DR. MICHAEL BARBICK
ORAL AND MAXILLOFACIAL SURGEON OWNER, TAMPA BAY JAW & FACIAL SURGERY
At any point in time, Dr. Michael Barbick may be removing a teenager’s wisdom teeth, placing dental implants for adults missing teeth or reconstructing the facial bones of someone involved in a car accident. It’s all in a day’s work for the Miami native, who obtained both his dental and medical degree from the University of Florida. After working in private practice in Palm Beach, Florida, and as an academic surgeon in St. Louis, Missouri, Dr. Barbick took
“I JUST FELL IN LOVE WITH TAMPA AND WHAT IT HAD TO OFFER AND HAVE NEVER LOOKED BACK ON MY DECISION TO CALL THE CITY HOME.”
the chance to put down roots in Tampa. He acquired Tampa Bay Jaw & Facial Surgery in 2014, expanding the 30-year-old practice from one four-employee office in Carrollwood to over five locations across the Tampa Bay area. “My wife and I moved to the Tampa region four years ago due to its diversity, culture, economic growth and philanthropic opportunities,” he says. “I just fell in love with Tampa and what it had to offer and have never looked back on my decision to call the city home.” Knowing the sometimes prohibitive cost of Oral and Maxillofacial surgery, Dr. Barbick and his team of six surgeons frequently partner with local organizations like the Veterans Association, Missions of Mercy and Give Kids a Smile to provide free surgical care to people in need.
He says he admires Jeff Vinik for setting an example for others looking to give back to the community. “The city is excelling leaps and bounds because of his desire to make Tampa a great place to live and his desire to help others.” In addition to his philanthropic work, Dr. Barbick is also an Assistant Professor at the University of Florida, where he volunteers his time monthly to teach students and surgical residents. He also is involved with several colleges around Tampa where he mentors students through lectures or shadowing opportunities at his office or the hospital to provide insight on what it’s like to be a doctor and how it’s always important to give back to your community in any manner possible.
“My parents were both teachers, and many of their past students always remember certain things my parents taught them that positively influenced them, and I want to emulate that in my own teaching,” he says. “Shaping the minds of students and residents and being a role model to them would be my greatest gift that I think I can give to the city of Tampa.”
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