I’ve practiced orthodontics since 1988 and still thoroughly enjoy my time at the office. It is a pleasure to work alongside staff who have become my family, as we change smiles for people who become part of our extended family!
I was drawn to the profession after personally experiencing the tremendous changes and improvements that come with a smile you’re proud to share. Orthodontics has long been and remains a passion in my life: being part of a person’s life-changing journey, as we straighten their teeth and transform their smile, is deeply rewarding.
For over 30 years I’ve had the honor of watching people change over the course of treatment. Regardless of their age – a child, teen, parent, or grandparent – each person gains more comfort with their appearance and with that comes an increase in their confidence.
The best day, for me, is when a patient finishes treatment and their new smile is revealed. Looking back at the improvement in their teeth, and seeing how proud the person is with what we’ve accomplished, is professionally and personally gratifying.
~ Dr. Michael Keim
Education and Office Information
Born and raised in Bismarck, Dr. Keim attended the University of North Dakota, where he received his Bachelor of Science in Natural Science and Psychology, graduating summa cum laude. Dental school and his orthodontic residency were through the University of Minnesota, where he obtained his Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS) and Certificate in Orthodontics.
Following his specialized orthodontic training, in 1988 Dr. Keim moved to Fargo with his wife Sarah started his practice. He and his staff – many of whom have been the office for decades and several since the practice opened – share the goal of providing quality orthodontics and caring for patients as family.
Professional Affiliations, Activities, and Continuing Education
Dr. Keim is an active member of the:
- American Association of Orthodontists
- Midwest Society of Orthodontists
- American Dental Association
- North Dakota Dental Association
- Heartland Study Club, Orthodontic Advisor
Additionally, he had the honor of serving as faculty at the University of Minnesota from 2004 to 2010.
Through ongoing continuing education – meetings, seminars, lectures – Dr. Keim stays on top of the current trends and new technologies in orthodontics. As a team, he and his staff participate in in in-office presentations, discussing innovations and integrating the best new developments into the practice and patient care. At the same time, Dr. Keim balances the new concepts and options with his 30-plus years of experience, to give patients the most predictable, stable, and lasting smiles.
Dr. Keim and his family have treasured living in Fargo for these many years. He and his wife, Sarah, have three grown children who have moved to wonderful areas of the country: a daughter and son-in-law who live in Denver with their newborn child; a son in Dallas; and another daughter in Austin. The family enjoys traveling to see one another and gets together as often as they can.
Dr. Keim and Sarah enjoy their time at the lake and feel blessed that their children are able to spend extended periods of time with them there. At the lake, Dr. Keim enjoys waterskiing, wake surfing, sailing, and relaxing on the pontoon. During the winter, the family regularly organizes trips to the mountains for some snow skiing and time together.