About Us

Meet Dr. David Long

Dr. David H Long of Battle Creek Family Dentistry
Dr. David H. Long, our practice CEO, has a great love for our patients and the dental profession.


Dr. David began his career in 1987 with his associateship in a Galesburg practice. His first “owned & operated” clinic was in Kalamazoo, but shortly after purchasing Battle Creek Family Dentistry in 1990, Dr. David sold Kalamazoo to focus 100% on serving patients right here in our neighborhood.


After 31 years practicing dentistry, Dr. David’s career took a new trajectory when he became Battle Creek Family Dentistry’s CEO. Guiding the team, his focus allows us all to benefit greatly from his experienced leadership and management skills. Along with this is the exciting vision of our practice future. Dr. David continues to keep his dental memberships active, including the American Dental Association and the Michigan Dental Association.

A Love Of Family

Dr. David married Diane in 1987, right out of University of Detroit Dental School, and they have 2 daughters, Jennifer and Lauren. In his spare time, Dr. David enjoys family time, playing golf, brewing his own beer, cooking up a good meal, and performing (acting & singing) in productions at the Franke Center for the Arts in Marshall.

Meet Dr. Richard Caringella

Dr. Caringnella in his white coat making beautiful smiles everyday at Battle Creek Family Dentistry


Dr. Richard Caringella received his degree from Chicago’s Loyola University School of Dentistry in 1985 and has been practicing for more than 35 years. He is a member of multiple dental organizations and keeps updated with current dental technology.

Practice Philosophy

With a focus on treating every patient with a gentle touch and a friendly and compassionate chairside manner, Dr. Caringella is dedicated to providing high-quality dentistry that enables his patients to smile with ease again. Following in the footsteps of his father who was also a dentist, Dr. Caringella prioritizes the wants and needs of each of his patients, aiming to make every step of their dental experience a comfortable one.

Away From The Practice

Having grown up in the Chicago suburbs and lived in the city for most of his adult life, Dr. Caringella makes a habit of taking time to enjoy the slower pace and community feel that Battle Creek offers.

Meet Dr. Branden Welch

Dr. Welch big smiles for working with Battle Creek family dentistry
Dr. Branden Welch is committed to providing exceptional patient care, as evidenced by his multiple awards.


Originally from Orange County, California, Dr. Welch first studied at Bowling Green University in Ohio, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and pre-medical sciences and a Master’s in advanced organic chemistry. After graduating, he married his wife, Natalie, and they embarked on two years of overseas service in Tanzania with the Peace Corps. Afterward, Dr. Welch earned his doctorate at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry.

Practice Philosophy

As a youth, Dr. Welch spent much of his time fishing, learning new languages, and volunteering with vulnerable populations across the Southwestern US.

Home Life

In his free time, Dr. Welch enjoys collecting vinyl records, kayaking, backpacking, foraging for wild food, attending live music events, eating ethnic cuisine, and traveling the world with his wife.