Dental Staff

Our Team

All our professionals at Otsego Family Dentistry maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay well informed on the latest trends in dentistry.


Dr. Michael Merda

The "Doc" was born and raised in Chicago. In 1975, Dr. Merda moved to Delton, MI where he excelled in football and wrestling. He graduated from high school in 1981 with honors and was named "Athlete of the Year". He then attended GVSU and graduated in 1986 with a double major in Chemistry and Bioscience. Dr. Merda later attended Northwestern University Dental School and graduated in 1991 as the Senior Class Vice President.

In 1992, Dr. Merda purchased the dental practice from Dr. Malvitz which was previously located on the corner of Dix and 15th Streets in Otsego. The industrial city of Otsego appealed to Dr. Merda and his blue collar roots. By 1995, the practice had outgrown the small office and relocated to the present location which was the former Phil Baker Agency and was remodeled to become an operational dental practice. As the years progressed, the property next door was purchased to provide additional parking. More recently in 2011, the building went through a major rennovation so the practice could offer and implement modern technology such as digital x-rays, computerized dental records, and intra-oral cameras.

Dr. Merda strives to provide a friendly and carefree atmosphere in hopes of reducing the common dental anxiety and stress to the patients he serves.


Dr. Sandra Johnson 

Dr. Sandra Johnson grew up in Saline, MI and Graduated from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry in 2004.  She then went on to practice full time in Detroit for 10 years.  She returned to MI this summer after a two-year relocation on the East Coast.   She shares Dr. Merda’s philosophy of keeping  a relaxed and friendly environment with the hopes of relieving some of the anxiety associated with going to the dentist. You will seldom catch her without a smile on her face.    She enjoys spending time with her family, Pilates, running and horseback riding. 


Marcia L. - Certified Dental Assistant

Marcia has over 20 years of experience in the dental field. She started off by attending Kellogg Community College and a technology school for dental assisting in Battle Creek. To further her education she went on to achieve her C.D.A. after succesful exam completion with the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB).

Marcia has three young adult boys. She enjoys spending time with them as well as with her friends. She also enjoys physical fitness, boating, traveling, and many more activities which offer outdoor adventures.


Chris B. - Dental Assistant

Chris has over 14 years in the dental field. She stays active by traveling, attending concerts, and walking. She also loves spending time with her two grown boys whenever possible. Chris has a great sense of humor and can bring laughter to even the most serious of people.


Jessica U. - Hygienist RDH

Jessica has been working as a Registered Dental Hygienist since she graduated with an Associates degree in Applied Science from Kalamazoo Valley Community College. She is Local Anesthetic Certified. Jessica is passionate about providing excellent quality care for patients and loves to help others maximize their oral health. Jessica enjoys meeting new people and bringing joy to others as she serves them with a smile and gentle touch. Jessica’s goal at Otsego Family Dentistry is to bring a smile to each patient’s face while educating and motivating them regarding their overall dental health.

Jessica enjoys spending time with her family, friends and her dog Lilah. She also loves serving in her church, spending time on the beach and traveling.


Kyra H. - Hygienist, RDH

Kyra graduated from Ferris State University with an Associates in Dental Hygiene along with a Bachelor's of Allied Health Sciences. She is local anesthetic certified. Kyra served on the SADHA board during hygiene school and is a current member of the American Dental Hygiene Association.

In her spare time, Kyra loves to run, make crafts, and spend time with her friends and family.


Robin S. - Receptionist

Robin has worked in the dental field for almost 34 years. She has been gracing us with her cheerful disposition and smile for several years now.

Robin enjoys spending time with family and friends as well as fishing and camping. She is happily married with two adult children.