Family Dentistry, Personal Attention

Karen Mitchell, DDS

Our dental practice is patient-focused to a degree you simply won’t find anywhere else. There is no sense of a “production line” in our office. We only work with a single patient at a time; when you are in the chair, it’s as if no one else exists. We take pride in taking exceptional care of our patients. Our patients come back year after year for our gentle, caring, and personal service.

Karen Mitchell, Dentist

Karen Mitchell, Dentist

January 15, 2019

Dear Patient,


Hello and Happy New Year! This letter brings news of exciting change as I have had the wonderful opportunity to purchase Dr. Tony Garofola’s dental practice. This is truly a dream come true!  It has been my most sincere pleasure to know and work with some of you over the last 16 plus years at the Sharp Smile Center; while others of you, I greatly anticipate meeting in the near future.

Let me pause to introduce myself to those of you whom I have not yet met. My husband, Rich, and I have lived in Kalamazoo for over 20 years. We have been blessed with 5 children. I enjoy gardening, backpacking, and rooting for my favorite hockey players (who happen to be my children). As for my professional background, I graduated from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry in 1998 and have been providing general dentistry to members of the Kalamazoo community for the past 20 years.


Having dreamed about owning my own practice, the timing of Dr. Tony’s retirement and him entrusting the care of his valued patients and staff to me is a humbling experience! My excitement builds as I learn that we share the philosophy of providing excellent care in a patient-focused manner with a close-knit dental team. I look forward to building a relationship with the patients that Dr. Tony has raved about, as well as continued growth of the professional relationships I have established within this community!


Each new year is a time for dreaming, setting goals, and reaching toward new horizons. This year is no exception—I eagerly anticipate this wonderful new adventure! My goal is to help patients establish and/or maintain optimal oral health in order to positively impact their overall health and well-being. I will fulfill this goal by providing the highest level of excellence in care tailor-suited to your individual needs and wants. This is my commitment to you! I look forward to seeing you soon!


Dr. Karen Mitchell

Anthony Garofola, Dentist

Anthony Garofola, Dentist

Dear Patients,

I am writing this letter to inform you that I am retiring from my dental practice.  Many of you are already aware, as I have been saying my goodbyes over the last few months.  It’s been difficult many times to say these goodbyes and your response to me has made me truly appreciative and realize how blessed I have been over the last 36 years.  Your loyalty and confidence as well as your kindness in allowing me to serve you in your dental needs will never be forgotten!  You have all become like family to me and the staff.  That truly underscores and makes more meaningful the term ‘family practice dentistry’, and I was blessed enough to experience it.

It was my great hope that we could have the perfect person come in and take over the practice.  I could not in all good conscience pull back and leave my family and my wonderful staff without making sure that all were in good hands.  I prayed hard for the right fit and my prayers were answered.  Dr. Karen Mitchell will be taking over at the beginning of January and there could not be a better fit for the practice.  Working with her over the last couple months has reaffirmed those feelings.  I am extremely confident that all of you will find her very personable, caring, kind and gentle, competent and patient-focused.  I will let her tell you about herself and her background.

Again, I wish to thank all of you!  It has been an amazing 36 years!  I wish all of you the very best in your dental care and in your lives.

Sincerely grateful,
-Dr. Tony-
Anthony C. Garofola, D.D.S.

“We have been going to Dr. Garofola for many years and have always been very pleased with his care. He is extremely knowledgeable, competent and caring. He’s very good at explaining procedures to me and my children, and helping us feel at ease. In recent years, he has done the orthodontics for my two oldest children, and the experience has been very positive. His timing of orthodontic procedures ensured that my girls spent a minimal amount of time in braces, and the end result was beautiful! I would not hesitate to recommend Dr. Garofola.”
Bernadette H.