Dr. Gabriel PonceAssociate Dentist
Growing up in Camlachie and attending school in the Sarnia area, Dr. Gabriel Ponce was always committed to giving back to his community. Whether it was volunteering with local charities or food drives, he was always an advocate for those in need. Once he realized his dream of becoming a dentist, Dr. Ponce knew that he would return to his hometown to serve his community.
After graduating from St. Christopher’s High School, Dr. Ponce attended the University of Western Ontario, obtaining an Honours Bachelor degree in genetics and biochemistry, with a minor in medical sciences. His aspirations to provide care to those in need impelled him to attend the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry in downtown Detroit, Michigan.
His public service as a dentist in Detroit extended into volunteering at a number of events, including: an annual mouth guard clinic to provide free mouth guards to young athletes, an annual oral cancer screening clinic at the Detroit Men’s Health Fair, a free dental service clinic for the homeless and under-served Detroit community through the St. Vincent de Paul Dental Clinic, and an annual “Give Kids a Smile” dental clinic to provide free dental care to under-served children who could not afford basic healthcare. Dr. Ponce was also an active member of his student body, acting as a executive member of his graduating class student council and governing member of the Detroit Mercy Canadian Student Dental Association and the Alliance for Inclusion.
Dr. Ponce excelled as a clinician in all aspects of dentistry, and was one of the top clinical students in his class. Striving for academic excellence, Dr. Ponce attended over 100 hours of training and continuing education courses prior to his graduation to further expand and hone his skills in the dental field. He continues to attend continuing education classes in the fields of cosmetic dentistry, oral surgery, implants, and endodontics. Dr. Ponce is an active member of the Canadian Dental Association, the Ontario Dental Association, the Hispanic Dental Association, American Dental Association, the Lambton County Dental Society, the Academy of General Dentistry, and other training and specialty organizations.
Dr. Michael RondinelliDentist
As a child growing up in Sarnia, Dr. Michael Rondinelli spent countless hours observing in a family members dental office. He admired his dentist for being a leader in his community and working at a job he loved. Dr. Mike dreamed that one day he would also serve his community. After graduating as an Ontario Scholar from St. Christopher’s High School, Dr. Mike attended the University of Western Ontario, and earned an honours BA with a double major in genetics and molecular biology. He then made the bold decision to attend the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry in downtown Detroit, Michigan.
It was in dental school that Dr. Rondinelli found his true passion and calling in life. He excelled in academics and became the top clinical student in his class. He earned several awards and distinctions, including:
- Top Student in Fixed and Removable Prosthodontics, American Academy of Prosthodontics
- Advanced Periodontal Surgical Award
- Top Student in Operative Dentistry, Academy of Operative Dentistry
- Top Student in Fixed Prosthodontics, Frank Vedder Society
Since graduating, Dr. Mike has returned to the university and often serves as a guest lecturer.
Despite owning and operating a busy office, Dr. Mike maintains an active quest for knowledge. This year, he attended over 300 hours of continuing education classes in the areas of cosmetic dentistry, oral implants, orthodontics, and endodontics. He is an active member of the Canadian Dental Association, the Ontario Dental Association, the Michigan Dental Association, the American Dental Association, the Hands-On Training Club, the Lambton County Dental Society, the Academy of General Dentistry and many others.