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Taking Two To The Top

2017 Madison’s Top Dentists are at Affiliated Dentists

While Madison is full of dentists to choose from, our dentists at Affiliated Dentists continue to stand out. Take notice of our very own Dr. Maggie Budde (Smith) and Dr. Mark Gustavson– earning Top Dentist accolades!

What Is the Top Dentist Award?

Every year, health care professionals participate in nominating their peers. All dentists and hygienists from the Madison Wi area can submit their nominations. Reviews are based on several criteria such as the dentist’s years of experience, patient satisfaction results and the number of successful dental cases completed. Years of continuing education, as well as the types of technology and materials they use in their procedures are also taken into consideration. Once nominated, the state dental board ensures all licensing is in good standing before the award is given to the dentist.

About Our Top Dentists

We asked Dr. Budde (Smith) and Dr. Gustavson what made them happy about being a dentist, as well as why they felt Madison is a great community to serve in.

Dr. Mark Gustavson

Dr. Gustavson takes pride and satisfaction from dentistry because he gets to solve problems for many different people.

Each interaction is a chance to get to know and help someone, and each procedure is a little puzzle that needs to be solved and I get to work with my hands to do it,” he says. “If I wasn’t a dentist I think I would have been a finish carpenter working with wood.”

When not practicing dentistry, Dr. Gustavson loves to ride his bicycle. He’s lived in the Madison, WI area for over 11 years now, after he and his wife moved here without knowing anyone. “It was a true leap of faith, as we knew one other dentist but no one else,” he recalls. But it worked out for him, and he’s been living here with his wife and three children ever since. “I ended up finding a wonderful office were everyone is working to try help the patients and keep people happy.  We found a community that we have grown into with our three kids and I cannot imagine living anywhere else.  I look forward to a few more decades of service to this community.”

This is the third year in a row that Dr. Mark Gustavson has been named one of Madison’s Top Dentists!

What is wakesurfing anyway?

Wakesurfing is a water sport in which a rider trails behind a boat, riding the boat’s wake without being directly pulled by the boat. After getting up on the wake, typically by use of a tow rope, the wakesurfers will drop the rope, and ride the steep face below the wave’s peak in a fashion reminiscent of surfing.

Dr Gustavson Wake Surfing

Dr. Maggie Budde (Smith)

It took me a while to figure out what I wanted to do as a career. I didn’t wake up one morning wanting to be a dentist.” 

Dr. Maggie Budde (Smith) actually first earned her degree in Exercise Science, then continued her education by earning an M.S. in Clinical Anatomy. From there, she decided to pursue dentistry, and couldn’t be happier that she did. ”

Being a dentist allows me to interact with a bunch of different people from all walks of life,” she says. “I love fixing things and having the opportunity to get patient’s smiles back to health gets me excited.”

Initially, after she graduated from Marquette’s Dental School, she moved back home to Nebraska. However, she realized she missed living in Wisconsin, so she moved to Madison, WI, and has loved living here ever since. She especially enjoy’s Madison’s patients:

I love being a dentist in Madison because the patients have a high dental IQ. They understand the importance of good oral hygiene and the long term effects it has on your mouth.” 

Similar to Dr. Gustavson, Dr. Budde (Smith) loves to be outdoors during her free time. She is constantly going for runs or playing on a volleyball team. The latter was a great way for her to meet new people after she moved to town. She now plays at least one night a week throughout the entire year. She is also an avid sports fan, her favorite being Indy car racing, and attends at least two races every year. Outside of volleyball and racing, she still spends most of her time outside.


Congratulations, Doctors!

We here at Affiliated Dentists couldn’t be more proud of both Dr. Budde (Smith) and Dr. Gustavson for earning Top Dentist 2017. Be sure to congratulate them when you are in for your next appointment!

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