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Dr. Joe Lenz, Dr. Mike Lenz, Dr. Mary Lenz, Dr. Mark Lenz, Therese Lenz and Dr. Kristin Lenz Galbreath represent the second and third generations of dentists in their family.
Liam Galbreath is only six months old, but the odds are pretty good that he’ll become a fourth generation dentist in his family.
Both of his great-grandfathers were dentists, his grandfather and uncle are orthodontists, his mother, uncle and aunt are all dentists. And his grandmother is a dental hygienist.
If he doesn’t become a dentist, he’ll always be assured of excellent dental care and straight teeth.
After Dr. Mark [second generation] completed his orthodontic residency at Marquette in 1984, he opened his private orthodontic practice in Racine, was appointed to the faculty of the orthodontic department at Marquette University as an assistant clinical professor, and became board certified by the American Board of Orthodontics in 1991.
Lenz Orthodontics opened a second location in Waterford in 2008.
Therese has worked alongside her husband in the orthodontic practice since the beginning and the couple raised their three children, all of whom attended Marquette University and became dentists.
Son Dr. Mike Lenz [third generation] finished his Master’s Degree and a Certificate of Specialty in Orthodontics in 2018 from Marquette and joined his father’s practice in August. He and his wife Dr Mary Lenz met as undergraduates at Marquette. Dr. Mary practices general dentistry in Twin Lakes, Wis.
Dr. Mike described his work as 1/3 scientist, 1/3 engineer and 1/3 artist, while his dad enjoys the transformation in confidence and self esteem, in both children and adults, “as we create beautiful healthy smiles!”
“People always remember two dates,” Dr. Mark said. “When they got married and when they got their braces off.”
With new technology utilized by the practice, the orthodontists explained they no longer use headgear, extractions of teeth are rarely needed, the braces are smaller and more comfortable and the forces applied to straighten the teeth are 500 times gentler.
“And with our new intra-oral scanner we no longer take ‘goopy’ impressions!” Dr. Mark said. “It’s definitely not your parents’ experience with braces.”
He noted that about 30 percent of their practice is treating adults, including an 82 year old.”
“Our patients are always happy to be here,” Dr. Mike added.
For those in the Lenz family practicing general dentistry, they prefer the variety of procedures and treating entire families.
They’re a close knit group and enjoy spending a lot of time together.
“It all started with our fathers and the value they placed on family and service to others.” Dr. Mark and Therese agreed. “And perhaps their legacy will extend to a fourth generation.”
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1558 South Green Bay Road
Racine, Wisconsin 53406
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Waterford, Wisconsin 53185