I do a lot of continuing education. In general, I do about 100 hours a year. The state requirement is about 20 per two years, so I try to do as much as possible. I went through the Dawson Academy. It's an academy that goes into advanced procedures like veneers, full mouth reconstructions, those types of things.
The greatest benefit to our patients, from all this education, is that we're able to provide the latest techniques, and give a result that I think is really unmatched in the area. I also have advanced training in sedation. We offer conscious sedation here. We're able to give an aesthetic result that is really remarkable. We use the best labs, the best techniques, and so we're able to do things that the end result you can't really distinguish between the natural teeth and the teeth that have had our work done.
Dr. Michael Kirchner graduated from the University of Indiana and went on to complete a general practice residency at the University of Toledo. At the Division of Hospital Dentistry, he studied techniques of sedation dentistry for anxious patients and complex dental surgery. After graduation, he continued his training at the internationally renowned Dawson Academy and Spear Education. Dr. Kirchner has also received advanced sedation training from DOCS and advanced denture training from Massad and the Geneva Dental Institute of Sacramento.Read Transcript
Well, I grew up in Maryland. I really wanted to get away from the area. I lived in the same area all my life, and Indiana seemed like a really neat place. The movie Hoosiers was kind of what brought me out here. Indiana is like a 1950s old town. It's a great feel. It's very slow paced. It's a great place to raise a family. Something that we really enjoy being here.
Dr. Kirchner routinely takes 10 times the amount of continuing education required of dentists in Indiana. That’s because he has a passion for staying on top of the latest research and tools in his field to help his patients. He has taken courses in anesthesia, prosthetics, esthetic dentistry, CAD/CAM, occlusion, TMD and facial pain, endodontics, rehabilitative dentistry, and more.Read Transcript
When I thought about what field I wanted to go into, I thought about going into medicine and when I talked to different doctors and they told me what their lifestyle was like I realized that it wasn't something that I wanted. They worked a lot of long hours and that kind of thing, but I really liked the medicine part and, also, like working with my hands. Dentisty was a good match.
Because of his advanced training and skill, Dr. Kirchner has a long history of achievement. As a dental professional, Dr. Kirchner has been given The Concept of Complete Dentistry Award from the Dawson Academy. In 2013, he received the Rising Star Award from One Southern Indiana Chamber of Commerce for top business less than five years old.Read Transcript
I went to Indiana University for dental school. After that, I completed a general practice residency. What that allowed me to is to provide more services. There was advance training in all the specialties but also in the medical compromised patients. It was hospital-based program where we were able to treat people with significant health issues. We are very comfortable here treating people who have had heart attacks, strokes, those kind of things, and to manage them well and safely.
That same year, he also won the Business Source Top 20 Under 40 for business professionals. In 2015, the News and Tribune recognized him as the Readers’ Choice Best Dentist in Clark County.
Dr. Kirchner puts significant value on making a difference in the local community. He is on the board of the Clark County Youth Shelter and has completed Leadership Southern Indiana. His dental office gives away significant amounts of dental services to people in need and has partnered with local organizations to serve those who do not have access to care. This has included working with Donated Dental, and Eastside Christian Church.Read Transcript
The most rewarding aspect of being a dentist is being able to really help folks. When we're able to get someone out of pain, or allow them to eat again, it's really rewarding and it never gets old. Also, some of the other things that make it rewarding is that dentistry is always changing. There's new technologies, new techniques and I really enjoy staying up on these and it really makes it enjoyable and something that I can definitely see myself doing for another 30 years.
Dr. Kirchner was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. He still enjoys a good Orioles game despite their performance over the years. After seeing the movie Hoosiers, he was drawn to Indiana for dental school and received his Doctor of Dental Surgery from Indiana University School of Dentistry. Dr. Kirchner lives in New Albany with his wife and son. They are active members of Southeast Christian Church and work with the children in Sunday school. They enjoy camping, fishing, and spending time in the outdoors.