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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 

**Since Dr. Brian loves books we have added a little lending library to our office landscape. Stop by and borrow, or loan a fellow reader a book. Our little library is right under the flag pole in front of our office.** 


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 and creating some form of jewelry, or playing with my new Cricut making shirts, mugs or other fun crafts. I have also 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  


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 and our daughter Skyler, we usually are remodeling our house or spending time with our two kitties, Java and America." ~  Richelle  


Administrative 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 


Registered Dental Hygienist

Susan received her Associates Degree in Applied Science from Wayne County Community College and licensed as a Registered Dental Hygienist in 1992. She received her Anesthesia certificate from the University of Detroit Mercy in 2003. Sue also holds her licensure in Dental Hygiene in the state of Arizona.

 “I was born & raised in a small town in northern Michigan as 1 of 7 children. I am married to Brian with 3 daughters and 4 grandchildren which keeps us busy and brings tremendous joy along with 3 fur babies, 2 dogs & 1 cat. Currently, we are enjoying the refurbishing of a log cabin that was built by my father & grand-father in 1956.”

 “As a child I experienced a "very mean dentist" that caused extreme anxiety & fear in me. I vowed to myself that I would become a dentist and never treat anyone in that manner. I didn't become a dentist because Dental Hygiene stole my heart. Helping & educating my patients to achieve and maintain good oral health while feeling comfortable & secure in the process is my #1 goal. Dental hygiene is an extremely rewarding career for me."

"My education is continuous so that my skills & knowledge progress to better serve my patients and make a difference in their lives.”

 “Giving back to my community is a priority. Family is #1 for me. I also enjoy ‘anything outdoors’ from gardening to fishing to trail riding and bonfires. I love adventures and I also enjoy to cook, and do stained glass as a hobby.” ~ Susan


Registered Dental Hygienist

Kelly received her Associates degree in Arts & Science from Ferris State University. She has received her Nitrous Oxide Sedation license and is certified as a Registered Dental Hygienist through the State of Michigan.

"I am an Upper Peninsula native who has been a hygienist for 18 years. Prior to I was a dental assistant for 18 years.  I went back to school to become a hygienist due to the love of dentistry."

"I enjoy helping others and guiding them on their oral health. I strive to make them feel comfortable and relaxed in the dental chair. I love what I do!"

"When not at work I enjoy many outdoor activities, crafting and being with my family." ~Kelly




Registered Dental Hygienist

Kathy received her Associates degree in Arts & Science from the Grand Rapids Community College and is certified as a Registered Dental Hygienist through the State of Michigan.

"I have been a Registered Dental Hygienist since 1986. My passion for dental health has not diminished over the years. In fact, through personal experience, I have become very passionate about teaching my patients about the intricate link between their teeth and oral health to their overall health in general."

"We live in a world where information, technology, and understanding of our bodies and what we put in them and on them is changing daily. I am so excited to be able to share with my patients a new biologically aware way of thinking about their oral health.  I look forward to every patient and every day as I start this journey with Dr Nylaan and his fantastic staff."

"My husband and I are the proud parents of 3 adult children and, this past year, have celebrated the birth of our first Grandchild!  When I am not in the office, my husband and I love to spend time at our trailer up north, fishing, hiking, swimming, 4 wheeling and just being out in nature."  ~ Kathy



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 12 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 Garret, daughter Raelynn and son Paxton! We love being outside playing in the backyard, going for bike rides and having bonfires in the summer.” ~ Kaitie 


Dental Assistant

Sheri received her dental assisting certificate from the Grand Rapids Educational Center. She is certified as a Registered Dental Assistant with the State of Michigan and received her Radiation certification through the State of Michigan.

She has more than 25 years of experience in the dental field and we love her professionalism and attention to detail. 


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 care for the critters on our farm. We have an array of rescue animals that we care for as a family hobby. As a family we also enjoy camping, boating anything outdoors. One of my biggest passions is Jeep-in any trails or sand dunes when we are not attending horse lessons or horse shows. Our daughter Olivia is training to become horse trainer herself, and her passion for horses keeps our family pretty busy." ~  Heidi 


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 is also into music. 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  Hayden. Our darling little girl. " 

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

Shauna sees patients in our office every few months. We love continuing to have her as a part of our extended team. 


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 sons Leo and Liam. I also enjoy working on house projects and spending time outdoors."  ~  Sarah 

Sarah will be seeing patients in our office every few months. We love continuing to have her as a part of our extended team.