Meet Dr. Lora Marine

Lora L. Marine, DMD, MS

I grew up on a farm in Pike County, Illinois, the second of three children and the only girl. I was active on the basketball and volleyball teams and was valedictorian of my class at Barry High School. I then attended McKendree University and was a member of the women’s basketball team. I graduated with honors, with a bachelor of science degree in biology, and continued my education at Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine. After earning my doctor of dental medicine degree at SIU, I began practicing as a general dentist in Quincy, Illinois.

I enjoyed my time as a general dentist but had a desire to specialize so that I could focus on and excel in a single discipline within dentistry. Orthodontics became the clear choice, and I was fortunate to be accepted to the University of Illinois-Chicago, where I completed a three-year postgraduate residency program and obtained both my Masters of Science in Oral Sciences and a Specialty Certificate in Orthodontics.

After completing my orthodontic training, I went to work in Chicago treating a diverse patient base at a busy clinic. It was an enriching experience and has prepared me with the tools necessary to treat all different types of orthodontic challenges. I am so excited to now be joining Drs. Marine and Welser in the Quad Cities and serving the families in the community. I feel very fortunate to be joining such a great team and well-established practice.

Family Life

While practicing as a general dentist, I met Ben, and after several years of a long-distance relationship, we married in 2016, and I picked up the last name Marine! We recently bought our first home in Moline, and Ben is practicing as a general dentist in the Quad Cities. In my free time I enjoy playing the piano and guitar, and Ben and I love traveling to new places, and spending time with our friends and family.