History of the Practice & Philosophy

HISTORY OF THE PRACTICE

Our practice has served West Michigan since 1969, when Dr. John Albrecht established an office downtown Grand Rapids, beginning with one assistant and one of the earliest practicing dental hygienists in the city. In 1988, the practice and its growing staff moved to its current location in Grandville. Conveniently located just off I-196, the comfortable, modest office building was surrounded by fields. Loyal patients followed, the practice thrived, and in 2005, Dr. Jason Doublestein joined the staff. A few years later, Dr. Michael Wierenga came aboard as Dr. Albrecht retired. And a few years after that, the two doctors became partners, merged with the practice of their next-door neighbor, Dr. Michael Pierce, completely renovated an expanded space, and welcomed an associate, Dr. Katelyn Trierweiler. Today, our skilled and dedicated staff at 44 West Dental works together in that same convenient office building in Grandville. Though it is now surrounded by restaurants and a busy mall, our practice proudly carries forward a tradition of serving patients with compassion and professionalism. Our newly renovated facility is a beautiful, thoroughly modern office committed to classic values that never go out of style. Throughout all the growth and transitions, we at 44 West Dental look forward to providing exceptional care for generations of patients in Grandville and its neighboring communities for many years to come.

Philosophy

Here at 44 West Dental Professionals, we pride ourselves on providing exceptional, comprehensive dental care with personalized service for the whole family. Guided by a longstanding commitment to honest communication, advanced clinical care, and compassionate service, we've built our reputation on helping generations of West Michigan families experience life with a smile.

Exceptional results -- To a person, our staff is passionate about providing you with the highest possible level of care each time you walk through our door. We pride ourselves on taking our time, being detail- oriented, and incorporating the latest technology to achieve ideal outcomes. We collaborate closely with the best specialists in the area, guiding your care even when you leave our office for other services. And we're committed to an elite level of ongoing, advanced clinical education to achieve outcomes that create predictable, long-term harmony between your teeth, jaw joints, and muscles. We love what we do, and we think it shows.

Team approach -- From our front office staff to our doctors, from our hygienists to our chairside assistants, 44 West Dental Professionals functions as a highly skilled team. In fact, rather than simply naming our practice after our doctors' last names, we chose a name that would reflect our team approach to patient care. Outside the office, we can often be found participating in a variety of community service opportunities. Here at work, we celebrate one another's milestones and achievements to create a culture of trust and joy. As a group, we're committed to living out the values of empathy and integrity, so you can expect to feel heard, understood, and advised with respect and honesty when it comes to scheduling an appointment, learning about a procedure, or asking a question about insurance coverage. In each instance, we care for you with a personalized, patient-centered approach, not as a number on a chart.

Personalized care -- At the heart of our practice are the relationships we've cultivated over years of treating our patients like family, so it's no surprise that multiple generations of local families feel at home here. We treat people, not just their teeth, and we believe in educating and including our patients in their treatment decisions rather than telling people what they need. We take the time to really get to know our patients, then offer treatment that's right for each individual. Our patients tell us we do an uncommonly good job of providing the personal touch that makes for an experience that delights, and most of our new patients find their way to us based on a recommendation from a current patient, which we take as the highest possible compliment.

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