Catherine E. Novak, DDS, MDS
Orthodontics is a combination of my true loves: education, construction/building, and health. I feel extremely fortunate to be able to work in an environment that allows me to combine all of my loves in one career. As a healthcare professional, I believe it is my responsibility to share the importance of oral health. Orthodontics means more than straight teeth; it means a healthy and functional mouth and jaw that will provide beauty and self-esteem for a lifetime.
Each and every day I have the chance to create a treatment plan for patients that will not only straighten their teeth but also complement their natural beauty. I have the luxury of preparing a treatment plan that incorporates all aspects of dentistry. In creating the treatment plan prior to initiating treatment, patients are provided with a road map that will guide them in helping achieve their treatment desires. It is amazing to watch the results as that road map is followed.
I truly appreciate the trust and cooperation my patients give me and my team. Each person I meet is such a unique, intelligent, caring individual. They are always willing to share their expertise, life experiences, and knowledge with me. I enjoy learning from them and I am thankful to have them in my life.
Education and continuing education
My undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate education occurred at some of the best educational institutions in the country, including Miami University, Michigan State University, the University of Michigan, the University of Iowa, and the University of Tennessee.
In an effort to provide the highest level of orthodontic care, I chose to complete an additional, rigorous residency called Advanced Education in Orthodontics. This two-year residency involved specialized training above and beyond the education required to become an orthodontist. My residency focused on achieving ideal orthodontic results by viewing the teeth, temporomandibular joints, and oral tissues as a whole.
I also stay abreast of the latest advances in orthodontics with memberships in many professional organizations, including the:
- American Association of Orthodontists
- Great Lakes Association of Orthodontists
- Michigan Association of Orthodontists
- American Dental Association
- Michigan Dental Association
- Central District Dental Society of Michigan
In the community
I have an extremely strong love for and dedication to the Lansing area. Due to the fact that I was born and raised here, I have had the privilege of knowing generations of Lansing residents. They are a special breed of hard-working, down-to-earth, caring people, and all dedicated to providing the best to their families.
As I have lived here through the best of times and hopefully the most challenging times, I want to do my part to support the community because Lansing is a great place to live. To show this support, through the years Novak Orthodontics has sponsored Holt Community Kids Day, Holt Days, Holt and Lansing sports programs, theater and art programs, Girl Scouts and Boy Scout troops, as well as the local school districts through donations for academic needs. Go Lansing!
Outside the office
Outside of orthodontics, my first love is spending time with my family. The warm months bring endless hours of enjoyment out on the water. My husband and I met while waterskiing competitively, and our daughter has been waterskiing with us since she was three. We all hope that our son, Troy, will enjoy the water as much as the rest of us! The cooler months are filled with four-wheeling, cheering on the Spartans, and cooking new foods.
One of my life long goals is to live by the highest moral and ethical standards. I feel my personal and professional lives should be reflections of each other. I treat and care for my patients the same as I treat and care for my dearest friends and family.