Who We Are

Who We Are

Mortenson Dental Partners is the largest group of privately owned, doctor run dental practices in the United States. Each practice feels like a private practice but enjoys the support of a large organization.

Our Mission

To improve the lives of others by living our values every day

Our Values

Our values were built on a foundation of love for one another, regardless of race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, religion or other attributes. We are committed to a workplace that fully represents the communities we serve as we live these four core values.

Caring for Everyone

At MDP, caring and safety are the foundation of what we do. We focus on caring for each other, our patients and our communities.

Sharing Abundantly

Our philosophy is to share knowledge and expertise openly to foster development within our organization and make a positive impact on the oral health industry.

Expressing Gratitude

We express and exercise gratitude for each other and our patients daily. We understand that we depend on each other and our patients for our livelihood.

Building Relationships

Genuine relationships are built by trusting one another. Relationships are the cornerstone of our legacy culture.

Who We Are

Mortenson Dental Partners is one of the largest groups of employee-owned dental practices in the United States. Beginning as a single practice in 1979, the company has grown to include over 140 practices across nine states, employing over 1,800 team members and welcoming nearly one million patient visits each year. With services ranging from general and pediatric dentistry to orthodontics and oral surgery, we believe in offering high-quality dental care and serving our patients with courtesy and respect.

Unlike most dental service organizations, we are completely employee owned. Each location feels like a private practice but enjoys the support of a large organization. We empower our team members to think like an owner and make the best decisions for their team, patients and office.

Our History

In 1979, Dr. Wayne Mortenson and his wife, Sue, founded the first Mortenson Family Dental practice in Middletown, Kentucky. After many years of running a successful practice, Dr. Wayne’s sons opened their own Mortenson Family Dental sites in surrounding areas. Soon, other local dentists with the same values and visions joined the organization, opening additional Mortenson Family Dental and specialty practices.

In 2011, Dr. Wayne and Dr. John Howard of Howard Family Dental realized they could benefit from bringing their organizations together to share the best practices they had learned throughout their careers. Later that year, Dr. John Meis, Dr. Nick Kanning and Dr. Terry Lamphier — who led the practices that now comprise Summit Dental Health — decided to join the team. Mortenson Dental Partners was formed. Over the next several years, MDP welcomed additional groups with similar values and culture, including Abbeville Dentistry, Stonehaven Dental, and, most recently, Gentle Dentist and its specialty practices. As we continue to grow, we are steadfast in maintaining our core mission and values, while utilizing our size to better support our team and better care for our patients.

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