About Us

Northern Trails Dental Care Team

Our Vision

At Northern Trails Dental Care, we are known in the community as a fun place to be. Laughter is commonplace. Our office is filled with patients whose lives have been transformed from their smiles to their overall health. We take great pride that our patients are amazed every day at how comfortable dental care can be. Our exceptional service and peaceful environment make word-of-mouth our best referral source.

Our commitment to excellence is second to none and nothing stands in our way to be the best we can be. We continually search for ways to excel in both the clinical and business realms. Our management practices have created an environment that allows us to have a stress-free schedule while consistently meeting our production goals, thereby improving the quality of life for the entire team and our patients.

We have a team that is passionate and dedicated to completing a circle of care. Our commitment to our patients and each other makes work very rewarding. We are proud to try our best each and every day. Each team member has a clear understanding of her role and responsibilities and is confident in the future of our practice.

Our treatment philosophy lies with each patient interaction; each patient deserves the chance to choose optimal oral health.

Meet the Doctor

Gwendolyn Buck, DDS

Dr. Gwendolyn Buck
Dr. Gwendolyn Buck

I’m Dr. Gwendolyn Buck. My friends call me Gwen or Gwennie. Let me share with you who I am. I have a passion for life, for enjoying each moment we are given on Earth, and that passion shows when I’m at work. You can hear the laughter throughout the office every single day. I have an incredible, smart, capable and most importantly caring team, and our office is filled with patients who we genuinely enjoy.

I grew up in the Copper Country and moved to Marquette when I was 9 years old. As long as I can remember I’ve dreamed of being a doctor, to use my brain to the best of its potential to help people. I have always had a deep interest in science, and I love learning new things.

I’ve always wanted to see the world, so travel has always been close to my heart. What an interesting place this world is!

My original goal after having a successful career was to retire early and spend several months each year doing mission dentistry. However, I didn’t expect to love my job so much! So the plan’s been modified-I never want to retire, but I do want to continue and expand the missionary dentistry that I do. So far, I’ve been to Honduras, Bolivia, Peru and Guatemala. Being born a lucky American in the 20th century, I feel it’s my obligation to humanity to help those poorest of the poor, those who make so little that even buying a toothbrush is not an option. I want to leave this world a better place than when I entered it.

Other things that are important to me in life are my family and friends, great food, trying new things, dancing (no, I’m NOT any good at it!), dreaming and accomplishing some goals I’ve dreamed up, and making sure I have a beautiful heart. My current goals include improving my Spanish and being able to do one pull-up. I need challenges and growth in life to be fully satisfied.

Northern Trails Dental Care is a reflection of who I am. Each patient deserves the most gentle touch every moment I or any team member is caring for him/her. We mindfully reach for the highest quality care with the lowest cost to our patients. Health care costs have become unreasonable. Instead of shrugging our shoulders and saying “I guess that’s how it is,” we have taken an active interest in helping our patients to afford the dental care that they need. We search for the best supply prices, saving money on inexpensive patient bibs and spending money on the best cement and restorative materials (but at the best price possible). Although our facility is beautiful, care was taken to provide a relaxing, high tech environment while sparing unnecessary expenses by having the least expensive wall trim, a shingle (not metal) roof, paint instead of wallpaper, among other details, so that you can enjoy the best environment while at a reasonable cost.

My education includes a BA in Biology with a minor in French from Northern Michigan University, a DDS from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry and an Advanced Education in General Dentistry certification from the University of Florida Jacksonville. Continuing education is so important to me and my team. Several times throughout the year, we participate in lunch seminars, travel to conferences, and meet about changes we feel we should make to improve patient care. Thousands of dollars are invested every single year on continuing education for myself and my team. You’ll find our team at Northern Trails Dental Care very passionate about being the best we can be, for our patients and for each other.

If you’re looking for an entirely different dental experience, where you are really listened to and cared for in a low-stress environment, please come and meet our team. I invite you to discover how amazing dental care can be. Welcome!


Meet The Team


Hi, my name is Carilyn. I am fortunate to have lived in the great town of Gwinn for the past 48 years. I have been a Registered Dental Assistant for 30 years and an EMT and CPR instructor for 20 years. I am married with two adult children. I enjoy downhill and cross country skiing, bike riding, brushing and flossing and shopping.


Hi, my name is Teresa. I am a dental assistant here at Northern Trails Dental Care. I received a certificate in Fundamentals of Dental Assisting from Marquette Community Schools and a career diploma in Dental Assisting from Penn Foster Career College. I’ve worked as a dental assistant for two years before joining Dr. Buck in November of 2011.

I truly believe that I was born to work in the dental field. I absolutely love what I do and I thoroughly enjoy caring for my patients. I don’t think there is a better feeling in the world than the reward I get from being a part of peoples’ journey to achieve their dental dreams.

I was born and raised in Marquette and recently relocated to the Gwinn area. I am an avid Elvis fan and love to go camping and to the beach, as often as possible. I hope to see you soon!


Hi, my name is Stacy. I was born and raised in the U.P. and love anything that has to do with the outdoors! My husband, kids, and I enjoy fishing, camping, riding bikes, 4-wheeling and walking our dog. I first sparked an interest in the dental field when I was a senior in high school. Ever since then I have enjoyed working in the dental field for 11 years. I truly enjoy helping patients to achieve their dental goals and helping them to love their smile again! I look forward to meeting you soon!


Hi, my name is Cortney. I have lived in the Gwinn area for most of my life and really enjoy being part of such a great community of people! I haven’t been in the dental field long, but I am enjoying learning all that I can about such an interesting subject. In my free time, I love to read, sing, and most of all, I love being an active leader in my church youth group. The time I get to spend with those kids is so precious to me, I wouldn’t trade it for anything! I look forward to getting to know you and helping you to achieve your dental goals in any way that I can!


My name is Sally, I returned to Gwinn from the Iron Mountain area in 2007.My husband and I have 3 Grown Children, 4 Awesome Grandchildren, and our Chessy Retriever Deek-N.

I Love spending time with our family, being at camp, gardening, and cutting firewood.

I enjoyed 10 years of living and working at K.I. Sawyer AFB. I worked at the Dental Clinic, chairside assisting and working Difficult “OR” (Operating Room) dental rehabilitation treatment. It was an amazing experience and was saddened by the Air Force Base closure.

I worked at other offices for an additional 15 years assisting Doctors and moving into a Front Desk position, working with Financials, scheduling and Insurance. I joined Dr. Buck and the Amazing team at NORTHERN TRAILS DENTAL CARE in 2012 and Look forward to share my years of Dental experience with you.


Hey, it’s Michelle! I began at Northern Trails Dental Care in 2012 as a Dental Assistant. I am newer to the dental field, but I hope to apply my previous 10+ years experience of working directly with people to help patients in planning and achieving their long-term goals. I truly enjoy my job and the awesome team I work with.

I look forward to further learning and becoming the best assistant I can for you. It’s been great to be back in the area and see all the familiar faces, and the new ones too!


Hi, My name is Kim. I am a dental hygienist with the Northern Trails dental team. I got my hygienist license in 2006 and moved to Gwinn in 2007. In my free time I enjoy being home to work on projects around the house and yard. I like going out and seeing live entertainment, anything from plays to bands, or being home reading anything at all.


Hi, my name is Hollie. I am from Gladstone and I recently joined the team at Northern Trails Dental Care. I graduated from Ferris State University in 2009 with my degree in dental hygiene. I am looking forward to helping make our patients’ visit to the dental office a comfortable and enjoyable experience. I am so happy to be part of such a fun and knowledgeable team.

In my spare time, I love to spend time with my husband and my son. We enjoy exploring all the U.P. has to offer. We spend our time going for walks, sitting at the beach or in front of a fire, and always listening to music.


Hi there! My name is Lexi! I was born and raised in Gwinn, MI and attended college at Ferris State University. Go Bulldogs! I truly believe dental assisting is my career calling, I am very dedicated and passionate about what I do. I’m proud to be a part of a dental team that puts our patients first from the moment they walk in the door. My favorite part of the job is helping people with their overall health and educating them about all things dental. I love taking care of patients and making people smile, it’s true when they say “if you love your job you never work a day in your life!”.

In my free time, I like to run races, hike, mountain bike, camp, kayak, fish and spend time with my cat and two dogs! I love experiencing all the world has to offer. I am working on traveling to all the national parks in the U.S. and Canada. There is nothing like sitting in front of a campfire looking up at the stars.

Contact Us

If you have any questions for any of our team members at Northern Trails Dental Care, or are ready to schedule a visit, contact your Gwinn dentist, Dr. Gwendolyn Buck today by calling (906) 661-1026 or schedule online!


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