Our Doctors

The Doctors of Great Lakes Dental ExcellenceMeet the Doctors of Great Lakes Dental Excellence. They are part of a Muskegon tradition of dental comfort and care. The doctors have dedicated their professional careers to providing you with the very best that dentistry has to offer.

The doctors are continually updating themselves and their practices on the newest and latest techniques and approaches to provide state-of-the-art, comfortable and personalized care.

James Hegedus

James Hegedus

DDS

James Hegedus, DDS was born and raised in Muskegon and he and his wife Julie Hegedus have 5 children; Michelle, Mary Beth, Theresa, Andrea and Jim. Both Jim and Julie passed on their love of the dental profession to their family members as all five kids work in the dental office.

Jim graduated from Loyola University School of Dentistry and did his dental residency at Evanston Hospital. He first established the local practice in 1965 and continues to work at their current location.

Jim enjoys golf, fishing, hunting and he also enjoys raising Black Angus cattle on their farm in Whitehall.

Professional Associations

  • American Dental Association
  • Michigan Dental Association
  • Muskegon & Chicago Dental Society
  • Francis Vedder Crown & Bridge Study club
  • American Academy of Orthodontics
  • Dental Organization of Sedation Dentists
  • Past President Muskegon Dental Society
  • Hackley Hospital - Associate Surgical Staff Member

Continuing Education

  • Straightwire Orthodontic Seminars
  • Asp Orthodontic Seminars
  • Francis Vedder Crown & Bridge Seminars
  • London Institute-Dental Implant Surgery
  • Surgical Endodontic Techniques - Dr. John Schoefel DDS
    Michelle Hegedus

    Michelle Hegedus

    DDS

    Michelle Hegedus, DDS (also Shelly Reilly) was born in Chicago and raised in Muskegon. She graduated from Hope College in 1985 and received her Doctorate of Dental Surgery from Loyola University in 1989.

    Michelle is married to Tim Reilly and they have 3 children: Rosie, Megan and Mickey. She is an active member at St. Mary’s of the Woods Church. She enjoys traveling, downhill skiing and spending time with her family. She has devoted many hours to her love of cosmetic dentistry and has expanded her practice to include Ideal Protein diet and Botox. Michelle also enjoys finding and restoring antiques.

    As she continued with new techniques and updates, she also became more interested in the whole being. She has now expanded her clinical knowledge to include treatment for migraines and TMD. The evolving field of treating sleep apnea with oral appliances. Nutritional courses to increase your overall health and weight management through Ideal Protein and obtaining a more youthful look with Botox.

    Professional Associations

    • American Dental Association
    • Michigan Dental Association
    • Academy of Dental Group Practice
    • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
    • Dental Organization of Sedation Dentists
    • Muskegon & Chicago Dental Society
    • Hackley Hospital - Associate Surgical Staff Member

    Continuing Education

    • Academy of Dental Group Practice
    • Academy of Dental Group Leadership
    • Endodontic Surgical Techniques, Dr. John Schoefel, DDS American
    • Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
    • Pacific Aesthetic Continuum Hornbrook Group for Cosmetic Dentistry
    • Sleep Apnea Course
    • Botox Course
      Theresa Hegedus

      Theresa Hegedus

      DDS

      Theresa Hegedus was born and raised in Muskegon. She received her BS Degree in mechanical engineering in 1989 from Michigan Technological University and worked for 4 years as a mechanical engineer in Houston, TX and Chicago, IL.

      Theresa received her Doctorate in Dental Surgery from the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Dentistry in 1997. Theresa truly enjoys transforming smiles with orthodontics for both children and adults. She likes the challenge of dental implant placement and restorations.

      Dr. Theresa’s love of travel and adventure was the catalyst for her journey to the Solomon Islands in 2011, to provide dental care for the locals on the remote islands off Australia. The trip was organized by the charitable organization called Flying Doctors of America. Dr. Theresa cared for over 1,000 patients during a two week stay in the islands, extracting approximately 2,000 teeth. It was a rewarding experience that allowed the group to show a small lost part of the world the compassion of the American people. Dr. Theresa looks forward to continuing with mission work in the future.

      Theresa enjoys traveling, training horses, downhill skiing, cycling and spending time with family.

      Professional Associations

      • American Academy of Orthodontics
      • Michigan Dental Association
      • Dental Organization of Sedation Dentists

      Continuing Education

      • Francis Vedder Crown & Bridge Study club
      • London Institute - Dental Implant Surgery
      • Essentials of Oral Sedation
      • Straight Wire Seminars
      • Asp Orthodontic Seminars
      • Carapezza Orthodontic Seminars
      • Member of Surgical Department Hackley Hospital
        Tim Reilly

        Tim Reilly

        DDS

        Timothy Reilly, DDS was born and raised in Los Angeles, California and he graduated from Gonzaga University in 1984. He then went on to Loyola University School of Dentistry earning his degree in 1988.

        Tim is married to Michelle Hegedus and they have 3 children: Rosie, Megan and Mickey. Tim enjoys spending time with family and is a fan of all sports. An avid photo enthusiast, Tim loves capturing memories from sports, performing arts and life moments. Tim is also interested in Irish culture including music and dance.

        Professional Associations

        • American Dental Association
        • Michigan Dental Association
        • Muskegon Dental Society - Board Member
        • Children’s Dental Health Day - Past Chairman
        • Chicago Dental Society
        • Hackley Hospital - Associate Surgical Staff Member

        Continuing Education

        • Chicago Dental Society Meetings
        • Straight Wire Orthodontic Seminars
        • Asp Orthodontic Seminars
        • Carapezza Orthodontic Seminars
        • Endodontic Surgical Techniques - Dr. John Schoefel DDS
        • American Academy of Orthodontics
          Chris Justema

          Chris Justema

          DDS

          Dr. Chris Justema is the most recent addition to the staff of doctors at Great Lakes Dental. He is from the Grand Haven area and is happy to return to the Lakeshore to practice dentistry. He graduated from University of Detroit-Mercy in 2011.

          His favorite hobby is golfing and he has worked as Grand Haven Golf Club’s Pro Shop Assistant in the past.