Dr. Michael Hilgers was born in Denver, Colorado and graduated from Green Mountain High School in Lakewood, Colorado. He was an all-state athlete in high school and looked forward to playing soccer on a scholarship in college until he injured his knee. Dr. Hilgers then became interested in athletic training during his rehabilitation and attended the University of Colorado in Boulder on an athletic training scholarship. He was an athletic trainer for five years with the National Champion University of Colorado Buffaloes football program. After graduation from the University of Colorado, Dr. Hilgers interned as an athletic trainer for the Denver Broncos & Colorado Avalanche and was later hired on as the athletic trainer for the Colorado Rapids.
After several years as an athletic trainer, Dr. Hilgers decided to follow in his family’s footsteps and become an orthodontist. Dr. Hilgers has a long family history in orthodontics with many of the orthodontic appliances patented by his family and displayed at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. Dr. Hilgers received his Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, where he graduated in the top of his class. He then did a one year residency and one year fellowship at Yale University in Connecticut. Dr. Hilgers was then accepted at the University of Louisville Orthodontic Department, where he received his Master of Science (MS) and orthodontic specialty certificate. Dr. Hilgers has published numerous articles in the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, of which two of his articles were featured on the cover. Dr. Hilgers obtained his Board Certification in 2005 and is an active member of the American Association of Orthodontists. Dr. Hilgers loves that he develops long-term relationships with his patients, and “although our job is not always easy, helping people feel better about themselves and their smiles makes it all worthwhile.”