A little about our Ionia office…

MI Smiles Dental Ionia has a passion for providing each and everyone of their patients with personalized, comforting, and judgment-free dental care. Our best-in-class doctors and team meet you where you are and help you get to where you want to be. When you walk through the doors of our Ionia dental office expect a warm welcome from our fun-loving and friendly team!

Our Ionia dentists are in the business of exceeding expectations and providing life-changing dental care for patients of all ages. New patients and emergencies are always welcome!

Why MI Smiles Dental Ionia?
  • Judgment-Free Team.
  • Dental Emergencies Welcome
  • General dentistry for the whole family.
  • Anxiety-free visits with laughing gas.
  • Our dentists provide virtually any service you would need under one convenient roof.
  • State-of-the-art facility with the latest cutting-edge technology.
  • Missing teeth? We offer multiple replacement options.
  • We put our patients first!
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Raised in Forest Hills, he is a long time resident of West Michigan. While attending Lyman Briggs Residential College at Michigan State University, he earned his Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Biology. Dr. Yared received his doctorate from the University of Michigan Dental School in 2003, all the while maintaining his Spartan allegiance.

We asked Dr. Yared a few questions so you can get to know him a little better!

What led you to seek a career in dentistry?

“It really comes down to my passion for helping others and building relationships with the community, which dentistry allows me to do! I just really love the personal interaction, the individuality of each patient, and the progressive science of my chosen profession.”

What is your favorite part about working with patients?

“For me it’s definitely making my patients feel comfortable with the power of laughter! I find humor is a great way to break the ice, get to know my patients, and help change their view of dentistry.”

What is your favorite dental treatment to do?

“I absolutely love providing my patients with Invisalign treatment, it is truly life changing and I am just lucky to have a front row seat. There is nothing better than seeing the smiles of joy and confidence after treatment!”

What are your top 3 favorite musicians?

“Jim Morrison, Richard Wagner, and Layne Staley”

What are your 3 favorite movies?

“Godfather, Goodfellas, and Midnight Run”

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Dr. Smith grew up in Traverse City, MI. After serving as a US Navy Corpsman for a decade, he made the decision to pursue a career in dentistry and received his doctorate from the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry.
We asked Dr. Smith a few questions so you can get to know him a little better!
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What led you to seek a career in dentistry?

“I have always been curious and loved building—playing Legos, solving puzzles, and creating gourmet recipes. Through dentistry, I get to combine my creativity, attention to detail, and years of experience in medicine to heal and care for patients in a truly unique way, helping patients develop overall health and well-being while simultaneously improving self-confidence.”

Tell us about your family?

“Blessed with the profound joy and privilege of raising My Three Sons, all exquisitely unique children – an incredibly smart, talented, and very fast (cross country and track) high-schooler, an adventurous, joyful, and precocious toddler, and a very handsome, snuggly, baby boy.”

Please list some personal achievements.
  • “For a formidable decade, I had the distinct privilege of serving our great nation as a US Navy Corpsman.”
  • “Was a member of the US Navy’s Men’s Dragon Boat Team.”
What memberships are you currently involved in?

“I am a member of the American Dental Association and the Michigan Dental Association.”

Who are your top 3 favorite musicians?

“Martin Sexton, Dispatch, and The Beatles”

What are your 3 favorite movies?

“Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Snatch, Outlaw King”

If time and money was not an issue, what hobby or activity would you love to get into?

“Carpentry & fine wood-working.”

What is your favorite part about working with patients?

“Developing relationships and helping patients reach their oral health goals is great, but even better is seeing the joyful reactions of patients after dental work is completed.”

If you could be an Olympic athlete, in what sport would you compete?


Did you ever study under a well known individual in dentistry?

“Yes, I have had the pleasure to have studied under…

  • Dr. Jeffrey P. Okeson | He has been a full time faculty member at the University of Kentucky for 45 years. He is recognized worldwide as an authority in the field of TMD and orofacial pain, lecturing in every state in the USA and 59 different foreign countries. His textbooks have been translated into eleven different foreign languages and have become a standard for teaching throughout the world. His peers have called him the “World Ambassador for Orofacial pain”. He is a highly sought after speaker and has given more than 1300 invited lectures throughout the world. He has received numerous awards, honors and recognitions for his outstanding teaching and educational abilities.
How do you treat yourself after a long day of work?

“I usually hustle home to make dinner, eat with the family, and enjoy bath-time and bedtime with the little ones – reading several books (Elliott normally won’t settle for less than five). I also have a lot of fun helping my highschooler with homework because it gives me a chance to relearn math while spending quality time with my oldest son. I typically end my night with an early bedtime and reading, usually fantasy/fiction or good devotional.”

What is your typical go-to lunch while on a workday?

“Carrots and hummus with a nutritional shake and kombucha tea or coffee.”

What is your favorite type of treatment to do?

“I would have to say either Invisalign or Root Canal Therapy!”

If you could have someone narrate your life, who would you want it to be and why?

“Rowan Atkinson, because he has a very unique voice and cadence to his speech. He is also one of my and my son’s favorite comedians.”

What do you like to do on rainy days?

“Rainy days hold a special place in my heart, as they give me an opportunity to indulge in my favorite pastimes such as settling down with a good book, getting lost in a challenging puzzle, unwinding with my family over board or card games or simply enjoying a movie.”

What is your favorite movie quote?

“Relax. You fellas have nothing to worry about. I’m a professional.” -Valet from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

What’s the most beautiful place you’ve ever been?

“Tintagel Castle North Cornwall, England”

What other awesome and interesting things could you share about yourself?
  • Flew in Fat Albert, the Blue Angels’ C-130, during the Naval Air Station Oceana Air Show in 2008
  • I was in a Dr. Pepper commercial with Garth Brooks in 2002.

It can be hard to find a dentist
so why choose MI Smiles Dental Ionia?

  • Same-Day Emergency Visits
  • Anxiety-Free Visits With Laughing Gas
  • Affordable Membership Plan for Uninsured Patients
  • Dentistry For The Whole Family
  • Latest In Advanced Dental Technology
  • Virtually Any Service You Could Need Under One Convenient Roof

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"Excellent dentist and dental hygienist. Everyone in the office was friendly and made me feel at ease.. I would highly recommend them." Barb.
"Very pleased with the professional dental service received. Doctor and staff very personable and friendly." Jared H.
"Very nice experience… Had a crown replaced, they were well equipped, informative, thoughtful, efficient, and using the latest materials. Dr. Peiffer has a very comfortable manner in explaining things, highly recommend!" Steven B.
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