John Murphy, DDS, MS
“I revel in the delight of creating smiling faces. One of my greatest joys is seeing my patients mature into healthy, lively contributors to society. My patients give me such great satisfaction, and I couldn’t ever think of retiring from such a rewarding profession. I am proud to welcome Dr. Adam Saylor into the practice as a full-time associate.” — Dr. Murphy
Education and Experience
Dr. Murphy attended St. Thomas College (now University of St. Thomas) in St. Paul, Minnesota, and continued his education at Loyola University School of Dentistry in Chicago. After graduation, he joined the US Army. As a captain, he was assigned to the 8th Infantry Division in Mannheim, Germany. He worked in the clinic as well as the field medical facility. While serving there, he earned the Expert Field Infantry Badge. He also traveled about Europe, was infected by the “ski bug,” and learned to ski the Alps of Switzerland, Austria, and Germany.
After serving in the army, Dr. Murphy enjoyed a general practice here in Glen Ellyn with Dr. John Clancy. They worked together for five years until Dr. Murphy had the opportunity to study orthodontics at the University of Detroit in “swinging downtown” Detroit. He was granted a Master of Science as well as a specialty certificate in orthodontics.
Continuing education is a passion for Dr. Murphy. After about 15 years in practice, he elected to take a two-and-a-half-year review program with Dr. Ronald Roth with the Roth Williams International Society of Orthodontists in San Mateo, California. This program reviewed orthodontia as a whole and focused on a TMJ-centered diagnosis.
The Roth Williams program forms the basis of Dr. Murphy’s present treatment modalities. He believes this program of treatment offers the most technologically advanced, expedient, stable, and easy treatment for his patients. Dr. Murphy is still committed to continuing education: He and his team attend classes on a regular basis. His latest adventure is treatment with Invisalign® and Invisalign Teen™.
Taking computer classes at the College of DuPage has been an ongoing interest of Dr. Murphy’s for the last several years. The younger generation is very technically advanced and he does not want to be left behind! Thus, he obtained certificates of proficiency in the Microsoft programs of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Web Design, and Access. Since Dr. Murphy anticipates practicing for a good number of years, he wants to be on the cutting edge of orthodontic and computer technology for the practice.
Orthodontics has been a way of life in Glen Ellyn for Dr. Murphy at several locations. The present office building originally was the practice of a pioneer in orthodontics, Dr. Karl Von Der Height. Dr. Murphy first remodeled the office in 1985 and it was completely reconstructed in 2001/2002. In addition to revamping the building structure, Dr. Murphy updated the computer system and clinic area in 2008. Most recently, a 3D digital X-ray machine was acquired, which enables the practice to have the most state-of-the-art technology ever.
Outside the Office
Dr. Murphy’s personal interests include downhill skiing, photography, traveling, and most recently, golf. He has enjoyed the privilege of exploring many countries: Ireland is his favorite, yet he never tires of the beauty within the USA, particularly the Rocky Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. He and his wife Kathy enjoy sharing these interests with their four children: Brian, Kathleen, Sean, and Megan.
Of their four children, only Kathleen has chosen to pursue a dental career. She is a general dentist in Denver. Brian is currently working as a dispatcher for a local towing company. Sean and his wife Dana have two young daughters, Sabriel and Kaia. Megan is working as a day-care assistant after completing a special education program at National Louis University in Evanston, Illinois.
Dr. Murphy feels great fulfillment when he contributes more than smiles to the community. Throughout the community, he has donated bronze statues of children riding bicycles, reading books atop a park bench, and a few others. Many passersby have stopped in to thank Dr. Murphy for his continued support of the community.
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