I would have to say that I am an extrovert and a genuine “people person.” I so enjoy meeting new people ... young, old, and every age in between. I believe that my patients get the sense that they are important to me because they truly are!
I especially love the diversity of being a general family dentist in a community like Green Bay. The relationships I have built with my patients and staff are what adds color and enjoyment to what I do. Over the years, I have had the pleasure of watching many of my patients grow into young adults and begin bringing in families of their own.
It is satisfying to know that I have gained their confidence and trust, and this is something I value very highly.
“Treat others the way you yourself would want to be treated,” and then go a step beyond.
I love my family and I know that you love yours too! That is why I am committed to giving the same thoughtful care and personalized attention to you and your family as I would want and expect for my own.
My patients know me and have confidence that I will always do what is right by them. I strive to display honesty, integrity, and compassion in all areas of my life. That means that I will never try to “sell” you a procedure you don’t need; and that I will present you with treatment options that take into account your individual need, lifestyle, and circumstance.
I will take the time to discuss those treatment options with you so you can make informed choices and take a proactive role in your own dental health.
My Journey to Dentistry
I grew up on the south side of Chicago and attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison for my undergraduate education. While there, I played football for the UW-Madison Badgers, and developed a close friendship with the team dentist. He took me under his wing, so to speak.
He knew I was in the pre-med program and suggested that I look into dentistry. Based on further discussions and knowing my own strengths and personality, I became convinced that dentistry was the right choice for me.
I continued my education at Loyola University-College of Dentistry in Maywood, Illinois, for my Doctorate of Dental Surgery. The rest, as they say, is history!
Commitment to Continuing Education
Besides being a people person, I am naturally curious and science-minded. I enjoy learning new things, keeping up with the latest techniques, and continually improving my professional skill set. Continuing education keeps me excited about my practice and eager to provide the very highest standard of care
My patients can be confident that I stay well-informed and have intentionally pursued years of knowledge aimed at being the very best dentist I can be.
- Brown Door Kewaunee Dental Society
- American Dental Association
- Academy of General Dentistry
- Wisconsin Dental Association
- Christian Medical & Dental Associations
- Christian Dental Society
- American Dental Society of Anesthesiology
- Chicago Dental Society
Dedication to Family and Community
I moved to my wife’s hometown of Green Bay, Wisconsin in 1985. I love this community and all it has to offer: the Green Bay Packers, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, the arts, good restaurants, access to water sports, and great, down-to-earth people.
I am married to Geri, my college sweetheart and best friend. Together we have five children and seven beautiful grandchildren thus far.
Our eldest daughter Jessica lives in Andover, Minnesota with her husband and four children. Kimberly lives in Cedar Rapids, Iowa with her husband and her three children. Our son Matthew is currently studying dentistry at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) School of Dental Medicine in Bradenton, Florida, and is greatly anticipating joining me in practice in 2017 (more about that exciting adventure below!).
In 2007, Geri and I traveled to an orphanage in the town of Cheboksary, Russia to adopt 14-year-old Anya and 13-year-old Tatyana. It has been a wonderful journey, and our family has been greatly blessed to have them. In 2014, Anya married her high school sweetheart Caleb, and in 2015, Tanya will be joining the team as a certified dental assistant. We look forward to the continued growth of our family as we add more in-laws and grandkids!
After raising our family surrounded by dogs, cats, and horses, Geri and I are currently enjoying the autonomy and spontaneity that an empty nest allows. We love traveling to Iowa and Minnesota to see our older daughters and grandchildren, taking day trips to Door County, and time spent with friends and family. I also enjoy hiking, hunting, fishing, camping, motorcycling, flying, and sports — go Badgers!
Because of my interest in mentoring young people, I am a current board member for Lake Ellen Camp in Crystal Falls, MI, and have also served on the boards of Green Bay Christian Academy and the Big Brothers-Big Sisters Program.
I am active in church leadership and look for ways to serve the people in my community, both personally and professionally. Because of my love and appreciation for this great country of ours, I spent 11 years in the Army Reserve Dental Corps, caring for the dental needs of our brave military men and women.
Looking Toward the Future
We are all greatly anticipating the arrival of a bright, new associate who has literally grown up in the practice. My son is in his second year of dental school at LECOM in Bradenton, Florida. It has been exciting to see how quickly he is developing clinical expertise and patient relations. It’s fun to discuss the treatments and techniques he is learning.
I would invite our patients to follow Matt’s education adventure on our Facebook page. This means that new patients will have the best of both worlds: a young, personable, fresh dentist with all the latest training and techniques, coupled with the benefits of a seasoned senior dentist who has a steady and very knowledgeable presence! They can get to know young Dr. Wagner before he even gets here!
I know we will make a great team because we share the same family values and strong desire to be the best we can be at our profession.