Dr. Derek Van Dyke had a respect for Dentistry early in life when his family dentist recommended his father see a specialist, when he found something that concerned him during his father’s routine visit. Because his family dentist helped detect his father’s cancer early, he is alive and well today. Dr. Derek spent his breaks while attending the University of Arizona shadowing his hometown dentist. He loved the environment and opportunity to make people comfortable by lightening the mood! If you ask Dr. Derek’s patients what they like best about him, they are certain to tell you his sense of humor and chair side manners. Making every patient feel comfortable and being certain they are knowledgeable about their dental health is of the utmost importance to Dr. Derek. He believes each patient is a partner in their dental health, and that decisions about treatments should be made together. Dr. Van Dyke believes that there is nothing more rewarding than watching his patient’s self-confidence grow through the treatment process.
In his free time Dr. Derek is most happy spending time with his family and friends. His family resides in his hometown of Springfield, Nebraska (population 1,604). When with family, Dr. Van Dyke loves to share his passion for good food! You will also likely find Dr. Derek catching a game on the weekends with his love of college sports.
Dr. Van Dyke met Dr. Katherine Finney while attending Case Western School of Dental Medicine and they married in June of 2013. They both share a love of movies and music as well as their passion to help others through dentistry. He is also busy giving back to the Marion community, and a proud member of the Marion Rotary Club.
Dr. Van Dyke earned his bachelors of science in Physiology from the University of Arizona in 2009, and his Doctor of Dental Medicine at Case Western Reserve in 2013.