The brief descriptions below are designed to familiarize you with our staff's training, professional credentials and work experience.
Dr. Michael S. Blackwood
Dr. Michael S. Blackwood has been specializing in orthodontics since 1994. He is a third-generation orthodontist in the practice began by his grandfather and his father Thomas. He began his higher education by studying at Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Va., graduating with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. He then went on to Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va., and earned his doctorate of dental surgery degree. Finally, Dr. Blackwood attended University of Detroit Mercy where he earned his specialty degree in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics and a master of science.
Dr. Blackwood grew up in Potomac, Md., where he and his wife, Heidi, raised two sons. When not in the office he enjoys hiking and camping with his family. For many years he has coached middle school soccer and lacrosse.
Dr. Blackwood says, “I truly enjoy practicing orthodontics and creating beautiful smiles. Every time I see my patients, I am pleased to know that I am helping them achieve the ideal smile they have always wanted. The best thing about being an orthodontist is building personal relationships with each patient. I meet such talented and gifted young adolescents, fascinating and remarkable adults, and wonderful families. At the end of treatment, it is amazing to see how a transformation in an individual's smile has such a positive change in that person's overall attitude and confidence.”
Professional Memberships past and present:
- American Association of Orthodontists
- Mid-Atlantic Society of Orthodontists
- Maryland State Society of Orthodontists
- American Dental Association
- DC Dental Society
- Maryland State Dental Association – past chairman of the Committee on the New Dentist and a member of the Membership Committee
- Southern Maryland Dental Society – past president, vice president and treasurer
- Pan American Medical Society -- past president
Dr. Thomas J. Blackwood, Jr.
Dr. Thomas J. Blackwood, Jr. attended Georgetown University for his undergraduate degree and his doctor of dental surgery degree. He became a certified specialist in orthodontics and joined his father-in-law’s practice in downtown Washington, D.C., before practicing with his son Michael. Dr. Blackwood grew up in Jersey City, N.J., and lived in Potomac, Md., where he and his wife Gen raised seven children.