Shwedel Dental is a Taylor based family dentist practice that treats patients of all ages. We are committed to delivering the highest quality dental care and do so using state-of-the-art dental equipment. We are a cosmetic dentist that offers services like checkups, teeth cleaning, crowns, veneers and more.


We also perform emergency dentist services that include bonding, root canals, crowns, and bridges. As a local dentist, we create lifelong relationships with our patients and their families and work to ensure that they receive treatments in a comfortable and relaxed environment. Dr. Shwedel, Dr. Okonkowski, and our staff invite you to schedule an appointment by calling 313-292-5590 and experience why our patients think Shwedel Dental is the best dentist in Taylor.



Meet The Doctors


Dr. Steven Shwedel

Dr. Steven Shwedel

Steven Shwedel, D.D.S. has been a trusted name in the Downriver area for more than 35 years as the owner of Shwedel Dental. He is well known for the quality of his dental work and the superb service he and his team provide. Dr. Shwedel is committed to offering patients the most advanced techniques and best materials in dentistry. He uses state-of-the-art technology in a warm, friendly and relaxed environment. His care and concern for patients has brightened thousands of smiles, some from as far away as California, Texas, Wisconsin and Massachusetts.

Dr. Shwedel graduated from Emory University School of Dentistry, in Atlanta, Georgia. Afterwards, he completed a General Practice residency in Advanced Dental Techniques at Sinai Hospital of Detroit. He was one of the very first dentists in Michigan to have a dental laser. He was featured on a segment of WXYZ Channel 7 Evening News in Detroit, Michigan about the advances and uses of lasers in dentistry. Dr. Shwedel is an active member of the Academy of General Dentistry, American Dental Association, the Michigan Dental Association and a Fellow of the World Clinical Laser Institute. He has been recognized by his peers, who have voted him “Top Dentist in General Dentistry” each year since 2008. As owner of Shwedel Dental, he has received the Small Business Excellence Award and Best of Taylor – General Dentistry Award.

Dr. Shwedel is very involved in the Taylor community and believes in giving back. On Saturday, September 9, 2019, Dr. Shwedel will be hosting his 11th Annual "Dentistry From the Heart," which is a daylong event providing free dental care to adults in need. Dr. Shwedel was featured on NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt describing the impact Dentistry From the Heart had on those that participated. He also proudly sponsors “Turn Off the Violence” with the Taylor Rotary, Taylor Little League Baseball, Taylor Farmers Market, local health fairs, and Fish & Loaves Community Food Pantry.

Dr. Shwedel and his wife, Joyce, have three children and four beautiful grandchildren. Dr. Shwedel enjoys traveling and scuba diving. Many of his diving trips are family affairs with his children and grandchildren joining him. His office showcases photos of the sea life he has encountered on his dives—truly a sight worth seeing!

Dr. Shwedel looks forward to continuing to serve you.
Dr. Caroline Okonkowski

Dr. Caroline Okonkowski

"When it comes to preserving, enhancing and beautifying our smiles, we all want the best.The best care, the best service and the best results.”
Dr. Caroline Okonkowski is the co-owner of Shwedel Dental. She graduated from University of Montreal, Canada in 2002 and completed an Advanced Clinical Education in general dentistry in 2003.She joined Shwedel Dental in 2009 where she has been offering exceptional dental care to thousands of patients. Patients travel from other states and countries to see Dr. Okonkowski as she provides the highest standard of care, with her warm and friendly approach, in a compassionate and caring environment. She is also committed in developing a customized dental plan that will address your personal needs and concerns.

Dr. Okonkowsi was awarded “Top Dentist USA” in 2016, 2017 and 2018. She was also honored “America’s Best Dentist” and “Leading Physicians of the World” awards. She has been featured in national magazines, including Dentaltown and local newspapers, including The News Herald and Taylor Today.

Dr. Okonkowski is an active proponent of post-graduate continuing education and she is committed to constantly improving her skills in quickly advancing dental technologies. She is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, American Dental Association, Michigan Dental Association, Scheduling Institute and an Associate Fellow of the World Laser Institute. She is also a certified Invisalign provider.

For 10 years, Dr. Okonkowski has co-hosted “Dentistry from the Heart,” an event which provides free dental treatment to adults in need. She is also involved in multiple fundraisers, sponsorships and community events.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters. She also speaks French fluently.

Dr. Okonkowski looks forward to bringing out the full beauty of your smile.
Dr. Diana Whittaker

Dr. Diana Whittaker

Diana Whittaker, D.D.S. joined our team at Shwedel Dental after moving from Grayling, MI where she practiced for 6 years. She believes in treating patients with care, compassion and gentle touch. She always explains treatment options so that patients understand and can be an active participant in determining their course of action. Dr. Whittaker provides root canal treatment, extractions, implant placement and restoration as well as all general dentistry services.

Dr. Whittaker is originally from Massachusetts where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology at Boston College. In 2012, she received her degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. Dr. Whittaker has since earned a certificate for Esthetic, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry from the University of Minnesota and Advanced Implant and Sinus Augmentation from the University of Michigan. She recently became a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry.

Dr. Whittaker was voted “Top Dentist in General Dentistry” in 2017 and 2018 and was a People’s Choice Awards winner in 2017. She was also a presenter at the International Academy of Dental Research in Miami, Florida. She is an active member of the American Dental Association, Michigan Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry.

Dr. Whittaker is married and has one son. She enjoys traveling, playing ice hockey and spending time with her family. Dr. Whittaker is looking forward to participating in our upcoming Dentistry From the Heart event in September.

Dr. Heba Abuhussein

Dr. Heba Abuhussein

Dr. Heba Abuhussein is a Board Certified Periodontist. She joined our team in 2014 to help meet the advanced periodontal needs of our patients, including implants. She also provides esthetic cosmetic procedures that give our patients a fresh new look with fillers, threads and Botox. She feels extremely fortunate to be in such a wonderful profession that enables her to improve the quality of life of her patients.

Dr. Heba was born in Los Angeles, California. She moved back to her native country Saudi Arabia when her father completed his PhD in education at the University of Southern California. She grew up in Saudi Arabia, where she completed her education and graduated the top of her class earning a DDS degree at King AbdulAziz University Dental School.

Dr. Heba returned to the United States in 2006 where she completed the Graduate Periodontal Program at the University of Michigan in 2009. She has taught at the University of Michigan’s Dental School and King AbdulAziz University Dental School. She is currently pursuing private practice. She has volunteered her services in treating migrant patients at the University of Michigan Dental Migrant Program in Traverse City and has participated in our annual Dentistry From the Heart events.

Dr. Heba is an active member and Diplomate of the American Academy of Periodontology.She loves nature and outdoor activities like playing sports, biking, skiing, and swimming. She spends most of her leisure time with her three dogs, friends and visiting her family.

Meet The Team


Community Event/Marketing Coordinator

Community Event/Marketing Coordinator

Gaye C.

Insurance/ Financial Coordinators

Insurance/ Financial Coordinators

Karen & Darcel

Hygiene Team

Hygiene Team

Armanda (Hyg), Cheryl S (Hyg), Rachel (Hyg Coord), Marissa (Hyg), Sara P (Hyg)

Assistant Team

Assistant Team

Brittany, Pam, Cheryl M, Marilyn, Shantel, Angela, Angie, Sarah

Administrative Team

Administrative Team

Kim L, Kimmy, Stacy, Cynthia, Nicole