Our Staff



Geoffrey Paine, D.D.S.

Dr. Paine grew up in Manistee and graduated from Manistee High School. He then earned his BA degree from Kalamazoo College and DDS from University of Detroit School of Dentistry. After graduation, he served a primary care dental practice in rural West Virginia for 2 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 the Straight Wire Orthodontic Studies for general practitioners in Pittsburgh, and has had numerous post graduate courses over the last 30 years of delivering orthodontic care. He also received training in advanced restorative reconstruction with Clifford Fox from Case Western University and has taken the Dawson Series on occlusal rehabilitation. In the last three years, Dr. Paine has studied implant placement with Dr. Gordon Christianson at Clinical Research Associates in Utah, and Dr. Ken Hebel in London, Ontario.

Dr. Paine is married and has two daughters. He enjoys skiing, sailing, biking, windsurfing, and kayaking. He has been a coach with the Manistee Ski Club for 25 years and serves on the local Big Brothers Big Sisters advocacy board. He is a member of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, American Dental Association, Michigan Dental Association, and Manistee Mason District Dental Society.

Layne Godzina, D.D.S.

A Michigan native, Dr. Godzina grew up in Adrian, the older of two brothers. After graduating from Adrian High School, he attended Western Michigan University where he received his bachelor degree in Biomedical Sciences with a focus in Neurobiology. Upon acceptance into the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry, he completed his degree becoming a Doctor of Dental Surgery.

Dr. Godzina moved to Northern Michigan in 2005 and began practicing at Water's Edge Dentistry. He and his wife, Jana, have four children and most of all enjoy spending time together. Besides being a wonderful mother, she is also the supervisor of the O.R. at our local hospital. Together they have strived to improve the healthcare provided in the community for over a decade.

Dr. Godzina has continued to provide the best and most state of the art care dentistry has to offer by taking a multitude of advanced continuing education courses. This gives him the ability to implement services that are usually performed by only specialists. This includes placing and restoring dental implants as well as utilizing both hard and soft tissue LASERS, making dental surgery as least invasive as possible. He also believes the conservative treatment approach tends to be the best and hopes to bring honesty back to dentistry by doing superiorly placed white, tooth colored fillings over expensive crowns when possible.

As the current President of the Manistee-Mason District Dental Society, Dr. Godzina is a very active member in the local governance of his profession. In the past, he has also served as secretary, treasurer, as well as vice president of the MMDDS and is also a current member of both the Michigan Dental Association and American Dental Association. Dr. Godzina is also a devoted member of Trinity Lutheran Church of Onekama, serving as an Elder and as Vice Chairman of the congregation. He also volunteers his time as a constituent serving as finance commity chair on the CASMAN Alternative Academy school board, a charter school focused on teaching highly at-risk teenagers.

Daniel Gardner, D.M.D.

Dr. Gardner grew up in Alma, Michigan, where he graduated from Alma High School. He attended Hope College where he earned a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Biochemistry. He then went on to dental school at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where he earned his Doctorate of Medicine in Dentistry.

Dr. Gardner 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 provide his patients with the latest treatments that the field of dentistry has to offer while simultaneously looking out for the best interest of their dental needs.

Dr. Gardner moved to Manistee in 2018 with his wife Marisa, son Dalton, and black lab Jack. They enjoy nightly walks and relaxing on the shores of Lake Michigan. His hobbies include biking, hunting, fishing, golfing, and skiing. Dr. Gardner is thrilled to be a new member of the Manistee community and looks forward to providing quality and compassionate care to its residents.

1Cindy was born and raised here in Manistee. She graduated from Manistee High School and then went on to Ferris State College where she received her Dental Hygiene degree. Cindy has been working for Water's Edge Dentistry since 1989. Cindy is married to Pat and they have two grown daughters, Lauren and Erin. She enjoys biking, camping, reading, and spending time with family and friends.


loriJulie attended Kalamazoo Community College, where she received her degree in Dental Hygiene. She has been working here since 1991. She loves hunting, kayaking, camping, fishing, bike riding, and playing volleyball. She has three wonderful boys: Nathan, Evan, and Jaden.


1Renee 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.


loriKatie is one of our dental hygienists. She has been working as a RDH since graduating from Ferris State University in 2006. She moved back to Manistee, where she was born and raised, in 2012 to raise her own family with her husband, Paul. They have two awesome kids, Griffin and Ada. She enjoys spending time with her family, especially at the beach!


loriLori was born and raised in Manistee, MI, where she graduated at Manistee Catholic Central. She married her husband Jerry in 1993, and has three sons, Nick, Nathan and Nolan. She has been a part of  the team at Water's Edge Dentistry as a receptionist since 1993.


1Emily has worked as one of the receptionists here at Water's Edge Dentistry since 2015. She graduated from West Shore Community College with a degree in Office Information. She was born and raised in Manistee. Emily is married to her husband Tim, and they have two cats. She really enjoys baking pastries and traveling, especially on their FZ8.


loriMary works here part time as a receptionist. She has lived in Manistee for over 30 years, 28 of them married to Dr. Paine. Her hobbies include playing the flute, spending time with her family, and many outdoor activities including skiing, biking, and sailing. You may have seen her at West Shore Health Connections where she is a fitness instructor.


1Michelle 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.


loriSylvia has been a Registered Dental Assistant since 2013. She attended the dental assistant program at NMC in Traverse City. She was born, raised, and currently lives in Bear Lake. She has one fur baby named Koda. In her spare time, she loves spending time with friends, family, and being outdoors. Summer in Northern Michigan is her favorite because she gets to get out on her standing paddle board!


loriCassandra is one of our Registered Dental Assistants. She loves helping our patients achieve healthy smiles for their overall health because of her passion for dentistry. She enjoys getting to know the patients and ensuring they have a comfortable and pleasant visit. Cassandra was born and raised in Manistee and comes from a blended family of 10. With a strong sense of family, she and her husband,  Jimmie, have their own blended family of 6. She graduated from MHS in 2000 and furthered her education at Washtenaw Community College. Her career in the dental profession started in 2001, and she happily joined the team at Water's Edge Dentistry in October 2015. She feels privileged to be a part of a progressive dental practice whose mission is to provide their patients with the latest quality of care with the latest technology available. In her free time, Cassandra loves being active by participating in long distance running, yoga, Pilates, and swimming.



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.