For Dr. Michael Edwards, going into dentistry was a foregone conclusion since college. "I always sat and ate lunch with my dentists," he remembers. "I knew I wanted to work in healthcare, and to eventually own my own practice. It became clear that dentistry was my destiny!" Dr. Edwards credits his persistence and attention to detail as a form of natural selection that led to his choosing periodontics as a specialty.
Dr. Edwards grew up in Carmel, IN, and was both the Vice President of his class and captain of the wrestling team. His summer job as a golf caddie helped him earn the Evans Scholarship, while simultaneously imbuing him with a love of the game. A double major in Chemistry and Biology at Indiana University led to years of study at the Indiana University School of Dentistry, where Dr. Edwards achieved his DDS, his Certificate of Periodontics, and his MS. He followed up with certification in a variety of specialty procedures, including multiple implant systems and IV sedation.
“I see my primary goal as being to orchestrate a team to deliver the highest level dentistry through a comfortable, comforting process," Edwards says. “The team isn't just myself, my staff, and any other dentists involved — it includes the patient as well. I also strive to serve as a visionary for the practice, to create a place for us in the rapidly changing dental marketplace. I love watching my team grow and become stronger. I also love being able to sit with patients who had been told by other practices that they couldn't be helped, and going over everything we've done together."
Dr. Edwards the co-leader of the Seattle study club, and holds Diplomate status with the Board of Periodontology. American Dental Association. He is also a member of the following associations: American Academy of Periodontology, Academy of Osseointegration, International Team for Oral Implantology (ITI), Indiana Society of Periodontists (past president), and the Indianapolis District Dental Society.
When he's not creating partnerships with patients to achieve their oral health goals, Dr. Edwards is spending time with his family — his wife, Dr. Michelle Edwards is a dentist and author, and the couple have three children, Jackson, Alexis, and Lila. “In my idea of a perfect weekend, my score on the golf course would be perfect, the kids would all get along, no fishing lines would be tangled and I'd make a whopper of a catch," Dr. Edwards says, but admits that simply sitting on his own couch, surrounded by loved ones, is blissful.
The Edwards family supports a variety of organizations, including The Evans Scholarship, Gennesaret Dental Clinic, Indiana University, American Cancer Society, and the Children's Bureau. Edwards says given a year off to spend doing anything, he'd love to take his family travelling the world, immersing them in the culture and customs of various destinations.
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