About Our Doctors

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Dr. Erika Tyler                 

Dr. Erika knew it was her mission in life to be a care provider. As a teen, she initially wanted to be a veterinarian but, due a traumatizing experience, decided that dentistry sounded more fun! Dr. Erika started out as a dental assistant and then attended Lansing Community College to become a Registered Dental Hygienist.

Deciding that she wanted to be a dentist, Dr. Erika went back to college and graduated from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry and completed the University of Michigan’s General Practice Residency (with an emphasis in treating special needs patients in the OR). She then moved to Brooklyn, New York for her Pediatric Residency at Lutheran Medical Center, where she served as chief resident.

After completing her formal education, Dr. Erika moved, along with her brilliant husband Nathan and her two marvelous boys, Jakob and Isaak, to the beautiful Upper Peninsula of Michigan to serve as the only pediatric dentist within a four-hour drive. She worked alongside her mentor, Dr. Jim Hayward, at the Marquette Community Health Department Clinic for a year. After this long educational journey, Erika Tyler D.D.S. opened her dream pediatric practice in Marquette on June 16, 2008.

An esteemed member of the dental community, Dr. Erika is a board-certified Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and an active member in many leading dental organizations, including the:

  • American Dental Association
  • Michigan Dental Association
  • American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
  • College of Diplomates of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry
  • Superior District Dental Society

Away from the office, Dr. Erika loves to rock hunt – looking for that perfect agate along the shores of Lake Superior, putter in her garden, read historical novels, practice yoga, attempts to teach her rescue boxer Khan his manners and is restoring a dilapidated Victorian home back to its former glory.

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 Dr. Melisa Potocki         

Dr. Melisa grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan, but was Canadian born. After attending the University of Michigan (Go Blue!) for her undergrad, she completed her dental degree (DMD) at the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry. New Mexico was her next great adventure where she provided dental care to patients in an under-served community while her husband was stationed with the US Air Force.

Dr. Melisa met her husband, Brian, while attending the University of Michigan. In 2015, they welcomed their first daughter, to be followed by their second daughter in 2017; coincidentally, the same day Dr. Melisa completed her rigorous Pediatric Dentistry Program from Case Western Reserve University / Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital.

The Potocki Family is thrilled to be back in Michigan, and especially excited about their move to the Upper Peninsula. Marquette Pediatric Dentistry is elated to have Dr. Melisa on our team!