Dr. Kai Steele, DDS
Dr. Kai Steele, DDS
Southwestern Michigan Native
A native of Southwestern Michigan, he was born in Kalamazoo and attended Andrews University in Berrien Springs for his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Business Administration. Along with his wife Kristi, he moved to Southern California to attend dental school at Loma Linda University, regarded as one of the top dental schools in the world. During his four years of study, Kai held several offices both in his class and dental school association. He graduated in the top of his class both clinically and academically, and received several awards for his clinical performance and leadership. Based on his excellent clinical and academic performance, Loma Linda University sent Kai to Madagascar for a 6 week externship, to serve the needs of the people there as a full time dentist and represent the University. This was a rare privilege as Loma Linda rarely sends its students to take part in this kind of experience. Kai was able to take his wife and oldest son (only at the time), and they all thoroughly enjoyed their time there.
A Passion to Serve
With a passion to serve those in need, Kai has participated in many mission trips, visiting Bolivia, Panama, Honduras, Mexico, Korea, Philippines, Brazil, and Madagascar as part of his mission focus. Brazil and Madagascar were dental mission trips in which he provided dental care to hundreds of people who desperately needed but could not afford quality dental work. Kai believes that he has been given a set of professional skills that help the overall health of each person and feels that he has an obligation to help provide that to the underserved. While at Loma Linda University, he volunteered several times each year on weekends to provide quality care to the underprivileged and underinsured.
Along with his wife of 15 years, Kai has 2 young sons and daughter. They moved back “home” after practicing both in California as well as Vermont, but they wanted to raise their family in the area where he and his wife were raised, as well as to enjoy the beauty and adventure of living in Michigan. Kai and Kristi dated while living in St. Joseph, MI and he proposed to her at the St. Joseph lighthouse on a particularly stormy night. He and his family love the area and plan to raise their family here while Kai is providing Southwest Michigan with the highest in quality dental care for the whole family
Described as a gentle and caring dentist, Kai strives to make each patient know that he cares personally for their overall health. He welcomes children to his office and is fantastic in treating them as well as all members of the family. Anyone who has known him also attests that Kai is highly ethical, honest, and believes in providing you with the best care you need. “Helping everyone smile better” is the goal of Dr. Kai Steele’s family dental practice.