The History of Deerwood Orthodontics

Associated Orthodontists was founded in 1973 by Dr. Karl Biewald and Dr. Michael Hackett.  Drs.  Biewald and Hackett were classmates at the University of Minnesota Dental School.  They  opened two offices in the Minneapolis area and one office in Cudahy, Wisconsin.  Dr. Hackett grew up in the Lake Geneva area of Wisconsin.  In the practice’s infancy, they took turns flying down from Minneapolis to treat the patients in the Cudahy office. The practices in Minnesota and Wisconsin both grew and expanded to many more office locations.  The orthodontic group in Minnesota was originally named Biewald/Hackett Orthodontics.  It is currently known as Orthodontic Care Specialists.  There are currently 17 offices in the greater Minneapolis area.  The one office that started in Cudahy, grew to 12 offices in Wisconsin.  The concept of a group orthodontic practice was unique in the 1970’s.  It is no longer so. Dr. James Lipinski joined Drs. Biewald and Hackett as an associate and became a partner in 1989.  In May of 1991, Dr. Michael Hackett passed away unexpectedly.  Dr. Biewald made the decision to concentrate his time in Minnesota.  The associate doctors in Wisconsin purchased Dr. Hackett and Biewald’s interest in the group.    Dr. Colleen Connor joined Dr. Lipinski in 1995 as an associate and became a partner in 1997.  In August of 2001, Associated Orthodontists opened its first new office in the Deerwood Preserve area of Franklin, Wisconsin.  Prior to this, all of its other offices were housed within other dental group practices.  Associated Orthodontists changed its name to Deerwood Orthodontics when the Franklin Office opened. In May of 2006, Deerwood Orthodontics became an affiliate of American Dental Partners.  Orthodontists practicing with ForwardDental, another American Dental Partner affiliate, joined Deerwood Orthodontics at that time. There are currently seven orthodontists who see patients in twelve Wisconsin offices.

Deerwood Orthodontics has been caring for the area’s orthodontic needs for 37 years, and we look forward to being your Orthodontist now and in the future!


Our Mission: to be your orthodontic care provider of choice!

We are committed to serving our patients with courtesy and respect, and will make every effort to:

  • Fully explain our orthodontic treatment plan and inform our patients of their progress.
  • Treat our patients in a clean and safe environment.
  • Value our patients’ time by keeping the wait for appointments to a minimum.
  • Listen to our patients’ suggestions and concerns to improve our practice.