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March 12, 2021
St. Joseph Dentistry Dentist and business owner, Charles Howenstine, D.D.S accepted Small Business of the Year honors tonight during the 2021 Business Recognition Annual Meeting & Awards Ceremony. The virtual event, hosted by the Cornerstone Alliance, Women’s Business Center, and Southwest Michigan Regional Chamber, recognized 11 recipients for Organizational and Pandemic Excellence. Event winners were announced at Lake Michigan College Mendel Center’s Grand Upton Hall.

The Small Business of the Year category recognized St. Joseph Dentistry’s commitment to the following:
  • Has built a reputation of exceeding customer/client expectations
  • Has dedicated significant time and resources to bettering the community
  • Creates a positive culture of employee benefits, talent development, diversity and inclusion practices, flexibility in sick-leave policies, and mentorship for its employees
  • Achieved growth in jobs provided, sales made, services or products offered and territory served
  • Demonstrated ability to survive during tough times
St. Joseph Dentistry owner, Charles Howenstine, DDS, credits his team of dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants, and office staff as the main reason behind this year’s nomination and honor. “I am truly humbled by this award,” says Dr. Howenstine , who started St. Joseph Dentistry in 2012. “2020 was a difficult year for many small businesses like ours. I am extremely grateful for the dedication of all of our team members who went above and beyond to serve the residents of southwest Michigan during this unprecedented time. From dental emergencies to routine check-ups, they were always there when our patients and I needed them.”

Southwest Michigan Regional Chamber President & CEO, Arthur Havlicek explained the award’s significance, while personally presenting Dr. Howenstine with the honor. “The annual Small Business of the Year award is perhaps the most prestigious and coveted honor our chamber can bestow upon a growing enterprise in our community,” said Havlicek. “This year, the honor was ours as we recognized the team at St. Joseph Dentistry for their incredible growth, culture, customer service, and community impact. We are thrilled to call them members and are excited to support them as they continue to do what they do best – excel.”

Dr. Howenstine is joined by Theresa Burt, DDS, Stephanie Grider, DMD, and their dedicated and caring staff in offering a wide-variety of high-quality, compassionate dentistry services for residents of St. Joseph, Stevensville, Benton Harbor, and all of Southwest Michigan. This past summer, construction efforts got underway to nearly double the space St. Joseph Dentistry has to care for and serve its patients. Just a few weeks from now patients of the practice will enjoy the practice’s new centralized patient waiting room with designated kid’s play area, fifteen treatment rooms, a centralized sterilization room, additional restrooms, and a new staff conference room and lounge.

St. Joseph Dentistry’s Services:
  • Children’s Dentistry
  • Emergency Dental Care
  • Dental Cleanings and Hygiene
  • Dental Restoration
  • Dental Crowns and Bridges 
  • Tooth Extractions
  • Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Teeth Whitening
  • Dental Bonding
  • Dental Inlays and Onlays
  • Dental Implants 
  • Dentures, Full and Partial
  • Dental Appliances
  • Invisalign
  • TMJ Treatment
  • Tooth Colored Fillings
  • Dental Night Guards
  • Six Month Braces
Dr. Howenstine and the entire St. Joseph dental staff encourage new patients to contact them with any questions, and to feel comfortable when choosing a dentist in St. Joseph. St. Joseph Dentistry is a proud member of the Southwest Michigan Regional Chamber.

About St. Joseph Dentistry
Located at 3386 Niles Rd. in St. Joseph, Michigan, the highly-trained dental team at St. Joseph Dentistry has been serving the patients of southwest Michigan since 2012. Their goal is to help patients attain exceptional results in all phases of preventative, family, and cosmetic dentistry by utilizing the most advanced technology available to dentists. Additional information about St. Joseph Dentistry can be found at, or connect with us on Facebook