John McLaren, B.S.E., D.D.S., M.S. (Restorative Dentistry)
Dr. John McLaren (Dr. John) was raised in Ann Arbor and graduated from the University of Michigan, receiving a bachelor’s degree in Material Science Engineering (BSE), followed by a doctoral degree in Dental Surgery (DDS). Dr. McLaren finished second in his graduating class and was inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon honorary society. Dr. McLaren then completed a three-year master’s degree specializing in restorative dentistry at the University of Michigan, a specialty degree that fewer than 1 percent of practicing dentists in the United States have obtained. During this time, Dr. McLaren taught pre-clinical dentistry, oral medicine and diagnosis and held the faculty position of Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Dentistry at the University of Michigan. In 2017, Dr. John started teaching clinical dentistry again at the University of Michigan and has enjoyed re-connecting with many long-time faculty as well as being a part of the growth and learning for future dentists.
He has been an associate editor with The Dental Advisor publication and currently serves as a clinical consultant. His scientific background has helped him bridge the gap between research and clinical practice. Dr. McLaren has conducted research in reducing mercury vapor release from amalgam, strengthening of porcelain, color matching of composites and high-strength fiber-reinforced materials. Dr. McLaren has given numerous lectures and written published articles and book chapters, including in the publication “Esthetic Color Training in Dentistry.” He has had articles published in Dental Materials, Contemporary Esthetics and Restorative Practice, the Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry, and the Dental Advisor. He is a member of the American Dental Assocation, Michigan Dental Assocation, Omicron Kappa Upsilon (National Dental Honor Society), Phi Kappa Phi, Alpha Sigma Mu (International Honor Soceity for Materials Science and Engineering), and Saginaw Valley District Dental Society.
Dr. McLaren has an unwavering dedication to providing each patient the best quality dentistry, while providing a comfortable experience. It is extremely important for him to truly understand each patient’s health objectives and customize dental care to meet each patient’s needs. Dr. McLaren has volunteered in the Michigan Special Olympics Dental Program, Helping Hands Dental Clinic in Midland, Mission of Mercy at SVSU and worked in the heart of Detroit serving as a dentist in the Detroit Community Health Connection. Dr. McLaren enjoys reading, home improvement, golf and bowling.
Charles McLaren, B.S.E., D.D.S., M.S. (Restorative Dentistry)
Dr. Charles McLaren (Dr. Charles) grew up in Ann Arbor, MI and received his bachelor’s degree (B.S.E.) in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan. His dental degree (D.D.S.) and his master’s degree in restorative dentistry were also from the University of Michigan. Dr. Charles has a background in dental materials and restorative dentistry, with a clinical interest in the area of cosmetic dentistry and all-ceramic restorations. While at Michigan, he collaborated in various research projects from 1995-2005 involving ceramics, amalgam, bio-degradable polymer scaffolds and fluoride-releasing materials. From 2000-2005, Dr. McLaren taught pre-clinical dentistry, oral medicine and diagnosis, and clinical dentistry as an Adjunct Clinical Lecturer and Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Michigan. Since 1999, Dr. McLaren has worked with The Dental Advisor publication as an associate editor, contributing author and clinical consultant. He has been invited to speak and present research at the International Association of Dental Research, Academy of Operative Dentistry and the Dental Advisor’s annual symposiums.
Dr. Charles has had research articles published in the Journal of Biomedical Materials Research, Contemporary Esthetics and Restorative Practice, the Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry, and the Dental Advisor. He has also been a manuscript reviewer for the Journal of Dentistry, a monthly peer-reviewed publication. He is a member of the American Dental Association, Michigan Dental Association and Saginaw Valley District Dental Society. He also holds memberships with Tau Beta Pi (National Engineering Honor Society), Omicron Kappa Upsilon (National Dental Honor Society) and Alpha Sigma Mu (International Honor Society for Materials Science and Engineering).
In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Beth, and two young boys, Ian and Anson. He also enjoys golfing, classical music and creating stained glass works of art. Many of his stained-glass panels are displayed throughout the office.
Melissa Janos, B.S., D.D.S.
Dr. Melissa Janos, D.D.S. is honored to serve Midland and the surrounding communities of Mid-Michigan. She is a native of West Bloomfield, Michigan and a summa cum laude graduate of Michigan State University, receiving her Bachelors of Science degree in Mathematics. Dr. Janos’ dental degree was through the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, ranked as the #1 dental school in the United States. Dr. Janos graduated near the top of her class and received the Comprehensive Care Award, a distinguished award for having completed an exceptional number of dental procedures, and additional dental training. While at Michigan, Dr. Janos collaborated in peer-review published research projects involving clinical simulation laboratories and performance assessment.
Dr. Janos’ philosophy is to work directly with patients to create a treatment plan that is custom-fit to their specific needs and goals. She strives to provide patients with the knowledge necessary for making good decisions about their dental health. Dr. Janos enjoys all aspects of general dentistry, including but not limited to cosmetic dentistry, oral surgery, pediatric dentistry, preventative dentistry, and dental education.
Dr. Janos is an active member of the American Dental Association, Michigan Dental Association, and Saginaw Valley Dental Association. She is also a member of Phi Beta Kappa (academic honor society). Dr. Janos believes that serving the community is one of the most important aspects of her duties as a health care provider. She has volunteered at the Special Olympics Special Smiles organization, Mission of Mercy dental clinic at SVSU, and the Taft (volunteer) Clinic at the University of Michigan. Outside of dentistry, her interests include tennis, soccer, gardening, interior design, kayaking, and spending time in Northern Michigan.
Becky – Front Desk
Becky works at the front desk as a receptionist and the business manager. She strives to help educate the patients about their treatment needs and the financial aspects of their insurance coverage. This is a difficult task, as insurance coverage and rules change very often! Becky lives in Freeland with her husband, Jeff, and children Riley and Logan. In her free time, she enjoys scrapbooking and photography. She has worked in the dental field for 12 years and joined McLaren Dental in 2011.
Tyler – Front Desk
Tyler works at the front desk, and works with patients for appointments as well as financing treatment. Trained as a dental assistant, Tyler understands the complexities of translating extensive treatment needs to a financial plan and an esthetic result. He is committed to helping patients find a great smile that will renew their confidence in themselves. Tyler was born and raised in Bay City and is the second generation in his family to work at McLaren Dental (mom Kelly has been with us since 2004)! He enjoys running marathons, playing with his dogs, travels to his cabin on a lake, and watching Game of Thrones. Tyler and his wife, Morgan have a rescue pitbull named Nellie and a Goldendoodle named Mance. He has been in the dental field for 2 years and is the newest member of our staff, having joined McLaren Dental in 2019
Kate – Front Desk
Kate is one of the first smiling faces you will see at the front desk when you walk into our office. Kate is the hygiene manager in the office and has been in the dental field for 12 years, with experience in clinical care as an auxillary, as well as performing front desk duties. Her past experiences have taken her through fully digital dental care, as well as expanded duties as a dental assistant, where she became an expert at placing and carving dental amalgam! Whether doing clinical work or at the front desk, she thoroughly enjoys interacting with patients and hopes to make their day a little brighter. Kate resides in Pinconning with her husband, Richard, and their two sons, Bennet (3) and Jaxson (8). They also have two dogs and a cat. In her free time, she enjoys reading, fishing with her sons, and shopping online. Kate was born and raised in Bay City and joined McLaren Dental Associates in 2018.
Liz – Front Desk
Liz works at the front desk and is involved in daily scheduling, and check outs. She enjoys all aspects of the dental field, from explaining good oral care, to discussing procedures and costs and planning future visits. She loves seeing kids come in (and adults!) who are excited to visit the dentist! Liz has three children–Bentley, Grayson, and Gabriella–with her husband, Brandon. In her free time, Liz likes to stay active with crossfit, running, home renovations, and enjoys being a mom! She also stays involved in the Mount Pleasant community, where she lives, and with her local church. She has been in the dental field for 8 years and started with McLaren Dental in 2018.
Zac – Front Desk
Zac is the insurance manager in the office and one of the front desk personnel you will see either checking in or checking out. His role in the office is to assist patients in scheduling, insurance utilization, and other front desk duties. Zac brings over 10 years of dental experience to our office, having been trained as a dental assistant. Zac also attended Saginaw Valley State University, majoring in Biology. He has a wealth of knowledge about computers, digital systems, and software and has been tasked in McLaren Dental’s transition to a fully digital office. Zac was born and raised in Auburn and currently lives there with his wife Nicole, their daughter Claire, and their two dogs, Loki and Ted. In his free time, Zac enjoys cooking, hiking, computer repair, and 3D printing. For many years, he has spent time renovating dilapidated properties in the tri-cities areas. Zac joined McLaren Dental Associates in 2018.
Katie – Dental Hygienist
Katie is a registered dental hygienist, responsible for daily patient dental prophylaxes, periodontal care and preventative treatment. She enjoys her role in helping pateints improve their oral health through treatment, instructions, better home care, and diligent maintenance. Katie is recently married to her husband, Derik and they have a daughter named Markie and share a dog named Pudgy. She lives in Merrill and enjoys photography, crafts, spending time with her family outdoors, and camping. Katie has been in the dental field for four years and has been with McLaren Dental since 2015.
Rachel – Dental Hygienist
Rachel is a registered dental hygienist, responsible for daily patient dental prophylaxes, periodontal care and preventative treatment. She is the hygiene equipment and sterilization coordinator. She enjoys seeing the improvement in our patients’ oral health and their excitement when obtaining their dental health goals. Rachel and her husband Jordan were married in 2016 and have a one year old son, as well as a yellow Lab. She was born and raised in Midland and has been with McLaren Dental since 2014.
Angie – Dental Hygienist
Angie is a registered dental hygienist, responsible for daily patient dental prophylaxes, periodontal care and preventative treatment. She is the hygiene technology specialist of the office, integrating our computer dental software with patient care to optimize efficiency and standardize treatment amongst the hygienists. She lives in Saginaw and with her husband, Josh, and their 3 children-Miguel, Brooklyn and Cash. She has been in the dental field for 11 years and with McLaren Dental since 2008.
Jennifer- Dental Hygienist
Jennifer is a registered dental hygienist, responsible for daily patient dental prophylaxes, periodontal care and preventative treatment. She is the hygiene instrument and materials specialist, coordinating instrument maintenance protocols and materials standardization. She also focuses on children and teen treatment and education systems within the office. She enjoys the continuous patient interaction and strives to get to know each patient personally. Her husband’s name is Kevin and they have a daughter, Delainey, as well as a dog, Sissy. Jennifer resides in Alger and is proud to call herself a country gal! She has been in the dental field for 21 years and with McLaren Dental since 2005.
Kelly – Dental Assistant
Kelly is a dental assistant and the auxillary supplies manager in the office. In addition to clinical duties and patient care, she is responsible for inventory maintenance, ordering, and operatory organization. She and her husband Tim have three adult children-Brett, Sarah and Tyler. They also have two dogs. Bo and Nala. In her free time, she enjoys sewing, camping and golf, as well as spending time with family and friends. She has been in the dental field for 15 years and with McLaren Dental since 2003.
Stephanie – Dental Assistant
Stephanie is a dental assistant and auxillary equipment manager. In addition to daily clinical duties and patient care, she is responsible for care and maintenance of clinical equipment. She has two daughters—Caydence and Kennedy, as well as a young York-shorkie (dog). Stephanie has been in the dental field for over 7 years and was raised and lives in Midland. She enjoys the family atmosphere that the city has to offer. In her free time she enjoys travelling up north with her daughters and reading. Stephanie has been with McLaren Dental since 2018.
Andrea – Dental Assistant
Andrea is a dental assistant and the auxillary new patient manager. In addition to her regular auxillary duties, she is responsible for new patient and emergency treatment followup and tracking. She is excited to meet new patients and always enjoys the opportunity to provide a great dental experience. She has one son, named Jaxson and a cat named Angel. In her free time, she enjoys spending time at the beach, attending concerts, and spending time with her son. Andrea was raised in Saginaw, Michigan and attended Delta college for her assisting training, as well as a degree in applied science. Andrea is one of the newest members of our clinical staff and has been in the dental field for 5 years. She joined McLaren Dental in 2018.
Anthony – Sterilization Assistant
Anthony works in the clinical areas as a sterilization assistant. He lives in Midland and has a Shih tzu dog named Zeus. In his free time, he enjoys swimming basketball, playing cards and video games. He was originally born in Russia, but moved to the United States when he was 9 years old. Anthony started at McLaren Dental Associates in 2018 helping to integrate all of our files to digital format, and joined our clinical staff in 2019.
Renae – Dental Assistant
Renae works as a dental assistant. She has been in customer service and scheduling for many years and enjoys meeting new people and looks forward to getting to know them. She lives in Kawkawlin and has three sons — Treb, Jett and Eli. She also has a Beagle/Shih-tzu dog named Jax and two cats named Rizzo and Foo. She enjoys attending her son’s sports activities, riding her motorcycle, gardening, travelling, watching movies, and music. She especially loves outdoor activities, trying new restaurants, and is even a member of a sushi club! Renae joined McLaren Dental Associates in 2018.
Ashlee – Dental Assistant
Ashlee is a dental assistant and auxillary laboratory manager. She is responsible for coordination of lab case shipping and recieving, as well as sterilation center organization. Ashlee was born and raised in Midland, graduating from Midland High School. She attended Delta College, receiving her degree in arts in 2005. She and her husband, Phil, have a young son named Bo. In her free time, she enjoys listening to music and traveling. Prior to working with McLaren Dental, she was a certified pharmacy technician for six years. Ashlee has worked in the dental field for over nine years and joined McLaren Dental in 2014!