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Historical notes:
I was born on April 18th, 1951 and grew up in Waunakee, Wisconsin. I have two older sisters Randa and Mary, and a younger brother Connor who departed at 19 yrs of age. I am very proud to be a third generation dentist. My grandfather Dr. Simon Bakke practiced in Deforest Wisc.(1882-1963). My father Dr. Knight J. Bakke practiced in Waunakee, Wisc. with distinction for 35 years. He was a past President of the Dane County Dental Society and a Waunakee school board member amongst many other distinguishing honors.

While in high school I acquired nine varsity letters in four different sports (football (4), basketball (2), baseball (2) and golf (1)). I received all- conference honors as a quarterback in football and as a guard in basketball. I won the Wisconsin State High School Golf Championship title in 1969.

I continued my academic undergraduate studies at the University of Illinois, on a golf scholarship from 1969 to 1973 studying biology. My best finish while acquiring four letters on the U of Illinois golf team was 3rd in the Big Ten championship. I also was the medallist in the distinguished Western Jr. Championship at Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1970. In 1972 I finished 4th in the (WSGA) Wisconsin State Golf Association Amateur Championship.

I attended Marquette Dental School, from 1973 to 1977 receiving my Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. During the summer of 1974, I won the Madison city golf championship and in 1975 I finished 7th in the WSGA Amateur championship.

From there, I was fortunate to attend the University of California at Los Angeles, acquiring my Orthodontic degree from 1977 to 1979. UCLA’s Orthodontic Department surrounded me with some of the most prominent Orthodontist in the nation.

One such UCLA instructor was the late Craven Kurz who developed and patented the first true lingual appliance in 1976 and today is recognized as the father of lingual orthodontics. Through his inspiration, I treated my first lingual case in 1979. I have been doing lingual orthodontics ever since and find it one of my most appreciated and gratifying endeavors in the vast field of orthodontics.

I have been a member of the (ALOA) American Lingual Orthodontic Association from its conception on November 14,1987. In addition to the instruction of Dr Kurz, I am privileged to have learned lingual techniques from Dr. Didier Fillion who has practiced lingual orthodontics exclusively in Paris since 1987. He is president and CO-organizer of the First International Lingual Orthodontic Congress held in Paris in 1991 and has demonstrated to the world orthodontic community that he is an authority and accomplished master of the lingual orthodontic technique. The European Society of Lingual Orthodontics (ESLO) was founded in 1992, in Venice, Italy.

Another most influential lingual teacher and lecturer of mine is Dr Dirk Wiechmann from Bad Essen , Germany . He has created the wonderful lingual morphs presented here for everyone’s enlightenment and inspiration.

In 1982, I finished third in the (WSGA) Wisconsin State Golf Assoc. State Amateur. In 1987, I was the Medalist in the (WSGA) Wisconsin State Golf Assoc. Match Play Championship and made it to the quarterfinals. In 1993 I finished 16th in the State Amateur. In the 1996 Wisconsin State Match Play Championship, I made it to the Semi-finals. I am a three-time champion of Maple Bluff Country Club in Madison, Wisc.

A great and happy Smile makes the world a beautiful place and being lucky enough to create that dimension for others is my finest reward.

Thanks again for taking the time to view my web site. Please come in and visit with me so I can enlighten you to the possibilities and alternatives you have for a beautiful functioning occlusion.

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