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Meet the Dentists

Patrick G. Latcham, DDS, MAGD

Dr. LatchamDr. Latcham has been practicing dentistry in Grosse Pointe since 1981. His special interests include implant dentistry, esthetics, and TMJ treatment. Dr. Latcham has extensive training in the use of the laser for periodontal treatments and the one day crown Cerec system.

A graduate of the University of Detroit High School, Dr. Latcham attended Xavier University in Cincinnati Ohio before attending the University of Detroit Dental School where he received his Doctorate in Dental Surgery (DDS). He earned a prestigious Fellowship Award in the Academy of General Dentistry (FAGD), acquired through his demonstrated commitment to continuing education and excellence.

Since 1995, Dr. Latcham has chosen to demonstrate this commitment by writing evaluative research reports for Clinical Research Associates which is the premiere dental research facility in the world. These reports have been distributed to thousands of dentists throughout the world.

With such a busy career, how does Dr. Latcham maintain balance in his life? For one: Linda, his cherished wife since 1982. Together they enjoy activities like skiing, water sports, sailing, hockey, and biking with their four terrific sons. Commitment to family, community, and patients is part of what makes Pointe Family Dentistry great!

Paul S. Van Walleghem, DDS, FAGD

Dr. WalleghemDr. Paul Van Walleghem has been practicing on the east side of Metro Detroit since 1986.

Dr. Van Walleghem is known for his professional approach, attention to detail, and warm and caring manner. He graduated from University Liggett School before attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison and graduating from Northwestern University Dental School in 1986 with honors. Dr. Van Walleghem is committed to continuing education, to attain his Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry in 1999, he completed 500 hours of continuing education in all phases of dentistry. Since then he has completed 300 hours, concentrating on full-mouth dentistry, TMJ treatment and orthodontics.

On a more personal note, Dr. Van Walleghem enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife of 15 years and their two beautiful children. He also enjoys sports and contributes to his church and community

James W. Cox, DDS

Dr-james-coxDr. James Cox obtained a B.S. degree from Central Michigan University and then his D.D.S. degree from the University of Michigan.  He is a member of both the American Dental Association, the Michigan Dental Association, the Detroit District Dental Society, and the Academy of General Dentistry. His personal interests include Classical Music, Choral Singing, being a member in his Church choir, being a member of his church board, golfing, history and photography.

Ruth D. Mannschreck, DDS

Dr-Ruth-MannschreckDr. Mannschreck has been practicing dentistry in the Grosse Pointe area for over twenty years. After graduating from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry, with Honors, she completed a general practice residency at University of Illinois at Chicago Hospital. She has taught at The University of Illinois at Chicago and Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry. Dr. Mannschreck has a passion for continuing education, particularly in the areas of full mouth reconstruction, dental implants and cosmetic dentistry. She is currently working on a Certificate of Aesthetic and Contemporary Dentistry at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Mannschreck is equally devoted to her husband Jack and their four children, and enjoys music, gourmet cooking, reading, and sports. She volunteers in her community and is active in her church.

Joanne S. Yihan, DDS, MS

dr-joanne-yihanDr. Yihan received her Bachelor of Science Degree at University of California, Irvine and received her Doctorate in Dental Surgery (DDS) from the University of Michigan. Trained for three more years in Periodontics and Dental Implantology at the University of Detroit Mercy, she received a Master of Science (MS) and Specialty Certificate in Periodontics from St. John Providence Health System.  Board Certified by the Michigan Board of Periodontology, Dr. Yihan also has a certificate in IV Conscious Sedation.

Practicing out of both Pointe Dental Group locations, Grosse Pointe Farms and Shelby Township, Dr. Yihan is a firm believer of cooperative dental service for the best patient care.  She maintains hospital privileges at local hospitals, and consistently attends continuing education courses. She is active in local study clubs and professional organizations including Bunting Periodontal Society.

As a dedicated wife and mother of two, Dr. Yihan has a busy life outside of dentistry and periodontology.  She enjoys teaching her children how to read and write Korean for bilingual education.  She also has great appreciation for excellent craftsmanship in old antique pieces.