Spring & Sprout Culture

Spring & Sprout takes pride in fostering a culture where our team can do good things for other people. Our network of specialists strive to instill self-confidence in children and help them overcome fear in order to lead a healthier life by delivering an experience that leaves children happy and their parents happier. In passionate pursuit of our mission we stay true to our core values—transparency, tech-savvy, and a sense of humor.

Our Leadership Team

Gerry Samson, DDS

Clinical Director


Dr. Samson (pictured above) is one of today’s most popular educators and has been the featured speaker for numerous regional, national and international meetings including the American Association of Orthodontists, The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, The Asian Pacific Orthodontic Conference in Beijing, China, The Australian Society of Orthodontists, The Canadian Association of Orthodontists, The Colombian Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, The Orthodontic Education and Research Foundation (USA), and The Graduate Orthodontic Residency Program (USA).

Northwestern University: Orthodontic Residency
Emory University: Pediatric Dental Residency, Marquette University Dental School, DDS

Diplomat of the American Board of Orthodontics • American Association of Orthodontics
American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry • American Dental Association • Fellow of The American College of Dentists

Adjunct Professor at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio • Associate Professor at The University of Alabama at Birmingham • Associate Professor at The University of Tennessee, Memphis • Associate Professor at Case Western University Department of Orthodontics • Associate Professor at St. Louis University Department of Orthodontics • Associate Professor at Virginia Commonwealth Department of Orthodontics

Michael Schwartz

Chief Executive Officer


As a founder of Spring & Sprout, Michael has been involved in the dental industry since 2008. He brings a passion for educating families on the importance of children's oral health together with assisting dental specialists in reducing their administrative workload to allow them to focus on taking care of their patients.

Michael has worked in various industries throughout his career including retail, wholesale, importing, manufacturing, financial services and healthcare. Michael's experience includes implementing open book management and finance, strategic planning, cultural initiatives, operational improvements, and overall marketing and branding strategy.

Mick Janness

Chief Development Officer


As a founder of Spring & Sprout, Mick brings experience and an innate ability to find remarkable strategic partners. His commitment to building strong and lasting relationships drives the support service culture of the company.

Mick has worked in various industries including financial services, consumer packaged goods and healthcare. Prior to Spring & Sprout he was the CEO of Branam Oral Health Technologies, Inc.; a pediatric organic toothpaste product company that he grew from concept to nationwide distribution in over five thousand stores.

Western Michigan University
Bachelor of Business Administration
Strategic Partners