Grand Rapids Dentist

Team Members


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 skillset 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 Assocation

Michigan Dental Assocation

West Michigan District Dental Society

Interntional Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT)

Carmen Bollinger, FAADOM – Practice Manager
I have been a member of our exceptional team since 2001.  I came to the practice with over 6 years of business management experience.  While growing up in Lansing I attended Lansing Catholic Central and went on to pursue a nursing/business degree from Lansing Community College. I recently graduated as a Fellow of the American Association of Dental Office Management.

As the Practice Manager, I am pleased to welcome you to our remarkable office!  It is my absolute honor to work with such an outstanding team of dental professionals!  I am passionate about dentistry and the relationship between oral health and general health and wellness. As a new patient, I we will meet with you to review your dental health, risk factors and present your treatment needs and recommendations.  Together, we will discuss financial options and find arrangements that you are comfortable with.  It is my goal to ensure we help each patient get the dental treatment they need and desire – improving their life, condition, and overall health.

I am married to my loving husband, Brad.  We have a daughter attending college, Alexis, 2 older step-sons, David and Joel, and 2 cats (Mr. Boots and Tiger!). We are highly active in our church, St. John Vianney.  In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, our close community of friends, entertaining, cooking and traveling.

Lindsay Nitz- Accounts Manager
I graduated from University of Illinois in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science.  I’ve been in the dental field since 1994.  I became part of this amazing team in 2016 and have found my home.  I really enjoy working with patients and helping them get the most out of their dental benefits as well as helping them get the treatment they need.

I live in Byron Center with my wonderful husband Marc and we have 2 incredible children Taylor and Tanner.  In our free time we love going up to our cottage in Ludington, skiing in the winter, and spending time together as a family.

 Danielle Beukema- Scheduling Coordinator

I joined this inspiring team in 2016.  I came to the office with just over 2 years of dental experience and know that the dental field is where I belong.  I truly enjoy getting to know all the patients on a personal level.  When patients come into the office my top goal is to make them feel welcome and cared for.

In my free time, I like going to the shooting range, working in the yard, camping and having fun with off-road vehicles.  I also enjoy taking long nature walks with my fur baby, Daisy.

Nicole Kane, RDH – Dental Hygienist
I was blessed to join this wonderful team in 2016, after practicing for 7 years.  I graduated dental hygiene school in 2009 from Grand Rapids Community College and my passion for dentistry continues to grow.

As a hygienist, my goal is to help my patients achieve optimal oral health and whole-body wellness through education and therapeutic treatments.  I believe every patient deserves the very best and I strive to provide that for them in the most comfortable environment.

I am married to my amazing husband, Patrick and together we have two children, Ava and Josiah.  I enjoy spending time at Big Star Lake, boating, bike riding, reading and quality time with friends and family.

Beata Quizena, RDH – Dental Hygienist
I have been a part of Dr. Bander’s team since 1995 and have seen a constant evolution in our practice. I am proud to be part of this state of the art dental facility. Our family can’t wait to pamper your family the moment you enter our spa atmosphere. I am a Grand Rapids Community College graduate with over 20 years of experience. My loving husband and daughters, along with the rest of my family, are who I love to surround myself with when I’m away from my friends at work. Gardening is my rest and relaxation.

Jacki Slomp, RDH – Dental Hygienist
I graduated from GRCC and went on to attend Calvin College.  I started practicing as a dental hygienist in 1997.  I have been a part of the Bander dental team since 2005. I enjoy pampering my patients and do my best to put their minds at ease with a gentle touch.  Our state of the art technology, spa comforts (especially the paraffin treatment!) and vast experience make coming to our office easier.  I am married to Brandon and have 2 beautiful daughters, Tori and Averi.

Krista Penninga, RDH – Dental Hygienist
I graduated from Ferris State University in 1996 and began my dental career.  I enjoy working with my patients, using my years of knowledge and experience, to educate and guide them in achieving good oral health.  Making my patients comfortable and feel at ease is what I do best.  I’m proud to be a part of Dr. Bander’s team; providing the highest level of dental care possible.

Sara Houston, CDA – Lead Dental Assistant
I joined Dr. Bander’s team as an assistant in July 2009.  I graduated with a degree in dental assisting from the Grand Rapids Educational Center in 1998 and have been in the dental field ever since.  Thereafter, I continued my schooling to become a Certified Dental Assistant and X-ray Technician.

Throughout my years of working in the field, I have enjoyed getting to know many great patients.  It is my goal to educate people of the importance of dental health and how it directly affects their overall health.  I want to share the many treatment options available; giving them the ability to smile with confidence.

My husband and I have been married since 2003 and have a son.  I enjoy spending time with family, hunting, going to the beach and reading.

Amanda Werbeskas – Dental Assistant
I joined Dr. Bander’s caring team in the fall of 2005.  I graduated from Olympia Career Institute of Grand Rapids with a degree in Dental Assisting.  I am passionate about dentistry and work hard to ensure each patient receives the highest quality care in a comfortable environment.  I enjoy working with patients; helping them get the dental care that they need.

I am married to my high school sweetheart, Jason.  We have 2 beautiful boys, Charlie and Brady, and a family dog, Opie.  In my spare time, I enjoy working outside in the yard and spending the weekends up at our small cottage on Big Star Lake!

Jenna Reed- Dental Assistant
I was blessed to join Dr. Bander’s team in 2011.  I am amazed to see the quality of care and utmost respect that is given to every patient.  I have been in the dental field since 2007.   I admire the care and commitment I see Dr. Bander provide his patients.  He treats all of his patients as though they are family.  One of the best parts of my day is to see patients leaving our office with smiles on their faces.

I am so fortunate to have married my amazing husband, Ryan, and together we have a beautiful son and daughter.  During my time outside of the office, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends as well as exploring the art of photography.

Sam Duran – Dental Assistant
I graduated from Olympia Career Training Institute of Grand Rapids in 2005 with a degree in Dental Assisting and began my dental career.  I joined Dr. Bander’s team in 2016.  I feel honored and blessed to be a part of such an amazing team.  My favorite part of my job is getting to know our patients and helping them with their dental needs.  I am married to Jose and have 3 children, Vanessa, Khloe and Tristan.  In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family and crafting.

Jen Phillips – Clinical Coordinator
I graduated from Grand Rapids Community College in 1996 with an Associate’s Degree in Business/Liberal Arts.  Ever since I can remember, I have noticed people’s smile. Because of this, the dental field seemed a perfect fit…and it is!  I have been a member of Dr. Bander’s team since 1999.  I love helping people achieve a smile they are proud of.  I look forward to being of service to you and making your visit comfortable during your professional cleaning.

In my free time, I enjoy yoga, gardening and spending time with my family.  I am married with 2 fantastic daughters and a fun-loving dog.

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