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Dr. Thomas Michaelis, MD is an oral & maxillofacial surgery specialist in Newport Beach, CA and has been practicing for 17 years. He graduated from David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA in 1998 and practices oral & maxillofacial surgery.Read his story
This content was provided by Dr. Michaelis "People often ask Dr. Michaelis how he decided to become an Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon. The answer, he says, is that there was never a defining moment in his life where he chose surgery as a career. Instead, it was a slow evolution over many years that led to his career choice. Growing up in Santa Cruz, CA he was very active in sports and several outdoor activities. He participated in baseball, water polo, soccer, surfing, snow skiing and was on the swim team. As it turns out, many of his friend's parents were dentists. Being around these families for so long may have influenced his decision to enter dental school. Dr. Michaelis graduated from UC San Diego with a degree in Biochemistry and Cell Biology. He was on the UCSD Ski Team where he travelled to Mammoth Mountain every other weekend throughout the winter to race slalom and giant slalom. After spending a ski season in Breckenridge, CO, he entered UCLA School of Dentistry where he graduated at the top of his class in 1995. He was the only 3rd year dental student at UCLA to be elected into the prestigious Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honorary Dental Society. After graduating with several awards and honors he then entered the dual-degree Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery training program at UCLA. During his residency he graduated from UCLA School of Medicine and completed a year of general surgery at UCLA Medical Center. He completed his Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery training in 2001 and has been in private practice in Newport Beach since then. Dr. Michaelis practices the full scope of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery including the treatment of facial trauma, jaw pathology, reconstructive jaw surgery, TMJ surgery, and office procedures such as wisdom tooth removal and dental implant placement. He has served as the Chairman of the Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery/Dentistry at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach. Dr. Michaelis' true passion in life however, is his family. He enjoys spending as much time as possible with his wife Kristina and their 3 children. He is involved with all his children's school and extracurricular activities. They enjoy taking family trips together each year. They are always looking for the next great adventure to share together."
This content was provided by Dr. Michaelis "The word "Doctor" is originally an agentive noun of the Latin verb docere: 'to teach'. I take that meaning very seriously. I enjoy teaching my patients about their specific oral conditions and all available treatment options. This teaching then allows a relationship to develop between myself and my patient that, many times, lasts several years. If we all have the same treatment expectations then success is more easily achieved. I love what I do and really enjoy teaching my patients everything they need to know in order to make an informed decision regarding their care."
As I said earlier, I really enjoy spending time with my patients and getting to know them on a personal level. It's probably the best part of what I do. The opportunity to meet so many wonderful people is only possible because of what I do for a living. Anytime a patient feels the same way it really makes all the sacrifice and hard work worth it. I would work for only "Thank you's" if I could... But my landlord...and employees...and
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