Dr. Smith grew up in Traverse City, MI. After serving as a US Navy Corpsman for a decade, he made the decision to pursue a career in dentistry and received his doctorate from the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry.
We asked Dr. Smith a few questions so you can get to know him a little better!
Dr Zachariah Smith At Mi Smiles Dental Award

What led you to seek a career in dentistry?

“I have always been curious and loved building—playing Legos, solving puzzles, and creating gourmet recipes. Through dentistry, I get to combine my creativity, attention to detail, and years of experience in medicine to heal and care for patients in a truly unique way, helping patients develop overall health and well-being while simultaneously improving self-confidence.”

Tell us about your family?

“Blessed with the profound joy of being a husband to a phenomenal wife, I have the privilege of raising two exquisitely unique children – a 13-year-old and a precious, one-year-old bundle of joy.”

Please list some personal achievements.

  • “For a formidable decade, I had the distinct privilege of serving our great nation as a US Navy Corpsman.”
  • “Was a member of the US Navy’s Men’s Dragon Boat Team.”

What memberships are you currently involved in?

“I am a member of the American Dental Association and the Michigan Dental Association.”

Who are your top 3 favorite musicians?

“Martin Sexton, Dispatch, and The Beatles”

What are your 3 favorite movies?

“Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Snatch, Outlaw King”

If time and money was not an issue, what hobby or activity would you love to get into?

“Carpentry & fine wood-working.”

What is your favorite part about working with patients?

“Developing relationships and helping patients reach their oral health goals is great, but even better is seeing the joyful reactions of patients after dental work is completed.”

If you could be an Olympic athlete, in what sport would you compete?


Did you ever study under a well known individual in dentistry?

“Yes, I have had the pleasure to have studied under…

  • Dr. Jeffrey P. Okeson | He has been a full time faculty member at the University of Kentucky for 45 years. He is recognized worldwide as an authority in the field of TMD and orofacial pain, lecturing in every state in the USA and 59 different foreign countries. His textbooks have been translated into eleven different foreign languages and have become a standard for teaching throughout the world. His peers have called him the “World Ambassador for Orofacial pain”. He is a highly sought after speaker and has given more than 1300 invited lectures throughout the world. He has received numerous awards, honors and recognitions for his outstanding teaching and educational abilities.

How do you treat yourself after a long day of work?

“Shower first, then make dinner and eat with the family. End the night with early bed and reading, usually fantasy/fiction.”

What is your typical go-to lunch while on a workday?

“Carrots and hummus with a nutritional shake and kombucha tea or coffee.”

What is your favorite type of treatment to do?

“I would have to say either Invisalign or Root Canal Therapy!”

If you could have someone narrate your life, who would you want it to be and why?

“Rowan Atkinson, because he has a very unique voice and cadence to his speech. He is also one of me and my son’s favorite comedians.”

What do you like to do on rainy days?

“Rainy days hold a special place in my heart, as they give me an opportunity to indulge in my favorite pastimes such as settling down with a good book, getting lost in a challenging puzzle, unwinding with my family over board or card games or simply enjoying a movie.”

What is your favorite movie quote?

“Relax. You fellas have nothing to worry about. I’m a professional.” -Valet from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

What’s the most beautiful place you’ve ever been?

“Tintagel Castle North Cornwall, England”

What other awesome and interesting things could you share about yourself?

  • Flew in Fat Albert, the Blue Angels’ C-130, during the Naval Air Station Oceana Air Show in 2008
  • I was in a Dr. Pepper commercial with Garth Brooks in 2002.