Dr. Joshua Renken, a central Illinois native, attended Eastern Illinois University and then the University of Illinois at Chicago where he received his DDS degree. Following associate work in Chicago, Dr. Renken moved to Springfield and opened his first practice, Renken Dentistry, in 2003.
At Renken Dentistry, Dr. Renken was voted best dentist in Springfield among The State Journal-Register’s readers in 2014 & 2015.
In his commitment to organized dentistry, Dr. Renken just finished his tenure as 2014-2015 President of the GV Black Dental Society. At a state level, Dr Renken is a member of the communications committee of the Illinois State Dental Society. Dr Renken also holds professional memberships in the Academy of General Dentistry, a Fellow of the International College of Oral Implantologists, and as a member of the Chicago Dental Society and the American Dental Association.
Dr. Renken is deeply dedicated to our community, specifically the success of children and families facing the challenges of developmental and neurological differences. He has been a long time member of the board of The Hope Institute for Children and Families and currently serves the organization as chairman of the board of directors. Renken Dentistry has been a pilot site for Hope’s Vocational Program. This partnership has made it possible for the dental practice to meaningfully employ and support a team member with developmental differences. Dr. Renken is also a member of the Ambassadors of Hope, a volunteer group of business leaders who serve as advocates for The Hope Institute and the children and families it serves. Dr Renken is a member of the Springfield Chamber of Commerce, Chatham Chamber of Commerce, and Local First Springfield. He most recently joined the Young Philanthropists, a group organized by the Community Foundation of the Land of Lincoln.
Over the course of the last five years, Dr. Renken established and owns Renken Properties LLC — a properties company, PracticeWater — a practice management services company, and a second dental practice, schön dental. His web-based patient subscription management platform, Health Assurance Plan, is a member of the Springfield startup incubator “Innovate Springfield”. Dr. Renken most recently added author to his resume, with his first book, “Dr. Fries-With-That”. His goal is to help dental teams create greater health for their patients, team members, and practices.
Dr. Renken and his wife, Leigh, live in Springfield with their four children, Reilly, Miles, Oscar and Lorelai. The Renken family recently moved to Leander, Texas to be closer with extended family.
Dr. Dana Matlock is originally from Southern California, but she grew up in Goliad, Texas starting in middle school. She attended the University of Texas at Austin for undergrad and UTHSC-San Antonio for Dental School. She moved to Oregon after dental school and just returned to where she considers home – the Austin area of Texas.
She is a member of American Dental Association, was previously a member of Oregon Dental Society and Lane County Dental Society, and intends on joining Texas Dental Society and the local dental organization as soon as she’s settled. In Oregon, she volunteered with Caring Hands and Mouth, a non-profit organization which provides free dental care to at-risk communities. She also worked with a local organization to provide dental care to active military personnel and military veterans.
Dr. Matlock enjoys treating kids; she also likes crown and bridge work. She’s excited to be able to provide Botox treatment in the coming months. Her patients describe her as caring, efficient, and professional. When you have someone that is passionate about healthy mouths, that translates into every appointment!
When she’s not providing dental care, Dr. Matlock enjoys hiking, running, and spending time with friends and family. She and her husband of 10 years have one daughter. They also have two dogs, a Sheltie mix and a yellow Lab. She and her husband love seeking out new restaurants and trying new foods in the culinary world.