Dental Staff

All professionals at Independence Dental maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest trends in the dental field. Read on to learn more about our staff's experience and training.

Dr. Christopher Stines, DDS

Dr. Christopher Stines was born in Michigan, graduated from Howell High school, went on to complete his Doctor of Dental Surgery at the University of Detroit in 1993, in 1996 completed special training with the University of Michigan specializing in Prosthodontics. Since then Dr. Stines has opened his own practice in Fowlerville, MI where he continues to provide quality dental care. In his spare time he also volunteers at many local dental outreach facilities.

Dr. Stines firmly believes that everyone deserves a magnificent smile, capable of reflecting the true essences of the person’s spirit and personality. He has rehabilitated many patients with partial and/or total edentualism (absence of teeth) as a result of illness, age, accidents or poor oral health, and has witnessed how improving a patient’s dental health also improves their self-esteem, confidence, and the way they interact and engage with others

Dr. Stines is not only a dedicated dentist he is also a father to his son, and a husband to his wife Lisa. You might find him out gardening, camping, canoeing, working on computers and enjoying quality family time.

Lisa S. Office Manager

Lisa is the Office Manager who handles Accounts Receivables, Accounts Payables and Manages the Operations of Business.

Arleen E, Patient Care Manager

Arleen is our Patient Care Manager and Marketing Coordinator, Arleen ensures that patients receive the care they need and understand the dental treatment recommended, Arleen's job is to ensure that our office is providing the highest quality of care to our patients.  Arleen is always available with a smile and ready to help our patients concerns and questions please do not hesitate to contact her. 

Karen C., Clinical Manager

Karen is our Clinical Manager and our Expanded Functions Dental Assistant.  Karen works chair-side Dr. Stines, makes temporary crowns and bridges, takes impressions, processes lab work orders and keep the back office running as smoothly as possible.  Karen loves being the actual part of why our patients walk out smiling the way they do.

Lynn M., RDH

Our Hygiene Team is providing cleaning and preventive services to our patients.  Our Hygienists also play a vital role in patient education and encouraging the continuation of good oral hygiene habits at home, implement dental hygiene standard of care for the organization. This standard of care included periodontal therapy and focusing on patient chair side service.  Lynn has a relationship with each and everyone of her patients here for over 9 years and takes the time to get to know them.  She is delighted that she can be apart of her patients smile!  Lynn received her degree at Lansing Community College, Certified Nitrous Oxide and Anesthesia.

Stefanie C., RDH

Our team works hand-in-hand with Dr. Stines to ensure that patients have a smooth and comfortable experience while receiving dental treatment.  Our team is specifically trained to ease the worries of our most anxious patients and explain treatment every step of the way. Stephanie is excellent at making her patients feel comfortable for over 5 years to ease any anxiety through the process of an hygiene appointment.  Stephanie is willing to answer any and all questions throughout the process. Stephanie loves making her patients smile!  Stephanie is Certified in Nitrous Oxide and Anesthesia.

Colie S., Dental Assistant

Colie assists Dr. Stines chair side, takes images, will be going over your health history with you and taking your pre-treatment vitals.  Colie is also a team player with assisting the Hygiene Department when necessary.  Colie can also be found at times helping out at the front desk at times too.  Colie loves seeing our patients smile and knowing she was a part of that process.

Cathy P.,  Insurance Coordinator

Cathy is our Insurance Coordinator.  She helps manage our patients questions and concerns that pertain to dental insurance, dental treatment plans.  Cathy is also available to help our patients in scheduling appointments, answering questions about our website and any billing questions you may have.  You will always find Cathy with a smile and ready to help.