Dr. Padgett enjoys the focus of working with an underserved population in a clinic that is open to the public, state of the art facility and modern equipment and feels the team at Lac Vieux Desert Health Center is professional, kind, and truly care about the patients. Her favorite patients to see are children and the elderly. She also enjoys helping people establish healthy long-term dental habits with a focus on prevention. One of her professional goals is to set up a prevention program for people who live in long- term care facilities.
In her spare time Mary enjoys spending time with my husband, two college kids and extended family. She also enjoys being outdoors-hiking, running, gardening, making maple syrup and collecting wild foods like berries and mushrooms, as well as reading, cooking, and animals.
Dr. Padgett is a dental officer with the WI Army National Guard, and volunteers at the Humane Society walking dogs, fostering kittens and pregnant cats at her home until they are ready for adoption. She also volunteers visiting folks in nursing homes. One of Dr. Padgett’s dreams is to own a therapy dog and visit people in long term care facilities.
Dr. Padgett graduated from the University of Michigan with a BS in Biology in 1989 and then from Ohio State University with a DDS in 1995 followed by an Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency at Ohio State. She worked as a dental associate in Madison for 5 years and then as a nursing home dentist in Rhinelander for 5 years. For the last 15 years she owned and operated a private dental practice in Rhinelander before retiring from it in January of 2020.
She is a member of the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, National Dental Practice Based Research Network and Donated Dental Services. She has served on multiple local and international dental volunteer missions. Dr. Padgett holds a dental license in both Michigan and Wisconsin.