Dr. Carlin Lawhead

Dr. Carlin Lawhead was born and raised in Mt. Ayr, Iowa, where his brother, father, and grandfather all practiced dentistry. He graduated from Northwest Missouri State University in 1978 with a B.S. in Zoology. He then attended and graduated from dental school at the University of Iowa, earning a Doctorate of Dental Surgery in 1981. Following graduation, he completed a General Practice Residency at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Iowa City. In July 1982, after completing his residency, Dr. Carlin moved to Muscatine and joined Drs. John and Robert Trevarthen in their dental practice.

Dr. Lawhead is a member of the American Dental Association, the Iowa Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry, where he currently serves as a state board member. He has also served as President of the Davenport District of the Iowa Dental Association. Staying informed on the latest techniques and technologies in dentistry is important to Dr. Lawhead, and he has made a commitment to continuing his education through the years to do so. He has been awarded a Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry, Signifying over 500 hours of continuing education and the successful completion of a rigorous examination.

Along with Dr. Lawhead’s involvement in professional organizations, staying actively involved in his local community is also important to him. He is an avid supporter of Muscatine Community Schools as well as a former President of the Muscatine YMCA. He is an active member of the Muscatine Rotary Club, the Muscatine 33 Club, and is very involved with his local church.

Dr. Lawhead’s wife, Vicki is a retired elementary school teacher from the Muscatine School District. Together, they have two sons: Chris, a dentist that has joined the practice, and Connor, who is attending the University of Iowa. Dr. Carlin’s hobbies include volunteering, golf, and attending sporting events.

Dr. Chris Lawhead

Dental Background

Dentistry is deeply rooted in my family. For over 100 years, the Lawhead family has been providing dental care to communities throughout the state of Iowa. It is an honor and a privilege to bridge the history of my family’s legacy with the new techniques and practices of dentistry today. As a recent graduate, I have been trained in modern dentistry, and staying up-to-date with the latest techniques and materials is important to me. I intend to keep learning through Continuing Education courses to improve my knowledge and skills so that my patients can receive the best and most advanced treatment available.


Bachelor of Science, Human Physiology – The University of Iowa (2014)
Doctor of Dental Surgery – The University of Iowa (2018)

Professional Affiliations

American Dental Association
Academy of General Dentistry
Iowa Dental Association

Personal Life

Growing up, I was born, raised, and graduated from high school in Muscatine. Muscatine is home for me, and I feel strongly connected to the community and its people. In my free time, I enjoy traveling, reading, and catching movies at the local theater. I have a Chocolate Lab named Riley that keeps me very active outdoors after work and on the weekends. I am also an avid Iowa Hawkeye fan and enjoy attending football and basketball games.