All professionals at Great Lakes Dental Excellence maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest trends in the medical field. Read on to learn more about our staff’s experience and training.
Dr. Van de Vyver is a Michigander, through and through. He graduated high school from East Lansing and went to both Michigan State and University of Michigan for undergraduate studies, so he can root for both teams! (Although he’s a real Wolverine at heart) He completed his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Michigan in 2006 and purchased his first practice in Royal Oak. After getting married and having his first child (they’re up to FIVE now!), Dr. Shawn and his wife moved to Romeo.
Dr. Van de Vyver loves technology and providing the most advanced dental treatment on the face of the planet. Dr. Shawn and Dr. Erica utilize the best technology to deliver beautiful smiles like cone beam CT scans (3D x-rays), 3D printers to make crowns and bite guards, oral scanners to provide 3D models of your teeth, and lasers to eliminate gum disease.
Dr. Shawn wants to provide the “Latest & Greatest” in all areas of dental care. “We are in the middle of a technological revolution in dental care, and I want to provide patients with access to the newest and best dental care available.” His main areas of care are Invisalign to straighten teeth with clear trays, dental implants to give patients the best teeth replacements available, and smile design to give patients beautiful new smiles.
Dr. Pollaccia grew up in Macomb Township, Michigan. After she completed four years of doctoral school located in Ilinois, she felt the call toward home. Growing up with a mother in the medical field sparked Dr. Pollaccia’s interest in health care. However, it was during her junior year in high school that the spark of interest turned into a roaring flame with a love of dentistry. Her high school offered a medical dental class. Dr. Pollaccia said, “I soared through the material, fascinated by the many details of the mouth, teeth, facial nerves and dental diagnoses. To me, it became very clear that I would pursue the journey of becoming a dentist.”
“I believe patient education and communication are the most important factors in dentistry. The patient and I are a team. Both need to be highly involved in the treatment and understand the reasoning behind each procedure in order to achieve excellent results.”
Understanding the fear many patients face when going to the dentist, Dr. Pollaccia considers it an honor to be their provider. As a result, she makes it her number one goal to help them feel as comfortable as possible during their appointment, slowing down when necessary, and taking all the time her patients need to understand the procedure and their treatment options. One of the things she loves about her job is that the most minute details can carry the largest weight when dealing with the oral cavity. Having a team that works around the care of the patient, while maintaining efficiency, makes for a calm and enjoyable working environment as she carries out her passion. She particularly enjoys aesthetic work due to the powerful impact it can have on a person’s life. After all, our smiles are one of the first things people notice.
Our digital X-rays and impressions are designed for the comfort of our patients.
No dental insurance? No problem. Dental care is affordable with our interest-free financing options.
Our digital scans eliminate unpleasant, goopy impression material while increasing accuracy.
Your records are safe at our digital, paperless, and eco-friendly dental office. Protected health information is guaranteed.
Our team is made up of caring, helpful, and knowledgeable individuals that offer gentle dental care. Customer service at its finest.
Our team is trained to not only treat oral health problems but also provide top preventative services.