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Derek J. Rice, DDS
4020 Copper Ridge Drive
(Across from TC West Junior High)
Building A
Suite 200
Traverse City, MI 49684

Our Office

From the moment that you walk into our state-of-the-art dental setting, you will be immediately aware that we are not just “another dental office.” Dr. Rice and every member of his Professional Dental Team is prepared to make your experience exceed your expectations. We are all very proud of our “educational approach” to establish a confident, trusting relationship with our patients. From our front office administrators who work to synchronize all of your financial, insurance, and scheduling needs, to our licensed hygienists and assistants who provide the finest preventative and clinical care, our entire team is poised to deliver the utmost in patient care.

Your dental wishes, wants, and desires are fully explored and examined. Dr. Rice and the Team is willing and capable to assist you with obtaining your personal Dental Health Goals…whether that be stabilizing a present issue with the intention of completing the project at a later date, to full mouth reconstruction, utilizing outside specialists in addition to our own in-office skills. We are happy to Listen to You regarding your concerns. Please give us an opportunity to work with you to make “Your Vision” a reality!

The Copper Ridge Dental Team

Dr. Derek J. Rice

Dr. Derek J. Rice
Graduated - University of Tennessee College of Dentistry - 2010

Dr. Rice is native to Traverse City. He attended and graduated from Traverse City West Senior High School in 2001.  He then moved to Tennessee where he pursued his dental passion and graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry in 2010.  It was always a goal to return back home after completing his education. Since 2010, Dr. Rice has been practicing dentistry on the East side of Traverse City. He is a member of the Resort District Dental Society, Michigan Dental Association, American Dental Association and Board Member of the Registered Dental Assisting Program at Northwestern Michigan College. He is also a member of the Michigan Army National Guard.

Burnadette "BJ" Rice

Burnadette "BJ" Rice
Graduated - Cleveland State Community College – 2010 Associates in Business Management
Hobbies - I absolutely love birds and anything nature! Any excuse being outdoors I’ll take. I also enjoy classical music and reading.

I started with Dr. Rice in 2011 as the office manager. My background in banking and management was a good fit to take on this role. I thoroughly enjoy bringing our team together and seeing them each day! Dr. Rice is my husband and he has always wanted to move back home, so here we are! We have one son, named Warren and three cats, named Reesee, Belle and Hunter.


Carmen – Hygienist
Started – August 2015
Hobbies – Hanging out with her two dogs Buddy and Buster. She also enjoys watching movies/series on Netflix.

Studied at Ferris State University.
Member of the American Dental Hygiene Association.
Member of Northland Dental Hygiene Association.
The best part of my job is meeting all my patients and getting to know them and their families. As an RDH I love knowing that our patients are cared for. It is important to me that they feel at home so they look forward to their next visit.


Cara – Front Office
Started – August 2015
Hobbies – Anything outdoors, camping, hiking, horseback riding, etc. She’s also passionate about helping shelter animals by donating time or supplies.

Moved back to her home state of Michigan from South Florida in 2013.
The best part of my job is helping people overcome the fear associated with dental treatments and helping patients to fully understand and maximize benefits.

Melissa Gettings

Melissa - Dental Hygienist
Started -  May 2018
Hobbies - Running and spending time outdoors especially during the spring and summer months.

Melissa is originally from Traverse City and graduated from Kalamazoo Valley Community College.
Melissa is a registered dental hygienist with a background in business.
The best part of my job is caring for patients and expanding their knowledge of oral health.


Kathy - Registered Dental Assistant
Started - August 2011
Graduated - Northwestern Michigan College, 1989
Hobbies - Camping, kayaking and family game nights.

I enjoy spend time with my family, one son, one daughter and one daughter-in-law.

Most insurances welcome
All major credit cards accepted
and financing available
Flexible appointment time available

Monday - Thursday 8am - 5pm
Friday 8am - 4pm

Please call 231-946-2497 for after hours contact instructions.

Derek J. Rice, DDS
4020 Copper Ridge Drive
(Across from TC West Junior High)
Building A
Suite 200
Traverse City, MI 49684