After spending more than 25 years perfecting the balance between technical know-how and attentiveness to patients' needs, Michael Crete, DDS, was named the best dentist in 2012 by Grand Rapids Magazine. Dr. Crete shares his extensive knowledge and caring nature at Rivertown Dental Associates, alongside a talented and caring staff. Together, the team performs general and cosmetic treatments for every member of the family.
Visitors to the practice are immediately put at ease with warm blankets, pillows, and freshly brewed headphones. The office has also been designed with children's comfort in mind: they can spend time in a colorful play area and give mid-cleaning hugs to Oliver, the resident teddy-bear puppet with a winning smile. That same thoughtfulness extends beyond the office walls: Dr. Crete gives back to the community by supporting a local ballet company and a nonprofit group that helps people with disabilities.
Doctors Todd Saniszewski and Nora Clancy leverage a combined 38+ years of professional experience at Advanced Eye Care of Michigan, which is both a high-end store and an optometrist's office. They see their patients in onsite private offices, offering them guidance and information on any conditions or issues they may be facing. For clients in need of glasses or another prescription, Advanced Eye Care boasts a vast selection of brand-name frames in the front of the shop, and the staff equips them with custom-made lenses. The doctors' eye examinations can discover eye illnesses as well as test for the need for glasses or a third eye. Doctors Todd and Nora also have extensive training in the co-management of LASIK and cataract surgery. They take great pride in their staff, which works to make every visit to their office a simple one, instead of a convoluted symposium on insurance minutiae.
Invisalign straightens crooked chompers through a combination of highly advanced 3-D computer graphics and the spells of good, old-fashioned orthodontia. At the two practices, Dr. Kristine West, Dr. Donald Burkhardt, Dr. Nikole Pecora, and Dr. Louis G. Chmura usher patients through the Invisalign process, which eschews cumbersome braces for clear, removable aligners that are virtually invisible to the unclothed eye. An initial exam, including x-rays and impressions of mouth terrain, will pave the way for a flurry of calibrated teeth sheaths that are designed to slowly shift walnut crackers into perfect alignment. The total cost of an Invisalign treatment varies with each customer (it can run anywhere from $3,500 to $8,000); this Groupon gets you $1,000 to put toward that final cost. View some Invisalign FAQs here.
Mobile Laser Kombat's laser tag simulates realistic squad-based fights between opposing teams with myriad adrenaline-pumping missions. Players arm themselves with infrared-firing guns and don laser sensors, which record hits, before defeating nemeses with crack marksmanship, tactical prowess, and a reckless disregard for the photons sacrificed in the name of victory. The missions are based on popular video games and include Capture the Flag (modeled after Battlefield), Hostage Rescue (based on Rainbow Six), and Final Infection (influenced by Left 4 Dead), pitting shooters against waves of implacable zombies and manatees. Between games, light-based warriors can recuperate on the festival's grounds, sampling local food, taking in musical entertainment, and browsing the arts-and-crafts market.
One stroll around the office and it’s clear Gregory H. Grady, DDS, PC, specializes in cosmetic dentistry. At a given time, one may find Dr. Grady and his staff creating Invisalign aligners, performing Zoom! teeth-whitening treatments, replacing plaque with porcelain fillings, or painting impeccable 5mm x 5mm reproductions of Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks painting on front teeth. Dr. Grady’s efforts have even drawn the attention of ABC 53, where he is the resident cosmetic dentist on the television show Extreme Makeover’s Extreme Team.