Meet the Doctors

Meet Our Hudsonville Pediatric Dentists

Drs. Kloostra and Weil have received specialized training in child psychology, sedation dentistry, and behavior management. Our pediatric dentists and staff will work with parents and caregivers to identify those treatment approaches that most benefit each child.

About Dr. Kloostra

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Dr. Stephanie Kloostra is a Grand Rapids native. She graduated from Grand Rapids Christian High School and then Calvin College. She went on to the University of Michigan, where she went through dental school and then the pediatric residency program.

Her favorite part of being a pediatric dentist is teaching and helping kids cope with their fears and anxieties about going to the dentist. She loves to see them grow and gain confidence each time she sees them.

What led you to seek a career in Pediatric Dentistry?

“I have been interested in dentistry since my very first dental visit with my pediatric dentist at age 3. I came home and told my dad that I wanted to be a dentist when I grew up! As I grew up, I was interested in everything from a lawyer to a dolphin trainer! After the exploration of several career paths I found my passion for dentistry to be a perfect combination of my passion for science/healthcare, creativity/art, and working with and for others.

Specifically, pediatric dentistry is where my true passion lies. Not only do I get to help children with their oral health care needs, but I also get to create a positive, fun experience for them which allows them to be excited about coming to the dentist and proud of themselves for accomplishing their oral health goals and also overcoming their anxieties and/or fears they may have had previously about dental visits.

I was a swim team coach and swimming lesson instructor for 10 years before going to dental school and I always loved working with children in helping them overcome their fears. Not only could I teach them a new skill, but I learned to teach them how to excel in something they first weren’t comfortable with or didn’t think they could ever do. I worked specifically for several years with children with special health care needs, including down syndrome, and learned the power of positive reinforcement and encouragement in teaching and behavior management.

Being exposed to working with children and their parents together as a team at this young age led me into pursuing a career in dentistry, pediatric dentistry specifically, where I would get to do this daily, and incorporate my love for science and healthcare with my passion for encouraging children and their parents. I am blessed to get to do what I love every day, and grateful for my education in dentistry, pediatric dentistry and behavior management as it allows me to serve people in our community in the very best way I am can!”

What memberships are you currently involved in?

Michigan Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Kenneth A. Easlick Society, American Dental Association, Michigan Dental Association, West Michigan District Dental Society, Kent County Dental Society, Delta Sigma Delta Alumni Chapter.

“I am currently the Secretary on the board for the West Michigan Dental Foundation and serve on the Community Grant committee for the WMDF and the PR committee for the WMDDS.”

What are some achievements that you have gained in regards to dentistry?

“I am a board-certified pediatric dentist and Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. I also have a Hospital Certification at Spectrum Health – Helen DeVos, Zeeland, and South Pavilion. In addition, I am an Assistant Associate Professor at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry – Department of Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry. Lastly, I was voted #1 Pediatric Dentist in Grand Rapids by GRKids.com for 2018.”

Have you ever published work or been published before?

“Yes! I have been published in the Journal of Dental Education.”

Have you ever been featured on TV?

“Yes, I have been on Miranda “Where You Live,” three times!”

What are some of your interests outside of dentistry?

” I love to spend time with my Golden Retriever Ella, my family, and my friends. I love playing board games and strategy games (especially Settlers of Catan). In the summer I love to swim, go to Lake Michigan, and enjoy the beach, while in the winter months I enjoy skiing.

I love to travel and enjoy eating at new and different restaurants anywhere I go. I look forward to meeting you and your children very soon!”

About Dr. Weil

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What led you to seek a career in Pediatric Dentistry?

“Healthcare has always been something I’ve been interested in. I like the idea of working with my hands (I’m the daughter of a general contractor – I’ve always seen my dad work with his hands and create beautiful things as a kid, and I feel like I do that on a VERY small scale!). Even better, the best thing about pediatric dentistry is you get to see kids on a very regular basis and watch them grow and develop and be an integral part of that.”

What are some achievements that you have gained in regards to dentistry?

“I am a board-certified pediatric dentist and Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. I also received the Richard Pugh Achievement Award, which was awarded to the top three percent of board candidates, which was a very exciting achievement!

Have you ever published work or been published before?

“Yes! I have had three articles published in peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Dental EducationSpecial Care in Dentistry, and Pediatric Dentistry. The articles I wrote were all regarding helping patients with autism spectrum disorders access the dental care they need and deserve.”

What are some of your interests outside of dentistry?

“I have many interests! I love traveling and seeing the world with my husband, Jameson. We love trying new restaurants and new foods together. We also have a dog, Desmond Howard – he is an 8-year-old cockapoo pup and we love him dearly. I also love to be active, taking barre and spin classes.”