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 a couple of years of 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 (WB7PW), property management (rental properties), scuba diving, skiing, and flying (commercial and instrument ratings) with 1000's of hours in high performance Mooney’s. He also referees more than 125 soccer games per year, with a few professional level games to his credit (PDL division of the USL - not MLS).
Dr. Wadkins has been married 37 years to Pat (BSChE) who has spent her career working on disk drives with IBM/Hitachi/WD. She also holds an active Minnesota real estate brokers license and enjoys cooking classes and gardening (flowers!). They have two sons; Thomas who graduated from the University of Cincinnati (BS & MS Arch) and David who graduated from the University of Iowa (BS BioChem, MS BioMedEngr).
Marcia has over 40 years of experience in the dental field, having worked for Dr. Wadkins for nearly 20 years (as a dental assistant). 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 significant implant and grafting surgery 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 has been the office manager for nearly a decade, after working at Russel Stover for 11 years. She received her BA degree in Sociology and Fine Arts at St. Norbert College in Wisconsin. She and her husband (Mayo Clinic Flight RN) have two teenagers, and she enjoys (what little time she has left) working with the chickens and blueberries on their hobby farm. She still finds time to work with art, along with running the kids everywhere.
Lisa has spent nearly 20 years as a Registered Dental Hygienist. She received 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 at RCTC. She previously worked as a pharmacy technician, but really enjoys the direct patient contact of dental hygiene. While she loves seeing her patients, sometimes her real job seems to be as the mother of a teenager or working Hustler (the family horse). She is also an avid reader in her spare time.
Danielle recently received her ASDH from Rochester Community and Technical College, and has alreadly been with us over a year. After joining our team, she got married, bought a house, and has done extensive remodeling and decorating (of the house). But, while we're still seeing photos from the wedding album, she does like to reclaim furniture and antiques.