Mentor of the Month - MENTOR #87 Dr. Ray McKinley – “Ride the Elephant – the Journey to True Success”


Dr. Ray McKinley graduated from University of Detroit School of Dentistry in 1974. He has provided state-of-the-art dental care in Macomb County for over 40 years. Dr. McKinley’s daughter Brittany joined the practice in the summer of 2011, upon her completion of her dental degree from The University of Detroit, School of Dentistry.

Dr. McKinley remains on the cutting edge of technology, striving to provide the highest quality of dental care available today. He is a member of the American Dental Association, the Michigan Dental Association, and the Macomb County Dental Society. He has also served as member of the Michigan Dental Association Peer Review Committee.

This year, Dr. McKinley continued his 12 year tradition of teaching a class to a group of wonderful juniors and seniors at Lutheran High North called Business Character Values. Several of his staff members join him in teaching this class by mentoring a student.

Born in Detroit, Ray is one of 12 children born to Dr. Otis and Phyllis McKinley, of Fraser. Ray, along with all of his brothers, followed in the footsteps of his father and became a dentist. Dr. McKinley’s daughter, Brittany, graduated from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry in 2011 and is now continuing the family tradition into the 3rd generation!

The McKinley Family has provided dental care in Macomb County and throughout the State of Michigan for over 65 years.

Ray is part of a family with a history of hard work, including building McKinley Airport in Fraser, learning to fly solo by age 16, the development of Pine Valley Golf Course in Romeo, past president of the Romeo Chamber of Commerce, former president of the Romeo Kiwanis Club, a delegate to Washington DC’s Conference for Small Business, and building numerous dental offices throughout Michigan.

Ray continues to stay involved in growing and developing his community. Ray and his wife Lynn have six children, and five grandchildren.

Ray has written the book, “Ride the Elephant”. Ride the Elephant calls out the elephant in the room that holds you back, that has been hiding in plain sight, then challenges you with questions and answers you have never considered before.

You will dive very deep, if you allow yourself to go that far, into why we act, think and behave as we do. You will likely see that today’s normal daily reactions are really creating a waterfall event with those around you.

The interplay of so many feelings and reactions like hate, blame, excuses, accountability, judgment, fear, and pride are examined. You will begin to consider how this juxtaposition of emotions are creating havoc in your life – like “the elephant in the room.”

Ray Mckinley. Author & Speaker