Beacon Dental Center Staff

One Team

Our highly dedicated and trained clinical team works together to deliver an excellent experience from consultation to completed treatment. This scheduled time is reserved especially for you. This allows us the opportunity to collaborate together to find the best pathway forward for you. Our clinical team goes above and beyond the recommended requirements of training to provide you with the highest quality of care.

One Cost

During the consultation appointment, all of your questions or concerns will be answered. We can customize your dental needs to fit your financial guidelines. Our office offers options for financial assistance if needed. Once a treatment plan is established and presented there will be no hidden fees.

One Location

Our office provides state of the art technology. With this high-level training, skill set and technological advances in modern dentistry we have the capabilities to complete your treatment plan under one roof.

  • Dr. Michael Sullivan Beacon Dental Center Gaylord MI
    Dr. Michael Sullivan
    Dr. Michael Sullivan Beacon Dental Center Gaylord MI
    Dr. Michael Sullivan

    For Dr. Michael Sullivan, of locally owned Beacon Dental Center, the love for dentistry began at an early age as he watched his father, David Sullivan, DDS, MS, FACD, share his passion for the profession.

    Dr. Sullivan’s passion for and dedication to organized dentistry later grew through his relationship with his wife’s grandfather, Jack W. Gottschalk, DDS, recipient of the prestigious Callahan Award from the Ohio Dental Association.
    Dr. Michael Sullivan obtained his undergraduate training in biochemistry from the College of Charleston in South Carolina while supplementing his education with courses at the National University of Ireland at Galway and Xavier University in Cincinnati.
    He received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery (D.D.S) degree from The Ohio State University College of Dentistry and completed extracurricular externships during his training at the University of Cincinnati and Louisiana State University of Shreveport.
    Dr. Sullivan’s ongoing dedication to education is evident through his continued pursuit of advances in dental medicine and oral health. His commitment to clinical excellence and personal development are embodied through his passion for utilizing a team-based interdisciplinary approach to comprehensive dental care.
    Dr. Sullivan is a clinical lecturer, teaching other doctors several times each year. He is also the author of the textbook, The Illustrated Handbook of Clinical Dentistry, published by Lexi-Comp, and available on Amazon. Dr. Sullivan’s publications are used in dental schools and professional offices worldwide.
    Dr. Sullivan lives in Charlevoix with his two children, Jack and Ellie. The family enjoys boating, mountain biking, skiing, golfing, and, most of all, traveling.
  • Teresa Seese
    Executive Assistant
    Teresa Seese
    Executive Assistant
    Teresa has been an essential part of the Beacon Dental Center team since December 2014. Instrumental in the daily administrative operations side of the practice, she works closely with Dr. Sullivan and Justin to manage the behind the scenes aspects of the corporation.
    From human resources and team development to event planning and marketing, Teresa keeps the office organized and efficient and serves as the administrative team leader on the Leadership Team.
    Also a professional photographer, she holds her degree in Graphic Design and is a volunteer firefighter with the Charlevoix Township Fire Department. Teresa and her husband Greg have 6 children and 3 granddaughters and enjoy spending time with family and friends.
  • Stephanie Sutton
    Surgical Assistant
    Stephanie Sutton
    Surgical Assistant
    Stephanie is truly passionate about dentistry and has been assisting at Beacon Dental Center since 2008.
    Stephanie holds her assistant’s certification from the Colorado School of Dental Assisting as well as her radiographer’s license, making her a valuable and dependable clinical assistant and member of the Leadership team.
    Born and raised in the Charlevoix area and a 2008 graduate of Boyne City High School, Steph lives in East Jordan with her husband Dan and two children, Ethan and Paisley. She enjoys family time, riding horses and raising Labrador Retrievers.
  • Kayla Alexander
    Clinical Assistant
    Kayla Alexander
    Clinical Assistant
    Born and raised in Gaylord, Kayla joined the Beacon Dental Center team in 2015 as a receptionist, yet quickly discovered her love for the medical field and soon transitioned to a new role as a clinical assistant.
    Kayla’s genuine passion for patient care and enthusiasm for dentistry bring energy, engagement, and excitement to the clinical side of the practice. Along with her boyfriend, Patrick, Kayla, and her three dogs enjoy living Up North and spending time with family.
  • Christine Niepoth
    Christine Niepoth
  • Beth Peterson
    Beth Peterson
    Beth Peterson joined Beacon Dental Center as a receptionist in December 2014. She grew up in East Jordan. Beth enjoys free time with her family and friends watching ball games and spending time with her children and grandchildren.
    “My overall goal is to keep our patients healthy and happy,” says Beth.
    She helps every patient understand why a certain treatment is necessary and also reminds them of the importance of continuous and preventative oral maintenance. She also enjoys welcoming new patients and familiarizing them to what Beacon Dental Center offers.