When I was searching for my calling as a college student, I knew only two things. (1) I wanted to promote health and wellbeing in my community, and (2) I wanted to harness my talents to be the most compassionate and skillful professional I can be. I have developed my passion of dentistry through my personal experience with my family's dentist. My family's dentist gave me my first job as a dental assistant and mentored me into the dental field. In my heart I knew I wanted to follow in his footsteps. As a dentist he had the ability to heal his distressed patients, promote oral and overall health, and create doctor-patient relationships that would last a lifetime.
Fast forward several years, I am the dentist who can provide these same positive outcomes to my own patients. I have the ability to give my patients more confidence with their smile--a great smile can open up so many wonderful opportunities. It is a priority of mine to make each interaction with my patients an enjoyable one. I strive to address each patient’s dental concerns and treat the entire person (not just their teeth) with respect and compassion.
Education and Continuing Education
Undergraduate degree - University of Michigan Dearborn
Doctorate of Dental Surgery - University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry
I love this place. Staff is both professional and courteous. Location is awesome. It's supper clean and has plenty of parking. I appreciate the time that is taken with me to explain and assist with any of my concerns.
20:02 21 Aug 17
I've been going to Perfect Smile for years and I wouldn't think of going anywhere else. They are always pleasant to work with and make each of my experiences enjoyable. Most people dread going to the dentist but Perfect Smile eases any anxiety or worry. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a better dentist!read more
18:05 07 Sep 17
Great first visit and consult. Staff was friendly, I was seen at my appointment time. My hygienist Ms. Vanessa was knowledgeable and compassionate. A practice that truly cares.
20:25 19 Oct 17
Place is great. I love the scenery of sitting in the chair and looking at outside through the windows - very relaxing. Also, doctors and staff are super courteous and know what they’re doing!
21:59 16 Nov 17
Great dental facility! Very personal and will have your teeth looking flawless.
16:24 06 Dec 17
Kind, informative staff. I am empowered by what I learned today. I see a healthy dental future for me
22:02 22 Feb 18
Rachelle was awesome. The ladies at the front desk were also truly a blessing
23:44 06 Mar 18
Dr. Al is awesome and the hygienist Vanessa is a sweetheart ! The front staff always make you feel welcome and comfortable. If you're looking for a great dentist family this is definitely the right place !
19:57 13 Mar 18
I absolutely love Barb...she makes me so feel comfortable while doing her job so well.. Her stories are hilarious. She is surely one of the intricate people of the dental office. I recently transferred dentist offices from the eastside of town and i was nervous but my transition has been flawless because of her.read more
21:38 16 Mar 18
Kudos to Dawn (dental hygienist) for sharing tips on maintaining good dental care of my teeth. She truly took a consulting approach during my visit. This is an example of excellent customer service.
00:49 21 Mar 18
I have been to quite a few dentist offices and this is the best. Miracle, the dental assistant, is very professional she knows her job very well and greets with a pleasant attitude. Dr. Al was very gental and and operant as well. He was very patient with me while I was frantic about feeling pain or any discomfort. I felt very little discomfort and that was my own fault. He explained everything he did and was not pushy. From the front desk to the back and out the door my experience at Tru Family Dental on Lasher was A-1.....See you soon! I have lots more work to get.read more
21:14 02 Apr 18
Lovely staff, friendly dentists. All around great experience.
13:22 10 May 18
I have been going to this dentist office since 1992 will continue to do so. The staff is extremely courteous and the dentist that recently took over Dr. Melaas' practice is just as thorough and pleasant to be around. Highly recommend.
01:11 26 May 18
I have had a great team of people to work with. I referred my wife and this is her comment...I have had one of the most awesome experiences with this office. They are truly helpful, patient, professional and sensitive to the patients needs. I always get laughs and wonderful smiles from them all. The environment is so comfortable, it's like being at home lol. I love the fireplace, that is one of my ultimate pleasures. Keep up the good work staff. Will be sending others your way. :)read more
19:39 10 Jul 18
Truly the best dental process I've been through. From pre opt to post opt they were just outstanding. Highly recommended.
15:03 12 Jul 18
Tru family dental is a great place. I was nervous at first but they made me feel very comfortable . Very fast no long wait. Dr G is very professional and nice. all of the staff there at Tru Family Dental are the best. MAKE YOUR APPOINTMENT NOW!!!
13:31 13 Jul 18
I am so very happy and satisfied with Tru Family Dental. When my 5 year old daughter was having issues with a growing tooth; there was no hesitation to see her. The office staff was friendly and very accommodating. Dr. Gagnon explained everything thing to my daughter about what was going on with her tooth in the way that she understood. She is very kid-friendly and patient with kids. This office really treated our family like we were part of their family. Thanks!read more
14:59 13 Jul 18
The first time you walk into the clinic it is very warm and inviting, the front desk staff is very attentive and helpful. The two best staff members of the clinic are Vanessa she was caring very through, and was able to answer all questions and concerns that I had about the procedures and things that she was doing. The next staff memeber is Erica she was exceptional she handled all my business affairs and was very concerned about my care and she showed tremendous professionalism and I would definitely recommend this dental office to anyone looking for a dentist and professional staff this is the place.read more
19:51 13 Jul 18
I had a wonderful visit with Dr. Gagnon and her staff! The reception was very fast & courteous, my dental prep was stress free and my dental procedure was executed to perfection!! I am a senior and whole hearty appreciate the patience and step by step explanation of each step as it is being performed. This eases stress significantly! Bravo! Well done!!read more
15:35 17 Jul 18
Ms. Vanessa is the best dental Hygienist in Michigan. I've been coming to her for years. She is the main reason why I'm still coming even after my office changed owners. I love her professionalism and always smiling face. She's the BEST!!
20:53 09 Aug 18
Vanessa did an excellent job with my services today. She frequently checked in to make sure I was comfortable while servicing me. I appreciate her services over the years. Thank you!
19:51 29 Nov 18
Today was my first visit to Tru Family Dental. Everyone was friendly, welcoming, informative and helpful. The people made what is usually a dreaded experience quite enjoyable.
15:14 05 Dec 18
I've been saying to myself all week that i need to make my family and i dental appointments before the end of the year. We have been going to the same dentist for 5 years and as of recent we have not been happy. So i went across the street from my child's school because i had few questions before our next appointment. The manager Monique was extremely helpful! The office was very busy, phones ringing crazy and a lot of patients walking in and out. She was the only person at the front desk but she was very gracious and knowledgeable about dental insurance. Busy place but she gave 5 star service! Making appointments for the entire family!read more
18:23 05 Dec 18
This is now me and my children new dentist office. Usually I am nervous when going to see the dentist but I felt very comfortable. And it wasn't packed as other dentist office
19:02 26 Mar 19
This was my first time coming to Tru Family Dental and I didn’t really know what to expect but I was optimistic. I saw Dr. Gagnon and Rachelle and they were absolutely amazing. Completely professional and even made a little small talk. They made me feel like they genuinely wanted to answer my million questions. The ladies at the front desk were nice and welcoming as well. I will definitely be returning and bringing my kids here as well.read more
19:23 10 Apr 19
Shamika is the Best!!! She always does a awesome job for me!
21:04 10 Apr 19
This is very nice place..Feont desk is very helpful and insightful. The dentist I had took her time and went through each tooth, shared information on it from the most to the least amount of treatment. I have found my dentist for life.
21:26 10 Apr 19
I truly enjoyed the professional service! The office personnel made it a very joyous experience! Very family oriented and Dr. Waheed 2 thumbs up!!! I am very happy with the overall services!!!!!!!!
19:33 10 Apr 19
Shemika is awesome sauce! Dr.. Gagnon is the bomb as well as Roxanne
16:14 11 Apr 19
I would recommend just place to everyone the staff was incredible the doctor is incredible I have never felt more at ease after being here and trust me I was petrified love you guys
20:41 11 Apr 19
Loved my visit, everyone was really nice and my plan was explained very well
21:04 18 Apr 19
This is a great Dentist office. Very profession and fast service. They were willing to work with me in regards to scheduling and I couldn’t have had a better experience.
18:10 11 Apr 18
Great experience! A lot has changed. Not as cluttered as before. The girls in the front are very nice. Especially the girl with the curly Afro, Angel. She is was very informative and helpful. I was confused to why they had the tv on with there music playing. And the music I didn’t feel was appropriate for a business. I rather they had just the tv playing. Overall great experience.read more
17:52 19 Apr 18
I love the dentists & hygienists at Family Dental. The TV was on with no volume so I ask the manager to turn the TV up so we can hear it. She said music was on. I told her we (customers) DON'T want to hear country music (Bad Attitude)!!!! . She should put headphones on. She FINALLY turn the volume up on the TV. I had to ask her again so we (customers) can hear the TV. I thought we were the customers. That's why I gave it a 4-star. I don't want to have any reflections on the other staff. I have been coming here for years before Tru Family Dental took over. No TV channels at the hygiene stations while we are getting service, Miss that!!! It relaxes the customers. Changes should be for the best not the worse.read more
15:51 12 Apr 19
The people at Tru family dental are really nice. The receptionist Shemika is a very nice & pleasant person great attitude! The Doctor & the hygienic is caring people's!
14:41 23 May 18
I had been a patient of Perfect Smile Dental for 10 years. I selected them because I deal with fear, anxiety about dentists as well as claustrophobia. Perfect smile provided free nitrous oxide to help ease patients fears while being serviced. Now this new company wants to charge for it. Amongst other new fees. Although they kept some of the staff which is great due to the relationships built over the years. I have to find another dentist that is concerned about clients being comfortable with getting serviced to ensure clients have healthy smiles. They acquired us patients by purchasing the business not by reputation or referral. If it was working no need to change.read more
04:29 17 Aug 17
This was the worst experience I have had at the Dentist. The office called to reschedule my appointment in the morning. When I arrived for the new appointment time I had to wait 40 minutes before being seen. The front staff did not seem concerned enough to keep me updated until I told them I was leaving. This place came highly recommended to me but I should have read some of the other reviews before deciding to give them my business. If you value your time go elsewhere.read more
08:57 25 Jan 18
No compromise in regards to installment of mayment. Inconsistency in regards of what procedures to be performed.Though True Dental is new to the area, they do not care about the Southfield community... and it shows.... I will patronize business elsewhere.....read more
15:59 14 Feb 18
This office has gone downhill. I used to love coming to this office. It is really sad to see. Dr. Broussard retired and sold her practice to a corporation who doesn't seem to have compassion for former patients or customer service!!! It's a cold feeling inside, no longer has the warm inviting vibes.They now charge an outrageous fee for nitrous when it has been free for the 15 plus years that I have been going. I am a serious nervous patient and this means nothing to the new owners.The manager is clueless, very abrupt and seems easliy flustered when asked simple questions. One last thing about her is you can't preach to patients about good oral health when your breath smells like a toothbrush hasn't been involved in her oral cavity in months!!! It's disgusting!!!!!I love my hygienists Rochelle and Vanessa as well as Dr. Wahed but I will be looking for another office and will tell my coworkers who are patients about this as well.The last time I was in I could hear the male dentist talking about other staff members and Dr. Wahed to one of his assistants. This is very unprofessional. They really need to analyze what's happening before the office is a ghost town!!!!read more
16:45 14 May 18
The office has a good environment and the staff are very warm and friendly, but the work is questionable and shows signs of inexperience. After three failed attempts to put a temporary bridge in that would last for more than a week, the permanent has now popped off after a few weeks. This is a replacement bridge, so not my first rodeo. I did not have these issues the first time around. I called and left a message over the weekend to describe the situation and they have not bothered to call me back. It's easy to be nice and friendly when everything is working out fine, but you discover the true measure of a company and the people in it when problems arise. Especially after you have paid for everything up front and in full.read more
My roots are in Detroit, I was born and raised in the metro Detroit area and completed my entire schooling near home. When I am not at the office, I spend my time in the company of loved ones. My friends and family keep me grounded and teach me how to appreciate love and laughter. In my spare time I enjoy being near nature, baking with friends, and traveling around the world.
Giving back to the community is a responsibility. I have actively participated in government affairs to improve dental insurance coverage for the children and underserved people in Michigan through the Michigan Dental Association and dental student organizations. I have also participated in Give Kids A Smile Day at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry several years in a row to provide free dental care to the underserved children of Detroit.
Doctorate of Dental Surgery - University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry
My kids and I have been going here for our dental care for years. It is always a great experience. I highly recommend Dr. Hutnik and his staff.
I love this place! Very professional with a strong personal touch. Dr Yang and the staff are fantastic. An added bonus for me is they are a high tech office and you can get all reminders and make changes right on your smartphone. Best dental care in town. No doubt.
Tru Family Dental is filled with experienced, patient and kind providers! They are welcoming and professional! I trust them with the dental care of my children and will continue to recommend them as providers.
Friendly people, Aaron makes the visit less of a stress. He is very nice and professional, they all are. Thank you Tru Family Dental!!