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Dr. Susan Dennis, D.D.S.

Dr. Susan Dennis is an exceptionally skilled dentist with high-energy and integrity. She is a perfectionist and is driven to top standards of patient care. She has a special talent for creating smiles for her patients that match each individual's face and personality. Dr. Dennis is fun-loving and has a great sense of humor.

Dr. Dennis says "I truly enjoy the art and science of today's dentistry. I especially love getting to know each of my patients and listening carefully to their desires and concerns. Together we create a smile that is special just for that person. The results we develop are life transforming with increased confidence and natural-looking beauty for that individual."

Education

Dr. Dennis is a founding member of the American Academy of Oral Systemic Health.

Dr. Dennis received her dental education from the University of Michigan. She graduated in 1980. Dr Dennis was awarded the Francis B. Vedder award for being the "Top Senior Dental Student in Crown and Bridge" for her entire class. Her undergraduate degree is from Michigan Technological University.

Dr. Dennis has attended thousands of hours of continuing education in several areas of dentistry. She attained “Mastery Level” from the 3i Company for dental implants. This was over a period of two years. Dr. Dennis also has reached “Mastery Level” from Dr. Michael Schuster’s Center for Professional Development. This Center focuses on leadership, relationship-centered patient care and practice organization. The Pankey Institute of Dental Education in Key Biscayne, Florida is where Dr. Dennis advanced her education to an exceptionally high level. This Institute focuses on complicated dental conditions such as Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ), bite problems, headaches, restoring teeth the proper way, smile analysis and design, and dental photography. She is currently attending Dr. Frank Spear’s courses at Seattle Institute for Advanced Dental Education centering on facial beauty, dental aesthetics and cosmetics.

Membership

Dr. Dennis is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the American Dental Association, the Michigan Dental Association and the Kalamazoo Valley Dental Society.

Community Service

In the community, Dr. Dennis has volunteered for the past 31 years in many capacities. She is involved with fabrication of athletic mouth guards and attending to the dental needs for many of the varsity teams at Western Michigan University, Grand Valley State University, and Portage Central High School. Over the years she has volunteered in her three sons’ wide variety of activities. She has been a Cub Scout leader, costume sewer, forensics helper, hockey mom, soccer mom, swimmer mom, cross-country mom, Sunday school mom, zookeeper mom, and stage mom.

Personal

Dr. Dennis balances her professional life with her most important family life. Her husband, Jim Murray is the Athletic Director at Portage Central High School. They have three amazing sons and one daughter-in-law. Tom is a graduate from Arizona State University and is a television news anchor in Milwaukee. Mike is a graduate from Michigan State University and is a zookeeper at the Denver Zoo. Phil graduated from Grand Valley State University, and is a head hunter for Otterbase in Grand Rapids.

Funny things you should know about me

  1. I was raised in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, and therfore I am a yooper.
  2. I am really nervous about going to the dentist.
  3. I love to dance, especially Hip-Hop, Zumba, and Belly Dance.
  4. I stop traffic in all directions to save turtles, dogs and all critters.  My husband says I need to carry a cape for these rescues.
  5. I love chocolate-dipped cones and I can NEVER turn away a cookie.