Dr. Mortenson was born and raised in the small town of Elfrida, in Southern Arizona. He received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona in agriculture. After working for many years teaching, farming and for Ralston Purina, Dr. Mortenson and his wife Sue decided it was time for a change, and moved the family to Louisville, Kentucky, so that he could attend dental school. After graduating from The University of Louisville School of Dentistry in 1979, Dr. Mortenson opened his first dental practice in what was then a small town Middletown Kentucky. Dr. Mortenson’s kids can remember him anxiously counting the bricks on the outside of his office building in excitement and anticipation as he attempted to determine the building’s size after renting it. That practice has now expanded to Mortenson Dental Partners with over 100 affiliate offices. Dr. Mortenson is a qualified member of the Crown Council. He was instrumental in putting together the Mastermind Group, an association of the leading dentists in the country, and recently recognized for its excellence. Dr. Mortenson has received numerous awards for his charitable work including, the Garth Brooks Teammates for kids award.