Oak Bark Dental
Meet Our Doctors
Kristina Palmer, DDS
Dr. Kristina Palmer grew up in Williamston, MI. She is the youngest in a family of nine children. She attended Michigan State University and after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Nutritional Sciences, she moved to Milwaukee, WI to attend dental school at Marquette University. After graduation, Dr. Palmer was excited to return back home to practice near her large, close-knit family.
Dr. Palmer has consistently pursued continuing education across the country with the most sought-after educators in the field. She has completed the entire curriculum at the prestigious Dawson Academy in Florida. Dr. Palmer has a special interest in airway conscious dentistry for adults and children, treatment of ankyloglossia (tongue and lip-ties) from infancy through adulthood, as well as orthodontics.
Dr. Palmer lives in Williamston with her husband, John, their son, Henry, and their two standard poodles. They also have two beautiful foster children who have forever changed their lives. Dr. Palmer is an avid runner and has completed numerous full and half marathons. As a family, the Palmers enjoy camping, traveling, and cheering on their Spartans.
Ryan Beyea, DDS
Dr. Beyea graduated from Michigan State University with a BS in Physiology and Health Care Ethics. During his time as an undergrad, he represented MSU in the Big Ten as a Track & Field and Cross-Country athlete, focusing on distance-running events. Dr. Beyea then completed his Doctor of Dental Surgery at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. During his third year, Dr. Beyea was selected to travel and provide dental care and education in several remote mountain villages in Jamaica. He continues to pursue advanced education in his areas of interest such as implant surgery and oral-systemic health and has completed the Implant Pathway surgical program.
In his free time, Dr. Beyea enjoys spending time with his wife, Ellen, and their energetic labrador retriever. Together, they like spending time with their large extended families, as well as camping, hiking, and enjoying all Michigan has to offer. Dr. Beyea is grateful to be working alongside his mentor and aunt, Dr. Kristina Palmer.
Christina (Nguyen) Ruhala
Christina (Nguyen) Ruhala, DDS
Dr. Nguyen completed her undergraduate studies at Michigan State University and earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at the University of Detroit Mercy. As a native of the Lansing area, she is excited to be back in her hometown to practice what she loves. Most of all, she enjoys building relationships with her patients while providing quality care to those of all ages. Dr. Nguyen is dedicated to staying up to date with the latest technology and techniques through continuing her education in courses around the country as well as being an active member of the American Dental Association, Michigan Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, and the Central District Dental Association.
Outside of the office, you can most likely find Dr. Nguyen at the local gym with her husband, Dane, or eating a feast with her family. When she isn’t doing something active or eating, Dr. Nguyen is probably planning her next trip to hike and eat around the world. She welcomes all recommendations for new dining and travel experiences!
Brian Grisdela, DDS
Dr. Brian Grisdela has worked with Dr. Kristina Palmer and her wonderful staff since Fall 2018. He completed his undergraduate studies at Michigan State University. Like Dr. Palmer, Dr. Grisdela went on to attend Marquette University School of Dentistry in Milwaukee, WI. After graduating from dental school, he completed a general practice residency at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Hospital in Pontiac, Michigan. As a dental resident in a hospital setting, Dr. Grisdela was able to practice a wide variety of dental procedures and provide treatment to patients with barriers to comprehensive dental care. Dr. Grisdela is a Michigan State sports fan and enjoys golfing with family and friends in the summer months.
Why you should choose us:
At Oak Bark Dental we strive to be different by focusing on overall health benefits, beyond dental and oral health. Our dentists at Oak Bark Dental complete extra courses and training to integrate dental health into your overall health. The base of proper oral care is so important, but it doesn’t stop there! From routine preventive cleanings, exams, x-rays, airway focused dentistry and restorative dental repairs, there is a lot of education that goes into making sure all these dental services are executed properly.
Lansing is home to Oak Bark Dental, and we mean just that, HOME. The team supports, lives and is proud to be a part of the Lansing community outside of the dental office. Our team is passionate about your overall well being, and we know you’ll feel the difference. We treat each other like family, and we’d love to meet you and yours, so that we can treat you like family too.