Dr. Sean McLuen Joins DBD Algoma

This month Dr. Sean McLuen became part of the Dentistry by Design family.  He is seeing current and new patients at our Algoma practice on Tuesdays and Thursdays. He and Dr. Paul Mantz are the primary care dentists at DBD Algoma.Dr. McLuen._web

Dr. McLuen received his dental degree from Creighton University in Omaha, NE.  After graduation he moved to Texas with his family and spent time in both Austin and San Antonio. Dr. McLuen’s dental education is well-rounded and includes several years of dental assisting prior to earning his doctorate degree.  One of his most recent endeavors involved performing mobile dentistry at nursing and rehab centers.

After five years in the Lone Star state the McLuen’s decided it was time to return home to Wisconsin. To learn more about Dr. Sean McLuen click here.

Clarifying the DBD Payment Policy

Every once and awhile we have a patient ask “Why do I need to pre-pay for my proposed treatment before I schedule an appointment for it, don’t you trust me to pay that day?”. This is a valid question that deserves further clarification.

Is pre-payment required for all appointments? – No, our policy states that for routine appointments such as cleanings, exams, or any dental work requiring an appointment less than 2 hours long, your complete payment is due on the day of service. If you have dental insurance, only your patient portion is due on the day of service.

When is pre-payment required? – For services that require appointments of 2 or more hours, we do require complete payment before the appointment is scheduled. If you have dental insurance, only your patient portion is due before the appointment is scheduled.

In the instances where we do require a pre-payment, we see it as a commitment by both parties. We are committing the doctor’s time and skills necessary to complete the treatment, while the patient is committing to receiving the care. It has been our experience that patients are more likely to keep their appointments and get the work they need done when there is a financial commitment involved. Also, if we block off more than two hours of a doctor’s schedule for one patient, and then he or she decides last minute not to come in, that is time taken away from another patient that may have needed our services on that day.

We feel having this policy helps us to better serve our patients in a timely manor. It’s our commitment to you and your commitment to us and one more way we can help you have healthy teeth and gums for a lifetime.

Dr. Kirk DeCremer joins Sturgeon Bay practice

In June, Dr. Kirk DeCremer joined our Sturgeon Bay practice.  Dr. DeCremer along with Dr. Gina Grenfell (Co-owner) serve as the practices primary care providers.


Dr. DeCremer was born and raised in Madison Wisconsin.  He followed in the footsteps of his father and attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison on athletic scholarship.  He played football from 2006-11 and graduated from UW-Madison in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Zoology.  Dr. DeCremer earned his dental degree from Marquette University School of Dentistry in 2016.  His love for dentistry runs in his blood as his late father graduated from Marquette University School of Dentistry in 1976, and his mother practiced dental hygiene in the Madison area until retirement.

To learn more about Dr. Kirk DeCremer click here