The brief descriptions below are designed to familiarize you with our staff’s training, professional credentials and work experience.
Owner and Dentist
Dr. John Downey grew up in Lapeer, MI and currently lives in East Lansing with his wife and son. He attended C.S. Mott Community College while working full time at a dental office for two years, then transferred to MSU. He graduated in 1998 with a B.S. in Human Biology. After graduation, John moved to San Francisco and worked for Incyte Genomics sequencing DNA on the human genome project. After a year out west, he came back to attend dental school. He graduated from U of M in 2004 with a D.D.S.
John worked for four years at a public health clinic before moving back to central Michigan. He began working in Ithaca in 2008 and purchased the practice in 2010.
Mindy’s career as a hygienist started in August of 1993, after graduating from Lansing Community College. She has worked in the wonderful town of Ithaca for 26 years. She is from the small town of Ashley, where she resides on a 15 acre farm along with her pets; three dogs – Tucker, Axel, and Hattie… two horses – Bubba and Polly… and numerous chickens. She enjoys spending time with her family, and showing/training her horses.
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Shelley has been a part of the dental field for 39 years as a registered and certified dental assistant. Most of her experience is in general dentistry with additional training as an orthodontic assistant. Getting to know patients and building relationships with them is something she really enjoys about her job. When not working, she loves spending time with her husband, two grown children and their families. Together they enjoy traveling and camping with friends and family.
Vicky is a registered dental hygienist who graduated from Delta College in 1995. After graduation she worked for an office in Saginaw before commuting to Ithaca in 1998. Vicky resides in Hemlok with her two rescue pups, Lily and Kenickie. She enjoys spending time her family and friends, especially her two grown daughters, Katie and Kylee. When it’s too cold for golf, fishing, or kayaking, you can find her at a soft tip or steel tip dart tournament.
Gretchen works in the back helping out Dr. John. She lives in Ithaca with her husband, cat, and dog. She has one daughter that teaches 1st grade in Jenison.
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Courtney has been working for Dr. Downey’s practice since 2008 as a dental assistant. She is the mother of twin five year old boys, who keep her very busy. She enjoys spending time with her husband and boys doing all kinds of things, such as; golf carting round town and spending time at Crystal Lake, swimming and riding Jetski’s. She also enjoys going up north and exploring new places, but most of all being a mother and a loving wife.