Dr. Wadkins & Team

Dr. Wadkins & Team

Dr. Wadkins

Dr. Wadkins Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS)

Dr. Wadkins completed undergraduate training as an engineer (BSEE) at the University of Idaho. He has extensive hardware and computer architecture design experience with IBM, along with some programming (C++). He also spent 4 years as an IBM Development Manager, working on large hardware and software projects. He then completed his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree at the University of Minnesota. His post doctoral training includes many small detail courses, along with the specialty areas of patient sedation (Mn License CS048) and graduation from the Misch Implant Institute. Dr. Wadkins is one of very few doctors in the world who can both surgically place implants, restore them, and provide advanced surgical skills such as bone grafting. More and more, it is obvious that the extensive engineering experience is invaluable in dental implant and restorative procedures.

Outside of dentistry, Dr. Wadkins has extensive interests, including amateur radio (WB7NRX), property management (rental properties), scuba diving, and flying (commercial and instrument ratings) with 1000's of hours in high performance Mooney’s. He continues to referee over 100 soccer games per year, with a few professional level games to his credit (not MLS).

Dr. Wadkins has been married 35 years to Pat (BSChE) who has spent her career working on the highest of high tech (currently 12+ TB devices and PB systems - Petabytes!!), disk drives with IBM and Western Digital. She also holds an active Minnesota real estate brokers license and enjoys cooking, scuba diving, bike riding, and gardening (flowers!). They have two sons, Thomas who is an Architect in Seattle and David who is finishing graduate school in BioEngineering at the University of Iowa.


Marcia Assistant

Marcia has nearly 40 years of experience in the dental field, and has worked with Dr. Wadkins almost 20 years. Along with her duties as the lead assistant to Dr. Wadkins, she is responsible for managing the office supplies and equipment maintenance. She has advanced training in managing sedated patients, and has over 16 years of implant surgery and grafting experience. She has fellowship credentials with the American Dental Assistants Association. She has two grown sons in Rochester. Of late, she fills her time planning annual travel to exotic places around the world.


Ellen Office Manager

Ellen has been with the office for over 6 years and manages the front desk as well as numerous other back office responsibilities (payroll, taxes, accounting data bases, etc) She excelled in sales at at Russel Stover for over a decade prior to starting her dental career. She received her BA degree in Sociology and Fine Arts at St. Norbert College in Wisconsin. She and her husband have two teenagers, and she enjoys her time working with the chickens and blueberries on their hobby farm. She still finds time to work with art (ask about her plasma torch experience cutting out a 2.5 foot sheet steel state of Minnesota!).


Lisa Hygienist

Lisa has spent nearly 3 decades in the medical profession, receiving her ASDH (Associate Dental Hygiene) degree from Rochester Community and Technical College in 2000. She was the recipient of the Oral B patient care excellence award during her last year of hygiene education. She previously worked as a pharmacy technician, but really enjoys the direct patient contact of dental hygiene. She has worked in our office for more than 12 years, and has an empty nest on the horizon (her daughter is now in high school). She is also an avid reader in her spare time.


Danielle Hygienist

Dani is the newest addition to our team. She is also one of our Rochester Community and Technical College graduates. She lives in the Zumbro Falls area and enjoys a day on Lake Pepin soaking up the sun. She spends her free time with her family, friends and fiance when her Pomeranian, Marla (a.k.a. Marley), isn’t demanding all of her attention. Besides canine duties she will be dedicating much of the next year to planning her summer wedding.