Meet The Team
Dr. Michael Slater DDS
WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO BE A DENTIST?
I have two uncles who are dentists so I was exposed to the profession rather early. I really enjoy being able to help individuals and dentistry often allows you to do so relatively quickly. I have an easy going personality, as well as having had a lot of dental work as a child makes me empathetic toward the patient situation.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART ABOUT BEING A DENTIST? WHAT IS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE?
Being able to help people is the main reason I enjoy being a dentist. Many individuals have had a bad visit at some point in the past and this often keeps them from visiting the dentist for many reasons. Although this can pose a challenge at first, I take pride in making my patients feel as comfortable and as in control as possible. The greatest compliment is patients telling me that they no longer have anxiety about visiting the dentist
WHAT KEEPS YOU MOTIVATED?
Always trying to be the best at what I do is the main thing that keeps me motivated. Knowing that someone’s oral health is my responsibility keeps me interested in refining techniques and staying up to date with the latest technology in order to provide the absolute best treatment for my patients
WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO FOR FUN?
Most of my time spent outside of the office is following my 2 dogs, Kevin and Carl, around and doing my best to keep them out of too much trouble. I also like to work out and when weather permits be outside. I especially enjoy golfing and try to get out on the course as much as possible. For as much as I play and enjoy the game, I’d like to eventually have a round where I don’t top a ball off the tee. I actually grew up on a smaller golf course and we would always find golf balls in our back yard. This came in very handy replacing golf balls that I tend to lose often.
WHAT NICKNAMES HAVE YOU BEEN GIVEN BY YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY?
I have always gone to school with a bunch of other kids named Michael, so the main name I usually get is Slater. My mother will even call me Slater from time to time
WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE SPORTS TEAMS?
I love the Husker football team and Creighton basketball team. I went to Creighton however, where there was obviously no football team so I feel as if I’m justified in being what some may refer to as a Jaysker. I also grew up loving the Seattle Mariners, however, they have continued to break my heart for as long as I can remember
WHOM DO YOU ADMIRE MOST?
My parents. I would argue with anyone that I have the best Mom and Dad in the whole world. If it wasn’t for their hard work and sacrifices, I would have never been able to achieve the goals I have in my life
WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU WERE A KID?
A professional football, baseball, and basketball player. Sadly, college recruiters were unable to see my untapped potential as a 3-sport professional athlete.