Meet Dr. Karen O'Rourke
Dentistry provided in a warm and caring environment is what you will find at the office of Dr. Karen O'Rourke. The patients in the practice cover a wide age range; from infants to seniors. In practice for over 30 years, Dr. O'Rourke has a broad range of experiences you will value as a patient. She has avidly pursued continuing education, bringing a preventive orthodontic exerciser to her patients from Australia for children as young as three. The orthotropic treatment she provides is based on a philosophy and technique developed in England by Dr. John Mew. The benefit of this particular treatment is that it strives to correct the cause of the problem, not just straighten teeth. For adults, she has pursued education in cosmetic dentistry, full reconstruction, and implants to replace missing teeth.
Dr. O'Rourke graduated from the University of Michigan and then completed an optional one year General Practice Residency at the U of M hospital. This residency training took her through the eight dental specialties as well as rotations through the hospital. Emphasis was placed on treating medically compromised patients, oral cancer patients, and patients requiring dentistry under general anesthesia.
She taught for a number of years in the hygiene program at GRCC and is involved in a number of community and professional organizations. Dr. O'Rourke is on staff at Mercy Health Hospital and Spectrum Health Hospital. In addition, she is a Fellow of the American Association of Hospital Dentists, a Fellow in the American College of Dentists, and a member of the American Dental Association. Thankful for the gifts she has received, Dr. O'Rourke gives back to the community by volunteering at Health Intervention Services, the Adult Dental Services Program, and the Donated Dental Services Program of Michigan.