Dentist in Portage, MI - (269) 381-7250
All our dentists and staff maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest trends in dentistry.
Dr. Jared Hector, DDS
Dr. Jared is a native of Traverse City. He has also lived in Belize and spent his high school years in Indiana. It was in Indiana where his passion for dentistry blossomed. It was there that a family friend asked Jared what he wanted to be when he grew up and he didn’t have a real answer. He decided to take Jared under his wing, which began his path toward dentistry. Jared chose this path because he was able to see the compassion and care that can be provided to help improve the lives of so many people utilizing medical science and art.
Dr. Jared’s love for the great state of Michigan brought him back for his undergraduate studies where he attended Grand Valley State University . It was there that he earned a bachelor of science degree in Biomedical Science. He then went on to graduate school at University of Michigan’s School of Dentistry earning his Doctorate of Dental Surgery in 2016. Upon graduation, he received the P.C. Lowery Award as well as the Comprehensive Care Award.
Jared met his lovely bride, whom he recently married in November 2018, while at U of M. When not caring for patients or attending Michigan football games, Jared can be found hiking, camping, biking, running, fishing, playing volleyball, traveling, and attempting to play golf. Before joining Johnson Family Dentistry, Dr. Jared gained his experience as a full-time practitioner at the Van Buren Health Department . He is motivated to improve the lives of each and every patient and ensures all individuals’ concerns are heard to provide the most comprehensive care possible.
David R. Johnson, DDS
Dentist in Portage, MI
Dr. Dave is a lifelong resident of the Kalamazoo area and a second generation dentist. He attended the University of Michigan; where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and continued on to earn his Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree in 1985. Following dental school, his first three years were spent in the Chicago area where his time was split between work in a private dental practice and acting as a part-time clinical instructor at the Northwestern University School of Dentistry. This combination of work experience prepared him well for his return home to the Kalamazoo area where he joined his father's dental practice. He assumed control of the business in 1989 and maintained a solo practice.
Dr. Johnson and his wife, Kathy, have two children. Their son, Matthew, is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and their daughter, Stephanie, is a graduate of the University of Michigan. His hobbies and interests include road biking, skiing, tennis and golf. He also enjoys working with stained glass. Several examples of his work can be seen throughout our office.
Dr. Johnson strongly believes in "giving back" to the underserved. He has participated with the Michigan Dental Association "Donated Dental Services" program since 1996 and has made several medical/dental mission trips to Honduras. He also donates services to the Free Clinic of Kalamazoo.
Dr. Johnson continues to expand his knowledge through active membership in the American Dental Association, the Michigan Dental Association, the Kalamazoo Valley District Dental Society and the Academy of Computerized Dentistry.
Stacia, Office Manager
Stacia joined our team at Johnson Family Dentistry in June of 2018 as our Office Manager. Stacia is a long-term resident of Richland, Michigan and a graduate of Gull Lake High School. After graduation she moved to North Carolina and started her Office Management career working for a local Chiropractor. After a few years and in order to expand upon her skills, Stacia moved to Kennesaw, Georgia where she took on the Office Manager role of a very busy Pediatric office. Upon moving back to her hometown in 2003 she took on the position of Office Manager for Daniel Maudlin D.D.S and has been in the Dental field ever since (16+ years) working at other greater-Kalamazoo Dental Offices in this same capacity.
Stacia has a lovely daughter, Kailey, who is in the Airforce. Stacia is also married to a wonderful man that has helped her now bleed green and white. In her spare time she enjoys exercise-dancing and multiple physically challenging activities.
Miranda joined our team January 2016 as our Full-Time Dental Hygienist. Miranda graduated from Ferris State University in 2012. She is from Traverse City, MI and is married with two German Shorthair Pointers; Gertie and Duncan.
Cindi, Front Desk/Dental Assistant
Cindi joined our dental team in 2002. She works both as a receptionist at the front desk and as a dental assistant. Cindi has two sons and one daughter that keep her very busy by staying active in many sports.
Kelly, Dental Assistant
Kelly joined our team as a dental assistant in September of 2012. She is a Portage resident. She and her husband welcomed their first son in December of 2017 and outside of the office she enjoys spending time outdoors with her family.
Janelle has worked in the dental field for over twenty years. Beginning as a dental assistant and later attending college for dental hygiene. She is a 2000 graduate of Kalamazoo Community College . Janelle and her husband Joe have three children, twin daughters and a son. In her spare time, Janelle volunteers at her children's school and enjoys time with family and friends.
Jenna, Dental Assistant
Jenna started as an intern in our office from the KVCC Dental Assisting program. She became an official member of our team in September of 2020. She is a Portage resident and is currently taking college courses at KVCC to become a dental hygienist. Outside of the office she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.