Transitions at Miskovich Dental Clinic in Grand Rapids

Tucked away in the tall timbers of Grand Rapids sits Miskovich Dental Clinic, PC. The clinic is experiencing a number of exciting changes within its walls as Dr. Mike Miskovich, DDS, retires and Dr. Andrew Kuehn joins the clinic’s staff. The transition has been nothing but smooth sailing.

After practicing for 43 years, Dr. Mike Miskovich retired July 9. He is still seen frequently at the clinic to provide his expertise and mentor during the transition.

“I love studying. I love dentistry,” Mike said. “I miss coming to the office, I’ll be honest with you. But I don’t miss waking up in the morning with that responsibility.”

Mike hopes to enjoy the relaxing aspects of retirement by doing the things he loves such as playing golf, fishing and yard work. He also is looking forward to spending more time with his family, wife and grandchildren.

“I like getting up in the morning and having that extra cup of coffee with my wife Liz,” Mike added.

Additionally, he plans to travel with his wife, Elizabeth, who served as the Foundation Director for the Grand Itasca Clinic and Hospital for 14 years.

“We are so fortunate to be a part of a close knit dental community that exhibits mutual respect and support for one another,” Mike noted.

Mike and Elizabeth’s children have all followed in their footsteps of working in the healthcare industry. Their son, Dr. Michael Miskovich, is a dentist in Virginia, Minn., and their daughter, Ann Miskovich, MA, is a mental health therapist. Aaron Miskovich works in the dental supply business and Matthew Miskovich provides medical supplies for orthopedic surgeons. Dr. Peter Miskovich has worked with his father at the Miskovich Dental Clinic for the past 15 years.

“Working with Peter has been a very, very positive experience,” Mike said. “I learn from him and he learns from me.”

Dr. Peter Miskovich received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Minnesota and then joined his father at Miskovich Dental Clinic in 2004. He continued his education by completing training at The Dawson Academy and The Misch International Implant Institute.

He is a member of the Spear Faculty Club, “one of the world’s most respected and comprehensive continuing education resources,” according to his biography.

Additionally, Peter is a member of the American Dental Association, the Minnesota Dental Association, the Northeastern District Dental Society & House of Delegates Member, the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, the Itasca Dental Society and Courtesy Dental Staff at Grand Itasca Clinic and Hospital.

Mike explained how over those 15 years, Peter has emerged as a leader at the clinic, specifically in the last seven years.

“He is one of those people that just can’t get enough knowledge, always looking for the best way to provide patient care,” Mike said.

Kuehn reminded Mike of his son, Peter, as he, too, was passionate about learning. When Mike saw the same trait of always seeking more knowledge, he knew Kuehn would be a wonderful addition.

After connecting over LinkedIn, Andrew met with the team and was instantly drawn to the clinic.

“If I were to design a practice, it would be this practice,” Kuehn commented.

Kuehn was born and raised in Minnetonka and graduated from St. Olaf College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology in 1996. Starting his career on the business side of medicine, Kuehn worked in many places across the United States, including Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Hampshire and Minnesota.

In 2005, Kuehn met his wife at Deer Lake, in Deer River, the same place where his great grandfather built a log home in the 1930s. After spending a number of years in the pharmaceutical industry, Kuehn decided to pursue a career in dentistry in order to focus more on patients with his work. Dr. Kuehn’s wife, Erika, joined Grand Itasca Clinic and Hospital in January as a Hospitalist.

“I’ve always been patient-focused and I guess that’s what brought me back to dentistry,” Kuehn said.

Kuehn graduated from the University of Minnesota this spring with a Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree while also receiving the Raymond Gill award for pre-clinical prosthodontics and awards for excellence in periodontics. He is a member of the Northeastern District Dental Society, American Academy of Implant Dentistry, the Academy of General Dentistry, the Minnesota Dental Association and the American Dental Association.

“It’s nice to develop a friend and a work mate, too,” Peter said. “The comradery is there already and I’m looking forward to the future.”

Adding his own knowledge and skills to the team, Kuehn is focused on continuing to provide the many varieties of high-quality care that Miskovich Clinic offers to the community.

“We’ve got a great team,” Kuehn said. “It’s about delivering that consistent, good care that the Miskovich’s are known for.”

Bringing on a new dentist to the team, Peter saw an ideal opportunity to update the office space and equipment used by the staff. Changes will include updates to treatment rooms, new equipment, updated technology, new office layout and an updated design of the clinic as a whole.

“I think the feel will be the same but the look will be different,” Mike added. “Hopefully, it will make it a more pleasant place for staff to operate because we work for each other, and by working with and for each other, I think we are able to provide better care for our patients.”

Peter expressed his happiness for his father as he goes into retirement.

“I just think it’s great. It’s a great life thing,” Peter said. “It just seems right. He definitely wasn’t here too long.”

Although Mike’s legacy in dentistry cannot be replaced, the addition of Kuehn has already proved to be a positive experience. As autumn approaches, Miskovich Dental Clinic will come into a new season of its own. Mike leaves behind a team well equipped to continue the legacy he, his family and the rest of the staff have created together after more than four decades of serving the community.

“I think of dentistry as medical care, because we really are treating the entire patient—mentally, physically, and health wise,” Mike said. “And these guys, and the people who work with them, exemplify that to the T.”

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