Life-Centered Dentistry in Grand Rapids, MI has been caring for your family’s dental health needs for 41 years.
Thank you for your trust and confidence!
Dr. John Ludwig
- Dentist, CEO and Head Diagnostician at Life-Centered Dentistry
- Graduate of the University of Michigan Dental School
- Certified by the American Association of Facial Esthetics in Botox and dermal fillers
- Official Dentist of the AHL Grand Rapids Griffins – Affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings from 1996-2021
- Official Dentist of the NCAA Hockey Playoffs
- Official Dentist of the WCHA Hockey Playoffs
- Official Dentist of the Grand Rapids Drive Basketball Team -Affiliate of the Detroit Pistons
- Member of the Academy for Sports Dentistry
- Spectrum Sports Dentistry Seminar Presenter
- Certified Counselor in Exchanged Life Counseling
Dr. Carla Engel Ludwig
Operations and Marketing
I am excited to share what I have learned as a visionary and efficiency expert in the non-profit sector with the staff at Life-Centered Dentistry.
I currently work full-time as the Founding director of Hope for Single Moms, a non-profit dedicated to helping local families write their own Cinderella stories. We help move single moms from poverty to prosperity by removing the barriers they encounter to getting a career education. Our goal is that no single mom would walk the student parent journey alone.
My other full-time job is visiting our six adult children who live outside of Michigan. We also have four of the best kids-in-law in the world and eight grandchildren.
Dr. Zachariah Smith
- Associate dentist at Life-Centered Dentistry
- Graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry
- Graduate of Grand Valley University with a BS in biomedical science and a minor in chemistry
- Attended Northwestern Michigan College
- Navy Corpsman veteran – 10 years in active duty and reserves
Meet our Patient Services executives
I have been with Life-Centered Dentistry for over 30 years. My dental assistant training has helped me transition to office manager. I love being able to help people decide on the best treatment for them.
Education is so important when making health related decisions. I like that our team makes that part of our mission!! It’s so nice to be a part of Life-Centered Dentistry that truly cares about the whole person!!
I love to spend time with my family and we welcomed a granddaughter!!! Being a grandma is a joy!! On
the weekends and in my free time, I enjoy spending time with my dog watching cooking shows, long
walks around the neighborhood with my granddaughter, vacations with my family and exercising.
I have worked with Dr. Ludwig for over 38 years! I began as his chairside assistant, and now have worked in the front office for many years! My clinical experience comes in handy as I help people with their dental questions and concerns. I truly enjoy greeting patients with a smile, chatting, and getting to know them.
On a personal note, I have been happily married to my wonderful husband, Doug, for 35 years! Our three children are married and all live in the Grand Rapids area. We have two precious grandchildren that bring us so much joy! We keep busy with family activities, walking, biking, camping, and are very involved in our church and small group Bible study. I have so much to be thankful for!
Your Dental Health Care Team
I have been in the dental field since 1995!! I have spent over 24 years here at Life-Centered Dentistry. I love the relationships I have established with my patients and have enjoyed watching all the generations of families grow, while keeping up with their lives. I consider them all my friends!!
I feel blessed to a be a part of our amazing team. We all genuinely care for our patients and make it a priority to deliver high quality dentistry at each visit.
I have been married to my amazing husband, Casey, since 1999. Our boys are growing up way too fast!! Chase is in college and working when he can. Carson is a junior at Forest Hills Eastern. We adopted a dog just over 2 years ago, and he keeps us on our toes!!
In my spare time, I enjoy the beach, boating, reading, exercise and hanging with my dog.
My start in dentistry as a dental assistant in 2000 ignited my love for all things dental. After graduating from Indiana University-Fort Wayne in 2008 with an Associates degree in Dental Hygiene, I gained valuable knowledge in pediatric, periodontic and general dentistry.
Forming solid relationships with patients while I help them attain optimal health in their mouths, is what I love most about my job.
When I am not in the office, I enjoy antiquing, exploring beautiful West Michigan, fostering dogs and following my son around to baseball games and driving ranges. I can also be found wrenching on my husband’s sprint car on the weekends.
What I love most about working at Life-Centered Dentistry is how we all work together as a cohesive team to deliver the best quality dentistry there is to offer.
I have been an active part of the dental field for over 30 years. I started as a Dental Assistant, where I quickly became passionate about dentistry. My passion inspired me to further my education becoming a Registered Dental Hygienist and specializing in Periodontal Disease. A few years later I began teaching at Grand Rapids Community College as a Dental Hygiene Instructor. I also travel with the CDCA serving as a Dental Hygiene Board Examiner. I am extremely devoted to educating my patients and my students with their individual needs. I stay current in dentistry by continuing my education, and I stay connected with the community by volunteering. I feel my understanding nature makes patients/ students feel at ease while building confidence, trust and everlasting friendships.
In addition to my education in the field of Dentistry, I am also a Certified Personal Trainer. I feel this education has made me more knowledgeable with maintaining the overall health of my patients.
I am married to a wonderful Man. We have two amazing children, one super cute grandson and two loving dogs. In my spare time I enjoy spending time outdoors, biking, working out and relaxing by the pool.
I am very honored to work with one of the most top-notch practices. I was born and raised in Walker. This is my hometown where “Life-Centered Dentistry is located. Dr. Ludwig’s care is out of this world. I am proud to say our team treats everyone just like family.
I have been in the dental field since 2011! I have worked with Dr. Ludwig for almost 10 years. I am so blessed to have an amazing team to work with, while providing high quality dentistry every day! I love to encourage and educate my patients on good oral health, as well as help them along on their dental journeys! =]
Outside of work I have a very energetic 10 year old son, Josiah! He is very active in sports, so naturally we are always on the go! I also have a six month old daughter, Alannah or Lala! I love spending time with my family and making great memories.
Marketing and Dental hygiene student
I moved to Grand Rapids from the state of Washington and was fortunate enough to find this great dental family. I’ve enjoyed building friendships with everyone at Life-Centered Dentistry over the past four years. I am so happy to be a part of a team that provides such exceptional care to our patients, while creating an enjoyable and welcoming environment. I always loved going to the dentist when I was younger. That is originally what sparked my interest in the dental field and led me to pursue dental assisting. My husband and I got married in September of 2020. We love camping, hiking and doing anything outdoors with our golden retriever, Wrigley.