Meet Our Dentists

Welcoming Patients from Dubuque, Davenport, Dyersville, IA, Nearby Wisconsin and Galena, IL


Dubuque, Iowa native Dr. Kristen Berning is the eldest of Dr. Ted Murray's three daughters. A most distinguished 1998 graduate of Wahlert Catholic High School, Dr. Berning graduated summa cum laude with a Biology major and Chemistry minor from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. During college, she also competed on the St. Thomas varsity swim team for 4 years.

She then went on to receive her DDS degree from The University of Iowa College of Dentistry in 2006. During her four years of dental school, she worked with Dr. Murray Bouschlicher on dental curing light research studies.

Dr. Berning chose to join her father in practice at Exceptional Dentistry, where she enjoys working with patients of all ages. She provides a wide range of general... Read More

Dr. Alexia Oetken is continuing the family tradition at Exceptional Dentistry with her father, Dr. Ted Murray, and sister, Dr. Kristen Berning. Dr. Oetken is excited to be in Dubuque, helping our patients achieve their best and healthiest smiles. As a student, Dr. Oetken recognized that her passion for science and artistic talent would be fundamental to her future career in dentistry.

She believes that a smile has the power to heal, give warmth, and share joy. She is thrilled to be a part of an exceptional family practice that focuses on relationship-based, individualized, comprehensive and health-centered dentistry.

Dr. Oetken graduated summa cum laude from Loyola University Chicago where she was a four-year letter winner on the NCAA Division I Women’s... Read More

Spend just a few minutes with Dubuque dentist Dr. Ted Murray, and you immediately sense his commitment to his patients, his practice and his community.  A native of Dubuque, Iowa, Dr. Murray treats each patient with the utmost care, utilizing advanced training, cutting-edge techniques, and quality dental materials.

Dr. Murray is an AACD-accredited dentist. Dentists attempting to achieve AACD (American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry) accreditation must undergo a stringent three-part process, consisting of a written examination, submission of clinical cases for evaluation and an oral examination.

AACD accreditation is a revered accomplishment... Read More

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