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Dr. Richard Whalen is a Phoenix, Arizona native who graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1991. He didn’t immediately know that dentistry was the path he was destined to follow. It was only after he met his wife, Teri, and they married in 1996 that they moved to Wisconsin to allow him to pursue a career in dentistry.
Dr. Whalen attended Marquette University School of Dentistry and graduated in 2000. Upon graduation, Dr. Whalen joined Dousman Family Dentistry as an associate, and became a full partner in 2002.
Dr. Whalen has a passion for the art that is dentistry, and enjoys all aspects of dentistry, especially cosmetic dentistry, implant dentistry, and root canal therapy. He treats patients of all ages, from all walks of life, and provides dentistry from a “patient-centered” approach. He describes his approach to patient care as first listening, which is the most important step. Only after listening to his patients desires does he share information with them on all of their options. Then finally, the last step is creating a treatment plan that addresses immediate needs and overall healthcare goals.
Dentistry is a dynamic profession and Dr. Whalen is dedicated to providing the best, most current treatment options, so he regularly attends continuing education courses to keep pace with all the advances in dentistry. He is also an active member in the American Dental Association, the Wisconsin Dental Association, the Waukesha County Dental Association, the Chicago Dental Society, the Academy of General Dentistry, and the American Orthodontic Society.
When not at the office or at a continuing education course, Dr. Whalen enjoys spending as much time as possible with Teri and their three children Ivey, Tatum, and Jake.