Abby Van Essen

Abby grew up in Alpena, MI with two older sisters. She graduated from Alpena High in 2012 and went on to Ferris State University to pursue a degree in Dental Hygiene. She graduated in 2016, moved to Grand Rapids and fell in love with the area and all it has to offer! She’s worked in both pediatrics and general dentistry, but believes pediatrics is where she is her best self. She says there’s nothing better than winning a nervous child over and seeing them enjoy their visit with us!

Abby met her husband in 2015, and they married in 2019. They have a 4-year-old Silver Lab named Grady and a son, Cal, that turned two in June!

In her spare time, Abby loves all things crafty and DIY house projects! She loves reading, swimming, sewing and painting.

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  • She worked on Mackinac Island one summer and makes it a goal to visit once a year.
  • She was part of a juggling club and practiced archery when she was young.
  • She loves musicals, Taylor Swift and Shania Twain.
  • She worked as a nanny in NY after graduating before jumping into her hygiene career.