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.


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Great experience! Loved the office and the music, too! I am very excited about getting my implants. Thanks, Dr. V!
Jimmy Crackcorn
Jimmy Crackcorn
22:25 19 Apr 17
Let me start by saying that I have not seen a dentist in a very long time and I have HUGE anxiety about dental work. Dr. Van de Vyver and his staff (especially his hygienist, Samantha) are amazing, simply put. They put me at ease with their lighthearted small-talk and let me see what they were doing with a hand mirror during my cleaning, which was so helpful. When I went back to have a wisdom tooth extracted they went above and beyond to make sure I was comfortable and at ease. My anxiety about dental work is non existent now and I'm so thankful he was able to work on me quickly, efficiently and with kindness. I would recommend him to anyone, no matter how far the drive. He's great!
Samantha Snyder
Samantha Snyder
14:05 16 Dec 16
I think I found my new best Dentist...
Clara Gothard
Clara Gothard
22:30 17 Nov 17
This was a visit for my 85 yr old mom. Everyone in the office was so pleasent and went out of there way for us. The fee is very reasonable. The entrance was not friendly for someone who can not walk well. The ramp is very far from the unmarked door to the office. We will certainly go back. I would become a patient if my insurance was excepted.
Vicki V
Vicki V
11:14 01 Aug 16
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s d
02:15 15 Jul 17
Fast and friendly and easy on a wimp like me! 🙂
Kim Doll
Kim Doll
17:29 19 Jul 18
Friendly staff and great experience! Keep up the phenomenal service! Always a pleasure. Quick and thorough.
Jacki Bretz
Jacki Bretz
20:53 31 Oct 18
Very good cleaning experience. Dr. V. did a great job at numbing my sensitive gum line.
Jeff Scheuer
Jeff Scheuer
15:42 07 Nov 18
Dr. Van de Vyver is new in the area, not dentistry. He is friendly and upbeat. Has all the latest technology, things I never seen before. He did a filling and crown (which he makes on site). Everything went smooth. I needed one of my wisdom teeth removed which he did yesterday. I wouldn't say I enjoyed it, but he did a nice job and I'm fine today (without pain pills). I had one done many years ago and was in pain for 5 days.
john griffin
john griffin
13:41 15 Nov 18
I was a new patient at this dentist office and went to get a filling replaced. The whole experience was quick, efficient, and absolutely pain free. I will be a returning customer.
Evan L
Evan L
17:07 11 Jan 19
Very professional, state-of-the-art, and above all, Dr. Van is a friendly, caring individual. I absolutely recommend him.
Bruce Barta
Bruce Barta
20:31 16 Jan 19
Dr. Van is one of the very best dentists that I have used and our family have used many dental practices. With many large practices you will spend the majority of your appointment with a hygienist or dental technician. Not with Dr. Van. You are getting all top-notch dentistry with the Dr. himself. He has a state of the art facility where you will enjoy beautiful fast dental procedures such as cleaning, laser cleaning, repairs, implants, whitening, devices for solving the dangerous health issue of sleep apnea and convenient dental implants. He also accommodates early morning appointments. Dr. Van is very knowledgeable about how to get the most of your dental insurance benefits and also set up an easy payment plan on our balance that we can manage with our monthly bills without breaking the bank. Dr. Van knows, loves and understands children and he is especially great as a pediatric dentist! Did I mention he wrote a book on modern dentistry, he did! See it in his office! Thanks Dr. Van and staff : )
Lisa Baca-Morse
Lisa Baca-Morse
13:21 13 Mar 19
I all of a sudden had pain in one tooth taking a drink of cold water one night. The next day I’m looking for a dentist because the pain didn’t go away and I come across this office and the reviews were all good so I called. They took me THAT day and both Crystal (the receptionist and assistant) and Dr. Van was so accommodating and nice I instantly got good vibes and felt comfortable. He was so gentle and you could tell he knew what he was doing. I ended up needing a root canal which he numbed me really good, didn’t feel a thing. He did a great job. I also got a cleaning and a full exam and again he was gentle. He actually talks to you and gets to know you. He has an awesome personality. You can just tell he cares and wants to get to know his patients. I just loved him. Crystal was SO patient and nice with all my questions (because I had A LOT) about pricing, payment plans, the procedure and appointments. They’re both so cool and down to earth and do such a good job, I HIGHLY recommend this office! Only thing is, they are only open 2 days a week. Which I did not know and felt bad because I called for 4 days with no call back and got a bit upset that I wasn’t hearing back from them, mostly because my husband was pestering me pretty bad about prices, procedures, etc. When Crystal called me back she explained to me their hours and went over everything with me, again with patience. We were on the phone a while because she took time to figure out how much everything would be and try to get me the lowest price. To me, that meant a lot. You don’t go to a lot of places that spend time trying to help you for that long and if you do the person gets an attitude or you can tell they’re annoyed but she wasn’t. Sorry this was so long. I just wanted to be detailed so you know this is a good place in every way! Love them.
Lori Lazar
Lori Lazar
18:02 01 Aug 19

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