Celebrating more than a century in Waukesha
Davies family serving community’s dental needs since 1902

By Corrinne Hess - Special to The Freeman

March 19, 2013

Staff at Davies Orthodontics include Dr. Kent Davies, standing left, Dr. Kristi Davies, Dr. Tracy Davies, Dr. Kirk Davies, Karin Davies Wegner, RDH, Dr. Kirsten Davies, seated left and Dr. Lindsey Davies.
Mary Catanese/Special to The Freeman

WAUKESHA - If you’ve lived in Waukesha long enough, there’s a good chance someone you know has had his or her their teeth cleaned by a member of the Davies family - and maybe you have as well.

The family has been providing dental care to the Waukesha community since the early 1900’s. It started with Bill McFarlane in 1902, followed by his daughter, Margaret McFarlane Davies in 1935; her son, Robert Davies in 1971; and now his five children.

“Every day I run into people who know us,” Robert Davies said. “Sometimes people I don’t even know will hear my name and ask if I’m related to the Davies family with the dental office on Highway 59.”

At age 70, Robert Davies now only sees patients on Tuesdays. However, the rest of the Davies clan is always available.

In May 2010, the family opened an impressive 18,000-square-foot dental complex on Corporate Drive, just off Highway 59.

Iris Laabs, 9, picks out two gifts and a new toothbrush after her teeth cleaning by Dr. Lindsey Davies on March 4 in the Davies Pediatric Suite. Iris is a patient of Dr. Lindsey Davies for her general denistry and sees Dr. Kirk Davies for orthodontics.
Mary Catanese/Special to The Freeman

The business is run as three separate dental offices in the same building. Kirk Davies owns Davies Orthodontics. Kristi, Kent and Tracy Davies (Kirk’s wife) run Davies General Dentistry, and Robert, Kristen and Lindsey Davies (Kent’s wife) operate Davies Pediatric Dentistry. Robert’s other daughter, Karin Davies Wagner, is a dental hygienist in the building.

If the family tree gets too confusing, there is a mural on the wall when you enter the building for reference along with pictures of the Davies children, including one of Kirk and Kristen cleaning Howdy Doody’s teeth when they were 2- and 4-years old, using real dental tools Robert set up for them.

“I was always fascinated with teeth,” said Kirk Davies, “It’s like a 5-year-old who wants to be a pro baseball player. I wanted to be a dentist because I thought it was cool. I could do this 18 hours a day.”

Iris Laabs, 9, picks out two gifts and a new toothbrush after her teeth cleaning by Dr. Lindsey Davies on March 4 in the Davies Pediatric Suite. Iris is a patient of Dr. Lindsey Davies for her general denistry and sees Dr. Kirk Davies for Orthodontics.
Mary Catanese/Special to The Freeman

Davies’ dental museum

Also at the entrance is a dental museum, which Kirk Davies says is larger than the museum at Marquette Dental School, where most of the Davies children and Robert were trained.

Before the move to the current location, Robert Davies had his dental artifacts displayed in a more modest location in his office on East Avenue.

“I wasn’t 100 percent sure I wanted to move and now the kids joke that they only reason I agreed was that now I have a great big area to display my antiques,” Robert Davies said. “I’m not saying that’s why I did it, but I am certainly happy to have a place for them.”

The lobby of the Davies General Dentistry Suite at 2117 Corporate Drive in Waukesha.
Mary Catanese/Special to The Freeman

Kristi Davies, who ended up going to dental school four years after graduating with a degree in wildlife biology, said it’s nice working with her siblings because they know each other’s boundaries without having to have a learning curve.

Kirk Davies agreed, although he said sometimes at family gatherings, the dentists in the family have to turn off the “teeth talk” for the spouses and three other siblings who are not involved in the business.

"We’re no different than any other family, we just talk about teeth,” Kirk Davies said.