Dr. Paul Milo Covers Maternity Leave at Sturgeon Bay Practice

Dr. Gina Grenfell, owner and primary care dentist at our Sturgeon Bay location, is due to deliver her third child at the beginning of October.  While she is on maternity leave we are pleased to announce that Dr. Paul Milo will be joining our team as the interim dentist.

Dr. Milo is a graduate of Purdue University and obtained his dental degree from Indiana University School of Dentistry. He grew up in Hammond, Indiana and has been a resident of Munster, Indiana for the past 30 years. Dr. Feit will also be in the office on a part-time basis providing care during this time, as well as Dr. John Sledge from the Sister Bay office. 

Dr. Gina will be back to work on a regular basis starting at the beginning of 2019. and plans to also be in the office a few days in December. If you have an appointment while Dr. Gina is on leave please know you are in great hands with the team of dentists that will be filling in for her.

What Does Proactive Dentistry Mean Anyway?

If you are a patient at either our Sturgeon Bay, Sister Bay or Algoma practice, you may have heard us refer to our type of dentistry as ‘proactive dentistry’, well what does that really mean anyway?  For us it means honestly addressing potential issues before they become painful and problematic.  Getting to the root of the problem and taking care of it in the best way possible for long-term success.  Yes, many times this puts the expense on the front end, but in the long run it saves you from being in pain, spending more money than you need to and more time in the dentist chair than you should. It’s definitely a different way of approaching your dental care.

Let’s put it into perspective. If you come into our office for an appointment and we notice that you have some separation between your tooth and its filling, we see it as our responsibility to inform you of this and make a plan of action to correct it, even if it is not causing you pain or discomfort at the moment.  By replacing the filling when the problem is found, you remove the opportunity for bacteria to slowly creep into the opening over time and cause infection.  Once infection has set in the procedures to correct the problem are more in-depth and costly then doing a replacement filling when the separation was first noticed.

 Cycle of Dental Neglect Dentistry By Design Door County Dentist(Infographic courtesy of Smiles in the Gardens)

Often we have patients come to us and say “Well, why didn’t my previous dentist see that?” To be honest, there are many factors for this. Did it happen in the time since you were last seen by a dentist?  Do they use an inter-oral camera that can see what is hard for the human eye to see?  Was your dentist keeping an eye on the issue in an effort to save you money at the time? Dentists have different beliefs when it comes to diagnosing and suggesting treatment, it doesn’t mean one is better than the other, patients just need to be on the same page with their provider.

At our practices we feel it is essential to long-term oral health to be proactive as opposed to reactive.  It is our practice policy to tell you upfront what we see, give you a plan of attack and suggest steps to have it addressed.  Of course the next step is always up to our patients, but we are always going to passionately suggest doing what is best for your overall oral health.

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

Interim Dentist Joins Dentistry by Design

Dr. James Robinson will join Dentistry by Design as an interim dentist while, co-owner of our Sturgeon Bay practice, Dr. Gina Grenfell is on maternity leave.

Dr. Robinson_Dr. GrenfellDr. Robinson grew up in Chicago, Illinois.  He graduated from Marquette University School of Dentistry in 1973 and went on to own and operate Riverhill Dental Associates in Waupaca for 41 years. In 2015 Dr. Robinson and his wife Kathy moved to Door County, they have been married for over 40 years and have four children and nine grandchildren.

Dr. Robinson has presented over 500 lectures in his career at various colleges and universities throughout the United States.  He has done voluntary dentistry in 20 countries including India, Honduras, Ivory Coast, West Africa, Bangladesh, Venezuela, Peru, Guatemala, Russia, Costa Rica, Egypt, Chile, Uzbekistan to name a few.  Dr. Robinson earned fellowship in the International College of Dentists.  According to their website, they are “the world’s oldest and largest honor society for dentists.  Fellowship is extended by invitation only.  A nominated dentist must pass a rigorous, peer review process leading to the recognition of the individual’s “outstanding professional achievement, meritorious service and dedication to the continued progress of dentistry for the benefit of humankind.””

Dr. Robinson will join Dr. Paul Feit as a primary care dentist at our Sturgeon Bay practice while Dr. Grenfell is on maternity leave.  Dr. Grenfell and her husband Derek, owner of Cherryland Chiropractic, are expecting the arrival of their second child this month.
Dr. Grenfell plans to return with limited hours the end of May, early June depending on baby Grenfell’s arrival.  She anticipates being back on a more full-time basis mid to late June.

Community Benefits from DBD Volunteer Workday

Our volunteer workday utilizes the skills of our team members as a means to give back to the wonderful communities we are apart of.  The volunteer workday occurs three times a year at both our Sturgeon Bay and Sister Bay offices (Algoma will begin in 2016).  On each of those days our amazing team members, who previously agreed to volunteer a half day, come in on their day off to see patients for dental cleanings and various procedures.  What makes this day different from any regular clinic day is that not only is our team volunteering their time, but they donate two-thirds of the funds they receive to the community.


DBD team members drop off a donation to the Boys and Girls Club of Door County.

“When the team donates their time, it eliminates our greatest expense.  We then take two-thirds of that half day’s production and donate it back to the community.  We retain a third to cover expenses like lab fees and supplies that pertain to that specific day, but nothing more.  With donated time and expertise and only having to cover costs we incur from outside sources we are able to make a more impactful donation.” states DBD Accountant, Teri Hooker.

Our volunteer workdays were established as a result of an unsuccessful attempt to help build a house with Habitat for Humanity.  Dr. Paul Feit states, “Originally we wanted to get a crew of DBD team members together to help build a house for a family in need, but due to conflicting schedules and weather challenges our team was unable to help build in 2014. We all felt strongly about giving back so we decided that the best way to do so was to utilize our professional talents.  We presented the idea and our amazing team jumped onboard right away.  It is a great way to help organizations like Habitat and individuals in our area in need in a way that fit into our busy schedules.”

Presenting a donation to Southern Door Elementary teachers.

Southern Door Elementary teachers receive a donation from DBD.

Our volunteer workdays are a collaboration between our team members and patients, with our team members collectively agreeing on who the funds are distributed to. Since the inception of the program in 2014 we are proud to announce that we have donated approximately $29,000 to individuals and families in need and various organizations in the Door County community. Organizations that have benefited include Backpack Buddies, Bark for Life, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Wisconsin, Door County 4K & 5K Teachers, Door County High School Senior Banquets, Door County Veteran’s Council, Go Bo Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, Loaves & Fishes, Neighbor to Neighbor, Northern Door Childcare Project, Special Olympics, The Boys and Girls Club of Door County, and The Ronald McDonald House Charities.

We would like to thank our amazing patients for helping us with our Volunteer Workdays. We couldn’t have done this without your continued support and patronage to our practices.