MentorConnections
Whether you have a question on a specific topic, want advice from a trusted colleague, or hope to build your professional network, WDA Mentor Connections is a peer-driven, informal “micro-mentor” program to help you succeed!

WMC mentors are committed to providing support by listening, clarifying and recommending resources. Contact mentors based on your current need. Mentors are listed alphabetically, by WDA region.

Interested in serving as a mentor? Click here or contact Brenna Sadler, WDA director of membership and communications.

Northwest Region 1

  • Jeremy Hoffman, DDS

    Description:

    Hoffman Jeremy

    Position:
    Dental Support Organization (DSO) dentist
    Location: Weston
    Component: Central Wisconsin Dental Society
    Phone: 715-359-7898
    Email: doctorwhodds@gmail.com

    I have been in general practice since graduating from Marquette in 2004. I provide a range of services to patients and have been around long enough to see some of my dentistry fail. I am happy to offer advice on patient communication, managing team members and restorative techniques.

    Area(s) of expertise:

    BulletGeneral dentistry – specialty collaboration and treatment planning
    BulletPolitical action and legislative advocacy
    BulletWellness
    BulletPatient communication
    BulletStaff management
    BulletRestorative techniques

  • Kimberly Hyopponen, DDS

    Description:
    Hyopponen Kimberly

    Position: Private practice owner
    Location: Ashland
    Component: Northern Wisconsin Dental Society
    Phone: 715-209-5947
    Email: khyopponen@gmail.com

    I graduated from the University of Minnesota Dental School in 2009. I have been in private practice in Ashland, Wisconsin, since 2009. I am a wife, a mommy, a business owner and a dentist.

    Area(s) of expertise:

    BulletCEREC doctor
    BulletEndodontics
    BulletPractice ownership
    BulletSole practice ownership

  • Christopher D. Johnson, DDS

    Description:

    Johnson Chris

    Position: Private practice partner
    Location:  Eau Claire          
    Component:
     Northwest District Dental Society
    Phone:
    715-834-6603
    Email: cjohnson@hillsidedental.com

    I think I always wanted to be a dentist and follow in my Dad's footsteps in dentistry. I studied at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and the University of Minnesota, where I received my DDS degree. I am proud to have completed a General Practice Residency at the University of Minnesota, followed by three years in the United States Navy as a dental officer on shore and at sea. Upon completion of my Navy service, I joined my father and his partners in private practice. I have practiced for over 25 years and through that time became very active in local, state and national organized dentistry. I very much enjoy sharing my experience in dentistry and helping others succeed.

    Area(s) of expertise:

    BulletOrganizational affiliations
    BulletAssociates
    BulletGeneral dentistry – specialty collaboration and treatment planning
    BulletGroup practice ownership
    BulletPractice ownership

  • Curtis Kracht, DDS

    Description:
     Dr. Curtis Kracht DDS

    Position:
    Private practice partner
    Location:
    Marshfield 

    Component: Central Wisconsin Dental Society
    Phone: 715-387-1702
    Email: curtis.kracht@dentalclinicofmarshfield.com

    Dr. Kracht has practiced dentistry for 34 years in a variety of settings including public health, academia, solo practice and currently group practice. He has served on the ADA ergonomics committee, WDA communications committee, ISDS Project Mouthguard, and other county health departments. Dr. Kracht believes it is essential for dentists to get involved and support their local community.

    Area(s) of expertise:
    BulletAny organizational affiliations (e.g. Academy for Sports Dentistry)

    BulletPractice ownership
    BulletDental public health
    BulletSports Dentistry

  • Jon Nelson, DDS

    Description:

    Jon Nelson

    Position:
    Private practice owner
    Location: Superior             
    Component:
    Northern Wisconsin Dental Society
    Phone:
    218-590-1806
    Email:
    jgnproctor1976@gmail.com

    I have been a general dentist since 1988 in a solo practice. I’ve also been involved with the WDA for many years, most recently as a Region 1 Trustee. I look forward to getting others involved, as well!

    Area(s) of expertise:

    BulletOrganizational affiliations
    BulletGeneral dentistry – specialty collaboration and treatment planning
    BulletPractice history
    BulletPractice ownership
    BulletSelling a dental practice

  • Christina Sopiwnik, DDS

    Description:
    Christina Sopiwnik

    Position: FQHC employee dentist
    Location: Ashland
    Component: Northern Wisconsin Dental Society
    Phone: 715-292-7228
    Email:
    tsopiwnik@nlccwi.org

    I've spent my entire career (>15 years) with FQHC's in two different parts of the country. The mission of community health and the benefits of employment keep me in this under represented workforce. The National Network for Oral Health Access has provided me with a wealth of mentorship and continues to provide support that I am eager to share with my fellow members of the WDA!

    Areas of expertise:

    BulletPolitical action and legislative advocacy
    BulletDental public health
    BulletPediatric dentistry
    BulletPatients with special needs
    BulletWellness
    BulletOther (please specify): Community Health, LGBQTQIA+ informed, Trauma Informed Care, Preventive Oral Health, Cariology


Northeast Region 2

  • David Casteel, DDS

    Description:

    David Casteel

    Position: Private practice owner
    Location:  Manitowoc  
    Component: Manitowoc Calumet County Dental Society 
    Phone:
    262-960-5601
    Email:
    david.b.casteel@gmail.com

    I am a younger fee for service practice owner practicing comprehensive multidisciplinary care. I practice in Manitowoc and focus on exceptional patient experiences and creating long-term relationships with patients and staff.  My philosophy on practice is to create an atmosphere that is supportive and beneficial to all members of the team including staff, patients and providers.

    Area(s) of expertise:

    BulletAssociates
    BulletComprehensive restorative treatment
    BulletCosmetic dentistry
    BulletGeneral dentistry – specialty collaboration and treatment planning
    BulletImplant dentistry
    BulletOrthodontics
    BulletPlace implants
    BulletSole practice ownership
    BulletStaff management

  • McAllister Castelaz, DMD, FAGD

    Description:

    McAllister Castelaz

    Position:  
    Public health dentist
    Location: Kimberly
    Component: Outagamie County Dental Society
    Phone: 216-543-1287                
    Email: mcallister.castelaz@gmail.com

    I began my career as a general dentist providing full time clinical care in community health centers. I am currently pursuing a dental public health residency and help lead a virtual study club focused on in-house dental assistant training and career development. I am especially passionate about alternative care models, including teledentistry and mobile dentistry. I am interested in helping bridge the gap between my public health and private practice colleagues as we aim to deliver quality, comprehensive, equitable dental care for all Wisconsinites!

    Area(s) of expertise:

    BulletOrganizational affiliations
    BulletDental public health
    BulletStaff management

  • Paula Crum, DDS

    Description:

    Paula Crum

    Position: Private practice partner
    Location: Green Bay         
    Component: Brown Door Kewaunee Dental Society
    Phone: 920-347-2640
    Email: paula@greenbayperio.com

    I am a periodontist in private practice in Green Bay, WI for 34 years after attending Marquette University for my BS and DDS degrees and the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill for my Perio residency and Master of Science Degree. I taught for two years at The Ohio State University College of Dentistry prior to entering private practice in Wisconsin. I have always been involved in organized dentistry and recently completed my year as President of the Wisconsin Dental Association (2020-2021).  I am extremely involved in a number of organizations within my community and church.

    Area(s) of expertise:

    BulletPeriodontics
    BulletPolitical action and legislative advocacy
    BulletPractice ownership
    BulletStaff management
    BulletCommunity involvement

  • Chad Goeke, DDS

    Description:
    Goeke Chad

    Position:
    Private practice owner
    Location: Fond du Lac                      
    Component: Fond du Lac County Dental Society
    Phone: 815-541-9561
    Email: chad.goeke@fondyfamilydental.com

    I am 32 years old and graduated from University of Illinois Chicago College of Dentistry in 2016. I purchased my practice in 2021 from a retiring dentist. It is a general family practice that incorporates technology and we are growing. I don't have all the answers but am willing to help!

    Area(s) of expertise:

    BulletAssociates
    BulletBuying a dental practice
    BulletCEREC doctor
    BulletGeneral dentistry – specialty collaboration and treatment planning
    BulletPractice ownership

  • Karen A. Johnson, DDS

    Description:

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    Position:  Private practice owner
    Location: Clintonville
    Component:  Waupaca County Dental Society             
    Phone: 715-823-2233
    Email: drkarendunlavy@gmail.com

    I am a general dentist in private practice in the rural town of Clintonville, Wisconsin.  I am a transplant from the Chicago area about 21 years ago.  I graduated from Northwestern University Dental School in 1999 and then stayed on as faculty until the dental school closed its doors in 2021.

    Area(s) of expertise:

    BulletGeneral dentistry – specialty collaboration and treatment planning
    BulletPractice ownership
    BulletSole practice ownership

  • Todd Herpy, DDS

    Description:

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    Position: Public health dentist
    Location: Howard
    Component:
    Shawano County Dental Society
    Phone:
    402-640-6857
    Email:
    todd.herpy@mohican.com

    I have worked at a Tribal Clinic for the past six years after briefly working in a corporate dental office. I am the president of Shawano County Dental Society, the smallest dental society in Wisconsin.

    Area(s) of expertise:

    BulletDental public health
    BulletDifficult restorative/surgical cases
    BulletEndodontics
    BulletGeneral dentistry – specialty collaboration and treatment planning
    BulletLoan repayment/forgiveness

  • Christopher Yang, DMD, FAGD

    Description:
    Christopher Yang

    I graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine in 2015 and completed a GPR at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center. Afterwards I went straight into solo private practice in my hometown of Sheboygan, WI and just celebrated 6 years of ownership in 2022. I am married with four kids ages 8 to 16.

    Position: Private practice owner
    Location: Sheboygan
    Component: Sheboygan County Dental Society
    Email:
    chris@yangdmd.com
    Phone: 920-457-2410

    Categories of expertise:
    BulletGeneral dentistry – specialty collaboration and treatment planning

    BulletImplant dentistry
    BulletPlace implants
    BulletPractice ownership
    BulletRadiographic interpretation – CBCT
    BulletSole practice ownership
    BulletStaff management
    BulletSurgical techniques
    BulletBuying a dental practice
    BulletOrthodontics
    BulletPeriodontics


Greater Milwaukee Region 3

  • Cheska Avery-Stafford, DDS

    Description:

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    Position: Private practice owner
    Location:  Milwaukee        
    Component: Greater Milwaukee Dental Society
    Email:  dravery@averyfamilydentistry.com

    I am a MUSoD graduate practicing as a General Dentist. I have been heavily involved in organized dentistry from local to national levels. I love practicing dentistry and being part of study clubs and traveling to attend continuing education. I enjoy golfing and yoga and love music, audiobooks/podcasts, traveling and trying out new restaurants.

    Area(s) of expertise:

    BulletOrganizational affiliations
    BulletBusiness management
    BulletBuilding a dental office
    BulletBuying a dental practice
    BulletCertifications/special skills
    BulletComprehensive restorative treatment
    BulletCosmetic dentistry
    BulletGeneral dentistry – specialty collaboration and treatment planning
    BulletImplant restorations (All-on-4)
    BulletPolitical action and legislative advocacy
    BulletPractice ownership
    BulletSole practice ownership
    BulletStaff management
    BulletWellness
    BulletClear aligner therapy

  • Jay Banez, DDS

    Description:
    Banez Jay

    Position:
    Private practice associate/employee
    Location: Delavan/Whitewater/Greenfield             
    Component: Greater Milwaukee Dental Association
    Phone: 702-427-4111
    Email: jay.banez.dds@gmail.com

    I am a general dentist practicing as an associate in private practice. I graduated in 2016 from Marquette School of Dentistry and completed a general practice residency at the University of Colorado. I serve as the Communications Chair for the WDA. Aside from dentistry, I am a firm advocate of the health and wellness of a dentist and the importance of taking care of yourself so we can take care of others.

    Area(s) of expertise:

    BulletAssociates
    BulletComprehensive restorative treatment
    BulletGeneral dentistry – specialty collaboration and treatment planning
    BulletWellness
    BulletYoung dentist transitions

  • Emily Eckdahl, DDS

    Description:

    Emily Eckdahl

    Position: Private practice owner
    Location: Brookfield         
    Component: Greater Milwaukee Dental Association 
    Phone:
    216-501-1090
    Email: emily.sue.baker@gmail.com

    I am a private dental practice owner who spent time working as an associate prior to ownership. I am very passionate about keeping private practices thriving and mentoring younger dentists as they enter the daunting workforce.

    Area(s) of expertise:

    BulletAssociates
    BulletBusiness management
    BulletBuying a dental practice
    BulletGeneral dentistry – specialty collaboration and treatment planning
    BulletHuman resources
    BulletPolitical action and legislative advocacy
    BulletPractice ownership
    BulletSole practice ownership
    BulletStaff management

  • Monica Hebl, DDS

    Description:

    Hebl Monica

    Position:
      Private practice owner
    Location: Milwaukee       
    Component:
    Greater Milwaukee Dental Association
    Phone:
    414-861-3798
    Email:
    hebl.monica@gmail.com

    Dr. Monica Hebl is a 1985 graduate of Marquette Dental School and owns a general dentistry private practice in Milwaukee. She has been involved  in community service, legislative activity and mentorship for her entire career.  She is committed to lifelong learning and enjoys belonging to study clubs and attending meetings related to dentistry locally and nationally.  She enjoys travel, and all things basketball-watching, coaching and playing.

    Area(s) of expertise:

    BulletOrganizational affiliations
    BulletAssociates
    BulletBusiness acumen (supply chain, marketing, financial acumen)
    BulletBusiness management
    BulletBuilding a dental office
    BulletInternational volunteerism and mission trips
    BulletOral and maxillofacial surgery
    BulletPatients with special needs
    BulletPolitical action and legislative advocacy
    BulletPractice ownership

  • Angela Lueck, DDS

    Description:

    Angela Lueck

    Position: Private practice partner
    Location:  Milwaukee
    Component: Greater Milwaukee Dental Association 
    Phone: 414-271-1770
    Email: lueckangela@gmail.com

    Dr Angela Lueck is a Marquette graduate, and knew at a young age that she wanted to be a dentist. She is passionate about her profession and is a member of numerous study clubs and organizations that allow her to keep current on the latest techniques and materials that dentistry has to offer. She enjoys complex esthetic restorative cases with a combined focus on airway and TMJ health. Her practice is in the heart of downtown Milwaukee.

    Area(s) of expertise:

    BulletAcademic involvement
    BulletBusiness management
    BulletComprehensive restorative treatment
    BulletCosmetic dentistry
    BulletCraniofacial growth and development
    BulletDifficult restorative/surgical cases
    BulletGeneral dentistry – specialty collaboration and treatment planning
    BulletImplant dentistry
    BulletPractice ownership
    BulletAirway

  • Eddie Morales, DDS

    Description:
    Eddie Morales

    Position: Private practice owner

    Location: Greenfield        
    Component: Greater Milwaukee Dental Association
    Phone: 414-282-2642
    Email:  em@premierperio.com

    I have been practicing periodontics in a private practice setting in Greenfield for 8.5 years. I am a native of Tennessee, a big fan of Notre Dame sports, graduated from Marquette Dental and completed my residency at Mayo Clinic. I also teach part-time as a clinical faculty member in Marquette's Graduate Perio program.


    Area(s) of expertise:

    BulletDifficult restorative/surgical cases
    BulletGeneral dentistry – specialty collaboration and treatment planning
    BulletImplant dentistry
    BulletPeriodontics
    BulletPlace implants

  • John R. Moser, DDS

    Description:

    Moser John

    Position: Private practice owner
    Location: Milwaukee       
    Component:
    Greater Milwaukee Dental Association
    Phone:
     414-273-9800
    Email:
    DrMoser@ThirdWardDental.com

    Solo dentist. WDA Treasurer for 15 years. Have worked in a large clinic, associateship, partnership and solo. MUSoD faculty since 1994.

    Area(s) of expertise:

    BulletAcademic involvement
    BulletBusiness acumen (supply chain, marketing, financial acumen)
    BulletBusiness management
    BulletBuilding a dental office
    BulletBuying a dental practice
    BulletComprehensive restorative treatment
    BulletCosmetic dentistry
    BulletGeneral dentistry – specialty collaboration and treatment planning
    BulletPolitical action and legislative advocacy
    BulletPractice ownership
    BulletSole practice ownership
    BulletTMD, facial pain disorders

  • Richard A. Mueller, DDS

    Description:

    Mueller Rick

    Position: Retired from private practice
    Location:  Hales Corners
    Component:  Greater Milwaukee Dental Association
    Phone: 414-313-2358
    Email: drram54@aol.com

    1980 graduate of Marquette University School of Dentistry. In private practice for 40+ years with a partner. Practice included treating patients with physical and cognitive disabilities. I was and still am very active in organized dentistry.

    Area(s) of expertise:

    BulletGeneral dentistry – specialty collaboration and treatment planning
    BulletPatients with special needs
    BulletPolitical action and legislative advocacy
    BulletPractice ownership
    BulletStaff management

  • Nicole Sawatzke, DDS

    Description:
    Nicole Sawatzke

    Position: Private practice associate/employee
    Location: Milwaukee

    Component: Greater Milwaukee Dental Association
    Phone: 720-320-2841

    Dr. Sawatzke is a general dentist practicing in Milwaukee, WI. Currently, she enjoys practicing as an associate dentist within a private dental practice. She is an active board member with her local dental association and is a member of several local study clubs. This affords her the opportunity to network with other colleagues while also advancing her knowledge and skill for patient care. She enjoys collaborating with others as she believes it only advances our profession and adds value to our practice of dentistry.

    Area(s) of expertise:

    BulletAssociates
    BulletBusiness management
    BulletComprehensive restorative treatment
    BulletCosmetic dentistry
    BulletGeneral dentistry – specialty collaboration and treatment planning
    BulletImplant restoration
    BulletOrthodontics

  • Andrew Smith, DDS

    Description:

    Andrew Smith

    Position: Private practice owner
    Location:  Glendale
    Component: Greater Milwaukee Dental Association
    Phone:
    608-358-5098                   
    Email:
    andrewericsmith@gmail.com

    I am a solo general dentist in the Milwaukee area.

    Area(s) of expertise:

    BulletComprehensive restorative treatment
    BulletGeneral dentistry – specialty collaboration and treatment planning
    BulletSole practice ownership

  • Charles Stoianovici, DMD

    Description:

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    Position: Private practice partner
    Location: Brookfield
    Component: Greater Milwaukee Dental Association
    Email: drcs@meridianperio.com
    Phone: 760-534-1941

    I am a board-certified periodontist and dental implant surgeon practicing in Brookfield. I have a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Irvine and obtained my DMD from Western University of Health Sciences. I then earned a master’s degree in periodontology and implantology from Virginia Commonwealth University. I have taught at Marquette University School of Dentistry and volunteer my time with the Special Olympics and Missions of Mercy projects to provide dental care for those in need.

    Area(s) of expertise:

    BulletAcademic involvement
    BulletImplant dentistry
    BulletImplant restorations (All-on-4)
    BulletSurgical techniques
    BulletPeriodontics


Region 4 - Southeast

  • Maria Barnes, DDS

    Description:

    Barnes Maria

    Position:
     Private practice owner
    Location: Racine
    Component:
    Racine County Dental Society 
    Phone:
    262-634-8662
    Email:
    drmaria@derose.email

    I have been practicing dentistry for five years and have grown into the role of solo practitioner in my family dental office. I have learned a lot about the business behind dentistry these last five years and would be glad to share my perspective with a new dentist, or anyone transitioning into solo practice.

    Area(s) of expertise:

    BulletPolitical action and legislative advocacy
    BulletSole practice ownership

  • Ryan C. Dodge, DDS

    Description:

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    Position:
    Private practice owner
    Location: Hartford                             
    Component:
    Washington Ozaukee County Dental Society
    Phone:
    715-254-7363
    Email:
    ryan.dodge77 @gmail.com

    I am a new practice owner (less than 5 years) dedicated to creating an authentically comfortable patient experience by providing life-changing, personable, comprehensive dental care. Together with my wife, Dr. Emma Dodge, our goal is to transform our community and help our patients live longer, healthier and happier lives.

    Area(s) of expertise:

    BulletBusiness management
    BulletBuilding a dental office
    BulletComprehensive restorative treatment
    BulletGeneral dentistry – specialty collaboration and treatment planning
    BulletTMD, facial pain disorders

  • Shane Fisher, DDS

    Description:

    Shane Fisher

    Position:
      Private practice owner
    Location: Mequon                            
    Component: Washington Ozaukee County Dental Society
    Phone: 262-241-0400
    Email: kidsdentist@sbcglobal.net

    Dr. Shane Fisher, a board certified pediatric dentist, owns a group pediatric practice in the suburbs of Milwaukee.  He started this practice from scratch in 2014. Dr. Fisher also is the executive director of the U.S. branch of a not-for-profit international group that provides dental services in Guatemala. He runs multiple trips a year and is always looking for new volunteers.

    Area(s) of expertise:

    BulletBusiness management
    BulletBuilding a dental office
    BulletInternational volunteerism and mission trips
    BulletPatients with special needs
    BulletPediatric dentistry
    BulletPractice ownership 

  • James Kolstad, DDS, MS

    Description:


    Kolstad James

    Position: Private practice partner

    Location: Waukesha
    Component: 
    Waukesha County Dental Society
    Phone:
    773-844-0248                   
    Email:  James.Kolstad@reichlkolstadortho.com

    Dr. James Kolstad is a graduate of Marquette's Dental School and Orthodontic Residency Program. He is an orthodontist at Reichl & Kolstad Orthodontics in Waukesha, Hartland and Mukwonago. James is currently a part-time faculty member of Marquette's Orthodontic department and is a member of Marquette's dental admission's committee. James is actively involved in organized dentistry as a member of his local component, a member of the WDA's Membership Development Committee and a board member of the Wisconsin Society of Orthodontics.

    Area(s) of expertise:

    BulletAcademic involvement
    BulletPractice ownership
    BulletStaff management
    BulletOrthodontics
    BulletCraniofacial growth and development*

  • Jeanette LaBelle, DDS

    Description:
    Jeanette LaBelle

    Position: Public health dentist
    Location:
    New Berlin             
    Component:
    Waukesha County Dental Society
    Phone:
    860-729-2688
    Email:
    jsmiles1028@gmail.com

    I graduated from Marquette School of Dentistry in 2019 and completed a General Practice Residency in 2020 at the University of Michigan. I currently work part-time at the Community Smiles Dental Clinic in Waukesha and am pursuing a career in public health. My passion lies in advocating for and treating medically-complex patients and patients with intellectual and developmental disabilities. I enjoy teaching and work closely with the AADMD-SCDA student chapter at Marquette.

    Area(s) of expertise:

    BulletAcademic involvement
    BulletAny organizational affiliations (e.g. Academy for Sports Dentistry)
    BulletCertifications/Special Skills
    BulletDental public health

  • Laura Lux, DDS, MS

    Description:

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    Position: Private practice owner
    Location: Lake Geneva
    Component: Burlington Dental Society           
    Phone:  414-688-6659
    Email: lhwhite19@gmail.com

    Prosthodontist trained at Marquette University School of Dentistry. Third-generation general and prosthetic-focused private practice owner. Personal passions are DENTURES and full arch restorations, both tooth and implant supported. I’m a mother of two, happy to help however I can!

    Area(s) of expertise:

    BulletComprehensive restorative treatment
    BulletCosmetic dentistry
    BulletGeneral dentistry – specialty collaboration and treatment planning
    BulletImpact dentistry
    BulletImplant restorations (All-on-4)
    BulletProsthodontics

  • Alicia Malak, DDS

    Description:

    Alicia Malak

    Position: Private practice partner
    Location: Oconomowoc
    Component: Waukesha County Dental Society
    Phone: 262-895-6329                
    Email: aliciamalakdds@gmail.com

    Dr. Malak graduated in 2017 and has experience in restorative, endodontics, removable, implant and oral surgery dentistry. She balances a growing private practice with her business partner as well as a family with three girls. Dr. Malak is passionate about CE and is pursuing her fellowship with the AGD.

    Area(s) of expertise:

    BulletBusiness management
    Bullet
    Buying a dental office
    BulletComprehensive restorative treatment
    BulletCosmetic dentistry
    BulletDifficult restorative/surgical cases
    BulletEndodontics
    BulletGeneral dentistry – specialty collaboration and treatment planning
    BulletHuman resources knowledge
    BulletOrthodontics
    BulletPediatric dentistry
    BulletPlace implants
    BulletPractice ownership
    BulletImplant dentistry
    BulletImplant restorations (All-on-4)
    BulletStaff management

  • Meghan O'Connell, DDS

    Description:
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    Position: Associate and DSO dentist
    Location: Kenosha
    Component: 
    Kenosha County Dental Society
    Phone:
    608- 279-8579       
    Email: meghan.oconnell.dds@gmail.com

    Marquette Dental and University of Louisville Orthodontic alumna. Ten years active duty Army as a dentist and then orthodontist. Currently practicing as an associate and part-time DSO.

    Area(s) of expertise:

    BulletOrganizational affiliations
    BulletAssociates
    BulletOrthodontics
    BulletMilitary

  • Theodore Schrubbe, DDS

    Description:

    Ted Schrubbe

    Position:  Private practice partner
    Location: Brookfield
    Component: Waukesha County Dental Society 
    Phone: 262-786-4119
    Email:
    ted.schrubbe@gmail.com

    Graduate of Marquette 2008, purchased a practice in 2014 with a classmate. I practice in Brookfield, which is right where I grew up. The practice has almost doubled in size since we acquired it.

    Area(s) of expertise:

    BulletBuilding a dental office
    BulletEndodontics
    BulletGeneral dentistry – specialty collaboration and treatment planning
    BulletPlace implants
    BulletPractice ownership
    BulletRadiographic Interpretation - CBCT


Southwest Region 5

  • Benjamin Farrow, DDS

    Description:
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    Position: Private practice owner
    Location:
    Madison
    Component: Greater Dane Dental Society
    Phone: 608-335-5984

    I am a general dentist that established, from scratch, a neighborhood dental office. After completing a General Practice Residency, our office has broadened its scope of services through continuing education. Our office also have a commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship.

    Area(s) of expertise:

    BulletComprehensive restorative treatment
    BulletGeneral dentistry – specialty collaboration and treatment planning
    BulletPractice history
    BulletPractice ownership
    BulletSole practice ownership

  • Qingze Lv, DMD

    Description:
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    Position: Associate

    Location: Madison
    Component:
    Greater Dane Dental Society
    Phone:
    734-328-1004
    Email:
    qingzedmd@outlook.com

    I came to the U.S. in 2012 to study at the University of Michigan. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in 2020, I went to the University of Texas in Houston for a year of AEGD residency. I was an associate in a small group practice in Fort Atkinson, WI for about 8 months. Now I am an associate dentist at Dental Health Associates of Madison, a large group practice, where dentists have their clinical autonomy while enjoying group comradery, reduced overhead, and dedicated administrative support.

    Area(s) of Expertise:

    BulletAssociates
    BulletCertifications/Special Skills
    BulletComprehensive restorative treatment
    BulletGroup practice ownership

  • Tom Reid, DDS

    Description:

    Reid Tom

    Position:
    Private practice owner
    Location: Madison
    Component:
    Greater Dane Dental Society 
    Phone:
    608-770-0508
    Email:
    treid117@aol.com

    I’m a 1999 Marquette University School of Dentistry graduate and have been at my current office for 23 years. I was an associate for two years, and then a partner.

    Area(s) of expertise:

    BulletBuying a dental practice
    BulletPolitical action and legislative advocacy
    BulletPractice ownership
    BulletStaff management
    BulletWellness

  • Julio Rodriguez, DDS

    Description:

    Rodriguez Julio 14

    Position:
    Retired private practice owner; free clinic dental director
    Location:  Brodhead
    Component:
     Greater Dane Dental Society     
    Phone:
      608-751-1749
    Email:
    jhrodriguez@charter.net

    Dr. Rodriguez is a former general practice dentist who retired about four years ago. He has served as WDA president, ADA trustee, IDC regent and Wisconsin Dental Association Foundation trustee. He is currently an ICD is a past WDA president, past ADA trustee, past ICD international councilor and serves as dental director of the Fowler Memorial Free Dental Clinic in Monroe.

    Area(s) of expertise:

    BulletBusiness administration and human resources
    BulletBusiness management
    BulletBuilding a dental office
    BulletBuying a dental office
    BulletDental public health
    BulletGeneral dentistry – specialty collaboration and treatment planning
    BulletInternational volunteerism and mission trips
    BulletPolitical action and legislative advocacy
    BulletPractice ownership
    BulletSelling a dental practice
    BulletSole practice ownership
    BulletStaff management

  • Brianne Schwarz, DDS

    Description:
    Brianne Schwarz

    Position:
    Associate; solo dentist
    Location: Plain
    Component:  Sauk Juneau Adams County Dental Society
    Phone: 608-697-6310                
    Email: brianneschwarz@gmail.com

    I graduated from Marquette University School of Dentistry in 2018, and have been practicing as an associate in private practice since then.  I enjoy providing comprehensive care to patients of all ages in a rural setting.

    Area(s) of expertise:

    BulletComprehensive restorative treatment
    BulletGeneral dentistry – specialty collaboration and treatment planning
    BulletOral and maxillofacial surgery
    BulletStaff management

  • Rachel Steele, DDS

    Description:

    Steele Rachel

    Position: Private practice owner
    Location: Black River Falls
    Component: LaCrosse District Dental Society 
    Phone: 608-317-1336
    Email: rachel_wruck@hotmail.com

    I graduated from Marquette University School of Dentistry in 2004 and joined a small group practice in a rural community. I am a practice owner with two partners.

    Area(s) of expertise:

    BulletBuying a dental practice
    BulletGeneral dentistry – specialty collaboration and treatment planning
    BulletGroup practice ownership
    BulletRural dentistry

  • Eric teDuits, DDS

    Description:

    Eric teDuits

    Position:
      Private practice partner
    Location: Fitchburg
    Component: Greater Dane Dental Society 
    Phone: 608-288-1543
    Email:  eteduits@wisc.edu

    I’m a Pediatric Dentist in the Madison area and help start a group that now includes 8 Pediatric Dentists and 4 locations. I trained at the University of Iowa and have been in practice for 30 years. My wife and I have 5 children who have been involved with swimming over the years and one being a Pediatric Dentist and one in dental school.

    Area(s) of expertise:

    BulletPractice ownership
    BulletBuilding a dental office
    BulletPediatric dentistry

  • Patrick J. Tepe, DDS

    Description:
    Tepe Patrick

    Position: Private practice partner
    Location:
    Madison
    Component: Greater Dane Dental Society
    Phone: 608-445-9857
    Email: ptepe@associateddentists.com

    Current WDA Legislative Chair, WDA President 2019. Former GDDS President, Past Faculty -Meriter Hospital-Madison GPR program, Participates in multiple study clubs. I practice in Verona outside Madison in a  group general practice of 7 dentists and 2 locations. I'm glad to help. Feel free to reach out if you have questions!

    Areas of expertise:

    BulletAny organizational affiliations (e.g. Academy for Sports Dentistry)
    BulletAssociates
    BulletGroup practice ownership
    BulletPolitical action and legislative advocacy
    BulletStaff management


Michigan - 9th District

  • Riley Schaff, DDS

    Description:

    Schaff Riley

    Position:
    Private practice partner
    Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
    Component:
    Washtenaw Dental Society (Michigan)
    Email: 
    rileyschaff@gmail.com

    Dr. Schaff graduated from dental school in 2017 and moved to Seattle for a one-year GPR at Swedish Medical Center. After residency, he moved back to Ann Arbor where he now is part-owner of a group practice, commutes to another part-time associateship in Jackson, and teaches part-time at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. He is married and his husband is an OBGYN resident; they love traveling, music and food. Dr. Schaff is active in organized dentistry at the local and state level and has completed the MDA Leadership Exploration and Development (LEAD) Program. He serves as the Ninth District Representative on the ADA Council on Communications, representing Michigan and Wisconsin.

    Area(s) of expertise:

    BulletAcademic involvement
    BulletGeneral dentistry – specialty collaboration and treatment planning
    BulletPatients with special needs
    BulletPolitical action and legislative advocacy


Become a Mentor

WDA Mentor Connections is always looking for member dentists who are interested in serving as mentors to their colleagues.

Mentor Expectations

  • To be responsive to calls and emails from colleagues by being a good listener
  • To offer advice, support and guidance to assist member dentists in their success
  • To be a positive representative of the WDA by promoting and encouraging integrity and ethics

Mentor Qualification Criteria

  • WDA member in good standing
  • Willing to have name, contact information, and photo available for publication
  • Committed to supporting and helping member dentists

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Contact

Brenna Sadler
WDA Director of Membership & Communications
414-755-4105

 

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