Dr. Lora Marine joins practice

CLINTON — Dr. Kirby Marine and Dr. Randy Welser of Westgate Orthodontic Group/Orthodontic Group Associates have announced that Dr. Lora Marine has joined the practice.

Dr. Lora grew up on a farm in Pike County, Illinois. She was her high school’s valedictorian while at the same time being active on the volleyball and basketball teams. She attended McKendree University on a basketball scholarship, graduated with honors, and earned her dental degree from Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine.

After graduation, she practiced for sev-eral years as a general dentist in Quincy, Illinois. She then returned to school and graduated from the University of Illinois-Chicago with a master’s degree in oral science and a specialty certificate in orthodontics.

Since graduation, she has worked in Chicago in a busy orthodontic clinic with a diverse patient base. She has received extensive additional training in Invisalign. Dr. Lora has attended Invis-align symposiums with the Orthodontic Group Associates doctors that are only available to the most experienced Invisalign providers.

Dr. Lora is married to Dr. Kirby Marine’s son, Ben. Ben has joined a general dental practice in Moline, Illinois and Erie, Illinois.

With Dr. Lora’s announcement also comes the announcement of Dr. Kirby Marine’s retirement later this year after over 40 years in dentistry. Dr. Marine plans to maintain his license and be active in the area. He will be in warmer places in the winter and always enjoying family and friends.

The transfer of patients will occur gradually over the next several months and finalized by the end of the year. Dr. Lora is qualified to continue any treatment and she and Dr. Kirby will work to make this a smooth transition. They are available to discuss any questions their patients may have.

Their local office is located at 2635 Lincolnway Suite E., Clinton, and can be reached at 242-2999.