Dr. John Korolewski, The Dental Health Coach, was born in Milwaukee and raised in Mequon, Wisconsin. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and from Marquette University School of Dentistry. He completed the Advanced Training Program in Dentistry at Meriter Hospital in Madison, where he remained a member of The Meriter Hospital Dental Teaching Staff until 1994. Dr. John became a dentist to help people have a better future through better dental health.
“My grandfather was a dentist in a small town in Wisconsin, and told stories of the lives he impacted in his community through the care he gave them. Every day in my practice, I look forward to serving our patients by helping them meet their own goals. These goals may be to maintain their good dental health as a part of overall health, relieve discomfort, eat the foods they enjoy, or have a confident smile.”
Dr. John believes in customized, individualized dental care based on dental wellness and longevity. He also believes in teaching people how to create dental health for themselves, as opposed to just treating symptoms and problems, giving real control to patients where it belongs. As a result, his approach is health-centered, taking the whole person into consideration. In addition, the practice is patient-focused, where ample time is taken to develop a relationship for the purpose of understanding and pursuing the patient’s dental health goals.
A lifelong student, Dr. John regularly attends many continuing education courses during the year with a special interest in the treatment of complex dental problems, TMJ disorders, tooth wear, and cosmetic dentistry. He enjoys helping people with issues ranging from simple preventive and restorative care to more complicated dental issues. In 2007 he completed the curriculum of study at The Pankey Institute for Advanced Dental Education, generally regarded as one of the premier post-graduate comprehensive dental training experiences in the world. In February 2016, Dr. Korolewski was among the first to have completed an 18-month curriculum at The Texas Center for Occlusal Studies and Minimally Invasive Dentistry. He was invited to join the Teaching Staff there as Adjunct Faculty in April 2016.
Dr. John and team completed a one-year coursework in The Dental Practice Management Program at The Schuster Center for Professional Development in 2011. The learning included refinement of our practice vision, mission, and philosophy to better serve our patients. Dr. John currently is involved in Schuster Performance Coach, a community of dentists dedicated to the pursuit of the Private Care dental practice, where patients are treated one at a time, rather than on an assembly line. Dr. John has recently become a Mentor at The Schuster Center, helping other dentists pursue a health-centered, patient-focused practice as opposed to the high paced production oriented model that currently exists in most of dentistry.
Dr. John enjoys golf, bowhunting, travel and reading. He is a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer in Manitowoc County. CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to watch over and advocate for abused and neglected children, to make sure they don’t get lost in the overburdened legal and social service system or languish in inappropriate group or foster homes.
His wife Sally is a watercolor artist specializing in egg tempera media and her artwork is shown at Fine Line Designs Gallery in Ephraim, WI. Daughter Ashley and husband Michael live in Newton, MA. Both have great day jobs, but their passion is theater. Daughter Heidi is working on her PhD at University of Wisconsin in Biomedical Engineering in Madison, WI. Son Bill works as a Financial Advisor for Robert W. Baird & Co. and lives in Sturgeon Bay with his wife, Kate.
My wife and I love spending times in the outdoors: gardening, golfing, fishing, bowhunting, snowshoeing and biking. We volunteer at our church and in our local community.
Health coaching can be defined as “a method of guiding others to address their health and, if need be, make behavioral changes to improve health. Like traditional coaching, health coaches utilize goal setting, identification of obstacles, and use of personal support systems. The relationship between the coach and coachee is an accountability partnership focused on the overall health outcome goals as defined by healthcare practitioners and the patient/coachee.
Dental Health Coaching is sharing and educating what health is and the value in having it. Coaching is never pushy or coercive, it is supportive and uplifting. Coaching is supporting the desire for change and assisting in the goals needed to produce results.
So how is health coaching different from our existing system of healthcare? Traditional health care in this country (dental care included) is a process that manages disease, not health – you see the expert; he/she defines your problem; then they prescribe and treat for the solution. There is little or no discussion of what the patient wants for their health; what behavior or lifestyle issues might need to be addressed for the patient to achieve their health goals; and what the plan is to get there.
In our practice, we perceive our role as your Dental Health Coach. Rather than tell you what we think you need to do, we first ask what you want for yourself and why. Rather than focus on your disease, we help you understand what health is and some of its benefits. Rather than push or coerce you into altering your lifestyle, we support your desire for change to get the results you want.
The result is a partnership where you decide what you want and we make a plan together. Think of a fitness coach. One person’s goals may be to run a marathon; another may be to lose 20 pounds. One person may be experienced at fitness; one may be new to this and require more education. Different people, different goals, different plans. A “one size fits all” approach is not the most effective way for people who want to be healthy to work with their dentist or other healthcare provider.
Coaching is a more personal, less authoritative, health-driven approach. Dr. John is The Dental Health Coach you have been searching for.
Dr. John talks about becoming a Dental Health Coach and why he chose to practice Dentistry this way.
Empowering people to take control of their dental health, stop managing symptoms and prevent chronic illness in the mouth. True meaning in life means serving others. This practice exists to serve people by acting as their dental health coach, believing that good dental health makes for a longer, better life and that the humane way to provide that service is one patient at a time.
Our mission is to maintain dental health and prevent dental disease by listening to our patient’s goals; thoroughly evaluating their condition; and providing information on the benefits of optimal care. The goals of preserving teeth for a lifetime in maximum comfort, function, health and with a natural smile will vary from person to person. Exceptional service, compassionate care, technical expertise and effective communication will be our tools.