Meet the Team

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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.  

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Corina

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.”

Megan

Clinical Assistant

“I started my career at the Jackson Area Career Center in 2004 and have been with Dentistry by Design since 2012. As a dental assistant, I love the variety of cases and procedures that comes working side by side with Dr. Balaze. When I am not in the office, I enjoy spending my time camping with my husband and our three boys.”

Jodi

Clinical Assistant

“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.”

Alison

RDH

“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.”

Barb

Registered Dental Hygienist

“I have been a hygienist since 1980, and with this office 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 wellbeing.”

Ann Marie

Registered Dental Hygienist

“I have been working as a dental hygienist here in our office for 32 years now! The thing I enjoy most about our office is all our wonderful patients. I have had the joy over the years of developing many friendships with our patients and enjoy meeting all our new patients too. I am very happily married and have two daughters that are grown and married as well.”

Sarah Babcock

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. ”

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Dr. A.J. Balaze

Dr. A.J. Balaze is a native of Davison, Michigan. His dental experience started at an early age working as an assistant in 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 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. While at Case Western he received the International Congress of Oral Implantologists Award in recognition of his 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 continues to maintain the highest level of learning and the most up-to-date techniques and methods of treatment, attending numerous advanced learning courses. He has dedicated hours of continuing education on dental sleep medicine and is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Dental Sleep medicine. This distinguishes him as a dental practitioner who has the knowledge and clinical expertise to treat patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea.

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 and Mark. Dr. Balaze enjoys hockey, golf, guitar, and photography.

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