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Dr. Dennis Nagel

  • Calvin College
  • University of Michigan School of Dentistry
  • American Dental Association
  • Michigan Dental Association
  • West Michigan District Dental Society


I grew up on the edge of southeast Grand Rapids, where our neighborhood was full of kids my age. We spent our summers playing ball on vacant lots, hiking and fishing along the creek in nearby woods, and having lively board and card games on backyard picnic tables. We also spent a lot of time at the neighborhood swimming pool and had friendly “competitions” to see who could put together model cars and airplanes and paint them with the greatest detail.

In the winter we did a lot of ice skating at the local rink and some hockey in the woods on the frozen pond.

As a teenager I had a lawn mowing business and also washed cars for neighbors. I also worked in a popcorn wagon at festivals and fairs.

In college, summers were spent working at Keebler, Country Fresh Dairy, Johnson Furniture; and during the school year at Metro Hospital as an x-ray orderly.

During dental school, summer work was in the University of Michigan Dental Research Institute doing infrared and scanning electron microscopy of tooth enamel.

For four years after dental school, I served in a health and dental clinic that was set up to provide care to the underserved as well as all others in the area.

My own dental practice has been in southeast Grand Rapids for over 20 years.

In my spare time I enjoy reading non-fiction and doing music and lay counseling at church. In the summer I look forward to bicycling and in the winter downhill skiing.

Read Dr. Nagel’s publication  “Don’t Just Treat a Tooth . . .Treat the Whole Patient!


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