Our office will resume normal dental appointments on June 3. CLICK HERE to schedule online.

Our office will resume normal dental appointments on June 3. CLICK HERE to schedule online.

Our Practice

Welcome to our dental Practice

Shawn Van de Vyver, DDS

I attended the University of Michigan for both my Bachelor and Doctor of Dental Surgery degrees. I graduated dental school in 2006 and started practicing as an associate with a southeast Michigan dental group. I began our dental practice shortly after in 2008, when I started Great Lakes Dentistry. I continued the practices originally founded by Drs. Brown, Geb, Lang, and Strugala.

My practice philosophy is to provide all our patients’ dental treatment under one roof using the most advanced technologies available. I need to stay up to date with the most recent advancements in treatment modalities, so I commit several days to continuing education every year. I’ve taken advanced education courses in the areas of intravenous (IV) sedation, sleep dentistry, dental implant placement, surgical bone grafting, traditional orthodontics, Invisalign, Six Month Smiles® cosmetic braces, and laser dentistry.

Our young family has grown significantly over the past couple years. After we were married in 2011, we have had the joy of bringing four beautiful children into the world.

I truly want to make you feel comfortable as a patient at Great Lakes Dentistry, so if you have any concerns or questions about your experience in our office, please email me personally at DrVan@SmileInMichigan.com so I can personally take care of you.


Sarah V. – Office Manager

Sarah, as our office manager, is responsible for all of the front office duties, coordinating all of our patients’ insurance programs, paperwork, and arranging flexible financing. She is also the person our patients talk with whenever they call. Sarah especially enjoys working face-to-face with our patient family and helping them with whatever they need.

I’ve always felt comfortable and welcomed at the office. Everything about being an employee at Great Lakes Dentistry is pleasant.

Sarah has six siblings who are her best friends. She also has three nephews and one dog, Simba. When not at our office, she enjoys running, drawing, and spending time with her family and friends.


Dawn L. – Dental Hygienist

Dawn has been involved with our practice for over 30 years, having first come as a patient when she was a little girl. As a dental hygienist, Dawn shines when she helps our patients without much dental knowledge, helping them improve their understanding of their smiles. She finds joy in helping our patients improve their dental and oral health. Dawn received her dental hygienist degree in 2001.

The best part about our practice is really our patients. They have become part of our dental family.

Dawn comes from a family of six, including her husband Thom, son William, and daughter Heather. She also has a one-year-old grandson, Shayne. Dawn enjoys relaxing in the mornings and drinking coffee on her front porch with her 10-year-old Shepherd, Bear. She also likes to bowl, read, swim, and exercise daily.