Founder, former CEO of Mortenson Dental Partners retires

Wayne Mortenson, DMD, who founded Mortenson Dental Partners with his wife, said he will retire from the DSO Sept. 30.

Dr. Mortenson and his wife, Sue Mortenson, opened their first dental practice, Mortenson Family Dental, in Middletown, Ky., in 1979. Their DSO now includes 140 practices across nine states and employs nearly 1,800 people.

The retirement announcement comes two years after Dr. Mortenson stepped down from his CEO role to serve as an executive adviser. He plans to stay an active member of the DSO's board of directors and lead the Mortenson Charitable Foundation's efforts with his wife.

"Sue and I have a simple approach to business and life," Dr. Mortensen said in a news release sent to Becker's. "We believe that the more you share, the more you receive. This has led to an abundant, fulfilling life. It has been an honor to work, grow, serve and share our lives with so many amazing people. We have great love, respect and gratitude for our team members, patients and communities."

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