Michael graduated Dentistry from the University of Otago, New Zealand. While he was a dental student, he won numerous scholarships and prestigious research awards which helped him pay for his tuition fees and provided him opportunities to travel overseas to present his research.
In his final year of dentistry, he organised a voluntary dental visit to the Cook Islands, where access to dental treatment is very limited. There, Michael and his colleagues spent a month to provide dental treatment to as many people as possible, as well as attending local schools to provide dental education and distribute donated dental products.
After dental school, Michael spent two years working in the largest tertiary hospital on South Island New Zealand, where he had the opportunity to work alongside many dental specialists. Being the largest cleft centre on the South Island, Michael helped to treat many children and adolescents with various degrees of cleft lip and palate or other craniofacial deformities. Michael is very passionate about giving back to the community and the profession.
In Michael’s spare time, he likes to spend time with his wife, Florence, and his friends. His hobbies include basketball, swimming and tennis.
A member of the Australian Dental Association (ADA) and Australian Society of Orthodontists, Dr Michael Zhao is a highly commended orthodontist.
During his three-year specialist orthodontic training at the University of Melbourne, Michael published a paper on surgical orthodontics in the Australian Orthodontic Journal. He’s currently working on his next publication based on results from his published thesis.
Similar to Dr Jonathan Skilton, Michael was also awarded the prestigious prize for Clinical Excellence from the Australian Society of Orthodontists for presenting the best clinical cases as a student.
Dr Michael Zhao is also a member of the Give a Smile™ programme, where he treats patients pro-bono, and he has volunteered his spare time to teach orthodontic postgraduate students at the Melbourne University.