Promoting Community through Smiles

By Alicia Frank

Dr. Rich Resler is proud to continue his father’s legacy throughout the Great Lakes Bay Region at Resler Orthodontics. But Resler and wife Dr. Tracie Resler bring more than just beautiful smiles and straight teeth to the region. The power couple work to help make the Great Lakes Bay community a great place to be.

How long have you been practicing orthodontics in the Great Lakes Bay Region?
I’ve been an orthodontist in the Great Lakes Bay Region since 2006, at which time I joined Resler Orthodontics, established by my father in 1976. From the time I was a boy, I held a variety of positions within the practice, from dental assistant to laboratory aid. My father was eager to teach me the art and science of orthodontics, and I acted as an “apprentice,” observing and learning as much as I could throughout my young life. I’m grateful that the people of the Great Lakes Bay area believed in me as I pursued the path to becoming an orthodontist and that they entrust me with their orthodontic care. That community encouragement has enabled me to evolve Resler Orthodontics from the single Saginaw office where I “grew up” to two more locations in Clio and Caro.

Can you tell me about what it’s like owning and running a practice with your wife, Tracie?
I believe having a husband-and-wife practice benefits our patients tremendously. There is an old adage that two heads are better than one, but that really rings true in our profession, since there are often several possible ways to treat the same orthodontic problem. Together, we discuss each patient and consider all potential treatment options to create the perfect customized plan for every individual. I feel fortunate to work alongside my wife every day; having her here enhances the treatment experience for our patients and ensures that we give them the best end results.

In your opinion, what is the most rewarding thing about being an orthodontist?
It’s most rewarding to witness the significant boost in self-confidence that a beautiful smile gives to my younger patients; it can truly be life changing. Those teenage years are a very formative and influential period, and knowing we are giving these patients something that helps them feel more self-confident as they navigate life and learn who they are as individuals is incredibly fulfilling.

What does it mean to be a part of the Great Lakes Bay Region community?
I’m proud to carry the torch for Resler Orthodontics and to cultivate its role in the community. As an orthodontist, it’s my responsibility to give our patients smiles that benefit their health and boost their confidence, but I believe it is also my role to help them become self-assured individuals by showing them I sincerely care about them and by teaching them ways they can care for others. Our practice gives generously to area schools and organizations that are vital to our local culture, and we inspire our patients to give back with office projects that promote volunteering and service. I strive every day to give each of my patients their best smile, and my hope is that they share those smiles throughout the Great Lakes Bay Region and beyond.