Life-Centered Dentistry in Grand Rapids, MI has more than 35 years of experience caring for your family’s dental health needs.

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
  • Official Dentist (for 22 years) of the AHL 2016 & 2013 Calder Cup Champion Grand Rapids Griffins – Affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings
  • 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


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 Founder and CEO of Hope for Single Moms, a non-profit dedicated to giving single moms a hand up by assisting with living and daycare expenses, so they can get a career education. I share how this all started in my book, “But God…a journey.” As my husband says, I am the eternal mom.

My past non-profit experience includes Grand Rapids Right to Life, the Grand Rapids Ballet Boutique, Master Arts Theater, Life Matters Worldwide and 40 Days for Life.

My other full-time job is visiting our six adult children who live outside of Michigan. We also have three of the best kids-in-law in the world and six grandchildren.

Your Patient Services Executives

​Office manager

I have been with Dr. Ludwig for 29 years! I started as a dental assistant. Over the years, I have gotten to know so many of our patients. It is a joy to see lives changed with improved smiles. I work with a great group of people that make work fun! I am blessed to be a part of a great office!

My family is wonderful! My husband makes commercials, so once in a while you may see me on TV. My oldest son is married, and I now have the best daughter-in-law! Another son is a freshman in high school and runs cross country. My youngest is a daughter and in the seventh grade at City Middle. She’s not into sports, except when we play tennis together. She may run the world one day =] We have a 4 year old dog, Lola, who is the joy of our lives!

​Administrative assistant

​I have worked with Dr. Ludwig for 35 years! I started as his chair-side assistant. I truly enjoy chatting with patients and getting to know them personally. My clinical experience comes in handy as I help people with their questions. It helps me in determining their dental needs. We have an amazing team and have a great time working together.

On a personal note, I have been happily married to my husband, Doug, for 31 years! We have 3 grown children, all recently married. We stay very active with lots of outdoor activities such as walking, biking, kayaking and camping. We are very involved in our church and small group Bible study. We are enjoying our empty nest but would welcome grandchildren any time!!

Your Dental Health Care Team

​Dental hygienist

I have spent over 20 of 22 years here at Dr. Ludwig’s office. 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 love our team. Everyone helps each other out. We all genuinely care for our patients and make it a priority to put our patients first, as well as giving them the best care possible.

I am married to my wonderful husband. We have two teen- age boys. We hope to add another dog to our family. I stay busy watching my boys play their sports. In the little free time I have, I enjoy reading, working out and love going to the beach.

​Dental hygienist

​I have been a dental hygienist for 20 years, all with Dr. Ludwig. I always enjoyed going to the dentist as a child. I realized,as I got older I wanted to help people feel as comfortable at the dentist as I did. The ability to meet new people and establish long-lasting relationships with clients brings great joy to my life.

Outside of my profession, my daughter Maddie is the light of my world. We enjoy anything from just hanging out to traveling and going to concerts. Many of my weekends are spent in Baldwin at my cabin. My boyfriend, Bill, has taught me about hunting and fishing. I’m hoping this will be my year for “the big one!”​

​Dental hygienist

I have been a dental hygienist for 9 years, and I have been with Dr. Ludwig for 6 of those years. I really enjoy being able to work with people and form relationships with my patients.

My husband and I are about to celebrate 5 years of marriage and have one very spoiled cat, who was born the day we were married. =] In my free time I enjoy reading and working out–good thing since we work next to a donut shop!! My husband and I enjoy biking, swimming, kayaking and anything we can do outside.

Ashely, CDA
​Dental assistant

I have been in the dental field since 2011! I have worked with Dr. Ludwig for 6 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 6 year old son, Josiah! Naturally we are always on the go. When I do relax, I enjoy reading, working out and the spa. ​

​Dental assistant

Hello, my name is Piper. 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 year & am so happy to be a part of this team. I always loved going to the dentist when I was younger, especially to see my mother who is a Dental Hygienist. That is originally what sparked my interest in the dental field and led me to pursue dental assisting. I prefer to spend my free time with family and friends, as well as doing anything that consists of being outside. A few of my favorites are hiking, fishing and horseback riding.