Dentist in Battle Creek, MI
The brief descriptions below are designed to familiarize you with our staff's training, professional credentials and work experience.
Brown Family Dentistry
David H. Brown, D.D.S.
Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry
Diplomat and Fellow in the International
Congress of Oral Implantologists
Henry J. Brown, D.D.S.
Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry
University of Michigan School of Dentistry
Drs. David and Henry received the Health Providers of the Year Award in April 2010 from HandsOn Battle Creek Director Jim Pearl. They were honored for their work with the dental access program through Community Health Care Connections. Under the Dentists’ Partnership Program, those unable to pay for urgent and emergency dental services receive donated services from local dentists and in return donate their time at local nonprofit organizations. This is a pay-it-forward initiative. Training in proper oral health care also is required of every patient who participants.
David H. Brown D.D.S.
Dr. David Brown is a graduate of Albion College and the Univeristy of Michigan School of Dentistry. He has practiced dentistry in Battle Creek since 1987. He is also a Fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry, both a Fellow and a Diplomat in the International Congress Of Oral Implantologists, and a Level Two Graduate in Biosthetic Dentistry (OBI). He is a member of the Vedder Crown and Bridge Study Club, Bunting Periodontal Study Club, the Chicago Dental Society, Michigan Dental Association (past board of delegates), and the American Dental Association. Dr. Brown has received America's Top Dentist Award in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010 as listed in the Consumers Research Council of America, Washington D.C., Guide to America's Top Dentists. Grand Rapids Family Magazine and Detroit Hour Magazine have included him in their inaugural list of U.S. Top Dentists. Dr. Brown donates dental services on a weekly basis with the Calhoun County Health Plan to help the underserved. Besides striving for excellence in his own field, Dr. Brown also serves the community on the Leila Arboretum Board of Directors, and as an Ambassador for the Battle Creek Community Foundation. He enjoys fishing, wood ducks, cars, and time with family, and is very active in his church, First Presbyterian of Battle Creek.
Henry J. Brown D.D.S.
Dr. Henry graduated from Western Michigan University in 1955 and from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry in 1958. In 1984 he became a Fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry and is now an Emeritus Fellow. He is a member of the Vedder Crown and Bridge Study Club, Bunting Periodontal Study Club, the Chicago Dental Society, Michigan Dental Association, and the American Dental Association. He received a George Award in 1994 for pioneering and administering the "Children's Dental Health Month", a third grade visitation program involving more than 1,500 local students annually for the past 30 plus years. He has been president and treasurer of the Southwest Michigan Dental Society and in 2008 was named Alumni Emeritus by the University of Michigan. Dr. Henry has also received America's Top Dentist Award. He also donates his services weekly to the Calhoun County Health Plan. He was awarded the Battle Creek School Board “Above and Beyond award” for 50+ years of service to the community and has served over 50 years in the Kiwanis Club and Battle Creek. He was inducted into the Battle Creek and Springfield Central High School's Hall of Fame in 2011.
Melinda Morales (Front Desk Administrator)
Melinda attended Argubrite Business College. She has been a member of our team since November 1993. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters. She also enjoys gardening and spending time with her dogs.
Kendrick Coplin (Dental Assistant & Treatment Manager)
Kendrick has been working as a dental assistant for two years. He has been married to his wife, Danielle, for one year and has two sons, Logan and Wyatt. He has lived in Nashville, MI for most of his life and is enjoying getting to know Battle Creek as well as all of the patients at Brown Family Dentistry. Kendrick enjoys spending time with his family, golfing, and woodworking. In his spare time he is a volunteer firefighter.
Laura Gustavson (Hygienist)
Laura is a 1982 graduate of Kellogg Community College with an associates degree in the Applied Science of Dental Hygiene. She is thrilled to join the Brown Family Dentistry team. She looks forward to caring for her patients and helping them to maintain excellent oral health. Laura has been married to her husband, Al, for 25 years. They have four amazing children. Her daughter, Morgan, and her husband, Ryan, live in Chicago. Her daughter, Jordan, and her husband, Danny, live in Los Angeles. Her son, Sam, is a graduate student at Oklahoma City University and her daughter, Kristin, is studying at the University of Iowa. Laura enjoys walking her dog (Izzy), boating, reading, knitting, theater, volunteering, and traveling.
Danielle Feltenbarger (Hygienist)
Danielle grew up in Battle Creek and graduated from Harper Creek Schools in 2003. She then graduated from Kellogg Community College's Dental Hygiene program in 2005 Danielle recently moved back to Battle Creek to be closer to family after living in Wayland for 6 years. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband, TJ, and two sons, Oliver and Archer. Danielle is passionate about providing gentle dental care and educating her patients about their dental needs.
Tera D (Dental Assistant)
Tera has been working diligently in the feild of dentistry for the past 19 years in various roles. Tera gradauted from the Olympia Medical Training School and Lake View High School right here in Battle Creek. When Tera is working hard here at Brown Family Dentistry she is out camping, hiking, and spending time with her Family.
Koiahsondra Brumm (Dental Assistant)
Kas has been a few different roles here at Brown Family Dentistry helping out both Melinda at the front desk and Dr. David as an assistant. Kas gradauted from Kellogg Community College and grew up nearby in Nashville, MI. Her multitalented skills don't begin and end in dentistry, when Kas is off the clock she enjoys working on her hobby farm, dirt biking, and spending time with her family.