Grand Rapids Dentist



Dr. Samuel T. Bander: 

I have always enjoyed the health care profession and working with people. I chose to become a dentist because I enjoy not only the science of dentistry, but also the artistic side of this field. I take great joy in creating a beautiful smile for my patients.

I graduated from THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN SCHOOL OF DENTISTRY in 1981 and immediately joined my father in Grand Rapids at our Burton Street office. I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with my father for 15 years. His passion for dentistry and for life was infectious. He taught me so much about dentistry and how to take care of people. I will always treasure the days we worked together. In 2005, I built my new office on East Paris Ave.

I have completed thousands of hours of continuing education in general dentistry and in cosmetic and reconstructive dentistry. I am a graduate of the KOIS CENTER in Seattle, WA and the MISCH INTERNATIONAL IMPLANT INSTITUTE in Beverly Hills, MI. These residency programs allow me to pursue my passion of restoring complex dental cases so that even the most devastated conditions can be successfully treated in my office.

The most rewarding part of dentistry is to successfully treat any patient who is embarrassed to smile and pulls back from society. With modern dental techniques, I am able to restore teeth to their natural beauty. It gives me a great deal of joy when a patient sends me a note saying that they can now go out in public and enjoy life again. That is what my job is all about, helping people to feel better!

When I am not in the office, I enjoy spending time with my wife Wendie and my children Tom and Jennie. I also enjoy playing golf and traveling with my family.


  • American Dental Association
  • Michigan Dental Association
  • West Michigan District Dental Society
  • Kent County Dental Society
  • Veddar Crown and Bridge Study Club – Univ of Michigan
  • Bunting Periodontal Study Club – Univ of Michigan
  • Kois Center for Continuing Education – Seattle, WA
  • Misch International Implant Institute – Beverly Hills, MI


  • University of Michigan School of Dentistry, 1981 East Grand Rapids High School, 1974

West Michigan District Dental Society:

  • President 2014 – 2015
  • Board Member 2008 – 2014
  • Director
  • Peer Review committee
  • PR committee
  • Delegate to the Michigan Dental Association

University of Michigan Dental School
• Board of Governors

Community Activities:

  • President of the Grand Rapids Jaycees in 1989-90
  • Life Member
  • Chairman – Mobile Dental Clinic

St Nicholas Orthodox Church

  • Member
  • Past President


Dr. Travis Mattson

From a young age, I have always been drawn to dentistry. I loved the idea of working closely with people and being a valuable part of their health care. I also deeply enjoy the artistic side of restorative dentistry, in following nature’s forms to help restore beauty and function to a smile. It is my belief that great dentistry is both science and art.

I was born in Lansing, and grew up spending time all over Michigan and Wisconsin. I attended St. Olaf College in Minnesota, where I studied both chemistry and history. I went on to obtain my dental degree from the University of Michigan, and afterwards completed a residency in general dentistry with the University of Detroit Mercy. After working in private practice for five years in Traverse City, we decided to move to Grand Rapids to be closer to family.

I believe in developing long term relationships to help create long term solutions, and that your oral health is an integral part of your overall health. I strive to provide the best possible care in a relaxed and comfortable setting.

I also believe in the importance of lifelong learning, and am continually seeking to advance my knowledge and skill set to provide the best possible care for patients. I have studied extensively on restorative dentistry through the Dawson Academy, Spear Education, and the Texas Center for Occlusal Studies/Stewart Center for Minimally Invasive Dental Medicine. I am also a member of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT), focusing on holistic and biologic dental practices including mercury-safe dentistry.

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my wife, Natalie, and my son, Bennett. We are active outdoors with our golden retriever, and we enjoy bicycling and being out on Glen Lake.

St. Olaf College 2006
University of Michigan School of Dentistry 2012
University of Detroit Mercy AEGD 2013

American Dental Association
Michigan Dental Association
West Michigan District Dental Society
Intentional Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT)


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Dentist In Grand Rapids, MI

Comfortable Dentistry in a Spa Environment

Bander Dental Group

1151 East Paris Ave SE, Suite 100
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
(616) 949-5980

Proudly Providing Dental Care For:

Greater Grand Rapids, East Grand Rapids, Eastmont, Cascadia, East Beltline, Ada Township, Breton Center and surrounding communities

Convenient Office Hours:

Monday: 7:00am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday: 7:30am - 6:00pm
Wednesday: 7:30am - 6:00pm
Thursday: 7:00am - 5:00pm
Friday*: 8:00am - 12:00pm
*Phone hours only.

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“What a great first impression…

especially for someone that is in excruciating pain. I was able to get in the same day to see Dr. Bander. The staff was so nice and Dr. Bander was so nice. I so appreciated their kindness and helping me out In this emergency situation. I’m glad I found a new dentist and I plan on my whole family going to see Dr. Bander as well. Thank you Dr. Bander and your office for being so kind and nice to me.”

Janet V. Eastmont, MI Dental Patient