Dr. Michael Zakula’s long term dedication to organized dentistry has spanned four decades, during which he has served the interests of his patients and his colleagues through active involvement, leadership, and advocacy. He is a highly motivated and productive individual who leads by example and has earned the respect and confi dence of his peers on the local, state, and national levels.
Dr. Zakula’s commitment to organized dentistry has included serving as president of the Minnesota Dental Association and the Northeastern District Dental Society; chair of the State Dental Education Committee; delegate to the American Dental Association House of Delegates; executive board member of the Minnesota Association of Orthodontics; chair of the Minnesota Chapter of the American College of Dentists; and chair of the Hibbing Community College Dental Assisting Advisory Board.
After receiving his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, Dr. Zakula spent two years serving as a Captain in the U.S. Army Dental Corps at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri, where he acquired a love for orthodontics. This led to a twoyear orthodontic residency at Emory University School of Dentistry in Atlanta, Georgia. Once his residency was complete, Dr. Zakula came back to Minnesota and set up his dental practice in Hibbing, where he continues to enjoy a specialty practice of orthodontics.
Dr. Zakula has served as an orthodontic consultant for the Crippled Children’s Cleft Palate clinic in Duluth, Minnesota, for 28 years and has been an orthodontic lecturer for the School of Dentistry at the Hibbing Community College since the program’s inception in 2002. He also participates in the national Smiles Change Lives program aimed at providing orthodontic care to disadvantaged children.
Throughout the years, Dr. Zakula has been a tireless advocate for organized dentistry, from attracting new members into positions of responsibility to guiding the Association toward positive change during his term as MDA president. He has repeatedly shown his commitment through honesty, integrity, and true professionalism in all of his endeavors.
The Minnesota Dental Association is proud to honor Dr. Michael Zakula as its 2014 Guest of Honor