Meet the Doctors

Dr. Rachel

Dr. Rachel M. Weatherhead D.D.S.

Dr. Weatherhead was born and raised in Woodhaven, Michigan. She graduated from Woodhaven High School in 2008. She then attended the University of Detroit Mercy, where in 2011 she received her bachelor’s degree in Biology and in 2015 earned her Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree. Dr. Weatherhead has been a patient of Dr. Nykiel’s since her very first dental appointment at the age of 4. When she decided to go into dentistry herself, Dr. Nykiel allowed her to shadow him in his practice and continues to serve as her mentor. Dr. Weatherhead is very interested in all aspects of dentistry and continues to learn from Dr. Nykiel as well as participating in continuing education courses. She is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Dental Association, and the Michigan Dental Association. Dr. Weatherhead purchased Nykiel Dentistry on January 1, 2021 and is excited to remain downriver as a new business owner.

Dr. Nykiel

Dr. Richard J. Nykiel D.D.S.

Dr. Nykiel is a third generation, life-long resident of Downriver. After graduating from Grosse Ile High School in 1970, he attended Adrian College and received his bachelor’s degree in Biology, while playing basketball and golf for the school. He then attended the University of Detroit, where in 1978, he earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. Dr. Nykiel is very active in the dental community and feels very strong about keeping current with the progress and technology in his field. Continuing education has always been an enjoyment and a priority in his career. He has received extensive training from many of the leading educators in Orthodontics, Root Canal Therapy, Periodontal Therapy, Cosmetics and Implant dentistry. He completed a three-year Orthodontic program with Straight Wire Seminars, a two-year Cosmetic training program through Louisiana State University and an Implant training program through Nobel BioCare. He is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Dental Association, the Michigan Dental Association and the Detroit District Dental Society, where he serves on the Program Selection Committee for the annual Scientific Meeting. As a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, he serves on the Annual Meetings Council and received his Fellowship in 2011. He has also served as Treasurer and President of the Michigan Academy of General Dentistry. Dr. Nykiel also serves on the Board of Directors for the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry Alumni Association and is a Past President.

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