1101 Water Street, Port Huron, MI 48060, 810-987-1444

Dentist in Port Huron, MI

Following is a brief glimpse of the people you will come to know and enjoy.  They work tirelessly to exceed your expectations.

Marsha Smeltzer, D.D.S.

A native of Port Huron, MI, Dr. Marsha F. Smeltzer is a graduate of Port Huron High School and Saint Clair County Community College. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry in 1974, and returned to Port Huron to practice.

Two years later she re-enrolled at the University of Michigan to earn her Doctorate (D.D.S.) in 1980, where she received the Departmental Award for Complete Denture.  To this day she and her staff enjoy the process of artistic denture and natural smile fabrication.

She and her husband Richard then moved to Big Rapids, MI, where she accepted the position of Director of Clinical Education for Ferris State College (now Ferris State University). While serving as the staff Dentist, she taught Oral Pathology and Periodontics for the Dental Hygiene program. Additionally she served as clinical faculty for the Dental Assisting program, teaching Biodental Sciences.  In conjunction with patient treatment, she facilitated chairside observation and fabrication of prostheses by the Dental Laboratory Technology students.

In 1982, Dr. Marsha & Richard returned to Port Huron, where they designed and built Riverside Dental Clinic. They and their staff proudly serve the dental needs of Port Huron and surrounding communities with quality and excellence.

Although Dentistry is her passion, Dr. Marsha enjoys working on, “projects” with her husband Richard.  Reading, cooking and ironing are for relaxation…and gardening is a mixed bag of fun, sometimes producing food, while at other times simply providing a balanced diet for the creatures that sneak out of the woods! Taking the lawn mower for a walk is her favorite exercise.


Affectionately known as, “Mr. Fix-it”, Richard is the unsung hero of Riverside! He comes and he goes, but is always at the ready to maintain the mechanical integrity and functionality of the office. He's the reason things happen when switches are flipped and equipment is asked to run.

He unselfishly packs and travels so Dr. Marsha can attend continuing education classes. Long days are spent exploring new cities while Marsha arrives early to class to secure a front row seat and then stays late to have all her questions answered. He is her loving husband, her best friend, and a fabulous dinner date at the end of a long day.

Notice our tidy environment, clean windows and operational readiness. Thank you, Richard.

Anne, RDH
Registered Dental Hygienist

Anne is Dr. Marsha's awesome dental hygienist. A 1992 honors graduate of Mott Dental Hygiene School, Anne started her career at Riverside Dental Clinic in 1993. She is a dedicated, caring and highly skilled member of our team who is an expert with the latest dental hygiene technology.

She has spent hundreds of hours honing her skills with advanced continuing education to benefit her patients.   Oral health and Periodontal maintenance are her primary focus, and Anne's gentle touch and caring attitude makes her patients smile at every appointment!

Cheryl CDA, RDA
Chairside Assistant

Calm and caring, Cheryl is very attuned to her patient's needs.  Having practiced with both General Dentists and Oral Surgeons, her years of experience allow you to benefit from her quiet competence, and gentle touch.  You will enjoy converastions supported by her understanding of dental health issues and treatments.

In 1999 she completed her AAMOS Anesthesia Assistant Certification, and was employed as an Oral Surgery Assistant.

Cheryl the completed her Dental Assisting Studies at Washtenaw Community College in 2006.  She is a  board certified registered and licensed Dental Assistant.



Laurie Ann CDA, RDA

Front Desk, and Assistant

Laurie is the enthusiastic, energetic smile and voice that greets you when you phone or enter the office. Her attitude makes you happy you have chosen Riverside Dental Clinic!

She completed her dental assisting studies at Macomb Community College in 1981, and is a board certified, registered and licensed Dental Assistant. You will find her a knowledgeable expert for insurance and financial arrangements.

A long term employee, Laurie began her career with Dr. Smeltzer in 1992, and brings sunshine to every day. She will greet you with a smile, help you with scheduling, and answer all of your dental questions.