiration for everything at the practice. Parents are invited to bring children as early as 1 year old to Little Smiles for a “chair ride” to help them feel comfortable with the environment before their appointment. The Little Smiles team visits local daycares and elementary schools for Dental Health Month to teach kids healthy dental habits and foster a positive relationship with healthcare providers. Little Smiles also provides special needs care and hospital dentistry services.

Smile Cascade is now open and accepting new patients of all ages.