Dr. Katie Swanson

Dr. Katie Swanson moved to Grand Rapids in the summer of 2016 and fell in love with this wonderful city. She was born on the east side of the state and spent much of her childhood moving all over the world until her family ended up in Rochester Hills, MI. Dr. Katie graduated from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in 2010 after studying Brain, Behavior, and Cognitive Science with a focus on child development.

Dr. Katie knew she wanted to be a pediatric dentist early on in college after shadowing a local pediatric dentist in Ann Arbor for the summer and seeing how special the kids’ experiences were. She pursued her dream and graduated from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry in 2014 with her Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS).

West Michigan Pediatric Dentist Katie Swanson

Upon graduation, she was awarded the comprehensive care award for clinical excellence. From there, she studied pediatric dentistry at the University of Pennsylvania and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. During her time there, she saw many patients with complex special health care needs and developed a deeper understanding of child development and pediatric dentistry. She also became very interested in how breastfeeding impacts a child’s cognitive development. Dr. Katie developed a research project investigating this relationship and how it can affect a child’s first dental appointment.

After residency, she moved to West Michigan to pursue her dream of opening her own pediatric dental practice. Dr. Katie loves her job because she has the privilege of helping kids experience going to the dentist in a positive way. She wants every child to feel accepted and proud of themselves and appreciates the process in guiding them to be the best patient they can be! Dr. Katie is a board-certified pediatric dentist and a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. She is also certified through the American Board of Laser Surgery. Dr. Katie has been voted a “Top Dentist” and a “Top Dentist for Kids” in Grand Rapids since 2019.

Dr. Katie loves spending time with her husband, Jordan, and daughter, Willow. Willow Scott was born in March of 2020 and has been a dream come true for Dr. Katie and Jordan! Dr. Katie and her family live in Cascade Township. It is wonderful for her to live and practice in Grand Rapids so close to her patients and their families.

FUN FACTS ABOUT DR. KATIE:

  • Dr. Katie has a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Maximus. He has red hair just like Dr. Katie! She likes taking him for long walks and runs around Reeds Lake.
  • From age 1 to 11 Dr. Katie lived in Germany, Switzerland, and Singapore!
  • Dr. Katie has run a marathon (26.2 miles)!
  • Dr. Katie’s favorite food is sushi (especially anything with spicy tuna).
  • Dr. Katie played Varsity basketball and volleyball and graduated as Valedictorian in high school.
  • Dr. Katie’s favorite movies are the Jurassic Park series. (If she wasn’t a pediatric dentist, she may have been a paleontologist!).
  • Dr. Katie loves going to yoga and barre classes.
  • Dr. Katie’s favorite vacation spot is Malibu, CA where she was married and likes to spend time at the beach and hiking. 

AFFILIATIONS:

  • American Board of Pediatric Dentistry – College of Diplomates
  • American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
  • Michigan Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
  • American Dental Association
  • Michigan Dental Association
  • West Michigan District Dental Society
  • Kent County Dental Society
  • American Board of Laser Surgery
  • Junior League of Grand Rapids