Meet the Doctors

James C. Papp, DMD

Dr. James Papp, a Grand Rapids native, graduated from the College of Wooster with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1991. He received his D.M.D. degree from the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry in 1995 and then completed his certificate in Periodontics at The University of Michigan in 1998.

Dr. Papp went on to practice for five years at one of the leading periodontal and dental implant practices in the Chicago-land area.  In December 2003, Dr. Papp returned to his hometown, Grand Rapids, Michigan to open his private practice.  Since then, he has expanded to practice locations serving Kentwood, Grandville, and Big Rapids areas.  Dr. Papp frequently speaks with the dental community offering continuing education on the benefits of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), Implant Dentistry, Dental Laser surgery as well as oral esthetic hard and soft tissue reconstruction.

Dr. Papp is past President of the Kent County Dental Society. Currently serving his 8th year on West Michigan District Dental Society Board and serves as a delegate to the Michigan Dental Association. He is an active member of the American Academy of Periodontology, active and certified member of the Academy of Laser Dentistry, the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, the Midwest Periodontal Society, the American Dental Association, the American Association of Dental Research, and the American Society of Forensic Odontology.



Rachel S. Sinacola, DDS, MS

Dr. Rachel S. Sinacola is Board Certified in Periodontology and Dental Implant Surgery and a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology, the highest recognition of achievement in the specialty. She serves as a committee member for the American Academy of Periodontology and is involved in numerous other professional organizations, including the American Dental Association, Michigan Dental Association, Michigan Periodontal Association, Midwest Society of Periodontology, West Michigan District Dental Society, and Kent County Dental Society. 

After receiving undergraduate degrees in Microbiology and Human Biology from Michigan State University, Dr. Sinacola attended the University of Michigan for her Doctor of Dental Surgery program. She continued her speciality training at the University of Michigan, completing a three-year residency program in Periodontics and Dental Implant Surgery and earning a Master of Science in Periodontics. While attending dental school, Dr. Sinacola also earned a Master of Science in Clinical Research from the University of Michigan School of Public Health. She enjoys clinical research because it helps determine the most current and effective treatment methods for patient care. She has authored or co-authored more than a dozen peer- reviewed papers in publications related to periodontal therapy, dental implants, and advanced 3-D imaging for dental surgery.

Continuing to provide high-quality patient care with innovative treatment planning is evident in Dr. Sinacola’s commitment to ongoing education. She serves as a guest lecturer and teaches a course on evidence-based dentistry at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry.

In her free time, Dr. Sinacola spends time with her husband, family and friends, attends sporting events, and likes to play trivia, euchre, and the piano.