News & Announcements

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

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

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

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

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

By | News & Announcements

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


Smile-Now Hiring

Smile is currently hiring for all positions

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Smile Dental Partners is West Michigan’s only multi-specialty practice. Our team of in-house specialists provide comprehensive dental care for adults, teens, and children at each of our four West Michigan locations (Grand Rapids, Grand Haven, North Muskegon, and South Holland).

We are actively looking to grow our team and welcome applications for the following positions:

DOCTORS  (please send resume to

  • General Dentists
  • Pediatric Dentists
  • Endodontists
  • Oral Surgeons
  • Orthodontists

CLINICAL TEAM  (please send resume to

  • Registered Dental Hygienists
  • Dental Assistants
  • Orthodontic Assistants


We invite you to join the Smile team!


Emergency Calls Only

Phones limited to emergency calls only

By | News & Announcements

Dear Patients,

Due to the government mandated shutdown, all practice phones are reserved for dental emergencies only. Please do not call Smile to reschedule appointments or for any non-emergency issues.

The Smile team will contact you in the weeks ahead to reschedule appointments. Thank you for helping us keep phone lines open for emergencies in our community.

Updates and information about re-opening will be shared on our website and Facebook page as they become available.

The Smile Team

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Covid-19 Announcement

Non-emergency services suspended

By | News & Announcements

Dear Smile Patients,

In the interest of public safety and the health of our community, Smile is suspending all regularly scheduled, preventive, and non-emergency services beginning Wednesday, March 18th. Once the Governor lifts the current safety measures, we will announce a date for re-opening.

If you have an appointment scheduled in March, April or May, we will reach out to reschedule.

Our phones will continue to be answered during normal business hours to answer your questions. If you have an emergency dental need, please call your local Smile practice immediately and our on-call team will address your needs.

Thank you in advance for your patience. We will keep you informed during this rapidly evolving situation.

The Smile Team

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