DR. MICHAEL FARMER
Michael C. Farmer, DMD, FICD is a North Carolina native who grew up in Old Fort, a small town in the foothills of Western North Carolina. After graduating from Wake Forest University, Dr. Farmer attended the University of Alabama-Birmingham School of Dentistry where he was exposed to a large variety of patients and developed a strong interest in helping those patients that were less fortunate.
Dr. Farmer has carried these experiences with him throughout his career in dentistry, often volunteering with such projects such as the North Carolina Dental Society’s Missions of Mercy, the American Dental Association’s Give Kids A Smile, and being a volunteer and member of the board of directors for the Cape Fear Clinic, a non-profit clinic which provides dental, medical, pharmaceutical, and mental health care at no cost to patients in Wilmington, NC.
During his time at Wake Forest University, Dr. Farmer studied for one semester in Madrid, Spain where he improved his Spanish speaking abilities by living with a Spanish speaking family and taking classes at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. He has volunteered as a translator on Mission Trips to Honduras and Nicaragua and enjoys putting his Spanish to use with his patients!
Since 2012, Dr. Farmer participates as Adjunct Faculty at the University Of North Carolina School Of Dentistry with Project Uganda, a part of the UNC Global Initiative. With a focus on preventative care, Dr. Farmer and a group of dental students travel to the impoverished East African nation to collaborate with the Makerere University College of Health Sciences Dental School on public health initiatives and to provide care to many people who have never seen a dentist before. Dr. Farmer instructs the students on fillings, extractions, injection techniques, and preventative care before and during the time in Uganda, helping to fulfill his passion for helping others while educating future dentists in a challenging environment.
Since 2016, Dr. Farmer has served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Charlotte Dental Society where he currently serves as the Treasurer. in 2018-2019, Dr. Farmer was selected as one of 20 dentists throughout the country to participate in the American Dental Association’s Institute for Diversity in Leadership. During this program, Dr. Farmer took courses at the ADA’s headquarters with business school professors from Duke’s Fuqua Business School and Northwestern’s Kellogg’s School of Management to develop and expand leadership skills.
In 2019, Dr. Farmer was selected as a member of the American College of Dentists, an organization for dentists that “have exemplified excellence through outstanding leadership and contributions to dentistry and society.” Also in 2019, Dr. Farmer received a fellowship in the International College of Dentists which recognizes “outstanding professional achievement, meritorious service and dedication to the continued progress of dentistry for the benefit of humankind.
In 2020, Dr. Farmer was selected to be inducted into the Pierre Fauchard Academy. Fellowship in the Pierre Fauchard Academy is “based on contributions to dental literature, service to the profession of dentistry, and service to the general community, thereby bringing credit to dentistry.”
Dr. Farmer has been a member of the Charlotte Transgender Healthcare Group since September of 2016. The Charlotte Transgender Healthcare Group is a collaboration of healthcare providers to ensure best practices, engage in case consultation and provide resources for trans-affirming healthcare services. They also perform Trans101 training sessions in local dental and medical offices to allow staff to ask questions and improve the quality of care. Plaza Midwood Dentistry has previously had this training to help educate staff on ethical care of transgender or gender non-conforming patients to help ensure a welcoming environment for all patients.
Dr. Farmer enjoys many continuing education courses each year and has received training in areas such as laser dentistry, implant restoration courses, pediatric care, and CAD/CAM restoration procedures (in-office crowns). In his spare time, Dr. Farmer enjoys running, playing golf, attending sporting events, spending time with his family and friends, spoiling his dog, Harper, and being involved in community projects.