Dr. Thomas Michaelis, MD

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Dr. Thomas Michaelis, MD

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.

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Dr. Michaelis' Care Philosophy

The word "Doctor" is originally an agentive noun of the Latin verb doc?re 'to teach'. I take that meaning very seriously. I enjoy teaching my patients about their specific oral condition 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.

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Newport Oral Surgery1401 Avocado Ave Ste 506
Newport Beach, CA 92660
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Dr. Michaelis' Performance
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    EXCELLENT
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  • Time well spent
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  • Average wait time
    Under 10 minutes
Dr. Michaelis Says:

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...

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Dr. Michaelis says...

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.

Dr. Michaelis' Care Philosophy

The word "Doctor" is originally an agentive noun of the Latin verb doc?re 'to teach'. I take that meaning very seriously. I enjoy teaching my patients about their specific oral condition 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.

Dr. Michaelis says...

I have extensive training and experience in CT guided immediate dental implant placement. A complaint many patients have regarding dental implants is how long they take to complete. One way to speed the process up is to have the implant placed at the time of the extraction (immediate implant). This can often be facilitated by having a surgical guide made ahead of time from a CT scan of the bone. The guide eliminates all guess work during the surgery and the implants end up being placed in the ideal position for long-term success. If the implants are stable enough at the time of placement then patient can often get a temporary crown on the implant that same day. Of course, every patient and every situation is different but if you are interested in this cutting edge technology then please call to schedule an appointment today.

Dr. Michaelis says...

I have received excellent training while in residency at UCLA. I have been able to take that knowledge and skill set into private practice and really offer a broad scope of patient care.

Dr. Michaelis says...

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 vendors...and the IRS...etc. want cash. 

Dr. Michaelis' experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

  •  Specializes in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
  •  No malpractice claims found
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

Awards & Recognition

  • Awards & Honors
    • Healthgrades Honor Roll
    • America's Top Dentists, 2009
    • Orange County Top Dentists, 2010
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  • Media & Publications
    • www.NewportOralSurgery.com

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Board Certifications

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  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Conditions Treated

  • Benign Tumor
  • Dental Disorders
  • Dentofacial Anomalies
  • Facial Fracture
  • Facial Trauma
  • Fracture
  • Impacted Teeth
  • Jaw Irregularities
  • Mandibular Hypoplasia
  • Maxillary Hypoplasia
  • Sleep Apnea
  • TMJ
  • Tooth Abscess
  • Tooth Loss

Education

  • Medical School
    David Geffen School Of Medicine At UCLA

    Graduated in 1998

  • Internship Hospital
    UCLA Medical Center

    Completed in 2000

  • Residency Hospital
    UCLA Medical Center

    Completed in 2001

  • Undergraduate School
    University Of California At San Diego

    Graduated in 1990

  • Other Education
    UCLA School Of Dentistry

    Completed in 1995

Languages Spoken

  • English

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Specialties

  • Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Procedures Performed

  • Abscess Incision and Drainage
  • Anesthesia
  • Biopsy
  • Bone Grafting
  • Botox® Injection
  • Conscious Sedation
  • Dental Implant
  • Dento Alveolar Surgery
  • Extraction of Wisdom Tooth
  • General Anesthesia
  • IV Sedation
  • Jaw Implant Surgery
  • Jaw Reconstruction Surgery
  • Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Nerve Reconstruction
  • Oral Surgical Procedures
  • Orbital Floor Fracture Repair
  • Orthognathic Surgery
  • Simple Tooth Extractions
  • Teeth Extraction
  • Total Joint Replacement
  • Trigger Point Injection