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Meet Our Dentists in South Lake Tahoe, CA!

Meet Dr. Robert Rutner

Dr. Robert Rutner received his undergraduate and graduate degrees with Honors in Biochemistry from the University of California, Davis. He graduated Cum Laude from Georgetown University School of Dentistry.

Dr. Rutner was the CEO of Serra Park Dental Group, the premier multispecialty practice in the San Francisco Bay Area. He pioneered dental marketing in the 1980’s and 90’s—consulting and becoming an owner of 1-800-DENTIST (The most successful dental marketing company of all time). 

He mentors emerging entrepreneurs and funds technology based companies largely in healthcare and social media. Dr. Rutner funded Schick Technology, the first digital radiography company that developed sensors for intraoral dental imaging. 

He has been an active board member or consultant assisting several of the companies to go public or be sold (Puma, Invisalign, Pete’s Wicked Ale, Alien Golf, Beyond Dental).

He has lectured internationally in restorative, implantology, orthodontics and cosmetic dentistry. Dr. Rutner was President of Invisalign, Asia and Australia, from inception where he trained and certified doctors in the US, Asia and Australia. 

He is a speaker for Dentsply (the world’s largest dental company) and the Dean of Education of the FADE RDAEF2 program. He has been recognized as one of “Americas Top Dentists” by Consumers’ Research Council of America. Dr. Rutner was the Chief Clinical Officer for One Smile Silicon Valley and the President of Biodent, the makers of the Ultratooth tooth replacement system. 

Dr. Rutner finished the Oregon Maxi course in implantology certified by the American Academy of Implant Dentistry and is a Diplomat of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. His practice consists of surgery, advanced implant therapies and treatment. Dr. Rutner trains and mentors doctors in private practice settings internationally on practice management, surgical techniques, beginning and advanced implant therapies.

Dr. Rutner enjoys spending time with his wife and seven children, playing
golf and tending to his small organic farm where he raises vegetables,
rabbits and chickens.


A visionary in medical and dental delivery systems. For over 30 years, he has brought the needs of the patients, insurers, and health care providers together for better care in technology driven environments. His expertise stretches beyond the doors of his office and into the minds of those who learn from him through his captivating speaking events and training courses.

Meet Dr. Frederick Wecnk, D.D.S.

Born and raised in Evanston and Wilmette, IL (near Chicago). Degrees received are a Bachelor of Science from St. Bonaventure University in Olean, NY (near Buffalo, NY) and my DDS degree from Northwestern University Dental School in Chicago, IL.
I practiced dentistry for 4 years in the U.S. Navy at Camp Pendleton California, Taipei in Taiwan and Newport, RI. I then moved to South Lake Tahoe in 1970. In 1990 I moved to my present office location on Ski Run Blvd. After leaving active duty in the Navy I remained in the Naval Reserves for another 21 years. I was promoted to a Navy Captain and was a Commanding Officer for 3 Reserve Units.
I particularly like treating our military service members who are giving so much to our country. While in the Navy Reserves I met my future wife, Patience, at a Tri-Service Medical Meeting in San Antonio, TX. Patience was an Army Nurse. She became a Colonel in the Army and retired after 28 years and serving as commander of a Combat Support Hospital in Vancouver Washington.
Patience and I recently celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary. Between us, we have 7 children and 10 grandchildren. Patience works as a Nurse Practitioner at Emerald Bay Center for Women’s Health in South Lake Tahoe. I was elected to the founding Board of Trustees of Lake Tahoe Community College in 1974. I have been re-elected 8 times to the Board. I have been President of the Board 5 times and served 9 years on the statewide Board including a year as its president.
I participated in 5 separate accreditation teams for other California Community Colleges. I am active in the community in the South Tahoe Optimist Club where I was president twice. Also, I remain active in St. Theresa Church. My other interests include bicycling, hiking, reading and traveling. In the summer, you can see me bicycling to work.