GHDS Member Specialist Practice Spotlight

michael nguyenOur GHDS Communications Committee happily introduces Member Specialist Michael K. Nguyen, DDS, MSD!

Dr. Michael K. Nguyen offers advanced periodontal, mucogingival and dental implant care in Katy and surrounding communities with practice partner Dr. Timothy M. Hale. He is Board Certified in Periodontology and Dental Implant Surgery.

Here we share our team’s interview with Dr. Nguyen:  

“I was born and raised in the Spring Branch area of Houston. I received a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry at the University of Texas at Austin. I pursued a career in dentistry at Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas, TX. I did my residency training at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston and specialized in Periodontics and Dental Implants. In addition to specializing, I also received at Master of Science in Dentistry at MUSC. I then became Board Certified in Periodontics and Dental Implants. I am currently in private practice in Katy, TX.”

What is your favorite part about your practice?  “My favorite part of my practice is all the people I get to meet. I enjoy meeting other dentists, grabbing lunch, and building relationships with them. I love that we can discuss cases together as colleagues and friends. I also enjoy the daily interaction with patients and taking the time to learn about them.

What would you say is the mission statement of how you practice dentistry?  “In a Periodontics practice, I see a lot of patients that have neglected their oral hygiene and are coming to me to help fix their problem. I believe in kindness, compassion, and empathy. I also believe in second chances and guiding a patient in the right direction to better their health and lives.”

How do you balance work and personal life?  “When I am at the office, I am a periodontist. When I step out of the office, I am a husband and a father. Outside of discussing cases with fellow dentists, my focus is on my family. I think it is prudent to separate work and personal life so you can cherish what is important and reduce your chance of burnout. There is no doubt there will be rough days that will weigh on you but turning your attention towards your non-dental life during these times really alleviates that burden.”

What advice would have to current dental students?  “I would advise to learn as much as you can. There is much to learn in dentistry outside of what is taught in school. I regularly learn something new. Surround yourselves with like-minded colleagues and specialists you can learn from. It is okay not to know or understand something and it is more important to have that self-recognition. As a Periodontist, I want to be a resource to those I work with and vice versa. I also recommend treating your patients like your own family member and not letting greed or money dictate how you treat patients.”

To learn more about Dr. Nguyen and the practice, you can follow him on Instagram @mknguyenperio.