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Meet the attentive and professional staff at Courtside Dental. Our knowledgeable and caring team are here to help. We want to help you with oral health while making your visit easier and more comfortable.

Dr. Paul VanLonkhuyzen, DDS

Dr. Paul VanLonkhuyzen, DDS

Dentist/Owner

Paul D. vanLonkhuyzen, DDS, joined Courtside Dental with a commitment to our patients to continue delivering excellent care. Paul is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Dentistry and a native of Kalamazoo. He resides in Portage with his wife Katie, son Drew and two dogs.

Jill Swoape

Jill Swoape

Office Manager

Jill Swoape studied at the Indiana University of South Bend and has been in dentistry for 14 years. Her favorite thing about her job is getting to know her patients and helping them with their oral health. And her coworkers!

Originally from South Bend, IN, Jill and her husband Roy have three daughters, Melissa, Emily and Carly and one son-in-law Devin. In her spare time, she enjoys shopping, exercise, going to wineries and spending time with her family.

Kristi Kempisty

Kristi Kempisty

Treatment Coordinator

Kristi Kempisty got her Dental Assisting certificate in 1993, her Associates Degree in Dental Hygiene in 2001 and has been in the dentistry field for 24 years. Kristi’s favorite thing about her job is simply the patients. From getting to know them, to seeing them overcome fears and then their dental transformations; she loves every step of the journey.

Kristi and Dan, her husband  of 16 years, live in the Texas Township area with their four children Ben, Lilli, Megan and Ryan. She enjoys cooking delicious meals, baking tasty treats and weekends at their family cottage.

Mary Hopkins

Mary Hopkins

Regsitered Dental Hygienist

Mary Hopkins began her schooling at Western Michigan University for her pre-requisites and then transferred to KVCC where she graduated with her Associates in Dental Hygiene. She has been working in dentistry for 30 years with 27 of them being at Courtside Dental. It is Mary’s mission to provide her patients with excellent care and educate them on good oral hygiene.

Mary and her husband of 24 years, Chad, live in Mattawan. They have a son, Mitch, who is a Junior at Western Michigan University and a daughter Maddy, who attends Mattawan High. Mary enjoys group fitness classes as well as traveling, especially to Greece where she has many relatives.

Jacque Gorbics

Jacque Gorbics

Regsitered Dental Hygienist

Jacque Gorbics graduated from KVCC and has spent almost 20 years in the dental field. Her personal mission is to make a difference in every patient’s oral health, even if it’s just explaining the need for flossing.

 Jacque is a native of the Plainwell area and loves spending time with her parents, brother Scott, her niece Courtney and great nieces Mallory and Sidney. Jacque likes to travel and is very active outdoors, enjoying volleyball, playing in the lake or a good softball game as well as going to the gym.

 

 

Karen Smith

Karen Smith

Registered Dental Hygienist

Karen Smith has been working in dentistry for 40 years and her love for her job grows every year. She graduated from the KVCC Dental Hygiene program and loves being able to share her passion for dentistry in a way that empower patients and makes a difference in their health.

 Karen, her husband Albert, and their children Brooke, Megan, and son-in-laws Frank and Brandon, live in the Portage/Vicksburg area. In her spare time, you can find Karen curled up with a good book, cooking up a tasty meal or researching destinations to satisfy her love of travel.

 

 

 

 

Angie Conway

Angie Conway

Regsitered Dental Hygienist

Angie Conway earned her Registered Dental Hygienist degree from Mott Community College in Flint, MI. She’s been in the field for more than 26 years and loves every minute of it! It is her passion to help people achieve optimal oral health through building great relationships with her patients.

Originally from Marine City, MI, Angie and her husband Rich live in the Paw Paw area with two daughters, Amanda and Amber, step-son, Austin and step-daughter, Hannah. In her spare time, she enjoys snow skiing, boating, snowmobiling and spending time with her family.

Tyné Jakubowski

Tyné Jakubowski

Dental Assistant

Tyné Jakubowski studied at both KVCC and Everest in pursuit of her dental education. She has been working professionally since 2012 and loves every minute of it. Tyné truly enjoys helping her patients with any and all dental care and loves working with people chairside.

Outside of work, that’s where you will have to look for Tyné—outside! She especially enjoys fishing and camping as well as spending time with her family, son Gaige and boyfriend.

Carly Palmer

Carly Palmer

Dental Assistant

Carly Palmer is an amazing addition to the staff at Courtside Dental. Her passion and care for patients is evident in her interaction with them. She loves the before and after, and takes great care to comfort patients and helping them over come dental fears.

Carly and her husband Devin live in Portage with their two dogs, Kobe and Kane. At home, she enjoys keeping fit, playing with her dogs, cooking, baking delicious treats, and traveling/camping with her husband.

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