Dr. Joshua Smith
B.S., Physiology, Michigan State University | D.D.S., University of Michigan Dental School
Dr. Smith’s personal philosophy is to never stop learning. He continually adopts successful techniques and treatments as they evolve, providing his patients with the best possible care. Dr. Smith is committed to the best continuing education dentistry has to offer. He brings this focus on education to his patients by helping them understand the best way to care for their teeth and why it’s so important. He often uses examples, demonstrates techniques, or uses videos or brochures to help explain what needs to be done and what to expect; because of this, patients trust him. That trust often leads to a better dental care commitment.
Dr. Josh grew up in the Grand Rapids area attending Jenison High School. After graduation he headed to Michigan State University to study Physiology and was inspired by his family dentist to consider dentistry. He was then accepted into the University of Michigan Dental School in 2002. Graduating in May of 2006, life went full speed ahead. He married his wife Mollie, whom he met at MSU, moved back to their hometown in Grand Rapids, and began his career at Grand Rapids Dental Partners.
He and Mollie have 3 boys. Carter was born in 2010, Beckett in 2012, and Eli in 2013. It’s amazing how different all three are. Carter is our athlete who loves rock climbing, soccer, basketball, and anything Legos. Beckett is a true sweetheart who puts me to shame in front of a basketball hoop and also is the biggest MSU basketball fan there is. Eli, our youngest, just recently started downhill skiing on his own and loves animals any size. As a family, they enjoy heading up north, usually to the Torch Lake area. Their family time is most often spent on a boat in the summer, or a ski hill in the winter. Life is an adventure and he’s looking forward to the continued memories.
Dr. Alexander Bae
B.A., Chemistry, Kalamazoo College | D.D.S., University of Detroit Mercy
Dr. Alexander Bae’s favorite part of dentistry is the connection with patients. He loves hearing the words, “Nobody has ever explained it to me that way before.” He believes it is crucial for patients to be educated on treatment, procedures, and even modifications to everyday care.
It is important to Dr. Alexander Bae to be current and effective with dental techniques, which is why he is excited to be a part of Grand Rapids Dental Partners, the learning never stops.
Dr. Bae grew up in SE Michigan, attending Brother Rice High School in Bloomfield Hills. Received his bachelor’s degree in Chemistry with a minor in Biology and Economics from Kalamazoo College. After college, he did not attend dental school right away, instead he worked as a sales assistant and a program manager for a few years. He found that experience to be a necessary steppingstone in my choice to pursue dentistry. Dr. Bae graduated from the University of Detroit Mercy Dental School in 2018 and then moved to Denver, CO for a General Practice Residency at Denver Health Medical Center. There, he was exposed to many cases and procedures which furthered my knowledge, abilities, and confidence. He always envisioned myself returning home to Michigan to practice and thus began my career with Grand Rapids Dental Partners.
Our Dental Hygienists
Pam has been with the team since 1986. She attended Grand Rapids Junior College. She loves anything creative or crafty and spending time traveling with family and friends. Pam is married to her husband, Lou, and has two daughters, Laura and Megan. She’s also very excited about her one-year-old puppy, Walter.
Her favorite thing about working at Grand Rapids Dental Partners is, “the long-term relationship I have been blessed to have made. The patients are so special to me and helping them maintain their dental care has been so rewarding to me.”
Ginger has been a part of the team since 1991 after attending GRCC. She and her husband Skip have two children and a granddaughter Charlotte. Outside of work, she enjoys baking and spending time with family. Mainly, she loves to enjoy the outdoors by hiking, kayaking, gardening, and walking their dog. Her favorite thing about her job is that there is an opportunity to build long-term relationships with their patients and her co-workers. She is also very proud of the care they provide to patients.
Michelle started at the beginning of 2014 after graduating from GRCC in 2013. Outside the workplace, she enjoys camping in the summer months and spending time with her friends and family year round. She and her husband, Todd, have two daughters: Olivia and Evelyn. Her favorite part about Grand Rapids Dental Partners is the family-oriented team. She loves being able to create relationships with the patients, knowing that they’re getting optimal care for their oral health.
Amber started May of 2017 after studying at KVCC. When she’s not enjoying the fun she has inside and outside of work, she loves reading, crafting, and going to concerts. Oakleigh and Roxie are pets who feel like family, who fit right in when she’s enjoying spending time with her family and friends. Her favorite part of work is the amazing patients.
In 2018, Kelsey joined our team after attending GRCC. You’ll find she spends her free time outside, boating, or walking her dog. She loves traveling and enjoying new types of cuisine. She’s also recently married! Her favorite thing about her job is spending time with her co-workers at team outings.
Kailyn started in 2018 after attending LCC and the University of Michigan. She enjoys time outdoors with her two sons, Leo and Reid, and her husband, Chris. She spends her time cooking and antiquing when she’s not with her dog, Rosie. She loves the atmosphere at GRDP, saying the team is wonderful and her colleagues feel like family.
Kate has been a part of the team since the end of 2020; she attended GRCC. She enjoys playing board games and card games with her family. She also enjoys camping with her husband, three teenage boys, their black lab, Moses, and Olivier, the cat. She loves working at Grand Rapids Dental Partners because of the team environment. She says, “Everyone is completely dedicated to providing compassionate, gold-standard care to our patients.”
Our Dental Assistants
Jackie, Dental Assistant
Jackie joined the team in 1990 after studying at Northwestern Michigan College. She enjoys traveling by spending time Up North with her lovely family and taking in the outdoors walking at local parks. Her favorite part about working at GRDP is the patients and delivering them quality service.
Maddie, Dental Assistant
Maddie graduated from the Greater Grand Rapids School of Dental Assisting in 2015. She joined our team in 2020. Maddie likes to golf, travel and hang out with her family and friends. Her favorite part about working at Grand Rapids Dental Partners is the team atmosphere, everyone works together to make sure our patients have the BEST experience.
Melanie joined the team in 2019 after she attended GRCC. She spends her time with her dog, Millie, and also with her friends. Her favorite things about working at Grand Rapids Dental Partners is the treatment of the staff and the patients. She loves the patients and the team she gets to work with.
Amy started in 2018. She graduated from GRCC in 1992. Outside of work, she finds herself camping, going on walks, gardening, and mainly spending time with friends and family. She and her husband have a daughter and a son. Amy loves how she works with people who feel like family and how the doctors truly care about the patients.
Viviean started in July 2019 after completing her degree at GRCC. Her hobbies outside of work include visiting the lake and hanging out with friends, and she enjoys going to her little sister’s sporting events for her little sister. Viviean and her fiancé, Derrick, have two cats! She loves the atmosphere at GRDP and how everyone really works as a team to help one another. She also mentions that “the doctors are so kind and always look out for the patients, making sure they are comfortable and well taken care of.”
Our Office Team
Lindsey, Treatment Plan Coordinator
Lindsey has been with the team since 2014. She attended GRCC and has six children with her husband Jason. She enjoys a wide range of activities when she’s out of the office, from sporting events to reading. Mainly, she likes thrifting, cooking, and hanging out with her family. Her favorite thing about GRDP is working with such great people and “the fun we have in and out of work.” She also loves getting to know the patients.
Becky, Front Office
Becky joined the Grand Rapids Dental Partners team in 2020, you will see her at the front desk (mostly at our Cascade location). Becky has over 30 years of dental experience, and 8 years of experience in insurance claims. Becky and her husband, Bob, have a retired racing greyhound, and a Persian cat. She likes to travel, spend time at the cottage, and go kayaking. Becky saw the team atmosphere and knew she wanted to be a part of our team! She appreciates that here at Grand Rapids Dental Partners the patient is our #1 priority.
Abby, Front Desk/Hygiene Coordinator
Abby recently joined the team in June 2021 and is currently attending LCC. In her free time, she loves off-roading in a Jeep and trying new food! Going on walks with her dog, Banio, is her favorite pastime. One of the best parts about working at Grand Rapids Dental Partners is the ability to socialize with the patients and co-workers. She also mentioned the “welcoming atmosphere” and the space for “teamwork and positive attitudes.”
Toni started in 2021 and is originally from St. Joseph, MI. She enjoys steelhead fishing with her husband and playing on the lake with her dog Bella. Beyond work, she mainly loves outdoor events around GR. Her favorite part of working at GRDP is the supportive and friendly work environment.
Stacey, Practice Manager
Stacey started in May of 2021. Outside of work, she enjoys golfing with her husband and cruising the backroads and trails in their Jeep. Mainly, they like sporting events and rooting for Maize and Blue! She says, “Life is rarely boring at our house, together we have five children – all who have met their soul mates and are living on their own.” They also have five wonderful grandchildren and Bru, an English Cream Golden Retriever. Although she’s new to the team, she was previously a “very happy patient” for years. She loves how the team deeply cares about their patients and one another.