40 UNDER 40 HONOREES

MARK M. STAPLETON

  • Chaska, Minnesota
  • White Oak Dental

Age:

32

Name of Practice:

White Oak Dental

Specialty:

General dentistry

Education:

DDS, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry; AEGD, the University of Florida College of Dentistry


Why He Was Nominated

Dr. Stapleton is a renovation specialist. Just one year ago, he purchased what he calls a “very old-school” practice, outfitting it with the latest high technology to increase efficiency. He also amended the existing “patchwork” philosophy familiar to patients and staff, much to the liking of each.

Inspiration

His mentor, Dr. Peter Dawson, who taught him about comprehensive dentistry. “Any dentist can make teeth,
but the difficult part is understanding the overall picture of how muscles and joints affect teeth and supporting structures, and vice-versa,” Dr. Stapleton says.

Exciting New Trend

Ceramic materials, bonding agents and 3D imaging technology.

Something People Don't Know

Although long hours practicing dentistry don’t make him tense, Dr. Stapleton says, he is avowedly not a morning person.