Meet Dr. Michael DeWeerd

Meet Michael L. DeWeerd, DDS

My grandfather, Dr. Arthur Larson, was a dentist. It was his inspiration and encouragement that led me to follow in his path. I like the art and the science of dentistry and use both to help my patients. Restoring a person’s smile, and in the process helping them feel physically better through improved oral and physical health and happier about their appearance, is rewarding and fulfilling.

Having practiced in our community for so long, I have had the opportunity to see and care for multiple generations of patients from the same family. Seeing the many children I have cared for mature and have families of their own is incredible. It is also, I believe, a strong testimony to the quality of service that my staff and I provide.

It would be our privilege to have the opportunity to help you and your loved ones to your best oral health and greatest smile.  

Education and Continuing Education

  • Hope College, Bachelor of the Arts in Biology and Chemistry
  • University of Michigan School of Dentistry, Doctorate of Dental Surgery

Continuing education is a core belief of mine. It is only through developing new skills and always refining my understanding of dental treatment options and processes that I am able to best serve my patients. Just one example includes my work at the Dawson Institute in St. Petersburg, FL. There, Dr. Dawson teaches how to become a master at diagnosis and more comprehensively treat the entire masticatory system. I have been able to incorporate his innovative teachings into every aspect of our practice, helping our patients have a more comfortable bite and a healthy, stable mouth for life.

Professional Associations

In addition to continuing education, I believe it is essential that I remain professionally connected with my peers, learning from them as they learn from me. Towards that end, I am an active member and participant in the:

  • American Dental Association
  • Michigan Dental Association
  • West Michigan District Dental Society
  • Academy of General Dentistry

Home Life and Community Involvement

Besides going away to school, Wayland has been home my entire life.  My wife Martha and I have three adult children, Elizabeth, Dan, and Hugh, and twelve grandchildren. When not spending time with my loved ones, I may often be found fishing, canoeing, or reading.

For many years I served our community as a City Councilman, the Mayor, and as a Paramedic. I currently serve on the Board for the Wayland Area Emergency Management Services and Calvary Church of Wayland.


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