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. 

  • Jessica Sneller

    Dr.Sneller was born and raised in Spring Lake, Michigan where she was home schooled through high school. She attended Muskegon Community College and completed her undergraduate studies at Grand Valley State University in 2011. She obtained her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 2015 from The University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry. Dr.Sneller loves West Michigan and feels blessed with the opportunity to work at Dr.Phares' office. Dr.Phares has been her mentor throughout her undergraduate and dental education. Dr.Sneller had spent time in her office throughout those years. She is proud to join her in offering exceptional dental care in a patient centered environment. She is a member of the American Dental Association and the Michigan Dental Association. She also serves on the board for the Muskegon District Dental Society. In August, she celebrates her wedding anniversary with her husband and best friend, Joshua Sneller.


  • 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.

  • Beth
    Front Desk Financial Coordinator

    Beth has been with the office since 2011. She graduated from Grand Valley State University with a Bachelors in Marketing and Management in 2007. You will find her at the front desk as our financial coordinator. Beth was born, raised and resides in Hesperia with her husband and their two children. They enjoy spending their time together outside camping, biking and hiking.

Hygiene Department

  • Teresa

    Teresa graduated from Ferris State University and has been a registered dental hygienist for over 30 years. She has worked as an assistant and has experience with orthodontics. She enjoys working with children and making their dental experience fun. She resides in Hart with her husband of 31 years. 

  • Shelli

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

  • Lori

    Lori graduated from Grand Rapids Community College R.D.H program in 1992. She was also certified in 2003 for local anesthesia through U of M, and in 2008 she received her nitrous oxide certification.

  • Kristin

    Kristin has been with the practice since November, 2017. While pursuing her degree in Dental Hygiene, she worked as a dental assistant. In 2013, she graduated from Grand Rapids Community College and is licensed by the State of Michigan in Dental Hygiene–including certification in the administration of nitrous oxide and local anesthesia. Kristin's favorite part about being a hygienist is building relationships with patients and educating them on the connection between oral and systemic health. Her interests are golf, softball, hunting, reading, and cooking. She also enjoys spending time with her husband, chocolate lab, and family.

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.

  • Linda

    Linda graduated from MCC as a Certified Dental Assistant and has been in dentistry for 40 years. She enjoys outdoor activities and photography.

  • Kristen

    Kristen has been a registered dental assistant for 14 years and has been with the practice since 2015. She graduated from Shelby High School and now resides in Whitehall with her husband and two children. It is a blessing to her to be working in the community she grew up in. Kristen enjoys spending time on the water with her family and friends on their pontoon boat.

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