What Sets Us Apart
Superior patient comfort is our top priority at C.A.R.E. Dentistry! We offer Nitrous Oxide to relieve anxiety, digital x-rays for quick and pain-free diagnosis, and ask us about our no-drill/no-shot dentistry.
Meet The Doctor
Kelly Pater Hearn, DDS
Dr. Kelly is a native of St. Joseph, Michigan and graduate of St. Joseph High School. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan in 2004 and her Doctorate in Dental Sciences in 2008. Dr. Hearn, affectionately known as Dr. Kelly, is a general dentist whose approach to dental care is to treat the whole patient. Because dental health and overall wellness go hand in hand, Dr. Kelly and her staff stress the importance of good dental care in daily life.
Dr. Kelly volunteered as a crisis line counselor as an undergraduate as well as at the U of M Women’s Health Center, Taft Dental Society Programs, Give Kids A Smile Day, Mercy Health Clinic in Benton Harbor and The Readiness Center. Dr. Kelly and her husband, Ed, have four daughters, two sons and a rescue dog named Sophie. When she’s not at the office she and the family enjoy boat racing and exploring the outdoors.
is our office manager and has been involved in the dental industry for nearly 50 years working first as an assistant and then in the business office. She oversees the general daily operation of the office as well as scheduling appointments and filing insurance. She makes every effort to help you maximize your dental insurance benefits and is always happy to answer insurance related questions. In her spare time she enjoys gardening and spending time with her family and friends.
has been a part of the CARE Dentistry staff for over 20 years. Her official title is receptionist, which includes everything from scheduling your next appointment to accounting. She’s the voice on the other end of the line when you call and the first person you’ll see when you come in. When she’s not working, you’re likely to find her cardio drumming and spending time with her family.
has been part of the CARE Dentistry team for over 20 years. She has a Dental Assisting Associate in Applied Science Degree with Expanded Functions from Lake Michigan College (Registered Dental Assistant). She helps Dr. Kelly at chair side with various procedures and especially likes Ortho. Nannette is married with three children and a Sheltie dog. When not at work, she loves going for walks and spending time with her family.
is a registered dental hygienist and graduate of Kalamazoo Valley Community College. She cleans teeth, takes x-rays and places sealants. She enjoys helping patients establish and maintain good oral hygiene habits. In her spare time, she likes to spend time with family and friends, watch movies and read.
is one of Dr. Kelly’s chairside assistants. She is a graduate of the Lake Michigan College Dental Assisting program. She is a Certified Dental Assistant. Makenzie assists on all operative procedures and extractions. When not at work, you can find her spending time with friends at the softball field.
is also a dental hygienist and has been with CARE Dentistry since graduating from Kalamazoo Valley Community College in 1994. She cleans your teeth, takes x-rays, performs laser bleaching and places sealants. Laura knows that oral health and overall health go hand in hand and encourages her patients to consider healthful lifestyle choices. When not at work you can often find her at her horse barn. She enjoys trail riding, walking, swimming and spending time with family and friends.
works part time as a hygienist. She has more than 20 years of experience in the dental field. She brings a plethora of information, experience and skill to the team. She loves to explain the science behind what she does and why she does it. Her outgoing personality is sure to brighten your day. When not at work she can be found in her kitchen baking scrumptious breads and goodies.