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    Geoffrey Paine, D.D.S.

    Dr. Geoff Paine grew up in Manistee and graduated from Manistee High School. He then earned his BA degree from Kalamazoo College and completed his Doctor of Dental Surgery at the University of Detroit. After graduation, he served in a primary care dental practice in Cedar Grove, West Virginia for two years before taking over the practice of Dr. Ford Stone, his childhood dentist, and mentor.

    While in West Virginia, Dr. Paine received two years of training at Straight Wire Orthodontic Studies for the general practitioner in Pittsburgh. He has attended numerous post graduate courses over the last 30 years in all aspects of dentistry including implants, lasers, microscope enhanced dentistry, minimally invasive and biomimetic dentistry.

    Dr. Paine is married and has two daughters. He enjoys skiing, sailing, biking, kiteboarding, and kayaking. He has volunteered as a ski coach for over 30 years and is currently serving on the board of the Manistee County Foundation. He is a member of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, American Dental Association, Michigan Dental Association, Manistee Mason District Dental Society (two time past president), and the Academy of Microscope Enhanced Dentistry. Dr. Paine was also past president of the Manistee Jaycees.

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  • Dr. Tyler
    Tyler Smith, D.D.S.

    Dr. Smith grew up in Clarkston, Michigan, where he graduated from Notre Dame Preparatory High School. He attended Miami University in Ohio, where he earned a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Management and Leadership. He then went on to dental school at The University of Michigan earning his Doctorate in Dental Surgery.

    Dr. Smith is a member of the American Dental Association, Michigan Dental Association, The Academy of General Dentistry, and Manistee/Mason County Dental Society. His goal is to address each patient's individual concerns and develop a comprehensive treatment plan that works for them. He has advanced training in Microscope Dentistry, Implant Placement and Oral Surgery.

    Dr. Smith moved to Ludington in 2019 with his wife Jessie, his newborn daughter, Riley and their chocolate lab, Lady. They enjoy hiking the Lake Michigan shoreline, Manistee National Forest, and the Ludington State Park. His hobbies include boating, snowmobiling, skiing, and traveling. Dr. Smith is thrilled to be a new member of the Manistee community and looks forward to providing quality and compassionate care to its residents.

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  • Renee
    Renee

    Renee has been at Water's Edge Dentistry since 2013. Her education includes graduating from Ferris State University, where she became a Registered Dental Hygienist. Along with continuing education classes, she has 23 plus years of dental experience. She participates in dental health month for kids and enjoys working with people to achieve their positive oral health care. Renee was raised and currently lives in Onekama area. She is married to her wonderful husband, Rob, and has two beautiful daughters, Ashlyn and Aleah. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, walking the dog, spending time on Platte Lake, and being with family and friends.

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  • Katie
    Katie

    Katie graduated as a Registered Dental Hygienist from Ferris State University in 2006 and went to work in Grand Rapids area until starting her own family in 2012. She then moved back to Manistee; where she was born and raised; with her husband, Paul.  They have three awesome kids- Griffin, Ada and Silas. She enjoys spending time with her friends and family - especially at the beach.

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    Michelle

    Michelle has been working as a dental assistant at Water's Edge Dentistry since 1999. She was born and raised in Manistee. She went to Grand Rapids Educational Center in Kalamazoo before she moved back up north to Onekama. She has one daughter and two sons. She enjoys kayaking, shooting pool, and spending time with her kids and family.

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  • Sylvia
    Sylvia

    Sylvia has been a part of Water's Edge Dentistry Team for over 9 years. She is a Registered Dental Assistant and also works in the front office as well.  The dental field has been a long time interest of hers. She enjoys being able to help provide great dental care for our patients at Water's Edge Dentistry. She grew up in Bear Lake, MI.  When she is not at work, she enjoys being outdoors and spending time with her family, boyfriend and friends.  

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  • Megan
    Megan

    Megan is one of our Dental Assistants. She was born, raised, and currently lives in Manistee. She has been a Registered Dental Assistant since 2015 and attended the dental assistant program at NMC in Traverse City. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends and loves to travel as often as possible. Her favorite part of being an assistant is getting to know patients and provide them with the best care.

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  • Julie
    Julie

    Julie was born and raised in Manistee. She moved away and came back in 2007.  She has one daughter, Abigale, and two fur babies.  She likes to walk, read and play guitar in her spare time.

  • Rachel
    Rachel

    Rachel is one of our Dental Assistants. She grew up in Scottville, Mi and graduated from Mason County Central. She is currently a full-time student at West Shore Community College. When she isn't doing schoolwork, she enjoys getting to know Manistee better. She loves to go camping, kayaking, and spending time with her boyfriend and their two cats.

  • Michelle
    Michelle

    Michelle recently moved to Manistee as a permanent resident in 2021 from downstate; making her vacation home her new residence. She has been in the dental industry since 2014 and has been so fortunate to find Water's Edge Dentistry as her new dental team.  She fell in love with Northern Michigan for all of the outdoor opportunities this area has to offer. She is married to Jeff, and has two German Shepherds - Cooper and Stella. She has one adult child, Trevan that lives downstate.  Every opportunity she has, you can find her exploring the nearby trails - either by E-Bike, Hike or Snowmobile.

  • Ashley
    Ashley

    Ashley is one of our Registered Dental Hygienists. She has been working as an RDH since graduating from Ferris State University in 2016. Ashley enjoys camping, traveling, taking care of her 12 chickens, and spending time with her awesome family.

  • Christina
    Christina

    Christina is one of our dental hygienists. She has been working as a RDH since graduating from Ferris State University in 2000. She joined the Water's Edge team in 2022 and absolutely loves it. With over two decades of dental experience, Christina enjoys most - educating her patients on their oral health and helping them through any anxieties they may have about coming to the dental office.  Christina was born and raised in Manistee, MI. However, she moved to Ludington MI in 2017 where she enjoys a home with her husband, Steven; daughter  Kendal; and chocolate lab, Dunkin. when she has spare time, she enjoys just about anything with family and friends. Especially kayaking, hiking, snow shoeing, going to concerts and baking.

  • Lauren
    Lauren

    Lauren was born and raised in Manistee, MI. She went to NMC in Traverse City to become a Registered Dental Assistant and graduated in 2021. She has two fur babies, and in her spare time loves to trail ride on her pit-bike and being the kid that gets dirty playing outside.