Terry Sellke, DDS, MS

Born in Chicago, Dr. Terry A. Sellke is a native Illinoisan. His fervor for Illinois extends to his academic background, having enrolled in the University of Illinois undergraduate and dental school. He graduated with his Doctorate of Dental Surgery in 1971. Two years later, he achieved a specialty degree in orthodontics. In 1974 he received a Master’s degree in orthodontics, the same year that he opened the first office of what was to become Drs. Sellke and Reily, Ltd.

In 1980, Dr. Sellke became a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics. He still teaches orthodontics at the University of Illinois College of Dentistry, where he earned the titles of professor, master clinician, co-clinic director, and master’s thesis advisor. Dr. Sellke lectures domestically and internationally on clinical orthodontics as well as another of his passions, applying business principles to the practice of orthodontics. Dr. Sellke taught more than 20 area orthodontists, but picked Dr. Reily to be his partner.

Dr. Sellke’s professional affiliations include:

  • Illinois Orthodontic Alumni Association, Board of Directions, Past President
  • Lake County Board of Health, Past President
  • Foundation for Orthodontic Research, Board Member, Past President

Dr. Sellke was elected to the American College of Dentists by his peers and has been a reviewer for the American Journal of Orthodontics for many years. He has published dozens of articles on orthodontics in professional journals worldwide. His text on the Bioprogressive Orthodontic Philosophy has been translated into four languages.

Dr. Sellke’s hobbies include golfing, water, and mountains. He is a workaholic who loves orthodontics. Dr. Sellke was married to Dee Sellke for 27 years before she passed away. They have two children named Kirk and Kristin, and three grandchildren, Gracie, Maddie, and Clyde. He remarried in 2018 to a wonderful woman, Petra Sellke.  They live in Gurnee along with Dr. Sellke’s dog, Samson, a six-pound Maltese Terrier, who has him wrapped around his paw.