Dr. Mortenson was born and raised in the small town of Elfrida, in Southern Arizona. He received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona in agriculture. Dr. Mortenson graduated from The University of Louisville School of Dentistry in 1979, Dr. Mortenson opened his first dental practice in Middletown Kentucky. That practice has now expanded to Mortenson Dental Partners with over 140 affiliate offices. Dr. Mortenson is a committed supporter of dental education. He and his wife, Sue, have made planned gifts to the University of Louisville and University of Kentucky Schools of Dentistry. Dr. Mortenson has received numerous awards for his charitable work including, the Garth Brooks Teammates for kids award. Dr. Mortenson was recognized as Ernst & Young’s Business Person of the Year for Kentucky-Ohio Region. He has been honored by the Crown Council, an international dental society, with a Lifetime Achievement Award and was first inducted into the Dental Hall of Fame. Dr. Mortenson is also a member of the Kentucky-Indiana Business Hall of Fame.