40 years an Ashland dentist, Dr. Spreng ready to celebrate career

Colorful plumage caught Mike Spreng’s eye as he sat more than 500 miles away from the chair where he had performed countless dental procedures.

“I’m looking at birds on my back porch,” the longtime Ashland dentist said. “I’m doing what I like to do now.”

Dr. Spreng has spent most of the last two years in North Carolina, and is excited to return home for a career celebration with his friends and patients from 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Ashland County Park District Office at Freer Field. 

The public is welcome to attend.

It will be the first time the retired dentist has seen most of them since the COVID-19 pandemic ended his career a little sooner than he had anticipated.

“One day I was working, and the next day I was out of there,” Spreng said. “That’s how I felt.”

Dr. Spreng: ‘Ever since I was in the third grade, I wanted to be a dentist like my dad.’

Dr. Mike Spreng, an Ashland dentist for four decades, poses for a photo with his last patient, his sister-in-law, Joyce.

Ashland-area residents were accustomed to having a Dr. Spreng around town — Warren “Pinky” Spreng opened his practice in the city in 1947.

The second-generation dentist grew up around the business.

“Ever since I was in the third grade, I wanted to be a dentist like my dad,” Spreng said. “I never waivered from that.”

He graduated from Ashland High School in 1972, Miami University in 1976 and then the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill dental school in 1980.


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