“I know I have been successful if you can enter our door as a patient but leave as a friend!” – Dr. Michael J. Cook
It takes a unique doctor to be able to treat patients to the highest standard of care while also being able to connect with each person on an individual basis. Dr. Cook is that kind of guy! At some point in your treatment, you will likely hear him telling someone that he definitely has the best job in the world!
Dr. Cook understands the incredible impact that orthodontics can have on a child, adolescent or even an adult’s self-image. “Nothing is more rewarding than watching my patients gain greater self-esteem and confidence as their smiles improve at each visit. It is definitely true for my younger patients, but it happens all the time with adults as well!”
As a native of Utah, Dr. Cook attended the University of Utah, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in medical biology. He then served a mission in Milano, Italy, where he developed a love for the Italian language, the people and certainly the food! He then completed four years of dental school in Louisville, Kentucky, graduated summa cum laude and continued his orthodontic pursuits by getting accepted into the prestigious orthodontic program at the University of Louisville. He spent the next two years earning his orthodontic certificate and a master’s degree in oral biology. Dr. Cook is also part of the elite few doctors to be certified with the American Board of Orthodontists.
Although Dr. Cook loves to have fun, he takes his clinical role very seriously. For approximately eight years, he partnered as a clinical research consultant for a reputable orthodontic manufacturer, Opal Orthodontics by Ultradent, which is locally based in South Jordan. Being involved in the research stage of new innovations has allowed Dr. Cook to implement cutting-edge technology quickly. Dr. Cook also lectured throughout the country to other orthodontists on various specialized topics. He has even been given unique opportunities to lecture internationally in foreign countries such as Taiwan, Spain, Estonia and more. This dedication to using the most advanced and beneficial techniques creates the perfect environment for optimal patient care.
When Dr. Cook isn’t having fun in the office, he can be found spending time with his wife, Stephanie, and his four beautiful children, Tanner, Brynlee, Jayce and Lexi. They enjoy spending time at the lake, camping, watching sporting events and exploring new destinations together. But if wrestling at home with the kids doesn’t give him enough of a workout, he will likely be on the seat of his mountain bike, skiing or finding a new trail in the beautiful Utah backcountry. “I’ve always tried to be a well-rounded person and love to try anything new,” he says.
Dr. Cook looks forward to creating long-lasting relationships with all of his patients and finds it an exciting prospect to have the chance to work with entire families and the generations which follow. From the initial exam all the way throughout treatment, you can be sure that you will get the most individualized plan and best ongoing care available in orthodontics.