Oshtemo Family Dentistry PLC

Catherine E. Nelson, D.D.S. & Sai Prathika Vedururu, D.D.S
5917 Stadium Dr. Kalamazoo, MI 49009
Phone (269) 372-1042 | Fax (269) 372-9962

At Oshtemo Family Dentistry we have three simple goals.  (1) To inform and educate our patients, (2) to deliver the highest quality care in a comfortable and convenient setting and (3) to work together towards our shared vision of uncompromising excellence in dentistry.

To achieve these goals, we are committed to:

  • Listening to those we are privileged to serve
  • Earning the trust and respect of our patients
  • Exceeding expectations, always
  • Ensuring a compassionate environment
  • Striving for continuous improvement

What is quality care?

When you have dental problems, you need to turn to a dentist who listens and responds...experienced staff who know the field and can effectively diagnose and treat your office who counsels you on the best ways to maintain and improve your teeth and gums. Our dentists meet all these criteria. Plus, you benefit from a dedicated team of trained professionals who give you the individualized attention you deserve.

What is an informed patient?

Oshtemo Family Dentistry believes that informed patients are better prepared to make decisions regarding their health and well being. That is why we've included an extensive section on this web site covering the full array of topics associated with dentistry and dental diagnoses and treatments. We encourage you to look through these pages whenever you have an interest or concern about your dental needs and care.

What is a comfortable, convenient setting?

The best care in the world doesn't mean anything if you can't access it. At Oshtemo Family Dentistry, we strive to make our Kalamazoo office as easy to work with, as possible. Ensuring we can help reduce the anxiety associated with dental care.  Whether that is our convenient location off Stadium Drive, in-room TVs, noise canceling headphones, new technologies, or even just pleasant and respectful staff, we want to help make it easy for you and your family.  Included in these web pages is information about Oshtemo Family Dentistry's office, including our location, maps, directions, hours, insurance policies and appointment scheduling. You can even email us or request an appointment right here!

We hope you find this web site useful and invite you to contact us with your questions at any time.

Meet Our Doctors

Learn Who We Are

  • Dr.
    Catherine E. Nelson

    Dr. Cate Nelson started at Oshtemo Family Dentistry in 2013 as an Associate Dentist, and in 2016, acquired OFD from Dr. Kevin Bannow. This came after earning a Bachelor of Science degree at Hillsdale College, a doctorate degree from SUNY Buffalo School of Dental Medicine and after completing a one year residency in Advanced Education in General Dentistry from the University of Michigan. Originally from Northwest Michigan, Dr. Nelson was excited to land back on the west side of the state!

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  • Dr.
    Sai Prathika Vedururu

    Dr. Sai Prathika joined the OFD family in July of 2018. She is a native of India and graduated from NTR University of Health Sciences, India with a Bachelors in Dental Surgery in 2010. Upon graduation, she joined a private practice for two years. In addition to her time in private practice, she also organized health awareness camps in local schools and communities to share the importance of oral health especially as it relates to the general health of an individual.

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What Our Clients Say About Us

  • "We love the doctors and all the staff at Oshtemo family dental. I know the Dentists treat their staff well. That was important to me as well as superior care for patients. If the staff is happy everyone is happy. 🦷"
    Leslie Staib Cooper
  • "Friendly staff, professional and knowledgeable. I recently had a crown placed—quite impressed with the whole experience —my new tooth 🦷 looks great!"
    Linne Shimanek
  • "I have terrible dental anxiety….I switched to this office about 2 years ago and love it here. They are very thorough and very nice"
    Misty Sieggreen Miller
  • "Friendly and caring family dentistry. Dr. Nelson and staff are the best! The clinical and office staff are always helpful and make visiting the dentist a great experience. They continue to provide a covid safe environment while not compromising the experience. Would highly recommend!"
    Nina Bo Beana

Featured Articles

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  • Bridges

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  • Orthodontic Retention

    Getting your braces off is definitely a cause for celebration. You can finally enjoy your new smile after all that work and effort! But getting your braces off isn’t the end of treatment. Once your braces come off, you will enter the retention period of treatment. During the retention period, you will ...

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  • Inlays and Onlays

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  • Dental Implants

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  • Root Canal Treatment

    Every tooth has two sections: a crown, the visible part of the tooth above the gum line, and one or more roots, which anchor the teeth within the jaw. Each tooth has three basic layers: an outer layer of hard enamel (which protects the crown) or cementum (which covers the root), a middle layer of softer ...

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  • Fillings

    The bacteria in plaque produce acids that erode tooth enamel, eventually creating a hole, or cavity, in the tooth surface. Left untreated, this decay can spread to the interior of the tooth, and might lead to the need for a crown, a root canal, or even extraction. When caught early, your dentist can ...

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  • Veneers

    A dental veneer is a thin, durable porcelain shell that is custom-fabricated to cover the front of a tooth. Veneers can restore the appearance of teeth with chips, cracks, and stains, can close small gaps between the teeth, and can reshape misshapen or slightly misaligned teeth. Veneers are a popular ...

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  • Educational Videos

    Take a few minutes to watch our educational videos and learn more about different dental treatments and procedures. Video topics include general & cosmetic dentistry, Implants, oral health and hygiene, orthodontics and preventative dentistry. ...

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  • Laser Decay Diagnostics

    Using lasers, dentists can detect tooth decay that is not yet visible and would otherwise be undiagnosed using traditional methods. Laser cavity detection is based on the fact that healthy tooth structure reflects light, or “fluoresces,” differently than does decayed tooth structure. Teeth with decay ...

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Our office will be closed July 1, 2024 - July 5, 2024. We will resume normal business hours on July 8, 2024 at 8:00am.