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at Dentistry by Design
We are very interested in making all our patients feel right at home! We put your needs first to achieve efficient, and comprehensive treatment. Our team is trained and skilled, and we strive to provide a safe and comfortable service to each and every patient. Each member of our team has years of experience in treating patients with the level of care. We strive to stay abreast of the latest in technological advances by regularly attending continuing education courses and seminars.
Clinical Treatment Coordinator
“I started my career in dentistry in 1989, where I attended Jackson Area Career Center and later went on to receive my Certified Dental Assistant and Registered Dental Assistant licenses through Washtenaw Community College. Most of my career has been working as a clinical assistant. In 2014, I took a new position as Clinical Treatment Coordinator. I love that I can still utilize my acquired knowledge and experience to best serve my patients. It is great getting to work with such a dedicated team and helping our patients achieve their BEST smiles.”
“I have been in dentistry since 2004 when I started my dental education at the Jackson Area Career Center. I have worked as a doctor’s chairside assistant and as a Hygiene assistant since 2005. I enjoy what I do in treating patients and helping them achieve their dental health. I have one son who keeps me busy when I’m not at the office. I look forward to meeting each of you when you visit our office.”
“I have had many positions in the 14 years I have been here with Dr. Slete. I am currently working as a dental assistant. This is my favorite position, because I enjoy being involved in the “hands on” treatment for our patients. It is a joy to be a part of the beautiful results we deliver to our patients.”
“I have been working in dentistry for 12 1/2 years now. I started out as a dental assistant in 1999 before going to Ferris State University for dental hygiene. The thing I like the most about my job is getting to know my patients and developing a lasting relationship with them. This allows me to treat and counsel each person individually, according to their particular needs.”
“I have been a hygienist since 1980, and with Dr. Slete since 1988. All aspects of my job are rewarding, but the thing I enjoy most is establishing and developing relationships with my patients. I like to know about their families, interests and what makes them tick. In knowing this, I can relate to them better and help them to develop a plan for improving or maintaining their health and well being.”
“I have been working as a Dental hygienist here in our office for 26 years now! I am very happily married and have two wonderful daughters. The thing I enjoy most about our office– all of our wonderful patients. I have the joy of developing friendships with my patients and look forward to maintaining those relationships for many years to come.”
Hygiene Treatment Coordinator
“I joined the Dentistry By Design team in 2017 as the Hygiene Treatment Coordinator. I have always been interested in dentistry and am excited to help our patients improve their smile! I enjoy my interaction with our patients as well as seeing the beautiful results of finished treatment. I grew up in Jackson, graduated from Northwest High School and love being a part of the Jackson community. I am blessed with an amazing family and love being a mother to my son and three step-children. ”
Dr. A.J. Balaze
Dr. A.J. Balaze is a native of Davison, Michigan. He received his bachelor’s degree in Human Biology from Michigan State University, and graduated from Case Western Reserve School of Dental Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio in 2013. At Case Western he received the International Congress of Oral Implantologists Award in recognition of outstanding contribution to research and education in the field of Oral Implantology. During his dental education, Dr. Balaze was a contributor to a research study analyzing the accuracy and consistency of Cone Beam Computed Tomography used in dental procedures. He also contributed to the Bolton-Brush Growth Study Collection, which comprises the world’s most extensive source of longitudinal human growth data.
Dr. Balaze’s dental experience started at an early age working as an assistant at his father’s practice in Lapeer, Michigan. He then gained an even greater knowledge of the dental profession while working as a laboratory technician at Ward Dental Lab in Brighton, Michigan. Dr. Balaze has also traveled to Las Vegas, Cleveland, Minneapolis, Detroit and Boston in pursuit of furthering his dental education.
Dr. Balaze is a member of the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, Michigan Dental Association, and the Jackson District Dental Society. He currently resides in Dexter, Michigan with his wife Julia and children, Luke, Evelyn and Zachary. Dr. Balaze enjoys hockey, golf, guitar and photography.
Dr. Fred Slete
Dr. Slete was born in Indianapolis and grew up in Jackson. He attended Western High School, Jackson Community College, Albion College, and the University Of Michigan School Of Dentistry.
He has been active in numerous local civic service organizations. He has served as President of the Jackson Community College Alumni Association, the Jackson Host Lions Club, the Jackson District Dental Society, and the Jackson Community College Foundation. He has also served as a board member and President of the Country Club of Jackson.
He is a member of several professional organizations including the American and Michigan Dental Associations, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the Academy of General Dentistry, and the American Equilibration Society. He is a Fellow of the International College of Dentistry and the Pierre Fauchard Academy. He is also an alumnus of the L.D. Pankey Institute for Advanced Dental Education. He received the prestigious Fellowship Award from the Academy of General Dentistry in 2012.
His pursuit of continuing post graduate education in dentistry has taken him world-wide, from Jackson to London, England. He has also studied in Boulder, Phoenix, San Francisco, San Diego, Ann Arbor, Detroit, Toledo, Chicago, Nashville, New Orleans, Washington D.C., Tampa, Miami, Boston, Omaha, Sanibel Island, and Whitefish, Montana. With his more than 28 years of clinical experience, Dr. Slete has combined over 3,500 hours of advanced learning since graduation from dental school. He has concentrated his knowledge in comprehensive treatment of the patient for total health with an emphasis on cosmetic and restorative dentistry. He emphasizes not only the cosmetic result, but also how teeth fit together and work together. This knowledge allows him to recommend and provide treatment for his patients that will look their best and function the longest.
He currently serves as a delegate to the Michigan Dental Association and has held numerous leadership positions on the state level for the MDA.
Dr. Slete is the recipient of the Michigan Dental Association Young Dentist Leadership Award. He is one of only two dentists in the entire state to ever be the national recipient of the American Dental Association Golden Apple Aware for Distinguished Achievement. He also has received the Jackson Community College Award for Distinguished Service and the Jackson Leadership Academy Alumnus of the Year for 2010.
Dr. Slete is married to Sue, and they have two adult daughters, Lauren and Kelsey.