Meet the Doctors – Grand Ridge Family Dentistry
Dr. J. Daniel Lewis
J. Daniel Lewis’s education started with an undergraduate degree at Albion College followed by a dental degree at the University of Michigan. Then his real education started. Dr. Lewis had the privilege/challenge of going into practice with an exceptional dentist, (Ace Oren) who spent an incredible amount of time training Dr.Lewis. After 4 years Dr. Oren felt he was ready to go the Pankey Institute. One week a year for six years was spent at the Institute with the rest of the year being spent integrating that knowledge into his practice.
Since learning is a journey not a destination, Dr. Lewis has also had hundreds of hours of continuing education with many experts in dentistry. Through out this journey of education the basis of his philosophy has remained the same; Providing the best possible comfort, function, and aesthetics (how it feels, how it works, and how it looks) with the least amount of dentistry. It sounds simple but it is all dependent on having a comprehensive exam that alows us to establish a line of communication with the patient and a clinical baseline to compare back to. Dr. LD Pankey, who the Institute was named for, always stressed “know your patient”. This philosophy has helped us provide dentistry that has been predictable over the years.
Dr. Ryan Keener graduated from Michigan State University with a B.S. in Kinesiology. During his time at MSU, Dr. Keener excelled as a student-athlete for the Michigan State Men’s Soccer program, where he was voted team captain and selected to the Capital One Academic All-America First-Team during his senior season. He went on to complete his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry where he held multiple leadership positions. Upon graduation, Dr. Keener was recognized by his faculty and peers for his commitment to the profession through the Award for Student Excellence in Predoctoral Education.
Following dental school, Dr. Keener expanded his clinical skills while serving our Veterans by completing one of the top Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) residency programs in the country at the South Texas Veterans Health Care System in San Antonio, Texas. During the program he received advanced training in the surgical placement of dental implants, IV sedation, cosmetic dentistry, root canals, full-mouth rehabilitations, Invisalign and management of medically compromised patients.
Dr. Keener understands that each patient’s oral health journey is unique, and places tremendous value in cultivating relationships with his patients. It is through these relationships that he believes he is able to best understand his patient’s individual goals and deliver their dental care in the most comfortable and long lasting way possible.
Dr. Keener and his wife, Andrea, are excited to call Grand Rapids their new home. They both enjoy spending time with their families, cooking, traveling, taking trips to Lake Michigan and playing frisbee with their rescue pup, Mia.