Connie Verhagen named statewide Dentist Citizen of the Year


from Michigan Dental Association

Noted Norton Shores dentist Connie Verhagen, D.D.S., M.S., is the recipient of the 2019 Michigan Dental Association Emmett C. Bolden Dentist Citizen of the Year award.

The purpose of this award is to give public recognition to a member of the Michigan Dental Association (MDA) who has demonstrated outstanding or unusual contributions or service to community, state or country.

Dr. Verhagen has spent years giving of her time to organized dentistry as a volunteer, a speaker, an expert on infection control, a writer, and president of both her local dental society and the MDA. She has served on ADA committees and task forces and is the current executive director of the Muskegon District Dental Society, as well as the current chair of the MDA’s Committee on Government and Insurance Affairs.

Dr. Verhagen has worked relentlessly as an advocate for the underserved and has been their voice in the health care arena. She has been active with the United Way Program of Muskegon County for several years and continues to change lives by serving as a volunteer for the Muskegon Dental Care Committee. In addition, she served as co-chair (2011-18) of the MDA Foundation Mission of Mercy, acting as a driving force and spending hours preparing and organizing systems, partners, and volunteers in support of that program’s free community dentistry effort.

“This award celebrates Dr. Verhagen’s commitment to organized dentistry and her passion for helping those in need,” said Margaret Gingrich, D.D.S., President of the Michigan Dental Association. “She is an inspiration for others who want to make the world a better place.. the many years she has spent volunteering with the Mission of Mercy program shows how one person can positively change the lives of so many.”

Verhagen is a 1986 graduate from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. She is a pediatric dentist residing in Norton Shores with her husband Dr. Michael Cerminaro. They enjoy cooking and spending time with their dogs, Marlee and Maggie.

The MDA works to educate the public about oral health, promotes the science and art of dentistry, and provides educational materials and services to its 5,900 members, enhancing their ability to provide quality care. For more, visit


  1. No comments
Sign in to post a comment »