Dr. Gene R Sorensen
Gene R. Sorensen, the oldest of seven children, grew up on the East side of Milwaukee. After graduating from Riverside High School he attended the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and attained a Bachelor of Science degree. As a member of the Naval Reserve he attended Marquette University School of Dentistry, and upon graduation he became a Lieutenant in the Naval Dental Corps. He served in the San Francisco Bay area at Treasure Island, Alameda Naval Air Station, Hawthorne Naval Weapons Station, Oak Knoll Naval Hospital, and aboard the aircraft carrier, the USS Hancock, in the Pacific Ocean.
After the Navy he and his wife, Anita, chose to establish a dental practice here in Lodi, as this was where he spent his summers since he was a boy, where his grandfather owned a cottage on Lake Wisconsin. Anita acted as his first office manager until the births of their three children, Lesley, Andrew, and Lindsay. She still helps out in the office behind the scenes with much of the clerical work.
He is an avid outdoorsman who likes to camp, fish, hunt, golf, and explore the lake with his friends and family on his pontoon. For the last several years he especially enjoys the exhilaration of cruising the countryside on his Harley.
Over his professional career he has helped organize Post Graduate Dental Continuing Education meetings, seminars, and hands-on training throughout the state. He has received hundreds of hours of educational credits in all phases of dentistry, including intense training in Cosmetics, Orthodontics, and Surgical Implantology.
Professional Affiliations and Awards
- American Dental Association
- Wisconsin Dental Association
- Tri-County Dental Society
- American Orthodontic Society
- Chicago Dental Society
- International Congress of Oral Implantologists (awarded a Fellowship)
- Past President Wisconsin Dental Club
- Past President Capital City Dental Study Club
- President Elect 2010-2012 – Madison Dental Progress Forum
- Awarded 1st Place for Clinical Presentation at Wisconsin Dental Association State meeting
- On Orthodontic Staff for 5 years at St. Michael’s Dental Clinic in Milwaukee
- Past President Lodi Optimist Club
- Member Lodi Chamber of Commerce
Dr. Joel P. Crane, D.D.S.
Joel P. Crane, D.D.S. was raised in Delavan and graduated from Delavan-Darien High School in 1996. He attended the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 2001. In 2005 Dr. Crane received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Indiana University School of Dentistry. While in dental school, Dr. Crane received the following awards: Indiana University School of Dentistry Alumni Scholarship, Perry Dental Study Group Scholarship for Academic Achievement, Harvey G. Levinson Memorial Scholarship Recipient, The American Equilibration Society Award, and The Organization of Teachers Diagnosis Award. Dr, Crane joined Dr. Gene R Sorensen’s private practice as an associate dentist in the summer of 2005. After working with Dr. Sorensen for two years, they decided to form a partnership. Together they changed the name of the office to Lodi Valley Dental LLP.
Dr. Crane is dedicated to staying current with new techniques and technology as dentistry continues to evolve. To remain current in his knowledge, Dr. Crane has taken courses in digital radiology, dental implants, and sedation dentistry. In 2007, Dr. Crane became certified in Invisalign, a clear form of braces. He also completed and received certification of orthodontic study through a one and a half year program with the Academy of Straightwire and Functional Orthodontics.
Dr. Joel Crane enjoys spending time with his wife of nearly 5 years, Katie, two daughters and newborn son. In his free time, Dr. Crane enjoys playing volleyball, softball, golfing, hunting, and fishing.
- American Dental Association
- Wisconsin Dental Association
- Columbia, Dodge, and Marquette Dental Society
- Chicago Dental Society
- Wisconsin Dental Study Club
- Current President of Madison Dental Progress Forum
- The Academy of Straightwire and Functional Orthodontics
- Midstate Implant Study Club
- Lodi Chamber of Commerce Member
Dr. Steven Dow, DDS
Raised and educated in Wisconsin, Dr. Dow earned his dental degree from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry in 2015 and moved back to the Madison, WI area to practice. In August of 2018, Dr. Dow will be joining Dr. Joel Crane and Dr. Gene Sorensen at Lodi Valley Dental in Lodi, WI.
Since graduating, Dr. Dow has honed his training further through continuing education in all aspects of dentistry including dental implant dentistry, crowns, veneers, and bridges. Having a young family himself, Dr. Dow enjoys seeing all members of the family from kids to seniors.
Dr. Dow is a member of the American Dental Association, the Wisconsin Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry.
When not caring for patients, Dr. Dow enjoys spending time with his wife, Jill, and their three children (ages 6, 4, and 2). In his free time, he enjoys golfing, athletics (both playing and watching), and working on projects around the house.
Meet The Staff
Dental Assistants from left to right: Mary, Terri, Sarah, Joan, and Janet
Janet Haakenson, Joan Marshall, Mary Clark, Sarah Dawson, and Terri Gorman make up our dental assistant staff. Between the 5 of them, they have 43 years experience in our office. They have had many hours of continuing education, love working with people, and will make your appointment a pleasant experience. If you have any special concerns during your appointment such as strong gag reflexes, hard to get numb with anesthetics, treatment anxiety, cosmetic concerns, please let them know and they will have a solution.
Front desk staff from left to right: Heather, Sondra, and Tricia
Heather Ulsrud, Sondra Quam and Tricia Homa comprise our front desk department. With their combined 17 years of experience they offer our patients both a welcoming and professional atmosphere. Our newest employee, Tricia Homa, recently joined our staff and will bring with her 22 years of dental office experience. They share the duties of greeting the patients, making appointments, submitting insurance claims, making financial arrangements, and many other duties. If you have any insurance or flex plan questions or need a budget plan like Care Credit, they will be glad to help you. Anita Sorensen serves as our office coordinator.
Hygienists from left to right: Billee, Sandy, and Tricia
Our hygiene staff, made up of Billee Zeimet, Sandy Ott, and Tricia Wendt, are highly skilled and gentle in their treatment of our patients’ hygiene needs. They are very thorough in educating our patients in the best possible way for them to maintain good dental health, and prevent future problems.
Hi, my name is Sandy. I graduated from MATC in 1996 with an associate degree in Dental Hygiene. I started at Lodi Valley Dental LLP right out of school and have enjoyed working here for the last 16 years. I am originally from Janesville, and have lived in Pardeeville for the last 15 years. I am married and have three children, Haley, Jacob, and Sara. My husband, Terry, has been a Columbia County Sherrifs Deputy for the last 20 years. We stay pretty busy with the kids activites, but enjoy camping, fishing and golfing in our spare time.
My name is Tricia and I have been a Dental Hygienist for the last 15 years. I have been with Lodi Valley Dental LLP for 12 years. I grew up in Arlington and now reside in the Lodi area with my husband and 2 children. We stay very busy coaching their sports. I enjoy jogging and downhill skiing in my spare time.
Hi, my name is Billee Jo. I am a Dental Hygienist at Lodi Valley Dental LLP. I am originally from Lodi, and currently reside in Sun Prairie. I work part time at Lodi Valley Dental LLP and part time at The Prairie Athletic Club. I enjoy Packer football, hockey, baseball, and working out at the gym.
Dr. Sorensen, Dr. Crane and our entire staff
Dr. Gene Sorensen and Dr. Joel Crane provide all phases of dental care from simple fillings to very complex Dental Implants, and Sedation. Throughout our website you will see the many phases of dental care we provide.
Dr. Sorensen graduated from Marquette Dental School in 1974 and after serving 2 years of active duty in the US Navy in CA, settled in Lodi in 1976. Dr. Joel Crane joined the practice in 2005 as an associate, and in 2007 Drs. Sorensen and Crane formed a partnership, becoming Lodi Valley Dental, LLP.