Board Members

  • Dr. Joel Michelson

    Dr. Joel Michelson

    Dr. Joel Michelson is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon in private practice with Southeastern Minnesota Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Associates which has five offices in Southeastern Minnesota. He serves the SEMOMS corporate board as Vice President.

    Joel graduated from the University of Colorado in Denver and received his dental training at the University of Colorado, School of Dentistry, graduating Cum Laude. He completed his General Practice Residency at the Veteran's Administration Hospital in Denver, Colorado the following year. He did his residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Minnesota, School of Dentistry.

    Joel received his board certification from the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and is a Fellow in the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. He is a member of the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology, the American Dental Association, the Minnesota Dental Association, the Southeastern Minnesota District Dental Society, the Zumbro Valley Dental Society, and the Christian Medical and Dental Association having served these organizations in many capacities as both a board member and officer including associate editor of Northwest Dentistry for eight years. He currently serves as the Dental Dean the on the CMDA/CMDE Commission which plans annual continuing education programs for overseas health professionals. He has lectured on a variety of professionally related topics both locally and internationally including in Kenya, Thailand, Greece, Jordan and Guinea. A long time volunteer at the Good Samaritan Dental Clinic in Rochester, he has also gone on numerous overseas dental mission trips including several missions to Guinea. He was recognized with the Minnesota Dental Association's Humanitarian Service Award in 2011.

    Joel was born to missionary parents in Cameroon, West Africa and served as a missionary there for three years after college graduation. He is a long time member of Autumn Ridge Church in Rochester, Minnesota where he has served in a number of capacities including the Missions Council and Elder Board. Joel and his wife, Susan, have six children.

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