Emily Van Heukelom, DDS

Meet Dr. Van Heukelom – Grand Rapids & Rockford MI

Dr. Van Heukelom

Dr. Van Heukelom practices general oral and maxillofacial surgery, with interests in dentoalveolar/dental implant surgery, anesthesia, and hospital based-procedures. She is a graduate of the University of Iowa College of Dentistry, which was followed with a hospital-based General Practice Residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. Dr. Van Heukelom completed her residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Boston University Medical Center and began her professional career in private practice in New Hampshire in 2009 before relocating with her husband to Grand Rapids in 2015.

On top of her work at Center for Oral Surgery & Dental Implants, Dr. Van Heukelom serves the community in a variety of ways. She is Chair of the Michigan AAOMS Office Anesthesia Evaluations committee, serving as a contributor to the AAOMS Parameters of Care in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.


  • 1997-2004: University of Iowa
  • 2004: Doctor of Dental Surgery, DDS
  • 2009:  Boston University, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Residency

Fun Facts

Favorite Place You’ve Been

I lived in New England for 10 years. The rolling alpine meadows around Burlington, VT have a special place in my heart.

If You Weren’t an Oral Surgeon

Systems engineering or working as an electrician are two other fields that could have been a good fit for me.

Favorite Books

I look forward to reading Harry Potter with my kids when they are old enough

Favorite Pastime

I enjoy cycling, watching my husband race road and cyclocross bikes, nurturing a vegetable garden (I grow most of our plants from seed), playing the piano, reading on my Kindle, and watching comedy with my husband.

Bucket List

Before having the twins, I was imagining a trip along the Dalmatian coast of Croatia, but this was trumped by the opportunity to visit friends in Melbourne, Australia. Maybe we’ll start checking farther destinations off the list when the kids are older

Favorite Food

Spaghetti with arrabiata sauce and fresh basil. I grow basil year round because it’s my favorite fresh herb

Dream Destination

We’d love to have a lake house near our extended family on North Lake near Twin Lake, MI.

Professional Societies & Associations

  • Diplomate, American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon 
  • Diplomate, National Dental Board of Anesthesiology 
  • Diplomate, American Dental Society of Anesthesiology
  • Fellow, American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery 
  • Member, American Dental Association (ADA) and Michigan Dental Association 
  • Member, Michigan Society of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons 
  • Chair – Michigan Office Anesthesia Evaluation Committee
  • Former Co-chairwoman, New Hampshire Anesthesia & Sedation Evaluation Committee
  • Former State Chair, New Hampshire OMS-Political Action Committee
  • Former Member, New Hampshire Society of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons
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Center for Oral Surgery & Dental Implants

5 out of 5 stars based on 12 Dr. Emily Van Heukelom reviews.

Patient Review By Jim B

Extra easy, wonderful staff, quick and above all NO pain. I could not have been more satisfied.

- Jim B

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Patient Review By Waukesha J

I write this review for my daughter she had it wisdom teeth removed staff was very friendly the wait time was very short to be seen and the procedure was really quick they really made her feel comfortable and secure she said even during the procedures they kept asking her if she was okay and if everything was going well I think is really great to be concerned while doing a procedure she end up having a few stitches within the area and they explained to her how they were disappeared and what to do is far as keeping the area clean and what foods to eat until she heals definitely a great place to go I'm thinking of going myself for dinner work thank you again oOal Surgery of Grand Rapids Mi

- Waukesha J

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Patient Review By Darin S

This was my last procedure for my implant of installing the post. Mark Grinzinger DDS,MD performed the surgery and was exceptional at his job. Asking me through out process if I was okey or uncomfortable. Went above and beyond from other places I’ve had work at. His assistants were stellar also in making me as comfortable as possible and even bringing in a fan for me or asking if I’d like window open. If you need any oral surgery I highly recommend this place and Dr Grinzinger. AAA+++ By the way. Grinzinger isn’t in drop down so we chose Emily at random

- Darin S

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Patient Review By Harold R

The doctor and staff have excellent "bed side manner". They were very good at helping me be comfortable and helping me feel that I was in good hands. At this point, I have had a double extraction (including one wisdom tooth) in December of 2021 and an implant in March of 2022. All has went as prescribed and I am very satisfied.

- Harold R

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Patient Review By Marilyn J

Dr. Emily and her staff are great!!!! They tell you everything that is going on, and every step that is being done. They make you feel comfortable right from the beginning. I would definitely recommend to anybody.

- Marilyn J

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Patient Review By Sierra P

The doctor was very nice and explained everything that was going to be done.

- Sierra P

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Patient Review By Chuck N

Dr. Emily VanHeukelom and her staff have done a wonderful job with my three implants. They have been patient, answered every question that I have had, and even made me smile. I am very please their professional work and kindness.

- Chuck N

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Patient Review By Timothy C

Much nicer experience than what I anticipated.

- Timothy C

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Patient Review By Deb T

I had Dr.Billups remove a tooth a couple years ago and then last week Dr. Van Heukelom extracted two teeth. I have to say, I will never go any place but here for oral surgery. I have already recommended them to my sister. There is a very kind, caring and calming atmosphere in this office. Both Dr. Billups and Dr. Van Heukelom are great. They explained the procedure and asked if I had any questions. Both of them were very considerate of my health issues and took this into consideration with the procedure. This is the only place to go if you need oral surgery work done.

- Deb T

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Patient Review By Betsy T

I felt so comfortable and welcomed there. I was greeted by a smiling face with every turn I took in that office. Dr. Emily Van Heukelom .....you have met your calling. Couldn't have asked for a better oral surgeon. You are so calm and it transferred over to me during the procedure. Most importantly, I didnt feel judged by anybody in the office because of the condition of my teeth. The focus was on having a healthier smile. I can't thank you enough!

- Betsy T

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Patient Review By Valerie F

The staff was friendly. The office décor relaxing and calming. Dr.Van Heukelom was excellent. I wasn't even aware when my tooth was pulled it was done so easily.

- Valerie F

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Patient Review By Jamie L

To say that I was terrified to have my two impacted lower wisdom teeth removed at the age of 34 is a gross understatement. My anxiety was through the roof and despite my fear, the staff and doctor made me feel so incredibly comfortable throughout the entire process. I cannot thank them enough for the professional, kind manner with which they treated me while doing their job so effortlessly! Before I knew it I was done and on my way home. Thank you all for making this a smooth, experience for someone who is always so plagued with anxiety! I highly recommend this office!

- Jamie L

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