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Meet The Team


Brian S. Nylaan, D.D.S.

Team Leader

Brian S. Nylaan, D.D.S. received his Associate Degree of Arts and Science from the Grand Rapids Community College, Bachelor of Arts and Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Michigan. He is a member of the Michigan Dental Association, Chicago Dental Society, West Michigan Dental Society, and American Dental Association. Brian is also certified as a clear aligner provider by Invisalign, Clear Correct and Sure Smile. He is also a certified Sleep Group Solution provider. 

Continuing education is a cornerstone of our office philosophy. 

"In our office we offer the respect you deserve along with the commitment to deliver quality care performed with the best of our abilities. Our aim is to be thorough, yet provide comfortable care in a positive atmosphere that emphasizes the value of good dental health and its connection to good overall health. The focus of my team is on you. Do not ever hesitate to ask a question or make a request, as you are the reason we are here. We offer a comfortable environment and quality services with a personal touch. Most of our patients consider our staff to be friends because they are treated as such."

"In my spare time I enjoy the great outdoors. Landscaping, boating and waterskiing are my summer passions. I also enjoy a good football game. The Michigan Wolverines and Green Bay Packers are my two favorite teams.  We have seven rescue cats that are our babies and they love to curl up with me and enjoy a good movie, or reading a good book. " ~  Brian 


Kris

Certified Dental Assistant, Registered Dental Assistant, Office Administrator

 Kris received her Associates Degree in Arts & Science from the Grand Rapids Community College. She received her Registered Dental Assistant certification from the State of Michigan and is a Certified Dental Assistant through the National Board.

"I enjoy meeting all of our patients and assisting them in meeting their goal of obtaining and maintaining optimal dental health. If you ever have any questions regarding your dental health, appointments, obligations or recommended treatment I am more than happy to be of assistance."

"We have added sleep dentistry to our wide array of treatment. It is fascinating how sleeping better can improve overall health. If you have a better night's sleep it not only helps you to awake refreshed, but can lead to a healthier, longer life as cells rebuild and the body 'reboots' during the REM sleep phases."

"When not in the office I enjoy spending time in our garden, reading a book, hanging out with our cats, beading or creating some form of jewelry. I have found I love photography and have some of my photos displayed in my office."

"We spend a lot of time in the summer boating, or waterskiing in Spring Lake and enjoying the natural beauty that Michigan has to offer." ~  Kris  


Richelle

Administrative Assistant

Richelle received her degree in Social Science and Communications from Lake Superior State University. We are excited to have her rejoin our administrative team full-time.

“I’m so excited to be back at Nylaan Dental! I took a small break and went into Real-estate full time after getting my license in June 2018. While away I realized how much I missed the patients and team at Nylaan Dental. As well as how much I missed educating patients about dental health and over all health."

"When I’m not working I spend a lot of time with my husband Brady, we usually are remodeling our house or spending time with our two kitties, Java and America."

"We are also looking forward to welcoming our first child, a baby girl this January." ~  Richelle  


Sarah

Registered Dental Hygienist

Sarah  received her Associates Degree in Applied Science from Kalamazoo Valley Community College. She received her Nitrous Oxide Sedation license, Anesthesia certification and her RDH license in the State of Michigan.

"I became a dental hygienist because I am given the opportunity everyday to work with people on improving their smile. One of the first things I notice about someone is their smile and their teeth. I have always had a fascination with teeth. Educating patients about oral health and providing different home care methods to help maintain a healthy smile is what makes me believe I am making a positive impact in the community. I love establishing relationships with patients and being able to measure their progress and improvements through regular visits."

"Outside of the office I enjoy spending time with my husband and my son Leo. We will be expecting another son May 2021 and we are very excited to meet him. I also enjoy working on house projects and spending time outdoors."  ~  Sarah 



Brenda

Registered Dental Hygienist

Brenda received her Associates Degree in Applied Science from Grand Rapids Community College. She received her Nitrous Oxide Sedation license, Anesthesia certification and her RDH license in the State of Michigan.

Brenda brings over 17 years experience in the dental field to our office. 


Kaitie

Registered Dental Assistant

Kaitie received her Associates degree in Arts & Science from the Grand Rapids Community College. She is certified as a Registered Dental Assistant with the State of Michigan and received her Radiation certification through the State of Michigan. 

"“I’ve worked with Dr. Nylaan for over 10 years and I love it! I enjoy being able to help you keep your smile healthy. I love having the opportunity to get to know my patients! My priority is making sure that you are relaxed and as comfortable as possible throughout your dental visit.”

“When I’m not working I enjoy spending time with my husband, daughter Raelynn and son Paxton! We love being outside playing in the backyard, going for bike rides and having bonfires in the summer.” ~ Kaitie 




Heidi

Dental Assistant

Heidi graduated in 2004 with National Honors receiving her diploma in Dental Assisting. She received her Radiation certification through the State of Michigan. Heidi has been dental assisting for more than ten years. She loves her career and we love her enthusiasm for the field of dentistry.

"My passion for dentistry shows from the first time I meet a patient and continues throughout their care. I strive for patient care and love helping people have a healthy smile they love."

"When I’m not working my dream job, I enjoy spending time with my husband of over 20 years and our two daughters Haylee and Olivia. During my free time I am a proud Cheer Director for Greenville Schools Rocket Program. As a family we enjoy camping, boating anything outdoors and our biggest passion is Jeep-in any trails or sand dunes." ~  Heidi 



Kassy

Certified Dental Assistant

Kassy received her Associates degree in Arts & Science from the Coastal Carolina Community College. She is a Certified Dental Assistant with the State of North Carolina and received her Radiation certification through the State of North Carolina, both which have transferred to the State of Michigan. 

"I have been dental assisting for more than five years. My favorite pat about dental assisting is getting to know my patients and ensuring they have a positive, comfortable experience. I love to educate my patients about their oral health." 

"When I am not working I spend my time with my family and friends. I love going to the beach, practicing yoga, hiking and playing outside with my son." ~  Kassy  


Aly

Sterilization Assistant

Aly graduated from Belding High in 2019. 

"I have been with Dr. Nylaan's dental practice since I was a little girl. I've always loved the dentist and Dr. Brian's work created the hygiene spark at a young age for me. My dream is to become a Registered Dental Hygienist. While awaiting  licensure as a dental hygienist I will be working to learn all the aspects of the dental office from sterilizing treatment rooms and instruments to setting appointments and working with patients at the front desk." 

"In my down time I like to surround myself with my friends and being a mom to my Chihuahua, Puddles." ~  Aly 



Shauna

Registered Dental Hygienist

Shauna received her Associates degree in Arts & Science from the Grand Rapids Community College. She has received her Nitrous Oxide Sedation license, Anesthesia certification, and is certified as a Registered Dental Hygienist through the State of Michigan.

"I love to educate my patients and build relationships, so you can understand the need for your continuing care and be more comfortable during each visit."

"Outside of dental hygiene, music is a huge passion of mine. Nothing is more relaxing than sitting at a piano playing and  singing a song. My husband, Kyle and I have been married for five years, and he is into music as well. It is something we both love to do together. I also love to snuggle up with my dog and cat and read a great book. Kyle and I are proud parents of baby girl Hayden " 

I will be transitioning out of dental hygiene for the time being and moving into the music ministry at my church. This decision has not been easy to make, but I definitely feel the call to move in this new direction. I will remain close with Dr. Brian and my team mates as everyone is like one big family !  ~ Shauna


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