Mike Lowry, DDS
I was raised in a very small farming community and had a background including grain farming, milking cows, feeding pigs and chickens. I also helped my Dad build several houses including masonry work. It was a varied learning experience with a lot of time spent outdoors, and I still enjoy that. I have a motorcycle and a 225-acreproperty which both keep me busy. I have 5 children and 1 in-law. As well, we have 8 grandchildren that spend a lot of time at our place.
When I was young, I had an uncle who was an orthodontist and I wanted to be like him, so I made my career choice in 6th grade. Orthodontics was an area of dentistry that I thought was poorly taught to me in dental school and being from a rural area with no orthodontists, I saw a need with my patients that I felt the desire to meet.
To train, I began with a 5-year, 500 hour program in the United States and then studied with Dr. Rondeau and have completed most of his courses. I have been to nearly all of his Las Vegas conferences and completed the IAO Instructor’s Institute. I also studied TMD with Dr. Ralph Garcia, and TMD and pediatric OSA with Dr. Olmos. I have also attended many IAO annual conferences and summer meetings which provide great insight and instruction.
In my current role, I am an instructor with Rondeau Seminars, and serve as mentor in 4 orthodontic study clubs. I am vice chair of the International Board of Orthodontics and past president of the IAO. My motivation and drive come from a passion for learning ortho and a love of teaching what I know and can. Professionally, I was particularly proud of becoming a diplomate with the IBO and receiving an award for the “Article of the Year” in the IJO.
Q. How do you relax in your spare time? How do you balance work and family life?
A. I work on my acreage, I golf, I like to tinker with woodworking and anything mechanical. I have a motorcycle, fish, camp and enjoy boating and water sports. I also have a passion for travel and photography. I set aside time for both and have been successful at developing a good working balance.
Q. How do you stay abreast of modern techniques?
A. I attend any course that I can and I read.
Q. What are your plans for the future?
A. I am retiring from practice in the next year and plan to continue to teach and write articles. I will also continue with the IBO board.