The Team

Patient Coordinator

Alli has lived in Southwest Michigan her entire life, having graduated from Lakeshore High School in 2008.  Before coming to St. Joseph Dentistry, she had a son (who is 10 years old), attended Lake Michigan College and worked at Lakeland Neurology.  In her spare time, Alli enjoys spending time with her family and friends, writing and reading, listening to music and being outdoors.  In addition, Alli has a huge passion for animals!

Schedule Coordinator

Robin is a native of Niles, Michigan and currently lives in Berrien Springs.  She has 3 amazing sons: Mason who is 26, Keiton who is 22, and Dawson who is 18. In her spare time, Robin enjoys thrifting and spending time with her children and loved ones.  She has a passion for seniors and has a lifelong goal to learn to care for and ride horses.

Patient Coordinator

Taylor grew up in Mattawan in a family with 3 siblings.  She graduated from Mattawan High School and then went on to graduate from Cosmetology school.  She enjoys spending time with her 3 dogs – Koda, Nyla and Presley – as well as jet skiing and hanging out with her family and friends.


Shreya Jha, DDS, comes to us from St. Luke’s University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, where she performed her residency training. Dr. Jha graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Cell Biology and Neuroscience before completing her Doctor of Dental Surgery from the Touro College of Dental Medicine in West Chester, New York. During her training, Dr. Jha received the Award of Excellence from the American Student Dental Association, and, in addition to receiving certifications in Invisalign and Zoom! Whitening, obtained her Associate Fellowship Certification in Laser Dentistry from the World Clinical Laser Institute. In her free time, Dr. Jha enjoys cooking, yoga, hiking, painting and traveling. Fun fact - she is also pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Indian Classical Dance.


Dr. Howenstine graduated with honors from Marquette University School of Dentistry. He has practiced in Kimberly, Wisconsin with Midwest Dental. He maintains membership in the American Dental Association and the Michigan Dental Association.

In order to provide the best possible treatment for his patients Dr. Howenstine regularly attends continuing education courses. He comes from a long line of dental professionals, with his grandfather, uncle, and father being dentists and his mother a hygienist.

Dr. Howenstine and his wife Ana reside in Stevensville with their three children, Caroline, James, and Mary.

In his free time Dr. Howenstine enjoys watching sports, working on cars, hunting, technology, and fitness. He regularly competes in running races in the summer and cross country ski races in the winter.


Dr. Burt grew up in the Chicago area and graduated from University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry. She served in the US Navy Dental Corps until August, 2016. Prior to her active duty service, Dr. Burt was staff dentist at the VINA Community Dental Center in Brighton, Michigan. She has been married to her husband James for 10 years and they have four children, Avery, Evelyn, Lydia, and Whitney.

Pediatric Dentist

St. Joseph Dentistry welcomes Dr. Matthew Bernard, DMD, to our newly created Pediatric Dentistry team!

Dr. Bernard recently received his Board Certification from the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry - which is the highest level of certification attainable by a Pediatric Dentist.

Dr. Bernard comes to us with a wealth of Pediatric Dentistry experience that all began at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he received his undergraduate degree in Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Bernard went on to complete his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry. Dr. Bernard comes to us from the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC, where he fulfilled his Pediatric Dental Residency focusing on comprehensive care of medically complex children, dental rehabilitation, and oral sedation.

Dr. Bernard has also dedicated his time and services volunteering in Guatemala, and providing preventative, restorative, and oral surgery services to the children of Easter Seals as part of their UIC Special Needs Outreach program. Dr. Bernard is a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. He is seeing patients in our newly constructed Pediatric department. We are so excited to have Dr. Bernard join our team here in southwest Michigan!

To schedule an appointment for your child with Dr. Bernard, call (269) 281-8080, or fill out a form on through Contact Us Page.


Becky joined the St. Joseph Dentistry team in 2017, when her & her husband returned to their hometown of St. Joseph. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences. Becky and her husband welcomed their first child in May 2019. Her hobbies include playing soccer and traveling. She loves being back in Southwest Michigan and spending time with family and friends.


Jake graduated from Bridgman High School in 2012. He then went onto Ferris State University where he received an Associate degree in Dental Hygiene. Jake has been with our office since September 2016. In his free time, he enjoys camping, boating, and spending time with family and friends.


Kim was born and raised in St. Joseph.  She earned her Associates Degree in Dental Hygiene from KVCC in June 2001.  She has been performing Hygiene for the last 20 years and she loves it!  Kim has a 9 year old son, Dayne, who certainly keeps her busy with his schooling and sports.  In her free time, Kim enjoys gardening, animals and antiquing.

3386 Niles Rd.

St. Joseph MI 49085


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