Dental Team

Dentist in Traverse City, MI

Our friendly, full service office ensures that you and your entire family will always be welcomed by an outstanding team of dental professionals that you will come to know and trust.

 Meet Dr. Paul G. Sternhagen, DDS, FAGD, FDOCS

Curriculum Vitae for Dr. Paul G. Sternhagen

Paul Guy Sternhagen, DDS, FAGD, FDOCS completed his undergraduate studies at Central Michigan University in 1981. He received his training and Doctorate in Dentistry from Loyola, University Chicago in 1985. Dr. Sternhagen has served on the advisory boards of both Delta College and Ross Medical Center for their dental assisting programs.

Dr. Sternhagen received the prestigious Fellowship Awards from both the Academy of General Dentistry and the Dental Organization of Conscious Sedation.  He strives to provide the highest level of dental care by continuing to pursue current education for dentistry. The Fellowship Awards symbolize excellence in the dental profession, and a commitment to providing exceptional patient care.

Dr Sternhagen  has advanced training in the area of TMJ disorders, cosmetic, restortative, implant, family, and sedation dentistry. In addition to hundreds or hours of additional post graduate study, Dr. Sternhagen has trained at the highly regarded Dawson Academy for Advanced Dental Study, The Pankey Institute, Dental Organization Of Conscious Sedation, The Ruddle Center for Advanced Endodontics, and The Turbyfill Advanced Denture Technique Courses.  Dr Sternhagen completed a "mini" residency in Pediatric Dentistry at the Unniversity of Minnesota.  He earned his certification in Intravenous Sedation at the Medical College of Georgia. Dr Sternhagen is committed to patient safety and holds an Advanced Cardiac Life Support  (ACLS) certification

Dr. Sternhagen grew up on Torch Lake and is  a 1985 graduate of Loyola Dental School. Dr. Sternhagen and his wife, Kim, have a son, Jacob, and a golden retriever, Sport. They enjoy and support the community. Dr Sternhagen has enjoyed years of coaching youth basketball and baseball teams. They love our great state of Michigan and participate in many of the outdoor activities that each of its four seasons offer.

"I have practiced General Dentistry since 1985 and the philosophy of my practice has been the key to my success.  It is simply to give my patients the opportunity to have the best care possible.  I love my family and I know you love yours too!  Thats why I am committed to giving you the same thoughtful care and personalized attention to you and your family as I would want and expect for my own.  I will take time to discuss treatment options with you so you can make informed choices for what is the appropriate dental care for you. My commitment to post- graduate education has made me an excellent clinician, and I offer a wide range of treatment including sedation dentistry."

Dr Sternhagen has trained with some of the world’s most prominent SEDATION dentists.  He is rapidly becoming  known as the leading dentist in Northern Michigan for people who want SEDATION DENTISTRY

  • Fellow – Academy of General Dentistry
  • Fellow-Dental Organization of Conscious Sedation
  • American Dental Association
  • Michigan Dental Association
  • Resort District Dental Association
  • Past President, Saginaw County Dental Society
  • L.D. Pankey Institute Alumni Association
  • Dawson Alumni Association
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Certification


                                            Meet The Team

We recognize that all our patients are unique and deserve to receive dental care that reflects their individual needs.  Our experienced and talented dental team is committed to working with you and your family to create a comfortable and rewarding dental experience every time you visit our office.

We are pleased to welcome you and your family, and we look forward to working with you!



Ashley Petroskey

Reception/ Patient Treatment Coordinator/ Registered Dental Assistant

Ashley is an experienced and versatile member of our team.  She wears many hats!   She earned her degree as a  Registered Dental Assistant from Northwestern Michigan College and helps our patients when needed as an assistant.  She helps you in scheduling appointments, answering questions regarding services or fees, and is here to assist you with any insurance concerns. 

Ashley's dental experince and expertise allows herto do an amazing job for our patients as our Treatment Coordinator.

Ashley and her husband, Brent, have two beautiful daughters, Avery and Kylee.  They enjoy hiking and staying active in Leelanau County.  They spend every minute they can with their family on Lime Lake.

" I value building trusting relationships with our patients. I find it rewarding to know that our patients have the opportunity to take an active role in working with us as a team to achieve optimum dental health."



Suzie Weber  

Registered Dental Hygienst/ Registered Dental Assistant


We are delighted to have Suzie as our lead Hygienist at Dentistry For Northern Michigan.  She is a proud Kingsley native.  Aside from her love of dentistry, Suzie enjoys running, exercising, and spending time with her husband, fur-children, and family.

Suzie's diverse background in dentistry has made her very versatile. Suzie began her dental education in 2009 at Northwestern Michigan College earning her degree as a Registered Dental Assistant.  She continued her education at Central Michigan University and Lansing Community College studying Dental Hygeine.   In 2013 Suzie earned her degree as a Registered Dental Hygienist and joined Dentistry For Northern Michigan.

" I feel honored to serve our valued patients.  I am proud to work with our great team and Dr Sternhagen to provide a comprehensive approach to dental care for all our patients."


Erin Pease 

Registered Dental Assistant

Erin works side by side with Dr Sternhagen to assist in the care of our patients.

Erin joined our team at Dentistry For Northern Michigan in 2013 after she  earned  her degree as a Registered Dental Assistant from Northwest Michigan College.  She has two wonderful children that keep her  active.  Her son, Evan is  already a spectacular and dedicated athlete, and her daughter Sienna is starting her elementary school years.  Sienna likes making new friends in school!  Erin enjoys kayaking and riding quad runners with her kids.

Erin has a passion for her patients and brings her enthusiasm to help them every day.

"I am excited to provide you with the best care that dentistry has to offer.  I am proud to be working in an office that not only has teamwork, but a positive work environment that offers comprehensive dentistry as well as excellent patient care. Our office is very friendly and family orientated.  I know that you will love it here as much as I do!"