Zehren Dental Building Dream Office
Dr. Peter Zehren
Dr. Peter Zehren made the big move of Zehren Dental from its downtown
Winona location to a new, state of the art facility at 702 Mankato
Avenue, Winona. We have been open at our new location now since June of
Dr. Zehren states, "It has been a dream of mine for many years
to work in an office dedicated to the patient experience. After many
years of analysis and planning, the site at Mankato Avenue became
available and it seemed like a perfect fit for our team and our
patients." The clinic is designed for patient comfort and utilizes
ergonomic design to enhance the dental provider capabilities. Zehren has
worked with a local architect and general contractor, Warneke and
Associates and Wapasha Construction respectively. Additional layout and
design assistance was provided by Patterson Dental, Eagan, MN. Dr.
Zehren used his previous experience as an US Navy Dentist to study and
provide Dentistry in different dental clinic settings around the globe.
His experience in a US Navy Hospital in Tokyo, Japan, with the Fleet
Marine Force in Okinawa, Japan and onboard a Submarine Tender (USS McKee
AS-41) based out of San Diego shaped his vision for the new dental
office in Winona. Those international experiences have also reinforced
the importance of home and family for Dr. Zehren who is married to
Kimberly and has two children Hayden and Hudson.
According to Zehren, “I’ve always been drawn to the water, especially to
the Mississippi River as a child. It's one of the main reasons for
returning to the scenic Winona area to practice dentistry. When I saw
the view of Lake Winona from the new building site, it just clicked. I
envisioned the patients sharing that same tranquil view of Lake Winona
while sitting in the dental chair. Our dental team looks forward to
providing dental care in that same tranquil setting."
Dental has been a vital business in downtown Winona for many years
occupying the former Ted Maier Drug Store location. Together with Dr.
Pete's dad, Dr. Roger Zehren, the Zehren name has been providing
dentistry in Winona for over 70 years combined. Dr. Pete hopes that they
can reach a combined 100 years of dental service to the Winona
community. “That would be awesome.” claims Dr. Pete.
Dr. Ryan Gerts
Dr. Ryan Gerts was raised in the Chicago suburb of Bloomingdale, IL and went on to attended Winona State University
where he received his Bachelors degree in Cell and Molecular Biology. During his time at Winona State, you could also
find Dr. Ryan on Maxwell Field on fall Saturdays as a member of the Warrior Football Team from 2011-2014, and serving
as Captain in 2014. During his time as a student athlete, Ryan was awarded not only for his athletic accomplishments,
including All-Conference and All-American honors, but for outstanding community work and leadership on the team.
Dr. Ryan went on to receive his Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry degree (DMD) from Midwestern University in Downers
Grove, IL. Midwestern University allowed Dr. Ryan the outstanding opportunity to earn his dental education at an
institution that is currently at the cutting edge of dental technology and utilizes the newest techniques in the field.
This education has allowed Ryan to pursue his interests in: Same-Day Crowns, root canal therapy, clear aligner orthodontics
(Invisalign) and implant dentistry. He is a member of the American Dental Association, the Minnesota Dental Association,
and the Southeastern District Dental Society.
Dr. Ryan always said as a Winona State student-athlete that Winona was the best home-away-from-home anyone can ask for.
It is now a true honor and privilege for him to be back and serve the wonderful community of Winona and to finally call it
a true home for him and his wife Kait. Kait and Dr. Ryan met at Winona State and are excited to become part of the community
that has meant so much to them. During his free time, he enjoys reading, fishing, entertaining friends and family, and
supporting his Winona State Warriors!