Born and raised in Quincy, Illinois, Dr. Paul Obrock graduated from Quincy High School as an Illinois State Scholar. He graduated with a B.A. from Augustana College with a major in Biology, and was selected for the Lilly Foundation Biology Honors Program. He received his training at the Washington University School of Dental Medicine at the Barnes-Jewish Medical Center in St. Louis, receiving the D.M.D. degree in 1983. Following completion of his national boards, he entered practice in association with his father, Dr. Ed Obrock.
Dr. Obrock is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), American Dental Association, Illinois Academy of General Dentistry, Illinois State Dental Society, and the T.L. Gilmer Dental Society. He has been awarded Mastership in the Academy of General Dentistry, an award recognizing the equivalent of two years of post-doctoral education. Additionally, he has been honored with Fellowship in the Pierre Fauchard Academy, the Academy of Dentistry International, the American College of Dentists and the International College of Dentists. Fewer than 1% of dentists hold these four honorary fellowships and the Mastership Award in the AGD.
He has served on numerous civic and professional boards and committees, including the Illinois State Dental Society, Central Illinois Academy of General Dentistry, Illinois Academy of General Dentistry, Give Kids A Smile, Big Brother/Big Sister, the Historic Quincy Business District, and the United Way. He served for a number of years as a coach in the Quinsippi Soccer League, and as a Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 51.
Dr. Obrock is past-president of the T.L. Gilmer Dental Society and the Central Illinois Academy of General Dentistry. He has been a board member of the Illinois AGD since 2013. He currently serves as webmaster for the T.L. Gilmer Dental Society and the Illinois AGD, and as Treasurer for the Central Illinois AGD.
In 2019 Dr. Obrock was installed as the head of the Illinois Section of the Pierre Fauchard Academy, an international honor organization for dentists.
In addition to his civic and professional obligations, he enjoys traveling and tracing the family roots. With the intention of handing down a written family history to his sons and their families, he began research into their lineage back to the countries of their ancestors, primarily Germany and Norway. Many lines extend back to the 17th century, but several have been documented as far back as the 800’s and the early Vikings. Paul & Ellen’s sons are direct descendants of Charlemagne, numerous kings of Norway and Sweden, and the Rurikide dynasty of Russia (the dynasty that preceded the Romanovs). They are directly descended from the early kings of England.
One of the most significant finds of antiquity was a portrait from 1650, of their 9th great-grandparents, existing in an old church in Ulvik, Norway. Their lineage descends from the previously mentioned royal houses of Norway, Sweden and Russia, and also connects to the royal lines of Germany, France, Scotland and England. Through King Edward I, Longshanks, of England, and William the Conqueror, they connect as cousins to 15 U.S. Presidents, Winston Churchill and Prince William of England. Link here to the genealogy site. Paul is married to Ellen, a retired speech-language pathologist, mentor and music educator. They have two sons, with their families in The Woodlands, Texas, and Indianapolis, Indiana, and they have four grandsons.