Top Docs

Trips to the doctor, dentist, orthodontist or other health care professionals are part of every family’s routine. Ann Arbor Family’s Top Docs highlights the best professionals to help with all your family’s needs throughout the year!

“Treat others better than you’d like to be treated.” That’s the mission statement Dr. Paula Koch tries to instill in her staff at Cherry Optometry in Chelsea. After 17 years of working for other practices, Dr. Koch decided to open her own private practice in 2008 and has loved every minute of it. A family friendly office is important to her. Her husband and son are both fairly nearsighted; her son starting in glasses in third grade and now happily wearing contacts at age 14. “We strive to use the newest technology with old fashioned care,” says Dr. Koch. Offering Saturday and evening hours, Dr. Koch utilizes newer technology during exams such as the Optomap Retinal Scan to check eye health. The office also boasts an impressive selection of adult eyewear and an awesome “kids only room” with play area and children’s frames. Trips to the doctor, dentist, orthodontist or other health care professionals are part of every family’s routine. Ann Arbor Family’s Top Docs highlights the best professionals to help with all your family’s needs throughout the year!

Dr. Paula Koch
Cherry Optometry
314 N. Main St., Chelsea

Dr. Mark Berkman recently joined Michigan Orthodontics, where he practices with Drs. André Haerian and Terry Timm. Their office, where smiles have been created since 1973, is recently updated and uses the newest technology to deliver state-of-the-art Orthodontic specialty care.
His five tips for a spectacular smile are:^ It’s winter, so keep lips well moisturized. If your smile is a picture, they are the frame!^ Following the recommendation of the American Association of Orthodontists, children should see an orthodontist for a screening at age seven.  If you’re wearing braces, carry a toothbrush, so that you can brush after every meal and not feel self-conscious about food caught in a visible area. Drink more tea! It stains less than coffee and black tea has been shown to help prevent gum disease.^ Get confident! A smile is one of the best ways to convey confidence and happiness without words. Are you using yours to your advantage?

Dr. Mark Berkman
Michigan Orthodontics
214 W. Michigan Ave., Saline

Dr. Allen D. Dumont has been in pediatric practice in Ann Arbor since 1971. He served as Head of the Department of Pediatrics at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital for five years, and has been chairman of many administrative committees. His community involvement has ranged from the medical advisor to the March of Dimes, to Little League and high school baseball coaching. A former Navy physician, Dr. Dumont has been a consultant for the Gerber Day Care Centers and has served on the boards of directors of several major corporations. He was also selected as WJR Boss of the Year in 1992. In 1997, he became President and CEO of The United Pediatric Society, which is now the Unified Physicians Society, a national organization of pediatricians. In 1998 he became President of Allied Primary Care, a group of independent physicians of the medical community. Dr. Dumont is listed in America's Top Physicians. He was also recently selected by his peers to be included in the Best Doctors in America. He has three grown children and four grandchildren.

Dr. Allen D. Dumont
911 Brown St.

The U.S. Commerce Association has named Dr. Julie Y. Lee, DDS The Best of Ann Arbor for the past three years (2009-2011). She holds degrees from the University of California, Berkeley and The University of Michigan School of Dentistry. With an emphasis on good dental health beginning with preventive care, professional cleanings and regular exams, Dr. Lee credits her highly trained and knowledgeable staff as the main reasons her patients feel welcome and comfortable. Dr. Lee’s skills and experience, combined with cutting-edge technologies, allow her to diagnose and treat periodontal disease, cosmetic concerns and restoration issues. Her work has earned her the trust and gratitude of patients throughout southeastern Michigan by clearly diagnosing problems, discussing ways to improve overall dental health and identifying specific needs before treatment begins. Dr. Lee is currently accepting new patients.

Dr. Julie Y. LeeDentist
2411 Oak Valley Dr., Suite 300
734-827-CARE (2273)

At Michigan Orthodontic Specialists, Dr. Adams will help you get your best look. He will produce a smile that allows you to go into every situation with your “Best Face Forward.” Dr. Adams has over 20 years experience treating every type of smile problem, from simple to surgical cases. He is a Michigan board certified orthodontist since 1994 and Invisalign certified since 1998. Michigan Orthodontic Specialists is the leading provider of orthodontic treatment in the state, with eight offices. Dr. Adams is located in Ann Arbor and Flint, and offers appointments to fit your busy lifestyle. Appointments are available early evening and on Saturdays. Orthodontic problems, like any problem, are better approached at the right time. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends the first orthodontic exam at age seven. But the average age of children starting braces is about ten and a half years old, before losing the last “baby” tooth. Dr. Adams will assist you in making the right choice for your child. But visit the dentist first to make sure their mouth is healthy enough for orthodontic treatment.

Dr. Clement Adams
Michigan Orthodontic Specialists
3081 Oak Valley Dr.

When it comes to orthodontics, Dr. Haerian knows how to stay ahead of the curve. Dr. Haerian completed his DDS degree at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and received his MS in Orthodontics from the University of Detroit Mercy. He then at tended the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, where he earned his PhD in Oral Health Sciences. As a child, braces made a difference in Dr. Haerian’s life, and he is pleased to be able to make the same difference in patients’ lives doing what he loves. Drs. Terry Timm and Mark Berkman, his partners at Michigan Orthodontics located in Saline, also share the same principles.They believe in offering extensive information at the initial complimentary consultation so patients can make an informed decision about treatment. What really sets this practice apart is not just creating beautiful smiles but also giving the patient the tools to maintain that perfect smile for a lifetime.

Dr. Andre Haerian
Michigan Orthodontics214 W. Michigan Ave., Saline