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Downtown Dentists remain a Main Street Staple
In O'Neill, Neb., a father and daughter revitalize a 30-year-old practice together
There's an undeniable sense of community in O'Neill, Neb., born of pride and responsibility. MJ Kersenbrock, DDS, knows it well. He grew up in O’Neill and has owned Kersenbrock Dental Care, PC, a dental practice downtown, since 1982.



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That attitude is also present in Dr. MJ’s daughter, Mary Kersenbrock, DDS, who decided upon entering Creighton University School of Dentistry in Omaha that she wanted to come back home to O’Neill and practice dentistry with her father. The only problem: his practice didn’t have the space.
“My old office was your typical downtown, 22-foot-wide, 100-foot-deep office. It was like…,” Dr. MJ pauses, before Dr. Mary finishes for him, “A bowling alley.”
Dr. MJ’s office had three dental chairs in separate rooms, and they were almost always in use: one by each of his two hygienists and one by him. There would have been nowhere for Dr. Mary to work even if the clinic was able to support her. Dr. MJ contacted Jason Schneider, his Patterson representative, who along with Patterson Equipment Specialist Steve Kampschnieder, took the doctors to a Mercer Design Seminar in Scottsdale, Ariz.
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