Faces of Detroit 2018 Special Section
P. STEVEN WAINESS, D.D.S.
30140 HARPER AVE., STE. 100, ST. CLAIR SHORES, MI 48082 | 586-293-1515 | WWW.DRSTEVENWAINESS.COM
Candy and dentists go together about as much as peanut butter and mayonnaise, but St. Clair Shores dentist Dr. Steven Wainess is known around town as the “candy man” — and it’s a moniker he accepts with pride.
For many years, Dr. Wainess and his staff have hosted a Halloween Candy Buy-Back event on the Sunday after Halloween.
“Families from around the community bring in their unused candy, and we package it all together and ship it to Operation Gratitude in California. They put the candy in care packages for our military,” Dr. Wainess says. “We had 1,200 pounds of candy last year. It’s a great feeling because active duty servicemen and veterans come and donate their time to help us, and that really makes it a special event. We even have the kids write letters and draw pictures that are included in their care packages. It’s my way of giving back.”
Dr. Wainess, who received his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and his D.D.S. from the University of Michigan, has owned his cosmetic, implant, and family dental practice in the St. Clair Shores community for more than 20 years. “We love creating beautiful smiles,” he says. “We put people at ease by telling them exactly what they need, but also by listening to what they want.”