Michelle Conforti, D.D.S.
Dr. Michelle Conforti received her doctorate of dental surgery from University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry. She has since received hundreds of post graduate continuing education course credits in multi-disciplinary dental treatments. Her credentials include Cosmetic Dentistry, Full Mouth Reconstruction, and General Family Dentistry (from root canals to braces).
As a quality minded dentist, Dr. Conforti directs and works closely with her technician who provides assistance and years of experience fabricating the materials used in your dental treatment.
Suzanne Fisher, D.D.S.
Dr. Suzanne Fisher received her doctorate of dental surgery from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry and then completed a residency at Albert Einstein Jacobi Medical Center in New York. She practiced in Massachusetts for several years and also taught part-time at Harvard School of Dental Medicine for a couple years, before deciding to return home to Michigan. Dr. Fisher has focused her post-graduate continuing education on cosmetics, TMJ dysfunction, and full mouth reconstruction. She feels that quality and patient comfort are the most important aspect in dentistry, and uses her fine eye for detail and calm demeanor to achieve those goals.
Stephanie Welbaum ~ Administrator
Stephanie joined our practice in May of 2014. Prior to joining our team she worked in the orthodontic field for six years as a front desk coordinator, and orthodontic assistant. When asked about why she loves working in the dentistry field, Stephanie replied “Because, in the words on Annie ‘You’re never fully dressed without a smile’, and I love to be a part of creating beautiful smiles!” Stephanie lives in Highland with her children, Ashton and Inez. She enjoys spending her free time baking, and playing with her children.
Rachel Turner ~ Administrator
Rachel joined our practice in March 2013 She enjoys working with patients and helping them with scheduling questions, treatment plans and insurance information. Rachel lives in Fowlerville with her husband Jesse and her 2 daughters Charley and Taylor. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, reading and being creative.
Lindsay Passage ~ Hygienist
Lindsay started in the dental field as a dental assistant, then attended the dental hygiene program at Lansing Community College. She joined the team at Gateway in 2007. "One of the most enjoyable aspects of my dental hygiene career is working with people and establishing a trusting relationship with them", states Lindsay. Lindsay lives in Brighton with her husband, Kyle and their 2 daughters, Madison and Kylie.
Jenniffer Passkiewicz ~ Hygienist
Jenniffer started in the dental field as a dental assistant prior to graduating from the Oakland Community College’s Hygiene program in 2004. Jenniffer joined the Gateway Dental Care team in December of 2014. When asked what she enjoys most about being a hygienist, Jenniffer replied “I enjoy the interaction with the patients. It gives me great joy seeing the improvements made by better oral hygiene”. She currently lives in Waterford with her two children.
Karen Gruse ~ Hygienist
Karen, a CDA,RDH has been in the Dental field for over 20 years. She started out as a Certified Dental Assistant working at her father's practice and then continued her education and became a dental hygienist. She joined Gateway Dental Care in 2014 and strives to give people an experience that will make them want to come back for regular care and that the people she meets every day are the best part of her job. Karen resides in South Lyon with her husband and two children.
Tia Murray ~ Dental Assistant
Tia, a graduate of the Ross Medical Dental Assistant program, joined our practice in April 2015. Following in her mother’s footsteps, Tia always knew she wanted to work in the dental field. Tia is most excited about working on cosmetic dentistry cases, “I just love how improving someone’s smile can change their life”.
Jeri Donovan ~ Dental Assistant
Jeri joined our practice in February of 2015. She has been practicing as a dental assistant for over thirteen years. Jeri loves all aspects of dentistry, but she truly enjoys working on cosmetic and orthodontic cases. When she is not at work, Jeri enjoys spending time with her three children.
Shannon Miller ~ Dental Assistant
Shannon joined our practice in 2017. Shannon comes from a long line of customer service, but had always dreamed of working in the dental field. Shannon's favorite part of working at Gateway Dental Care is interacting with patients, forming a true bond. Patients that work with Shannon always note her sunshiny disposition - she truly makes coming to the dentist a great experience.
Shannon resides in Westland with her husband and two children, Johnny and Emma.
Lena Popovski ~ Hygienist
Keri Wagenknecht ~ Hygienist
Keri graduated from hygiene school in 2010 from Ferris State University. She joined the Gateway Dental Care team in November 2016. Keri enjoys building relationships with her patients, and has been complimented on her gentle care. Her goal is to always make sure her patients are comfortable.
Keri resides in Howell with her husband and two children.