Our Dentists

Dr. Steven Niergarth

Dr. Steve Niergarth is a 1985 graduate of the University of Michigan. Having grown up in Traverse City, he knew he wanted to return to our beautiful area upon graduation.  He started Deerhaven Dentistry that year with one employee, and it has since grown to three dentists and over twenty employees.  While very proud of the dental practice he helped to build, he is even more proud of his family.  He and his wife, Lisa, have two sons, Nick and Jake, and a daughter, Natalie.  He enjoys running,  hiking, fishing, camping, and boating.   They live near Cedar.   Nick lives in the area and works for Hager’s Insurance, Natalie is a project manager in Los Angeles, and Jake works for Britten Media inTraverse City. They also have three dogs, Scoobie, Rocky, and Gabe!

Dr. Niergarth and his wife Lisa have done numerous mission dentistry trips to Guatemala, where son Jake was born. They started a permanent dental clinic in Chichicastenango, Guatemala in 2013 and travel back there frequently.  He also began the Doctors With A Heart program in Traverse City in 1999, which treats, at no charge, those who can’t afford dental care.

Dr. Niergarth has been awarded Fellowships in both the Academy of Dentistry International and also the International College of Dentists. He was named a co-recipient of the Michigan Dental Association Public Service Award in 2017, for his work in helping military veterans in the area.  Dr. Niergarth is a member of the American Dental Association, the Michigan Dental Association, and the Resort District Dental Society. He is an Adjunct Clinical Instructor at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry.

Dr. Jason Merrithew

Dr. Jason Merrithew has been in private practice since 2004 in Traverse City, and is a graduate of the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry class of 2004.   He and his wife Carrie have two amazing children.  Hanna is a freshman at The University of Michigan. Andrew is a freshman at TC St. Francis, and they also have two dogs, Charlie and Sadie.  As a family the Merrithews are very active in sports and their community.  They enjoy running, boating, ice hockey and being active outdoors.

Dr. Merrithew is one of three dentists at Deerhaven Family Dentistry and, like his partners, has a philosophy of giving back to others in the community and abroad.  Dr. Merrithew has been on several dental mission trips to Guatemala. After being exposed to this type of service to others by Dr. Niergarth back in 2006, Dr. Merrithew has embraced donating his time and skills to those in need.  He has been a part of Deerhaven’s annual ‘Doctors with a Heart’ free dental day in Traverse City each year since 2005.  In 2015 Dr. Merrithew partnered with the University Of Michigan School Of Dentistry as a preceptor and mentor for their dental students through the ‘Victors for Veterans’ program, and he also enjoys helping our highly deserving military veterans through Deerhaven Family Dentistry’s free Veterans Day dental clinic.

Dr. Merrithew has received numerous awards. He, along with his partners Dr. Beers and Dr. Niergarth, received a 2017 Public Service Award from the Michigan Dental Association.  He is a fellow-elect with the Academy of Dentistry International, from whom he will receive his Fellowship at the American Dental Association Annual Session 2018, and has been awarded ‘Top Docs’ by his peers in northern Michigan numerous times.  He has been a member of the Michigan Dental Association, the American Dental Association, and the Resort District Dental Society since 2004.

Dr. Lance Beers

Dr. Lance Beers is a graduate of The University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry. Dr. Beers relocated to Traverse City in 2015 with his wife, Meagan, and their three daughters; Leah (8), Noelle (6), and Kylie (5).

Dr. Beers grew up enjoying Northern Michigan at their family cottage in near Gaylord. Dr. Beers is an outdoor enthusiast and enjoys fishing, boating, cooking, exercising and spending time with his girls.

Dr. Beers has completed extended studies in the surgical placement of dental implants. Whether you are seeking a single tooth replacement or a consultation on whether or not implants are the right restorative option for your long term oral health; Dr. Beers prides himself in treating the whole patient and walking with you step by step through the entire process.

Dr. Beers has been an active member of the Michigan National Guard for nine years. It’s this patriotic commitment that prompted Dr. Beers to start our Veterans Day Dental Clinic for area Veterans. Each Veterans Day our practice opens its doors for any Veteran seeking dental care. This first come, first serve clinic kicks off the morning with the National Anthem and we accept no payment for any services that day. Since 2015 Deerhaven Family Dentistry has provided over $175,000.00 in free dental services in a show of humble appreciation for those who have served our country.



"Always treated so well.

One of the nicest things about Deerhaven Family Dentistry is that you always feel important. The staff is always friendly and very personable. The offices and the rooms are always clean and cheery. We have always been happy with the care we receive. I have nothing but good to say about it."

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