40 UNDER 40 HONOREES

ERIN CHARNLEY

  • Hudsonville, Michigan
  • Blue Water Dentistry

Age:

33

Name of Practice:

Blue Water Dentistry

Specialty:

General dentistry

Education:

DMD, Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine


Why She Was Nominated

Dr. Charnley is a true general dentist who takes great care to inform and educate her patients about the broad impact that dental health has on all aspects of the body.

Philosophy

Dr. Charnley is motivated most by the idea of comprehensive care — not just tooth by tooth, but whole mouth, whole body. She allocates a full 90 minutes with each new patient so she and her staff can assess his or her exact needs.

Tool She Can't Live Without

After purchasing a microscope, she has ditched her old loupes. “The microscope helps me see better and increases my field of vision.”

Biggest Challenge

Dr. Charnley (who is married to Dr. Jason Charnley, above) loves
that she has her own practice, because she can prioritize her patients the way she wants to — but it’s not easy balancing the business, her two sons and a baby on the way. “The dentistry is easy by comparison — almost,” she says.