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Is it safe to visit the dentist?

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WZZM 13 Interview | 11-06-20

Is it safe to visit the dentist? What about kids? Many people are concerned about the recent spike in COVID-19 cases throughout West Michigan. WZZM 13 reporter Catherine Berhendt spoke with Dr. Darren Riopelle of Smile Dental Partners about safety and dental visits during the pandemic. 

Smile-Now Hiring

Join the Smile team!

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You’ve heard it said that an organization is only as good as its people. That’s exactly how we feel at Smile Dental Partners. Smile is a locally owned, multi-specialty dental practice with 4 West Michigan locations. Below is a list of available positions with a link for each to apply online. If you have any general questions about employment opportunities at Smile, please contact us at

Dental Assistant

Smile Dental Partners is currently looking for experienced Dental Assistants at all of our practice locations: Smile Cascade, Smile Grand Haven, Smile North Muskegon, and Smile South Holland. Candidate must have a minimum 1 year, in-office experience working as a dental assistant. Full-time plus benefits.

Click here for more information and to apply.

Registered Dental Hygienist

Smile North Muskegon is currently looking to add a Hygienist to its growing team. Be appreciated for your knowledge and education. Standard of care, systems, and case acceptance methodology implemented for efficiency. Full-time plus benefits.

Click here for more information and to apply.

Orthodontic Assistant

Smile Grand Haven and Smile North Muskegon are currently looking to add an Orthodontic Assistant to our growing Smile Orthodontics team. A minimum of 1-year, in-office experience is preferred. Full-time plus benefits.

Click here for more information and to apply.

Treatment Coordinator

We are looking for Treatment Coordinators at 2 of our West Michigan practices: Smile North Muskegon and Smile South Holland. The Treatment Coordinator works in the front business office and interacts with patients. If you love helping people and like to be challenged and appreciated, this opportunity is for you. No dental experience is required. We will train the right team player. Excellent communication and customer service skills a must. Full-time plus benefits.

Click here to apply at Smile North Muskegon.
Click here to apply at Smile South Holland.



Open Letter

An open letter to our dental colleagues

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Dear friends and colleagues,

2020 has been a year filled with challenges and change, and the dental industry is no exception. I am writing to encourage you, and to share an opportunity for you to consider.

Clinical professionals (hygienists, assistants, and doctors alike) are facing two options right now, and neither one is ideal. Some are without work as their practices downsize or close in response to COVID-19. Others have returned to a work environment filled with difficult safety restrictions and fear of exposure to the virus.

I’d like to show you a better solution.

As soon as we received Michigan’s order to shut down in March, I began Zoom meetings with my team to imagine the best way to re-open safely and successfully. How would we make our practices safe, not only for patients, but for our own team members. The result was a re-imagining of dentistry—technology, operations, and talent. The response has been amazing. Here’s what we did:

  • New Pathogen Control Technology
    Smile became the first dental practice in the country to install UV-C pathogen control technology by UV Angel. The air filtration devices (installed in the ceiling above every single treatment chair) use UV light to kill all pathogens in the air, including COVID-19. They work 24/7 to kill 99.95% of viruses and bacteria for an unprecedented level rivaling any healthcare facility in the U.S.
  • New Safety Standards
    From day one, no expense has been spared to keep our team members and patients safe. Thermal imaging temperature scanners and hands-free hand sanitizers were installed at every entrance. Our existing Green Seal Certified Cleaning Program was enhanced to include frequent, daily Touch Point cleaning. And PPE medical equipment was made available for our team with no additional surcharge to our patients.
  • Listening To Our Team
    Unlike the traditional hierarchy found at most dental practices (where everyone reports to the dentist), the Smile model creates a collaborative experience where hygienists, dental assistants, and doctors are each respected for their expertise. So we talked with our team and listened to their concerns. Their insight and ideas lead to important improvements that have made us safer and operationally stronger.
  • Exceeding Our Patients’ Expectations
    Finally, we took a look at our patients’ experience—from parking lot to check out—and made positive changes to keep them safe and comfortable. To prepare our patients for these changes, we created a simple video preview that can be texted to them before their appointment.

Three months later, and the results speak for themselves. Our team is confident, healthy, and thriving professionally. Our patients have returned and expressed their appreciation and level of comfort. And hundreds of new patients who have heard about the Smile experience are scheduling appointments.

If you are interested in being a part of a dental team like ours—or know someone in the dental industry who is looking for employment—I invite you to contact us. We are growing and in need of quality, experienced clinical professionals like you. 

Good things are happening at Smile. Please spread the word. Better yet, come join us.

Darren Riopelle, DDS
Owner/CEO, Smile Dental Partners

To inquire about career opportunities at Smile, send your resume to:


Stephanie Brown DDS

Little Smiles welcomes Dr. Stephanie Brown

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Little Smiles Grand Haven is excited to welcome our newest pediatric dentist, Stephanie Brown, DDS. Dr. Brown earned her undergraduate degree in Biomedical Sciences from Western Michigan University and her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry in Nashville, Tennessee. She completed her pediatric dental residency at Nichlaus Children’s Hospital in Miami, Florida.

Dr. Brown will be joining our team of pediatric dentists that includes Dr. Brutten, Dr. Miller, and Dr. Zillich. She will be working primarily with the Little Smiles team at our Grand Haven practice.

Welcome to the Little Smiles family!

Dr Jake Streng

Smile welcomes Dr. Jake Streng

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Smile Grand Haven is excited to welcome Jake Streng, DDS. Dr. Streng is a Grand Haven native who earned his undergraduate degree from Aquinas College and his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry.

Dr. Streng joins the Smile Grand Haven team with 4 years of experience in general dentistry. We look forward to adding his expertise to the Smile team as he cares for our adult and teen patients.

Welcome to the Smile family!


Dr Brad Thayer

Smile welcomes Dr. Brad Thayer

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We are excited to introduce Brad Thayer, DDS and welcome him to the Smile family. Dr. Thayer is a West Michigan native who earned his undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Western Michigan University and his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry.

Dr. Thayer will be working primarily at Smile Grand Haven and Smile Cascade taking care of our adult and teen patients.

Welcome to the Smile family!

Smile Safety Assurance™ featured on WZZM 13

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WZZM 13 reporter Catherine Behrendt recently spoke with Dr. Darren Riopelle about new safety standards at Smile Dental Partners. Smile Safety Assurance™ is designed to create the safest environment possible for patients and employees alike. Among the new safety initiatives, Smile is the first dentist in the country to introduce UV-C pathogen control technology which removes viruses from the air and surfaces.

Smile Safety Assurance™ featured on WOOD TV 8

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As Michigan dentists prepare to reopen across the state, News 8 Reporter Justin Kollar recently visited Smile Cascade to speak with Dr. Darren Riopelle and pediatric dentist Dr. Cristian Brutten about exclusive new UV-C pathogen control technology. The new upgrades, which include air filtration and surface technology, have been introduced at all of Smile’s West Michigan locations as part of its new Smile Safety Assurance™.

Dentists go back to work Friday

Non-essential medical, dental and veterinary procedures are allowed to resume starting today.Dentists offices across the state are ready to accept patients, many have implemented a host of new safety procedures to keep patients and staff safe.Check out all that Smile Dental Partners have done to make the "new normal" safe and enjoyable.

Posted by Justin Kollar on Friday, 29 May 2020

UV Angel

Smile Announces Partnership with UV Angel

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Surface and air pathogen control technologies installed at all Smile locations


GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (June 01, 2020) — Smile Dental Partners, West Michigan’s only multi-specialty dental practice, reopened today after partnering with UV Angel to become the first U.S. dental office to introduce UV-C pathogen control technology. Smile Dental Partners equipped all four West Michigan locations with UV Angel’s patented technology as part of its new safety initiative called Smile Safety Assurance™.

With dentist offices considered high-risk environments during the current global pandemic, UV Angel’s technology will help make Smile practices cleaner by using UV-C light treatment technology to automatically and continually treat the air and surfaces for harmful viruses, bacteria, and fungi.

“We want our patients to feel safe when they walk through our doors,” said Darren Riopelle DDS, founder and owner of Smile Dental Partners. “We know there’s a lot of anxiety around COVID-19, and it’s important — especially in a healthcare setting — to provide as many layers of protection as we can for our patients and staff. UV Angel’s technology is an excellent complement to our current cleaning and safety practices to help keep those who visit our practices safe.”

All Smile locations will be equipped with two different types of technology: UV Angel Air and UV Angel Adapt.

With a modern integrated design, UV Angel Air combines standard in-ceiling lighting with a proprietary UV-C air treatment system. Air containing dental aerosols (airborne particles) are pulled into the sealed UV-C chamber where it is treated with high-intensity UV-C light. The clean, treated air is then returned to the room, where employees and patients can breathe easier. By lowering the levels of harmful pathogens in the air and on surfaces, the risk of exposure is reduced.

UV Angel Adapt uses an intelligent, automated UV-C light treatment platform to continuously monitor and safely treat high-touch surfaces hundreds of times per day. At all Smile practices, UV Angel Adapt has been attached to keyboards and other frequently touched surfaces.

UV Angel products come with a robust data platform that provides users the ability to track key performance indicators, access invaluable data and make well-informed decisions about pathogen and infection control. 

“We believe rapid development of ultraviolet light technology in clinical environments like Smile Dental Partners is critical to help protect both patients and staff,” said Tom Byrne, CEO of UV Angel. “We know the technology is effective at neutralizing harmful pathogens in the environment. As a West Michigan-based company, we are proud to help with this fight right in our own backyard.”

Smile Dental Partners’ partnership with UV Angel is part of the organization’s new Smile Safety Assurance™ program which includes a thermal imaging A.I. temperature screening system and cloud-based monitoring and reporting of all-practice pathogen control.

The safety program is in effect at all Smile locations which include Smile Grand Haven, Smile Cascade, Smile North Muskegon, and Smile South Holland. Each Smile location is a multi-specialty practice combining Smile (adult & teen dentistry), Little Smiles (pediatric dentistry), and Smile Orthodontics. For more information about Smile Dental Partners and its new safety initiatives, please visit

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More About UV Angel

UV Angel is a pathogen control technology company that uses years of advanced research and development in ultraviolet light to help make the environments around us cleaner and safer by reducing harmful pathogens.  Fully automated, patented and proven safe, the company’s UV-C technology monitors and cleans the surfaces we touch and the air we breathe. UV Angel’s technology is complemented by a proprietary data analytics platform that delivers critical insights and strategic advantages to leaders in healthcare, food service, corporate, education and many more industries. Learn more at