Dental Staff

All professionals at Heather Phares, DDS, PC maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest trends in the medical field. Read on to learn more about our staff's experience and training.

  • Heather Phares
    DDS, PC

    Dr. Phares originally came to the area to help out a colleague for a few months. She ended up falling in love with the area, the kind people and the very competent staff and is still here over 16 years later. Dr.Phares sees all ages from 1 year old to 100+. She offers a wide array of dental services from minor surgery and root canals to cosmetic and implant restorations. She strives to make everyone feel welcome, comfortable and at ease before, during and after treatment. Dr.Phares is a member of the American Dental Association, the Michigan Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentists, the Chicago Dental Society and the Muskegon Dental Society. She is very involved with the local dental society and enjoys keeping abreast of the ever changing field of dentistry. 


  • Emily
    Front Desk Scheduling Coordinator

    Emily grew up in Oceana County where she graduated from Hart High School in 2011. She joined the team in February 2018. Emily married her High School sweetheart in 2013, and they now have three beautiful children together. She enjoys spending her free time with her family. They enjoy being outdoors, and raising their backyard chickens.

  • Sara Durga
    Insurance/Financial Coordinator

    Sara moved to Oceana County in 2014 and met her now Husband, Jordan, and they have 2 beautiful children. Sara enjoys spending time with her 3 dogs and reading a good book.

  • River Phares

    River joined our office family in October 2021.  He keeps everyone in line, and upbeat.  His favorite toy is his Octopus that is kept here at the office.  When he is not playing with Octo he can be found under Dr. Phares' desk fast asleep.  

Hygiene Department

  • Kristin T

    Kristin -Hygienist

  • Shelli

    Shelli graduated from Ferris State University in 2006. She is certified in local anesthesia and nitrous oxide administration.

Assisting Department

  • Maria

    Maria has been a dental assistant for 6 years. She has been with our office since 2017. Maria graduated from Shelby High School and now resides in Montague with her husband Austin. They love to travel, explore new places, hike and enjoy everything the lake-shore has to offer. Maria and her husband have a four-legged fur baby named Kiki Monster.

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