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Michelle Roberts

Hometown: I was born in Iowa City, Iowa but moved to Billings at 1 ½ years old

Growing up in Billings and loving the outdoors, it seems natural that Dr. Michelle Roberts would come back. But, as she did, she also brought with her the value of volunteering and giving back to the community. 

What made you return to Billings?

I enjoyed things about everywhere I lived, but I wanted to return to Billings to be a part of the community that had given so much to me growing up. I also wanted to be able to take advantage of some the great outdoor recreation opportunities, like hiking and fishing so close to Billings.

How did you choose your career path?

I did not go straight from college into dental school. I considered many things when trying to decide on my career path. Ultimately, I decided on dentistry and orthodontics because I enjoy getting to know each patient I meet and building relationships with them that last long after their treatment is complete.

Why do you support Family Promise and Family Service? Why do those organizations mean something to you?

I support the Family Promise and the Family Service organizations because they both assist families. If you help stabilize families, all members of the family, adults and children, you can create an opportunity for a big change in people’s lives.

Tell us about your participation in equestrian events?

I started riding horses as a kid and it has stayed with me through the years as much as I have been able to at different times with my educational pursuits. I started showing horses as a youth rider. After I went to college, my mother started showing on her own and now it’s something we do together.

What is the most satisfying aspect of your work?

Seeing each patient grow and change, and watching their joy in showing off their smiles.

Who was your greatest mentor?

I am lucky to say that I have and continue to have some great mentors. My mentors include my parents, previous faculty members, and colleagues.

What was the last television series you binge-watched?

I like to watch "Shark Tank," the National Geographic Channel, and the Animal Plant Channel. I don’t watch many series where the shows are linked from one show to the next.

What has been your secret to success?

I think my key to success had been hard work, trying to treat people well, and enjoying what I do.

What advice would have you given to yourself at 13?

I think the advice I would have given my 13-year-old self would have been take advantage of as many opportunities and experiences as possible that are presented to you, even if it is a little outside your comfort zone.

If you had to switch careers, what would you pursue instead?

If I had to switch careers I probably would pursue veterinary medicine, I have always been an animal person and considered becoming a vet before I decided and pursed dental school.