Dr. Paul Stern
Paul R. Stern, DDS joined Caring Family Dentistry in 2008 to provide optimal and affordable general dentistry with his father Dr. Richard Stern and sister Dr. Christa Stern.
Earning his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Michigan (2004), he studied on and completed his post-doctoral degree in Advanced Education in General Dentistry from Virginia Commonwealth University (2005). He continually hones his expertise with accredited learning in clinical practice and studies in comprehensive and aesthetic dentistry.
Dr. Paul, an Invisalign "premier provider," has completed comprehensive orthodontics (braces) courses through both Progressive Orthodontics and Gerety Orthodontics. His coursework to attain “Fellow” status through the Academy of General Dentistry demonstrates his commitment to his patients receiving dental care that is informed by research and guided by emerging and tested technologies.
Born in Big Rapids, Dr. Paul earned his Bachelor's degree from Hope College. He is also a graduate of Big Rapids High School and St. Peter’s Lutheran School in Big Rapids. He is a lifelong member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church and past Chair of the Board of Education at St. Peter's Lutheran School.
He is an active and engaged member of the American Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, the West Michigan Dental Association, the Michigan Dental Association, and the Chicago Dental Society.
As a general dentist, Dr. Paul focuses on cosmetic / restorative dentistry and orthodontics for patients of all ages. He has also served on numerous short-term dental mission projects with his family in Appalachia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, and the MOM project in Big Rapids.
Dr. Paul enjoys spending time with his wife, daughters, friends, and family.
Dr. Christa Stern-Lubahn
Christa L. Stern-Lubahn, D.D.S., F.A.G.D. has been practicing at Caring Family Dentistry (established in 1974) with her father and later brother Dr. Paul Stern since 2001. Dr. Christa grew up in Big Rapids and graduated from St. Peter’s Lutheran School and then Big Rapids High School. She went on to earn her Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry (1996) with Honors from Hope College in Holland, MI.
In 1996 she began her dental studies at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and was awarded her Doctorate in Dental Surgery (2000). Because she wanted to excel at her profession, she forged on to earn a post-doctoral certificate in Advanced Education for General Dentistry from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis (2001).
Because of her continual study, in 2009 she gained prestigious “Fellow” status from the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) - a distinction awarded only to dentists who have completed post-graduate, comprehensive studies, and a rigorous written exam. She sustains her fellowship designation with accredited, extensive continuing education to stay current with the latest research and practices in dentistry. Fellows of the AGD have a demonstrated and recognized commitment to providing exceptional and professional patient care.
Dr. Christa is an active member of the American Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, the West Michigan Dental Association, the Michigan Dental Association, the Big Rapids Dental Study Club and the Chicago Dental Society.
She also has served on short-term, volunteer medical and dental mission trips to Ecuador, Jamaica, and Honduras through Medical Ministries International and Cure International. As her family grows, she looks forward to participating in more of these volunteer mission opportunities.
Locally, she has dedicated her service to two of the Michigan Dental Association’s Mission of Mercy projects, one of which was held here in Big Rapids. She has also been a provider for Donated Dental Services through the Michigan Dental Association.
In addition to caring for her patients, Dr. Christa’s husband and two sons keep her active with boating, skiing and spending time outdoors. Her other passions are playing clarinet in the West Central Concert Band and being a committed and lifelong member at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church.