Meet Dr. Brent Martin
I was born in Minneapolis and graduated from Saint Louis Park High School. I have had a long term commitment to the Boy Scouts, having spent summers working at a scout camp in Northern Minnesota. That commitment has lead to support of that camp and years spent as a dentistry merit badge counselor. While at that camp, I met and later married the camp nurse. Together, we have one daughter, son-in-law and three grandchildren. Together we enjoy the outdoors, fishing, photography, hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, traveling and time with friends and family.
I studied at the University of Minnesota, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and later a Doctor of Dental Surgery from the School of Dentistry. I have been privileged to continue a connection to the U of M Dental School as a part time adjunct faculty member, working with senior dental students from the U of M at the Union Gospel Mission’s dental clinic.
Through this connection to the School of Dentistry, and on going continuing education classes, I have been able to keep abreast of the changes and advances in dentistry. It is a commitment of not only myself, but also the staff to learn the newest and best forms of patient care.
My work experience includes kitchen work, Boy Scout camp staff, automobile service, house painting and a short time of being a full sized ice cream cone for a Dairy Queen. I began practicing dentistry on Payne Avenue on Saint Paul’s East side in a practice started there in 1922. I also practiced in Northeast Minneapolis, 4 blocks from where my grandfather practiced dentistry starting in 1914. (He would later join my father in a dental practice downtown Minneapolis in 1937). In 1997 I moved the office to its present location in Woodbury. It was not only a great pleasure but also very flattering that so many St Paul patients moved along to the Woodbury office!
I feel the practice is one where the patient comes first, being treated as we, the staff, would want to be treated. We do this in a pleasant atmosphere where the patient is comfortable and in control. We treat PEOPLE, not teeth, being aware that not everyone’s needs and expectations are the same. I am proud of the staff for the positive, and generally fun, atmosphere in which we work. The patients and staff are unanimous in the feeling that my jokes are lacking!
I am proud of the staff for their commitment to “give back” to the profession through such efforts as the annual Give Kids a Smile, Mission of Mercy and other dental volunteer activities. I look forward to years of continued professional growth.