I’ve been practicing dentistry here in Hermantown for more than 40 years. I’ve loved following the generations of families who’ve gone through our practice and getting to know them personally as well as professionally. I have enjoyed being able to practice and give back to the community and people I have known so well.
I feel blessed that my son, Dr. Brian McDonald, has chosen to join our practice for the last ten years. We have also found another young, home-grown dentist, Dr. Jeff Johnson (whose family I have known for more than 50 years), who will gradually take my place here over the next three to five years. You can rest assured that in their hands, you’ll receive the same quality of care you’ve come to expect.
I attended the University of Minnesota-Duluth for my pre-dental undergraduate studies, and continued on to the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, where l graduated in 1974 with my Doctorate of Dental Surgery.
While a mandatory aspect of dental licensure, continuing education is also something to which I look forward, because it keeps me up to date on new products and techniques. Over the past four decades, I’ve attended all Northeastern District Dental Society continuing education classes, and I belong to the Duluth Dental Forum, which holds seven three-hour courses each year. I attend the Minnesota Dental Association’s Star of the North meeting every year to see new products and attend lectures. Many of late have addressed digital technology, electronic health records, infection control, implants, and cosmetic uses of porcelain materials.
I am a member of the American Dental Association, Minnesota Dental Association, and Northeastern District Dental Society. I belong to the Duluth Dental Forum, a 35-member local study club, and the American College of Dentists, a national organization that promotes education, professional responsibility, and high ethical standards.
I grew up here in Hermantown, as did my wife Betty, my parents, and grandparents. We lived in Hermantown our first 22 years after dental school, and raised our three children here. Our oldest daughter and son live in Hermantown. Our middle daughter lives and teaches in the Twin Cities. After our children graduated, we built a home on Island Lake where our cabin used to be, and have lived there for 18 years. We are now enjoying our seven grandchildren and watching them grow into their own lives.
I’m a strong believer in giving back and professional responsibility to your community. I have served on many committees and boards for community fundraisers, our school, and our church. I have held many offices within the dental association, and was chair of the Ordean Foundation dental committee for 20 years. I currently serve as board chair of the Lake Superior Community Health Center.