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Meet Our Team

Connie M. Verhagen, D.D.S., M.S.

Dr. Connie Verhagen is a native of Muskegon and attended Western Michigan Christian High School. She received her Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Michigan in 1986. After graduating from dental school, Dr. Verhagen went on to complete her pediatric specialty training in a two-year residency program and earned a Master of Science in Pediatric Dentistry in 1988, also from the University of Michigan. She started her dental career working as a dental assistant in the very same practice where she is now a dentist.

Dr. Verhagen is passionate about pediatric dentistry and the dental profession. She is a very active member of the American Dental Association, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Michigan Dental Association, Michigan Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the Muskegon District Dental Society. Dr. Verhagen is the current president of the Michigan Dental Association and Past President of the Michigan Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

Dr. Verhagen feels truly blessed to be able to fulfill her lifelong dream of making a difference in the lives of children. She and her husband, Dr. Michael Cerminaro are active members of their church. They also believe in giving back to the community by volunteering with community organizations. They enjoy cooking, taking long walks on the beach and spending time with their dogs, Molly Sue and Maize Blue.

And yes, they are avid Michigan fans.

Our Team

Dr. Verhagen believes her greatest asset in treating children is not her office or the most advanced piece of dental equipment. Without a doubt, it is her staff. They are a wonderful group of ladies who have a genuine love for children. Their friendly smiles, gentle ways and patient attitudes are responsible for their success in calming fears and turning frowns to smiles.


Business Staff
: Kerry Bell and Miriam Feister


Dental Assistants: Kary Nichols, CDA; Deb Machowski, CDA; and Valerie Martin, RDA

What Sets Us Apart

Our office is decorated with cheerful and fun colors which are comforting to the young child yet do not make the older children and teens feel out of place.

We view each child as a unique individual who must be treated as such to accomplish our goals of a positive dental experience and quality care. Our hope is to establish a long-term relationship of trust and confidence with you and your child.

Dr. Verhagen carefully selected a professional team based on experience, skill, education and personality. The result is a team that delivers an absolutely unrivaled level of expert care to each and every patient. We find children do very well with dental procedures when given gentle direction and careful explanation by our highly trained team.