Meet the Dentist
Michael P. O'Neil, D.D.S.
You might not expect a former wrestler, pole-vaulter and Naval officer to have a talent for gentle precision, but Dr. Michael P. O'Neil, DDS isn't your average dentist. For one thing, he truly loves what he does. Long before earning a degree from Indiana University's School of Dentistry, or serving in the U.S. Navy as a Dental Officer, Mike knew what he wanted to do with his life. Both his parents worked in medical fields, so growing up he had lots of chances to talk with doctors and surgeons, and he was fortunate enough to have a great dentist as a kid.
By the time he graduated from Notre Dame with a degree in Biology, Dr. O'Neil was already looking ahead to the day he would have his own practice – even though he understood how much work it would be. Dentistry isn't easy, as Mike will tell you: "At the end of the day, I'm worn out," he says, "… but that's the way it should be, I think. If you're exhausted that means you had a good day … that you accomplished a lot."
He loves coming in each morning and he can't imagine retiring. For most folks, it's hard to imagine enjoying working on people's mouths, but the challenging nature of dentistry inspires Dr. O'Neil – and so do the results. "I love it when a patient gets up from the chair, looks in the mirror and smiles. When they look at themselves, and say "Dr. O'Neil, you nailed it!" … that really feels good."
In the quest to improve his patients' results, Mike constantly studies new technologies as they become available. When fewer than 3% of offices were doing laser dentistry, and the CEREC restorative system was just as rare, Today's Dentistry had both. But it's not about competition – he shares his experience and expertise with other dentists, to help them better serve their patients.
Over the years, Mike's motivation and dedication to dentistry have earned him numerous qualifications, listed below:
- ADA – American Dental Association
- IDA – Indiana Dental Association
- IDDS – Indianapolis District Dental Society
- AACD – American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
- AALD – American Academy of Laser Dentistry
- AIIA – American Institute of Implant Awareness
- NAACD – North American Academy of Computerized Dentistry