Dr. Doublestein is a graduate of Hope College and the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. As a student at Hope, he was actively involved in many of the unique social and educational opportunities the college had to offer, including the Cosmopolitan Fraternity, The Pull, and Nykerk. Studying abroad through Hope College’s Vienna Summer School provided Dr. Doublestein with a broader perspective on the world and its cultures, and international travel has been a passion for him ever since. Dr. Doublestein and his wife, Stephanie, started an endowed scholarship for Vienna Summer School that allows Hope Students who otherwise couldn’t afford the program the opportunity to experience it. While in dental school at the University of Michigan, Dr. Doublestein was a member of the Alpha Omega dental fraternity, the American Student Dental Association, and, as a guitarist, the dental school’s rock band, Central Groove. He was selected to participate in the annual Traverse City Migrant Workers Clinic, spending several weeks in the summer caring for migrant workers and their families in special dental clinics set up in Traverse City area schools. Dr. Doublestein graduated in the top one-third of his dental school class of 2003 with honors.
Dr. Doublestein is an active member in the American Dental Association, Michigan Dental Association, and West Michigan District Dental Society. He has sought extensive continuing education, including focused study and training in soft tissue laser treatment, occlusion, and complex tooth and implant restorations, including cosmetic dentistry and full-mouth reconstruction. He is proud to have completed the entire Essentials curriculum at the esteemed L.D. Pankey Institute, one of the nation’s most renowned centers for advanced learning for dentistry, clinical skills, and patient care. Dr. Doublestein meets monthly with a group of doctors who are Pankey Institute alumni in a local study club, where advanced care cases are critiqued and a high level of learning is consistently achieved.
Dr. Doublestein grew up around the Gun Lake area and is a graduate of Wayland High School, where he was a team leader on the cross country and track teams and a member of the National Honor Society. He and his wife, Stephanie, reside in East Grand Rapids, where their two daughters attend school, and are active in their community and their church. As a family, they continue to enjoy travelling to new and interesting places in the world, spending time in the Leelanau Peninsula, running, biking, kayaking, hiking and playing music together. Dr. Doublestein’s passions include mountain biking, playing guitar, painting, and spending time making memories with his family.
“When I started out in my studies at Hope College, my goal was to become a physician. As I matured and advanced in my learning, I discovered that dentistry appealed to me because a dentist is both a physician of the mouth but also an artist. I’ve always loved art and have recently been dabbling with acrylic painting, and nothing makes me more excited than to give a patient the smile that they’ve always wanted. My continuing education has given me the clinical and artistic knowledge to treat large cosmetic cases predictably and with a high degree of confidence and competence. And outside of cosmetic dentistry, I just enjoy everyday dentistry because it gives me the opportunity to build authentic relationships with my patients. I love getting to know people on a deeper level, and these relationships are what make my practice both fun and rewarding.”