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Comfortable and Exceptional Dental Care In A Welcoming Environment From A Compassionate Team

At Northern Trails Dental Care, we’re renowned for our lively, laughter-filled atmosphere and the transformative impact on our patients’ smiles and overall well-being, driven by our unwavering commitment to excellence and passion for providing comfortable, patient-centered care.

Meet Our Dentist

Gwendolyn Buck, DDS

Gwendolyn Buck, DDS

Dr. Gwendolyn Buck has a Bachelor of Arts in Biology with a minor in French from Northern Michigan University. She holds a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. Dr. Buck completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency with the University of Florida, focusing on implants, complex cases, and cosmetic dentistry. Committed to continuous improvement, she and her team regularly engage in ongoing education, investing significant resources in further training and development.

Dr. Buck is deeply passionate about her work, emphasizing the importance of enjoying each moment and demonstrating a passion for life. Her practice, Northern Trails Dental Care, reflects her commitment to providing gentle, high-quality dental care at a reasonable cost. She is dedicated to making dental care more affordable for her patients by actively seeking the best supply prices and minimizing unnecessary expenses. Her mission dentistry work has taken her to countries like Panama, Honduras, Bolivia, Colombia, Peru, and Guatemala, where she assists those in need, making a positive impact on the less fortunate. Dr. Buck places a strong emphasis on the well-being of her family and friends, enjoys exploring new things, and values having a beautiful heart.

Here Are Some Fun Facts to Know About Dr. Buck:

  • Has a passion for travel and a deep interest in learning about the world
  • Aspires to learn Mandarin and train for faster travel connections.
  • Enjoys dancing (even if she admits she’s not particularly skilled at it).
  • Dreams big and strives to accomplish her goals.
  • Believes in leaving the world in a better state than she found it.
  • Values great food and cherishes the joy of trying new things.
  • Envisions a low-stress, patient-centered dental experience.
  • Dedicated to helping patients afford necessary dental care.
  • Continuously invests in education and development for herself and her team.

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Meet Our Team

Carilyn

Carilyn

Registered Dental Assistant

Carilyn has resided in the charming town of Gwinn for an impressive 55 years. With a career spanning 35 years, she has served as an EMT and CPR instructor for three decades.

She shares her life with her husband Terry and is a proud mother of two wonderful daughters. Her heart belongs to her beloved grandson, Everett. Carilyn’s interests include cross-country skiing, savoring Upper Peninsula summers, indulging in shopping, and, naturally, promoting proper dental hygiene.

Stacy

Stacy

Dental Assistant

Stacy was born and raised in the U.P. Her journey in the dental field began right after high school when she became a dental assistant. She finds the most gratification in helping individuals achieve their dental goals and creating smiles that they love.

She shares her life with her husband and their two lively little boys, as well as their newest family member, Meeko, a spirited German shorthaired puppy. They spend their free time walking, running, and endlessly throwing Meeko’s tennis ball. Stacy and her family are avid fans of fishing, 4-wheeling, camping, and enjoying sunny days at the beach and parks.

Lexi

Lexi

Dental Assistant

Lexi, hailing from Gwinn, MI, and an alumna of Ferris State University, is convinced that dental assisting is her true calling. Her dedication and passion for the field are evident in her work. As a member of a patient-centric dental team, Lexi thrives on putting patients first from the moment they step through the door. Her favorite aspect of her job is improving people’s overall health and educating them on dental matters.

In her leisure time, she enjoys engaging in various outdoor activities like racing, hiking, mountain biking, camping, kayaking, fishing, and spending quality moments with her cat and two dogs. She is on a mission to explore all the national parks in the U.S. and Canada, and there’s nothing quite like gazing at the stars by a campfire.

Candia

Candia

Registered Dental Hygienist

Candia has been a registered dental hygienist since 1991. Through her work, she has formed close bonds with numerous patients and takes pride in the satisfaction they feel after a cleaning. Born and raised in Marquette, her love for the outdoors is unwavering.

In her free time, she can be found on horseback, hiking with her husband and dogs, or snowshoeing. Candia also enjoys kayaking, off-roading, and barrel racing. An avid animal lover, she finds solace in her barn, which is home to her horses and dogs.

Kristine

Kristine

Registered Dental Hygienist

Kristine, who relocated to the U.P. in 2011 and resides in Harvey, has achieved Certified Dental Assistant and Registered Dental Hygienist credentials, along with a Management of Organizational Development degree. She takes great pleasure in serving the public’s dental hygiene needs.

She’s been happily married for 34 years, with two children and several grandchildren. Kristine enjoys a range of outdoor activities, including deer hunting, motorcycling, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and spending time at their .38 Special Camp near Fayette.

Connie

Connie

Office Manager

Connie is the Office Manager at Northern Trails Dental Care. She has a deep-rooted connection to Gwinn and boasts 34 years of experience in customer service. Her dedication to the community is evident through her involvement in local service organizations. She’s a proud “Grammie” and eagerly anticipates helping you with your dental needs.

Ashley

Ashley

Ashley, a newcomer to the dental world, found her way to NTDC after a positive patient experience and is now part of the team that brings laughter to the workplace.

As a lifelong resident of the U.P., she relishes the changing seasons and engages in activities like camping, snowmobiling, hunting, pontooning, and ice fishing with her husband, two kids, and two dogs. In her free time, Ashley crafts custom tumblers and participates in a paranormal investigating group, eagerly awaiting the chance to meet the practice’s wonderful patients.

Katie

Katie

Dental Assistant, Sleep Care Coordinator

Katie, a Harvey, MI native, takes on the roles of Dental Assistant and Sleep Care Coordinator at Northern Trails. Katie has been with Dr. Buck since 2012, first as a dental assistant. Her passion lies in boosting people’s confidence and helping them learn to love themselves again. Katie is equally thrilled to save lives by assisting patients in stabilizing their Sleep Apnea.

She’s an adventurer at heart, traveling and attending music events and festivals with friends. In her free time, Katie delights in activities like dancing, cross-country skiing, and hiking in the woods with her dog, Sarge, while discovering new waterfalls.

Benjamin

Benjamin

Benjamin recently made the move to the Upper Peninsula, leaving behind a career in denture labs across various states. With seven years of experience crafting custom dentures and a background as a dental assistant, he brings a wealth of knowledge to the team.

In his leisure time, Benjamin indulges in writing and recording music, foraging for wild mushrooms and fruit with his fiancée, and enjoying the company of their 12 dogs.

Beth

Beth

Beth, a Gwinn, MI native, completed her education at Gwinn High School and pursued further studies at Ferris State University. As a Dental Assistant, she brings enthusiasm and dedication to her role. Helping people achieve beautiful smiles is her primary focus, and she recognizes the significance of empathy in her interactions. Beth’s goal is to brighten someone’s day with the simple yet powerful gesture of a smile.

She is happily married to her husband, Cesar, and together, they are proud parents to two wonderful children, Mariah and Isaiah. Beth enjoys activities like shopping, motorcycle rides with her husband, and spending quality time with family and friends. Known for her ability to make people smile and laugh, Beth is a helpful and positive presence in the lives of those around her.

Paige

Paige

I was born and raised in the small town of Chatham and graduated from Gwinn High School. I have worked in the dental field for several years and have a passion to see people smile and helping to improve their oral health!

In my free time I am usually busy caring for my animals on my small hobby farm, where we raise chickens, turkeys, ducks, goats, cows, and horses. I enjoy hiking, camping, horseback riding, and spending time at the beach with my husband, my daughter, and our 6 dogs.

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