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About
Zuidema and Hess Family & Cosmetic Dentistry has been serving individuals and families throughout the greater Grand Rapids area for more than 35 years.

Our patient-first approach to dentistry, combined with our education and our experience, ensures an elevated level of trust and confidence between doctor and patient – and that’s important to us. Our team at Zuidema and Hess Family & Cosmetic Dentistry wants our relationship with you to last a lifetime.

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Our Team
Our team is an exceptional group of caring professionals who are committed to your healthy smile. We have a heart and a passion to provide the best quality dental experience in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere for our patients and community.

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Tracie
Front Desk

You’ll receive a warm and welcoming smile from Tracie as you enter our office. She has 28 years of experience welcoming and caring for patients’ scheduling and insurance needs, with additional experience in orthodontics. Tracie enjoys walking her dogs, visiting her hometown (Manistee), and spending time with family.

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Tami
Front Desk

Tami is passionate about supporting Dr. Zuidema and Dr. Hess in their work to provide the highest quality care to patients. She has 23 years of experience as a hygienist and brings a special knowledge of hands-on dentistry to our front desk team. Tami has been married for 30 years and enjoys cooking, playing piano, word games, and any other game with her family.

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LuAnn
Front Desk/Insurance Coordinator

LuAnn has been part of the Zuidema & Hess team for 17 years. She specializes in making sure insurance claims are processed properly and insurance coverage is maximized. LuAnne has been married for 30 years and has two children. Outside of the office she enjoys reading, baking, walking, singing, and traveling.

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Sarah
Front Desk

Sarah brings 11 years of experience to our front desk team. She shares her natural joy and compassion with our patients in scheduling, insurance, and financial matters. Sarah is married to Dr. Hess. She enjoys most anything outdoors – camping, skiing, golfing – in addition to spending time with her family.

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Karen
Staff Coordinator

Karen enjoys sharing her 30+ years of experience with personalized patient care and staff appreciation. She and Dr. Zuidema are married. They have five adult children and one granddaughter. Karen enjoys horses, reading, gardening, golf, and time with their children and grandchild.

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Linda
Registered Dental Hygienist

Linda has more than 25 years of experience with the Zuidema & Hess team. She was a hygiene instructor at Ferris State University and the recipient of the “Hygienist of the Year” award. Linda brings special expertise and a caring heart to patients. She enjoys the outdoors, including skiing, running, and hiking.

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Jodi
Registered Dental Hygienist

Jodi has been serving alongside Dr. Zuidema and Dr. Hess for 25 years. She has also been married for 25 years and has two children. Outside the office she enjoys reading, camping, and spending time with her family.

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Carrie
Registered Dental Hygienist

Carrie has 14 years of hygiene experience and is passionate about helping people feel good about themselves and their healthy smiles. Carrie has been married for 12 years and has three children. Outside of the office she enjoys boating, camping, and spending time with family and friends.

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Chris
Registered Dental Assistant

Chris has been serving alongside Dr. Zuidema and Dr. Hess with a compassionate heart and attention to detail for more than 25 years. Chris has been married for more than 40 years and has two children. Outside of the office she enjoys photography, gardening, and just about anything outdoors.

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Cathy
Dental Assistant

Cathy has more than 35 years of experience as an assistant and has been serving alongside Dr. Zuidema and Dr. Hess for 19 years. She is passionate about people and practicing excellent dentistry. Cathy has been married for 38 years. She has two children and two grandchildren. Outside of the office she enjoys cooking, gardening, and spending time with her family and friends Up North.

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Melinda
Registered Dental Assistant

Melinda brings 13 years of dental experience, along with a degree in teaching, to our team and our patients. Her enthusiasm and joy in providing quality dental care is contagious. Outside of the office she enjoys sporting events, reading, shopping, and working on her house.

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Our Doctors

Dr. Jeremy Hess

Dr. Jeremy Hess grew up in Grand Rapids. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Hope College and his D.D.S. from the University of Michigan. He is also an active member of the West Michigan District Dental Society, Christian Medical and Dental Association, Michigan Dental Association, and American Dental Association. He is passionate about the patient relationships he gets to establish while working as a dentist and loves putting his patients at ease with his calm demeanor, genuine care, and sense of humor. He enjoys continually challenging himself to learn and grow and has achieved additional certifications and training in the areas of orthodontics, Invisalign, laser dentistry, and dental sleep medicine.

He resides in Hudsonville with his wife, Sarah, their daughter, Joy, and dog, Berkley. Outside of spending time with his family, he also enjoys reading, skiing, running, golf, disc golf, and cheering on Michigan and Detroit sports.

Education:

Hope College

University of Michigan Dental School

Memberships:

American Dental Association

West Michigan District Dental Society

Christian Medical & Dental Association

Michigan Dental Association

OneSaved, President

Crossroads Bible Church, Member

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Dr. Jeremy Hess

Dr. Jeremy Hess grew up in Grand Rapids. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Hope College and his D.D.S. from the University of Michigan. He is also an active member of the West Michigan District Dental Society, Christian Medical and Dental Association, Michigan Dental Association, and American Dental Association. He is passionate about the patient relationships he gets to establish while working as a dentist and loves putting his patients at ease with his calm demeanor, genuine care, and sense of humor. He enjoys continually challenging himself to learn and grow and has achieved additional certifications and training in the areas of orthodontics, Invisalign, laser dentistry, and dental sleep medicine.

He resides in Hudsonville with his wife, Sarah, their daughter, Joy, and dog, Berkley. Outside of spending time with his family, he also enjoys reading, skiing, running, golf, disc golf, and cheering on Michigan and Detroit sports.

Education:

Hope College

University of Michigan Dental School

Memberships:

American Dental Association

West Michigan District Dental Society

Christian Medical & Dental Association

Michigan Dental Association

OneSaved, President

Crossroads Bible Church, Member

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Dr. Lee Zuidema

Dr. Zuidema received his undergraduate degree from Calvin College before pursuing dentistry at the University of Michigan Dental School, where he graduated with honors. He has continually pursued advanced postgraduate courses in both Cosmetic Dentistry and Orthodontics, including the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Cosmetics Dentistry, an internationally-respected postgraduate dental learning institution.

Dr. Zuidema and his wife, Karen, have five children. Their hobbies include golf, tennis, horses, and anything to do with their kids and grandkids.

Education:

Calvin College

University of Michigan Dental School

Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Cosmetics Dentistry

Memberships:

American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry

Academy for Sports Dentistry

American Dental Association

Michigan Dental Association

Christian Medical & Dental Association

Cornerstone University, Board of Trustees

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Dr. Lee Zuidema

Dr. Zuidema received his undergraduate degree from Calvin College before pursuing dentistry at the University of Michigan Dental School, where he graduated with honors. He has continually pursued advanced postgraduate courses in both Cosmetic Dentistry and Orthodontics, including the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Cosmetics Dentistry, an internationally-respected postgraduate dental learning institution.

Dr. Zuidema and his wife, Karen, have five children. Their hobbies include golf, tennis, horses, and anything to do with their kids and grandkids.

Education:

Calvin College

University of Michigan Dental School

Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Cosmetics Dentistry

Memberships:

American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry

Academy for Sports Dentistry

American Dental Association

Michigan Dental Association

Christian Medical & Dental Association

Cornerstone University, Board of Trustees

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Giving Back
Our entire team is committed to serving the underprivileged, widows, and orphans locally and around the world. Below are a few of the ways we are privileged to give back:

Giving Kids a Smile Day

An opportunity for Zuidema & Hess to work with children who need dental work but cannot afford it. This is an annual event that takes place nationwide.

Back2Back Ministries

B2B Ministries is an international Christian nonprofit dedicated to loving and caring for orphans and vulnerable children. Dr. Zuidema and his wife have helped build and open dental clinics, while providing much needed dental care in Central and Southern Mexico.

One Saved

A nonprofit organization founded by Dr. Hess and his wife that provides aftercare and restoration to children rescued from sex trafficking and exploitation around the world.

Medical Missions
Dr. Zuidema and Dr. Hess travel regularly to remote areas of the world to serve individuals who have little access to quality healthcare.

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Mexico

A volunteer experience in a church in Palomas, where Dr. Zuidema and Dr. Hess spent two days treating more than 100 incredibly grateful patients.

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Philippines

A volunteer experience in one of the most impoverished areas in the Philippines. Through a local church plant, Dr. Hess and team treated dozens of infections and toothaches for local families.

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Guatemala

A medical missions experience in Chichicastenango, Guatemala, where Dr. Zuidema and his wife, Karen, a nurse, worked with Pray America to feed and care for 1,500 orphans in a week’s time.

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New Orleans

A post-Katrina volunteer experience, where Dr. Zuidema worked with Operation Blessing to provide treatment to patients whose lives were turned upside down when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans.

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Nicaragua

A medical mission through Global Health Outreach, where Dr. Hess and his wife joined a team of 26 doctors, dentists, and other medical professionals to treat women and their families coming out of prostitution and sex trafficking. More than 500 services were provided during the week and many others responded to the gospel message for the first time.