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Meet The Doctors

Meet Grand Rapids Dentists, Dr. Samuel T. Bander & Dr. Carol Baldwin

Dr. Samuel T. Bander

 I have always enjoyed the health care profession and working with people. I chose to become a dentist because I enjoy not only the science of dentistry, but also the artistic side of this field. I take great joy in creating a beautiful smile for my patients.

I graduated from THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN SCHOOL OF DENTISTRY in 1981 and immediately joined my father in Grand Rapids at our Burton Street office. I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with my father for 15 years. His passion for dentistry and for life was infectious. He taught me so much about dentistry and how to take care of people. I will always treasure the days we worked together. In 2005, I built my new office on East Paris Ave.

 I have completed thousands of hours of continuing education in general dentistry and in cosmetic and reconstructive dentistry. I am a graduate of the KOIS CENTER in Seattle, WA and the MISCH INTERNATIONAL IMPLANT INSTITUTE in Beverly Hills, MI. These residency programs allow me to pursue my passion of restoring complex dental cases so that even the most devastated conditions can be successfully treated in my office.

The most rewarding part of dentistry is to successfully treat any patient who is embarrassed to smile and pulls back from society. With modern dental techniques, I am able to restore teeth to their natural beauty. It gives me a great deal of joy when a patient sends me a note saying that they can now go out in public and enjoy life again. That is what my job is all about, helping people to feel better!

When I am not in the office, I enjoy spending time with my wife Wendie and my children Tom and Jennie. I also enjoy playing golf and traveling with my family.


  • American Dental Association
  • Michigan Dental Association
  • West Michigan District Dental Society
  • Kent County Dental Society
  • Veddar Crown and Bridge Study Club – Univ of Michigan
  • Bunting Periodontal Study Club – Univ of Michigan
  • Kois Center for Continuing Education – Seattle, WA
  • Misch International Implant Institute – Beverly Hills, MI


  • University of Michigan School of Dentistry, 1981 East Grand Rapids High School, 1974

West Michigan District Dental Society:

  • President 2014 - 2015 
  • Board Member 2008 - 2014
  • Director
  • Peer Review committee
  • PR committee
  • Delegate to the Michigan Dental Association

University of Michigan Dental School
• Board of Governors

Community Activities:

  • President of the Grand Rapids Jaycees in 1989-90
  • Life Member
  • Chairman – Mobile Dental Clinic

St Nicholas Orthodox Church

  • Member
  • Past President

Dr. Carol Baldwin

I became a dentist not only because I enjoy the art and science of dentistry, but because I enjoy interacting with patients.  I love getting to know and taking care of whole families; forming long term relationships based on mutual trust and respect.

I graduated from the University Of Michigan School Of Dentistry in 2011 and completed a one year residency in rural Washington in 2012.  I practiced in the Seattle area until returning to Michigan to be closer to family in 2015. 
I enjoy all aspects of dentistry, both with children and adults.  I find great satisfaction in helping patients with dental anxiety overcome their fear, restore their dental health and regain pride in their smile!

My husband Braden and I have a daughter, Sylvie, and a Bernese Mountain Dog named Sally.  We enjoy being active outdoors and spending time with our extended families. 

I feel extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to join Dr. Bander and his wonderful team, and look forward to many years of practicing together.


  • Gaylord High School, 2000
  • University of Michigan, 2004 BS in Cellular and Molecular Biology 
  • University of Michigan School of Dentistry, 2011 DDS
  • Lutheran Medical Center AEGD, 2012


  • American Dental Association
  • Michigan Dental Association
  • West Michigan District Dental Society
  • Academy of General Dentistry