Bay Oral Surgery & Implant Center is pleased to announce Salute to Smiles, a program designed to connect area dentists with military backgrounds and local veterans in order to provide necessary dental procedures. The inspiration for this program came from Bay Oral Surgery’s three ex-military oral surgeons, Dr. David LeMoine, Dr. Bradley Koch, and Dr. Charles Ellis.
In total, the individuals participating in this event represent nearly 125 years of service in various branches of the military. Of this grand total, 64 years worth of service were performed by the six patients who are receiving dental care as a result of this program.
Eight years after leaving the Air Force, Michael decided to return to the service and join the U.S. Navy. Michael retired with 23 years of military experience and has served as Commander of his local chapter for Disabled American Veterans for the past three years. Michael now lives in Little Suamico, Wisconsin.
Dr. Eric Ulve, Green Bay Family Dental
In 1993, Dr. Ulve received his DDS degree from University of Iowa College of Dentistry. For the next three years, Dr. Ulve served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy. During this time, Dr. Ulve served on USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) Aircraft Carrier from 1994 to 1996, where he provided comprehensive dental treatment for ship’s crew and air wing. In 1995, he was deployed to the Mediterranean Sea and Persian Gulf. In 2000, Dr. Ulve returned to the States, joining the Family Dental Center of Green Bay where he has remained ever since. In 2012, Dr. Ulve assumed ownership of Family Dental.
Dr. Jason LeMoine, Bay Oral Surgery & Implant Center
Dr. Jason LeMoine is a native of Green Bay; he attended grade school in De Pere, WI and attended high school at Abbot Pennings High. After high school, he attended college at UW-Madison where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Zoology and where he also met his wife. Dr. LeMoine moved back to Green Bay in 2002, and he has been in private practice since then. He has been married since 1994 and has five children. In his free time, Dr. LeMoine enjoys water skiing, snow skiing, and playing drums.
Steven spent 20 years in the Air Force working, with 13 of those years spent overseas. Steven now lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin and serves as a Veteran’s Representative in the state of Wisconsin.
Dr. Brian Koch, Oral Health Associates
A Green Bay native, Dr. Koch attended Premontre High School, UW-Stevens Point for undergraduate studies and the University of Minnesota for Dental School. Feeling that he needed to gain greater experience, Dr. Koch entered the United States Air Force to complete a general practice residency. His duty stations included Scott AFB, IL and Ellsworth AFB, SD over a three year period. He then practiced with his father for five years before joining Oral Health Associates in 1995.
Dr. Bradley Koch, Bay Oral Surgery & Implant Center
Dr. Koch obtained his D.D.S. from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in 1988. He then entered the United States Navy and performed general dentistry until 1994. In 1998, he completed a four year oral & maxillofacial surgery residency at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD. He served as an oral & maxillofacial surgeon in the United States Navy until coming to Green Bay in 2002.
Born and raised in the Marinette area, James left Wisconsin for military training in the Dakotas. James enrolled in the army in 1964, serving as Communications personnel for a year in Korea and another 18 months in Vietnam. The remainder of his service was split between Colorado (prior to his tour overseas) and Georgia, where he was stationed upon his return from Vietnam. When James retired, he returned to his hometown in Wisconsin and has lived there with his wife ever since.
Dr. Kurt Aschim, Kurt Aschim DDS
Dr. Aschim graduated with a B.S. degree from the University of Iowa in 1975 and the University of Iowa School of Dentistry in 1979. He then served as a captain in the United States Air Force as a general dentist from 1979 – 1982 at KI Sawyer AFB in Michigan. Dr. Aschim entered private practice in Marinette, Wisconsin in 1982 and continues to serve patients there.
Dr. Charles Ellis, Bay Oral Surgery & Implant Center
Dr. Ellis has been in an oral & maxillofacial surgery practice in Mebane, North Carolina since 2010. Prior to that, he was an Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon for the United States Navy since 2000. Dr. Ellis and his wife Marcia have relocated to Green Bay as of September 1, 2014.
Dr. Ellis and Marcia have been married 28 years and have a son, a daughter and a wonderful son-in-law. They lived in Japan for five years while Dr. Ellis was forward-deployed on the USS Kitty Hawk. Dr. Ellis loves to bicycle and Marcia loves any activity on or near the water.
Ron’s personality lit up the room during the Salute to Smiles launch event. Ron served 3 years in the Army, spending 11 months in Vietnam as an advisor between 1964 and 1965. He is now living in De Pere, Wisconsin.
Dr. Robert Wagner, Robert H Wagner Family Dentistry
Dr. Wagner grew up on the south side of Chicago and attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison for his undergraduate education. While there, he played football for the UW-Madison Badgers, and developed a close friendship with the team dentist. Dr. Wagner continued his education at Loyola University-College of Dentistry in Maywood, Illinois, and received his D.D.S. in 1985.
Dr. David LeMoine, Bay Oral Surgery & Implant Center
Dr. David LeMoine has been in practice in Green Bay since 1980. He has been married to his wife since 1964, and they have three grown children and eight grandchildren together. Dr. LeMoine spent 3 years in the U.S. Army and enjoys boating, snow skiing, scuba diving, and bike riding in his free time.
Terry served as a cook and a rations driver in Vietnam for 11 months, and served a total of 3 years with the Army. Terry hails from Titletown USA.
Dr. Zachary Graf, Dental Arts of Green Bay
Dr. Graf served 3 years in the First Dental Battalion at Camp Pendleton, CA. He was deployed with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit to fight the war of terrorism (Operation Enduring Freedom).
Dr. Graf joined Dental Arts in 2002. After completing a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dr. Graf obtained his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Marquette University School of Dentistry in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Dr. Vijay Parmar, Bay Oral Surgery & Implant Center
Dr. Parmar has been in practice in Green Bay since 1999. He has been married to his wife since 1999, and they have three children together. Dr. Parmar enjoys golfing and skiing in his free time.
Jeffrey expressed that his service has made him who he is today. Jeffrey served primarily in Iraq and Kuwait. Reflecting on the deep connection he feels to all his fellow service men and women, he told John Maino at the Salute to Smiles Launch event “We’re in it together.” Jeffrey is also a proud Green Bay resident.
Dr. Gregory Furdek, Brodhagen Dental Care
Dr. Furdek received his D.D.S. from Marquette School of Dentistry. Soon after, Dr. Furdek entered active duty with the U.S. Army. His first year in the Army was spent completing an Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD). For the next 6 years with the Army, Dr. Furdek was stationed at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, Kandahar, Afghanistan and Fort Wainwright, Alaska. Dr. Furdek is happy to be living in Wisconsin with his wife Laura, son Jack and daughter Annika.
Dr. Michael Miskella, Bay Oral Surgery & Implant Center
Dr. Miskella was born in Green Bay and returned to Green Bay after his residency to start his practice in 1974. He has been married to his wife since 1972, and they have four grown children and four grandchildren together. Dr. Miskella enjoys tennis, cycling, and golf in his free time.