Dr. Kerle attend the University of Michigan before starting his dental practice in Northern Michigan. There he raised his family of five on the Au Sable River. Dr. Kerle enjoys nature, photography, fly fishing, canoeing and playing his flute in church. Dr. Kerle spent three years teaching at Greenville College, in Illinois. Dr Kerle is proud of his three kids and daughter-in-law (with baby on the way). Dr. Kerle has been married for over 26 years to Becky, the love of his life. Dr. Kerle is a life-long learner and loves the restorative aspects of dentistry. Dr. Kerle gets the most reward from the rich relationships that he has developed with his patients over the years.
DDS: University of Michigan School of Dentistry
Member: American Dental Association (ADA) , Illinois State Dental Society (ISDS)
Dr. Blake Westra, DMD
"I grew up in the West Suburbs of Chicago in the town of Wheaton and moved to Edwardsville, IL while in High School. After graduation, I attended Washington University to complete my undergrad. In 2005 I furthered my studies at Southern Illinois University, School of Dental Medicine.
My path to dentistry started with a spring break trip my Junior year of college. It was a mission trip to do construction in Honduras. During that week, I was fortunate enough to get the opportunity to help in a clinic with physicians and dentist for a day. It was that day that I fell in love with short term medical and dental trips. I went on several more mission trips over the next couple of years, which helped guide my decision into dentistry.
Dentistry is one of those things that many people are afraid to have done. I strive to put my patients concerns and well-being as my primary focus and hope to provide a calming, comforting environment for patients. Being able to restore and help maintain a healthy mouth for every patient is a goal of everyone in our office."
DMD: Southern Illinois University, School of Dental Medicine
Member: American Dental Association (ADA), Christian Medical and Dental Association (CMDA), Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), Illinois State Dental Society (ISDS), Eastern IL Dental Society
Beyond the office, Dr. Blake spends most of his time with his growing family, coaching his kids sports teams and golfing on occasion.