Meet Our Team
Dr. Matthew Ward, DDS - Dentist

I grew up in the small town of Cassopolis, located in southern Michigan. After graduating high school, I attended Central Michigan University and the University of Detroit Mercy where I received my Doctorate of Dental Surgery in 2001. In my early years, I had the advantage of working for a multi-doctor group practice where I learned and honed my skills in all aspects of dentistry. This allows me to offer a full range of services to my patients. I have always had a passion for dentistry and for the past 15 years have had the privilege of serving the tri-cities area. As a member of the American Dental Association, the Michigan Dental Association, and the Saginaw Valley District Dental Society, I am always keeping up with the latest innovations in dentistry. Giving back to the community is also a passion of mine. I truly enjoy donating time the to free clinics and cancer screening programs around Bay City. I also participate with Donated Dental Services of Michigan. This program allows patients who qualify to obtain free dental services through my office. In my downtime, I enjoy spending time with my wife and children. In 2008 we welcomed twins, a boy and a girl, into our family and it has been a joy watching them grow and mature over the years. As avid outdoors people, we enjoy hiking, boating, fishing, hunting, swimming, skiing, and other activities.

Jamie Banaszak - Registered Dental Hygienist

I have been a Dental Hygienist for 12 years. I began working with Dr. Ward’s team in August 2011. A graduate of Western High School and Delta College, I received my Associates Degree in Dental Hygiene in 2007. I am married to my husband Mark, and with him have two children, our daughter who is 6 years old and our son who is 3 years old. We love the outdoors and traveling. summers in Michigan are what we look forward to as we love to kayak, camp and golf. I love the profession I chose as a hygienist and can't wait to meet all the smiles that come my way.

Krys Haynes - Dental Assistant

I have been a part of Dr. Wards practice since September 2005 and have 30 years of experience in the dental field. .I graduated from Bay City Central high school and attended ISD Skill center where I earned a certificate in dental assisting. I enjoy walking, boating and four wheeling at our cabin and spending time with my grandson , friends and family.

Melissa VanAllen - Registered Dental Assistant

As a 1992 graduate of Bay City Central High School, I have been a registered dental assistant with Dr Ward since graduating Delta college with an Associate Degree in 2004. I am married and together we have one daughter. When the weather allows my husband and I like to go on motorcycle trips. I am most happy when I'm able to gather with family and friends and spend time on the lake up north. Born and raised in Bay City Michigan, I love this area and am happy to see our city continuously grow.

Nikki Shooltz - Registered Dental Hygienist

I joined Dr Ward’s team in January 2019. I graduated from Delta College in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in Dental Hygiene. With 12 years of experience, I am passionate about dental hygiene and love meeting new people. In my free time, I enjoy travelling, playing guitar, singing, golfing, and spending time with my family and friends.