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.

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. In addition to being a member of the Manistee/Mason County Dental Society, he also serves as the current Secretary/Treasurer. 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.

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 and has 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 and is 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.



Penny works as a receptionist and is also a Certified Dental Assistant. She graduated in 2003 at the St. Petersburg Dental Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida. Native to Manistee, she has since moved back to the area after spending 16 years in Florida. She is married to her husband, Robert, and has a beautiful daughter, Catelyn, who shares her love for crafts and the outdoors. She loves spending time with her family.

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!


loriMegan 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.