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Fun by Design
An old gas station is transformed into a fun and nostalgic Route 66-themed orthodontic practice that patients love to visit.
Michael J. Hilgers, DDS, MS, knows that exceptional patient care is only part of what makes an orthodontic practice successful. Extraordinary customer service, an outgoing and friendly staff, and an enjoyable environment - in addition to top-notch care - are all key elements of the doctor's successful Goodyear, Arizona practice, Hilgers Orthodontics.



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Michael's two offices, located just 15 miles apart, each feature a unique theme that makes trips to the orthodontist feel more like a party than an appointment. “The public appreciates creativity, customer service and fun,” he said. “No one has ever said they didn't have fun here.”
In the family
Though a passion for orthodontics runs in Michael's family - his uncle and cousin are both orthodontists and have patented many of the orthodontic appliances on display at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. - he didn't automatically gravitate toward the field.
An all-star soccer player in high school, Michael looked forward to playing the sport on a scholarship in college. Unfortunately, a knee injury sidelined him. During his rehabilitation, he became interested in athletic training and pursued the career for a few years after graduation, but tired of the extensive travel it required.
Michael decided to follow in his family's footsteps and pursue a career in orthodontics. He enrolled at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, Colo., where he graduated near the top of his class with a DDS degree. There, he also met his wife, Kelly Hilgers, DDS, MS, a pediatric dentist. He went on to complete two years of residency at Yale University and received his MS degree and orthodontic specialty certificate at the University of Louisville.
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