Meet the Doctors at Family Dentistry in Sterling Heights, MI


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Dr. Jim Van Eaton

Dr. Jim Van Eaton joined the practice in 1991. He graduated from the New York University College of Dentistry in 1986. He is a member of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry and the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. He enjoys all facets of dentistry with a concentration in implant dentistry and smile makeovers. He has been married to Barb for over 20 years and has 1 son, Adam.

Dr. Bruce A. Gallant

Dr. Bruce A. Gallant joined the practice in 1972. He is also a graduate of the University of Detroit, Class of 1970. He served in the United States Air Force from 1970-72. Dr. Gallant is a member of the Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, American Orthodontic Society and also a member of the American Academy of Head, Neck, Facial Pain, and TMJ Orthopedics. He travels across the nation with the United States Dental Institute teaching orthodontics (

Dr. Michelle Howarah

Dr. Michelle Malouf Howarah is a Michigan native with a passion for dental and overall health care. She graduated with a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Detroit Mercy. As she continues to practice dentistry, she values the relationships formed with each and every patient. She strongly believes in continuing education and treating patients with the most advanced dentistry. She takes great pride in staying current with the latest dental research, techniques and developments. She enjoys all aspects of dentistry. In her free time she enjoys biking, running and spending time with her husband and family.

Dr. Timothy Ponkowski

Dr. Tim Ponkowski was born and raised in Grosse Pointe Park, MI. He attended U of D Jesuit High School where he played soccer and swam. He then went on to attend the University of Detroit Mercy in the 7-year dental program, which allows highly qualified students to earn their Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in addition to the baccalaureate degree in seven years, rather than in the traditional eight years. He enjoys all aspects of dentistry. In his free time, he enjoys playing soccer, running, and cheering on Detroit sports with his family and friends. He looks forward to meeting you and helping you keep your smile healthy and bright!

Dr. Russell J. Horton - Retired

Dr. Russell J. Horton started our practice in 1970. He is a graduate of the University of Detroit, Class of 1965. Russ served as a dentist in the Army from 1965 to 1969. He has dedicated his career to building a practice that is family orientated, (hence the name!) He has been married to his wife Rhoda for over 40 years, has 3 daughters and 9 grandchildren.

Dr. Al Majauskas - Retired

Dr. Al Majauskas joined the practice in 1979. Graduating from the University of Michigan in 1978, Dr. Al enjoys all types of general dentistry with a concentration in cosmetic bonding and restorative dentistry.