About Us

At Oconomowoc Dental Care, our patient’s health and comfort are our greatest priorities. Our experienced staff always goes the extra mile to ensure our patients are getting the very best care possible. Dr. Michaels is always on the forefront of advances in dentistry and new technologies so he can deliver the best and most advanced treatment available. We use only the latest, state-of-the-art equipment to provide the safest and best care possible.

When you visit us at Oconomowoc Dental Care, you can count on your appointment being individualized, thorough, and enjoyable! To enhance your comfort, we provide you with headphones during any treatment with music of your choosing!

Our staff is dedicated and passionate about providing our patients with great care. Much of our staff has accumulated decades of experience in the dental field. We truly love our jobs and love caring for our patients!

Our Office

As a patient of Dr. Michaels you will receive the highest care possible to you. Our office prides itself on providing quality care that is suited to your needs. At your visit we will complete a full health history for accurate diagnosis, check your existing dental work, ensure your gums are healthy, and analyze any joint clicking, popping, or pain. Our digital x-rays reduce radiation by 80-90%. We will always check for cavities, loose teeth, crowns, or fillings needed. All adult patients will receive oral cancer screenings. We strive to provide private, unhurried consultations and even provide our findings in writing.

Our office also offers a number of amenities including a relaxed, modern atmosphere, state of the art equipment, and interest free payment plans through CareCredit. Our friendly office staff will work with you to submit insurance claims. We also offer prompt emergency care should you ever need it.


Our Staff

Our goal at Oconomowoc Dental Care is to keep you and your family smiling for years to come. Our entire team is highly trained and dedicated to providing a comfortable and convenient dental treatment experience. Every member of our staff has years of experience in their field!


Dr. James Michaels 30 +



Sue 40 Years

Ann 35 Years

Jane 35 Years

Jan 30 Years

Mary 22 Years

Krissy 20 Years


Sophi 10 Years

Danielle 7 Years

Kimberly 5 Years

Dulce 4 Years

Bryan 1 Year

Angie 1 Year

Business Office

Susie 25 Years

Kyla 4 Years

Michelle 1 Year

Maria 1 Year

About Our Building

Today you know it as the home of Oconomowoc Dental Care, but did you know that our medical building at 819 Summit Avenue in Oconomowoc was designed by a student of Frank Lloyd Wright? It’s true! Originally from Kenosha, Robert Kueny was a UW-Madison grad who had served a fellowship at Wright’s Taliesin studio in 1955. He then went on to open an architecture firm and was commissioned by Dr. Dean Epperson in 1962 to design an office building in Oconomowoc.

Kueny’s design was built for Dr. Epperson in 1963. He practiced medicine there from 1963 to 1983 and during that period, the structure was referred to as “the Epperson building.” That moniker has long since been forgotten, although to this day, our building stands as an architectural landmark in the City of Oconomowoc.

Dr. Rodney Barnes has practiced dentistry in this building since 1965, not even slowing down in 1986, the year a young Dr. Jim Michaels took over the practice. Drs. Barnes and Michaels have long enjoyed working together and sharing their mutual love of aviation, which continues to this day. Dr. Barnes is still a licensed pilot and very much enjoys flying—at the ripe young age of 97!

Some of you may remember the late Dr. Edd Kreutzman, who was also a close friend of Dr. Michaels, and was quite well-known in the Oconomowoc area. He practiced dentistry with Dr. Michaels from1986 to1997.

With its flat roof, brickwork, and window placement, there is no questioning Wright’s influence on Kueny’s design. But wait until you step inside! Our office has a naturally warm, friendly feel to it. A cozy fireplace graces the reception area. The brick layout, clean lines, and natural lighting—all afforded by the architect’s design—are what give our interior environment its unique look and feel. That atmosphere is further enhanced by the ever-friendly staff at Oconomowoc Dental Care, to say nothing of the fresh baked cookies, which we serve daily!

If you have not yet experienced the ambience at the offices of Oconomowoc Dental Care firsthand, you really should stop by soon. We will be only too happy to show you around.