Richard J. Nykiel, DDS, PC
Rachel M. Weatherhead, D.D.S.


Richard J Nykiel
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 Bachelors 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 (DDS) 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 is also Treasurer and Past 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.
Besides being very active in the dental community, Dr. Nykiel is also quite active in his local community.

He has been a member of the Trenton Rotary Club and the Grosse Ile Golf and Country Club for over 30 years. He is Past President of both organizations. In 2011, through his Rotary Club, Dr. Nykiel developed a dental clinic in Chinandega, Nicaragua. He has been traveling there as a volunteer with a Rotary group to provide dental treatment for the underserved population in this third world country. In his free time, Dr. Nykiel enjoys golf, flying, skiing, biking, fishing, all sports. But most of all, he loves being a grandpa. Dr. Nykiel has one son, Derek, who followed his footsteps in the field of dentistry. Dr. Derek Nykiel is an Oral Surgeon practicing in the West Bloomfield area. Derek and his wife have three children. Dr. Nykiel has practiced General Dentistry in Trenton and Woodhaven for over 30 years. Dr. Nykiel feels strongly about working in the area where he resides and supporting the community that he serves. He always looks forward to helping his patients with their oral health and providing them with the smiles they desire!

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