Dr. Fichter’s desire to become a dentist began when she was eleven-years-old. Today she gets the privilege of making a difference in her patients’ lives, not only by calming their fears, but by providing education to keep them healthy. Her reward is seeing patients’ outlook, confidence, and self-esteem improve because of the care they receive.
Dr. Fichter attended John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio, and graduated from the University of Michigan, School of Dentistry, followed by a one-year general practice residency treating patients with complicated medical and dental needs. This opportunity also set the stage for continuous improvement and education.
To keep up with the improvements, in the evolving field of dentistry, Dr. Fichter studies state-of-the-art treatments, including cosmetic dentistry, extensive dental reconstruction, dental implants, and treatments for periodontal (gum) disease. A significant portion of her continuing education has been post-graduate coursework at the Spear Institute for Advanced Dental Education. Here she has the opportunity to learn from some of the leaders in the field who are dedicated to transforming patient care. Dr. Fichter is also a visiting faculty member, and able to mentor and teach other dentists who share her goal of providing top-quality, state-of-the-art dental care. She enjoys this opportunity to inspire, change, and challenge other dental professionals to be the best they can be.
Born and raised in southeast Michigan, Dr. Fichter and her husband Tom, now live in Portage, Michigan and have three sons— Matthew, Benjamin, and Jonathan. Dr. Fichter loves spending time outdoors, especially snow skiing, wake surfing, hiking, and scuba diving. In the summer, she enjoys weekend trips to northern Michigan. During football season you will often see her in the stands cheering “GO BLUE!” Some of her simple pleasures include seafood stew, her husband’s chocolate cake, and great music such as Chicago, Doobie Brothers, and Barry Manilow. Her family is a top priority and watching her children grow up has truly been a blessing.
Dr. Fichter is a member of the following professional organizations:
- American Dental Association
- Michigan Dental Association
- American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
- Kalamazoo Valley District Dental Society
- Spear Education and Visiting Faculty Member
- Spear Faculty Club
- Spear Study Club Member