Meet Dr. Steve Zent, oral and maxillofacial surgeon
Thu, Aug 16, 2018
Want to meet a surgeon who’s also a second-degree black belt in martial arts? How about one who loves golfing and fishing as much as he loves reading medical journals? Maybe you’re interested in meeting a surgeon who enjoys spending his Saturdays driving the kids to their games and practices?
Meet Dr. Steve Zent, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon with BayCare Clinic. He enjoys his profession and values his home life, perfectly balancing both.
“I get to operate and do what I love at work,” Zent says. “I wanted to be able to spend time at home and be with my family. Now, I get the best of both.”
A knack for doing things with his hands almost led Zent down a different career path.
“I’ve always liked biology and the sciences. It was something I gravitated toward,” he says. “But I tinkered a lot with my hands, so engineering was a possibility. In the end, I was so much more fascinated with biology, so I went that way.”
He has no doubt he chose the right path. Seeing the positive results that can come from oral surgery was something that immediately captured his attention.
“I shadowed an oral surgeon in Milwaukee,” Zent says. “I saw him do a trauma case followed by a congenital deformity case he was doing on a child. I thought being able to do something like that was the coolest and most gratifying thing. After that, I never looked back. That was what I wanted to do.”
Zent relies on more than his years of experience and expertise to achieve positive results during surgery. He asks patients to be their own advocate.
“I’m always asking patients what they need or want. I can talk all day about what I see is wrong and what I see needs to be treated,” Zent says. “My patients are putting a lot of trust in my hands, but if I’m not addressing their real concern and it’s not what the patient expected, I haven’t done them any favors.”
While he loves all that his job entails, he most appreciates spending time with his patients.
“Sometimes people will be knocking on the door saying it’s time to go, but I’m still there talking to the patients,” Zent says. “It’s not always about their treatment. We talk about their life. It’s good to know where they’re coming from and it helps build that trust.”
Dr. Steve Zent is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon with BayCare Clinic. He sees patients in Green Bay, Manitowoc, and Sturgeon Bay.
About BayCare Clinic
BayCare Clinic, baycare.net, is the largest physician-owned specialty-care clinic in Northeast Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. With its 100-plus physicians, BayCare Clinic offers expertise in more than 20 specialties, serving clinical locations in 13 regional communities. Based in Green Bay, Wis., BayCare Clinic is a joint partner in Aurora BayCare Medical Center.