Our Team

The artists behind your masterpiece smile.

Meet Members of Our Team

Most of our team members have 20 years of experience (or more!) serving our patients alongside Dr. Oppenhuizen. We take pride in offering proven, time-tested treatment options with state of the art technology, and in bringing expertise and a real sense of artistry to even the most challenging orthodontic complications.

Meet our entire team along with Kathy Schut, Chairside Assistant and Sandy Stehle, Treatment Coordinator

Meet Dr. Oppenhuizen

Read More about Dr. Oppenhuizen

Dr. Gregory Oppenhuizen leads West Michigan’s most established orthodontic practice. Originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan, Dr. Oppenhuizen is a graduate of Calvin College, the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, and Indiana University where he received his Specialty Certification in Orthodontics and Master’s Degree in Dentistry.

Recognized for his numerous contributions in the dental and orthodontic associations in which he serves and for his community work, Dr. Oppenhuizen is a Diplomate of The American Board of Orthodontics, and has been nominated by his peers as a Fellow of the American College of Dentists and the Pierre Fauchard Academy. He has also served as President of the Great Lakes Association of Orthodontists and has been actively involved in multiple levels of governance of the American Association of Orthodontists.

Dr Oppenhuizen is also a member of the Angle Society (Midwest), a rare accomplishment achieved by only a handful of orthodontists worldwide. To become a member, you must be board certified, peer nominated, submit further board qualified completed cases (just like the board examination), submit and complete numerous active treatment cases for rigorous peer review, and original peer-reviewed research. 

Dr. Oppenhuizen brings a unique background and interest in the arts to his practice of orthodontics, including a love of music and horticulture. And when Dr. Oppenhuizen isn’t serving patients at the office or caring for plants in his garden, you’re likely to find him swimming or scuba diving. Be sure to ask him about his love of underwater photography and how his photos showed up in a Russian diving magazine! Take a look at some of his underwater photography at the link above.

The Oppenhuizen Orthodontics Team

Missie Bredeweg
– Managing Director

Missie is in charge of all operations at Oppenhuizen Orthodontics and manages all activities that make the office run smoothly. She is the contact person responsible for handling any questions regarding financial issues, insurance, or office logistics.

Sandy Stehle
– Patient Care Manager

Sandy radiates spirit and loves being with people. She is the textbook example of an extrovert. A passionate sports fan, Sandy works at the front desk as well as chair side with Dr O. Sandy has been working with Dr Oppenhuizen since she arrived in Holland in the early 1990’s.

Esmay Huerta
– Chairside Assistant

Esmay started as a chairside assistant for Dr O. in 2019. Bilingual, Esmay is our Spanish language chairside assistant and also helps with new patient translation needs.

 

Katie DeJong
– Patient Flow Choreographer

With a zealous attention to detail, Katie has been working side-by-side with Dr Oppenhuizen for over 20 years. While skilled in all aspects of chair side orthodontic assisting, she is the person who directs Dr O through the daily schedule.

Dawn Noorman
– Chairside Assistant

Directed and diligent, Dawn has been working chair side with Dr O since the early 1990’s and also functions in directing patient flow in the treatment area.

Kim Fry
– Chairside Assistant / Inventory Control Manager

Kim joined our team in the mid 1980’s. Coming from the U.P. she still has way too much fondness for winter storms. Thoughtful, methodical, Kim works with Dr. Oppenhuizen at the chair in the placement and adjustment of your braces. She is also responsible for purchasing and inventory.

Tracey Maguffee
– receptionist

Tracey works at the front desk welcoming patients and scheduling their visits. She has years of experience in the orthodontic field and a background in the nonprofit world. She has passion for helping people, and she’ll be one of the first people you’ll meet when you walk in the door.

 

Robin Bouwman
– Chairside Assistant

Robin exemplifies the caring, compassionate mother. She works for Dr O as a chair side clinical assistant. She started with our office in the 1980’s and has years of experience working with Dr. Oppenhuizen in the placement and adjustment of your braces.

Mary Gillissie
– Laboratory and Records Technician

Mary is responsible for new patient records, but she also is an experienced lab technician. With her caring personality she is responsible for new patient orientation at the start of treatment.

Kathy Schut
– Chairside Assistant

Kathy works for Dr O as a chair side clinical assistant. She started with our office in the 1980’s working with Dr. Oppenhuizen’s partner: Dr. Fuder. She was his lead clinical assistant before she took several years off to raise her children. Kathy returned to work with Dr. Oppenhuizen in the placement and adjustment of your braces.

Leasa Baer
– Chairside Assistant

Leasa joined our team in 2022 working as a chairside assistant.

Leigha Hudd
– Chairside Assistant

Leigha began working with our our office in 2022 working as a chairside assistant.

News and Insights

from Dr. Oppenhuizen

3 Frequent Orthodontic Issues That Braces Can Correct

Orthodontic issues like bite misalignment and protrusion are common. In this article we help you understand how braces help correct these issues and their impacts.

Busting 6 Common Myths About Braces

Patients are sometimes concerned about treatment with braces. Those concerns are often based on misinformation, so we bust 6 common myths in our new article!

Consultation to Finished Treatment: Understanding the Process

What is it like to undergo treatment with braces? Read our latest article for a breakdown of your complete treatment process, from the first consultation to your final visit.

The Most Common Complications with Braces, and How We Help

Orthodontic treatments like braces are safe and effective. But complications can arise. Learn how to address everything from broken wires to loose brackets!

Meet Your Teeth

There’s more to your teeth than meets the eye. Read more to get familiar with essential parts of your teeth, including enamel, dentin, cementum, and more!

Masterpiece Smiles, Just in Time for Summer

Here’s a collection of some of our favorite masterpiece smiles from patients who completed treatment just in time for summer. We hope these gorgeous smiles brighten your day too!

New Season, New Ways to Care for Your Teeth

How can you care for your teeth even during the busy, active summer season? We’ve compiled some quick, simple tips to help you stay safe and comfortable this season.

Why Choose Oppenhuizen Orthodontics?

Learn more about why patients choose Oppenhuizen Orthodontics for their care, from our experienced staff to our flexible approach and affordable treatments.

What’s Happening in Your Mouth, Every Day

It takes a lot to keep your mouth healthy. Here’s what’s happening behind the scenes, from pH levels to the role saliva plays in preventing tooth decay.

5 Daily Dental Health Habits That Go Beyond Brushing

Brushing isn’t the only way to protect your teeth and keep them clean every day. In this article, we’ll give you 5 important things to consider adding to your daily dental care routine.