Michael J. Ponikvar, DDS, MS, MS
Dr. Ponikvar is a native of southern Ontario and is currently a board-certified orthodontist specializing in braces for adolescents and adults. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Stanford University. After living in California, Dr. Ponikvar obtained one of his Masters degrees in physiology from the University of Toronto with his thesis focusing on the psychomotor abilities of military marksman in a synthetic battlefield environment at the National Defence Department. During this time Dr. Ponikvar was a world class athlete qualifying and/or competing for various international competitions such as Jr Pan American Games, Jr World Championships, Commonwealth Games, World University games, and Olympic Games. Take a look at his wikipedia page by clicking here -> Michael Ponikvar. Following his professional athletic career he received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the first dental school in the world, the prestigious Baltimore College of Dental Surgery. During his clinical years in Baltimore Dr. Ponikvar was ranked number 1 in his class and earned his admission to the University of Missouri Orthodontic program that accepted only three students. Here he completed almost three years of specialized orthodontic training in addition to completing his second Masters of Science Degree in craniofacial biology. Shortly after Dr. Ponikvar moved back to Canada after 16 years post-highschool education where he received his board certification in orthodontics. His passion for helping patients is inspired by a 43-year family legacy of dental excellence while following his father’s footsteps in the dental field.
Dr. Ponikvar continues to study the latest advances in his specialty through memberships and certifications in the following:
- American Association of Orthodontists
- Canadian Association of Orthodontists
- Ontario Association of Orthodontists
- Canadian Association of Dentists
- Ontario Association of Dentists
- American Dental Association
- Bay of Quinte Dental Society
- Certified Invisalign provider
- Certified lingual braces provider
He is active in the community and serves as local track and field coach and hopes to become more involved in sponsoring high school activities and sporting events. In his spare time, Dr. Ponikvar is an avid reader and enjoys hanging out with his family, watching sports, playing sports, coaching sports, talking about sports and traveling.