Dr. Douglas Martin

New dentist takes over retired Conklin’s practice

November 18, 2009 // 0 Comments

Douglas Martin grew up just 120 miles from Rockford, but after he earned his doctorate in dentistry, the Air Force and his following career took him all over the country. Now, with 23 years of experience and with plenty of progressive West Coast practices to offer, he has taken over the general dentistry office of Dr. John Conklin, who spent his entire career working from downtown Rockford. Some people are still moving to Michigan for work. Serving as proof is Rockford’s newest dentist, Dr. Martin, who came here in part because of a position his wife was offered as dean at Grand Rapids Community College. Martin said the Midwest is very solid in dentistry and the Grand Rapids area in particular has much to offer. He also hoped to return to the area to be closer to family. Finding a dentist who hoped to find a replacement so he could retire was a perfect fit. Dr. Conklin, with an office located at 112 Monroe St., has been serving his patients for many years and is known for his passion of golf. He and Martin even officially shook on the agreement over the practice while on a golf course. Martin said he thought this a fitting gesture, given Conklin’s fondness for the game. Now retired, Conklin will likely have more time for the sport and add to his lifetime seven holes-in-one. Martin aspired to a career in dentistry because it fit in with his interest in science, his desire to help people, and his desire to be his own businessman. A native of Wisconsin, he graduated from the University of Marquette and looked to the military to offer him his start. “To start from scratch can take a long time,” he said of his profession. Martin said new dentists can sometimes make a go of a practice in a suburb of a large city, such as Dallas, Texas, or in a town that is small and has no dentist. Usually, though, it is tough to start out cold. “That’s why so many dentists form a partnership when they are young.” Martin’s partnership with the United States was the success he’d hoped. As a commissioned officer, he built up the experience and skills for his own successful […]