For Dr. Jack Markusen his work as Myrtle Beach, SC dentist, his favorite part of the job is changing his patients’ lives by changing their smiles. In particular, he prides himself on taking away patients’ fear of dentistry. In fact, part of his inspiration in becoming a dentist was due to his own negative dental experiences as a child. Instead of putting him off dentistry, those experiences made him want to help others avoid discomfort and dental anxiety.
Dr. Jack Markusen prides himself on taking an artistic approach to general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry. He uses top-of-the-line technology to provide comprehensive dental care, which allows him to perform gentle dentistry for each of his patients.
He has been practicing dentistry in Horry County, SC for more than 40 years. He first opened a practice in Conway, SC, then later relocated the DocMark team to the heart of Myrtle Beach, SC.
Service and Leadership Are Important to Dr. Jack Markusen
Service is important to Dr. Jack Markusen, and he often serves in leadership roles. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1968 and served as an airborne electronics technician until he was honorably discharged in 1971. Two years later he received his Bachelor of Science degree from the Baptist College of Charleston (now Charleston Southern University). He graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina, School of Dentistry in 1976. At MUSC he was dental school class president and student government president, as well as a member of Psi Omega, a professional dental fraternity.Dr. Jack Markusen on Why do you do, What you do? Read Transcript
As a child, I was very badly traumatized by a dentist. Brown, the horse dentist, my brother and I used to call him. Because of that, literally the years later when I started into dentistry and started a practice, I realized that a lot of people had had that same experience and felt the same things I felt. It's really kind of been my banner to carry the fear out of dentistry if I could. In fact, I have studied under some dentists that were in Chicago that were doing a lot of trying to make the experience a pleasant experience. This is back in the '70s and '80s. It was still pretty traumatic to go to dentists back then, and I felt like I've been pretty successful at that. We've had a lot of very calm and patients that are looking forward to coming to see us, instead of fearful dentistry.
His list of memberships in professional organizations is long and includes:
- American Dental Association
- American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
- Academy of Comprehensive Esthetics
- Academy of Laser Dentistry
- South Carolina Dental Association
- Pee Dee District Dental Association
Dr. Jack Markusen has held leadership roles in several professional organizations, including South Carolina state president of the American Society of Dentistry for Children and public information officer for the South Carolina chapter of the Academy of General Dentistry. He is also a certified trainer for Dentrix Dental Systems and trains dental staffs throughout the Southeast. He is committed to continuing education to improve his own skills and has participated in many lectures and training seminars around the country and internationally.
Dr. Jack Markusen enjoys serving the Myrtle Beach, SC area community through the Lions Club. He has served as the Lions Eye Bank director, among other roles with the organization. He is also a member of St. Philip Lutheran Church and sits on the board of directors of the Coastal Samaritan Counseling Center in Myrtle Beach, SC. In his free time, he enjoys reading and going to as many South Carolina Gamecocks football games as possible.