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Meet the Doctors

The Frankes moved to the Frankfort area in 1994. Dr. Jana relocated from Pickford, in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, while Dr. Walt arrived from the Detroit area. Their affection for the community is evident when they describe how they chose it:

“We came here for a weekend getaway and fell in love with the area and were fortunate to be able to find a practice at the time.”

Their dental office has a rich history as the oldest one still active in Benzie County. It was started by Dr. Pate in the 1930s and was subsequently taken over by Dr. Manz in the 1980s before Dr. Bieszka ran it in the late 80s and early 1990s. The Frankes bought the practice in 1994 and relocated it to a new facility in 1996. Since then, they have striven to provide their patients with the ultimate dental experience. With a family atmosphere, highly educated and extensively trained employees, and the latest in dental technology, our goal is to give our patients the ideal smiles they ask for and deserve.

Dr. Walt and Dr. Jana Franke

Dr. Walt Franke

Both Franke spouses take pride in their educational backgrounds. Dr. Jana is a graduate of the University of Detroit School of Dentistry, where she received a DDS in 1991. Dr. Walt graduated in 1996 from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, also with a DDS. Since the two come from separate educational backgrounds and have undergone different experiences, there are always second opinions available right in the office for the benefit of our patients. Dr. Walt has been practicing cosmetic dentistry since graduation, and Dr. Jana also performs a variety of aesthetic procedures. 

From tooth-colored fillings to porcelain veneers, both doctors are well versed in a variety of cosmetic treatments. They also perform many preventive and restorative procedures and can, when it best serves the patient’s oral health, refer certain cases to a network of outside specialists.

Both doctors are members in good standing of the American Dental Association, the Michigan Dental Association, and the Resort District Dental Association. In addition, they and their staff have taken and continue to take numerous continuing education classes in a variety of subjects in dentistry. These activities and associations help keep them abreast of any new developments in dental care.

The Frankes also have a variety of outside interests. Dr. Jana enjoys running and downhill skiing; Dr. Walt also likes to ski, hunt and fish in between his highly-competitive hockey games. With four children, involved in basketball, football, baseball and wrestling. There’s not much time for anything else, and they wouldn’t have it any other way.

If you would like to get to know the Frankes a little better and discuss how they can help you achieve your goals for the health and beauty of your teeth, please call us so we can answer your questions.

Dr. Chelsea Guzzo

Dr. Chelsea Guzzo

Dr. Chelsea Guzzo received her dental degree from Marquette University School of Dentistry in 2008. Prior to dental school, she completed her undergraduate education at Michigan State University. She is a member of the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry and Michigan Dental Association. 

Dr. Chelsea enjoys being involved in the community through Smiles for the Future and Give Kids a Smile programs, her parish church activities, and various community health and information fairs.

Dr. Chelsea has a passion for treating patients. She believes that patients should be treated as individuals – with compassion and respect – in order to build lifelong patient relationships. Her goal is to provide unique, comprehensive treatment plans to her patients that address each patient’s specific dental needs.

Originally from Jackson, Michigan, Dr. Chelsea Guzzo and her family called the southeast Wisconsin area home from 2004-2016. They are thrilled to have returned to the Traverse City area to be back around family. Dr. Guzzo has a special place in her heart for Northwest Michigan as she spent most of her summers growing up in Interlochen and Traverse City.   

Dr. Guzzo and her husband, Tony, love spending time with their three children and two dogs.  When not in the office, Dr. Guzzo enjoys being active outdoors with her family, camping, cooking, and refinishing furniture.

Professional Affiliations:

American Dental Association
Michigan Dental Association