Dr. Elizabeth Christopherson
Elizabeth Christopherson, D.D.S., M.S. was raised in Grand Rapids, and is happy to be back here to join her father in practice. A graduate of East Grand Rapids, she attended Miami University, where she decided on a major in Microbiology. Elizabeth earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at The University of Michigan School of Dentistry, and, upon graduation, stayed in Ann Arbor an additional three years to complete an orthodontic residency and earn a Master’s of Science. Her master’s degree research took first prize at The University of Michigan Research Day. She was invited to present at the International Association of Dental Research Conference, and is also a published author in the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics as well as The Journal of Public Health Dentistry. She is Board Certified through the American Board of Orthodontics.
Elizabeth is active with the Mary Free Bed Hospital Guild, The Junior League of Grand Rapids, and has served as a mentor for students at a local high school, working with them to fulfill their requirements for graduation. She also volunteers at Baxter Community Dental Clinic, donating her time and skills to serve the patients there.
She is a member of the West Michigan Points of Light task force. The goal of this project is to improve all children’s oral health by educating parents and physicians about the importance of a dental visit by age one, and creating a professional network that will allow this to happen.
As an executive committee member of S.T.O.R.M. (Stop Trafficking of Resident Minors), she works with other concerned citizens to stop trafficking of minors through community education and support of survivor-centered efforts.
She serves on the West Michigan Dental Society Ethics and Peer Review Committee, in addition to being a past representative to the Michigan Dental Association House of Delegates. She participates in “Tooth Time,” a children’s dental health awareness program at the Children’s Museum and is an active member in the Michigan Dental Association, Michigan Association of Orthodontics, Great Lakes Association of Orthodontists, American Association of Orthodontics and West Michigan Orthodontic Study Club.
Together with Dr. Caldwell, she has made three medical mission trips to Guatemala and one to the Dominican Republic. Donating instruments, supplies and anesthetic, they traveled to these countries and provided dental services to hundreds of community members in several rural villages.
Elizabeth met her husband, Jason, in college, and in May 2009, they became the proud parents of a little girl, Claire. In March of 2011, their family was excited to welcome another little girl, Lila. She spends her free time with her family – which includes her lovable rescue dog, Hobey – but also loves to read, cook and travel. She has participated in the River Bank Run several times, and in 2012, she completed the “Hood to Coast” Race in Oregon. A fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, this is a 24-hour, 199 mile relay race from Mt. Hood to the Pacific Ocean.
Dr. Elizabeth loves the practice of orthodontics and is looking forward to meeting you and taking care of your family and their smiles!
Dr. Charles R. Caldwell
Charles R. Caldwell, D.D.S., M.S. was raised in Kalamazoo and graduated from Western Michigan University (Bachelor of Science), the University of Michigan (Doctor of Dental Surgery) and the University of Minnesota (Master of Science and Certificate as an Orthodontic Specialist).
He is a member of the American, Michigan and West Michigan Dental Societies, the American Association of Orthodontists and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics.
Dr. Caldwell has held many leadership positions in public service as well as organized dentistry. He was a member and past president of the West Michigan District Dental Society and a charter member of the East Grand Rapids High School Substance Abuse Task Force. Dr. Caldwell is also a strong supporter of the Indian Trails Camp, which provides children and young adults who have physical disabilities with recreational opportunities. He served as the president of the camp in 2001.
A member of the Grand Rapids Downtown Rotary Club since 1981, Dr. Caldwell has served as the Student Rotarian chair, on the board of directors and acted as a mentor in the Rotary Club’s "Strive" program, which matches struggling students in the Grand Rapids Public Schools with area business and community leaders.
Dr. Caldwell also served as a liaison to the 50th Anniversary Fluoride Commemorative Committee, established by the Grand Rapids mayor.
Dr. Caldwell has received numerous awards, among which was the "Silent Bell" distinguished service award, the West Michigan Dental Society’s highest honor. He also received the Dr. Emmett C. Bolden Dentist Citizen of the Year award given by the Michigan Dental Society.
He regularly volunteered his time with the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, the Grand Rapids Jaycees, Junior Achievement and the Baxter Community Center Dental Clinic. It’s not just that Dr. Caldwell is involved in community programs; it’s the fact that he embraces them.
In his spare time, Dr. Caldwell enjoys spending time with his wife, Lucy, as well as his children and grandchildren. He also enjoys many outdoor activities including fishing, rock climbing, skiing, boating and traveling.