Dr. Nick Palmer

Orthodontist and TMJ Specialist

Dr. Palmer did his undergraduate work at Michigan State University. After graduation he attended Wayne State University and received a Masters degree in biochemistry. Upon graduation from Wayne he attended Case Western Reserve University for both his dental degree and his second Masters degree, in orthodontics. At the same time he attended dental school he worked as a senior lab tech at Cleveland Clinic. The research associated with his Masters degree at Case, earned one of the highest honors given by the American Association of Orthodontists.

Upon completion of his time at Case Western he and his family moved back to Michigan and opened an office in Troy. The Troy office with time proved to be too small and so we moved into our present office in 2007.

In 1989 Dr. Palmer began teaching diagnosis and treatment planning to the Oral Maxillo-Facial residents at DMC, downtown Detroit. In 1994 Dr. Palmer was asked to join the faculty at University of Michigan Dental School, Department of Orthodontic and Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Palmer was the Associate Clinical Professor and director of the Graduate Pediatric Orthodontic Clinic and the Orthodontic segment of the graduate Pediatric curriculum.

In addition to teaching Orthodontics Dr. Palmer was asked to teach courses in tempro-mandibular joint disorders (TMJ). Because of the demand to treat TMJ, it has become a significant part of our patient treatments. Teaching expanded to where Dr. Palmer was asked to lecture at Case Western, as well; as guest lecturer at Ivan Franco University dental School, Lviv Ukraine. In 2014 Dr. Palmer retired from teaching and now concentrates on what he enjoys most, treating patients and families in his office.

Dr. Palmer is a life member of the American Association of Orthodontists and the World federation of Orthodontists. Dr. Palmer represented Ukraine for the signing of the Charter of the World Federation.

Academic Appointments

June 1, 1996-to 2014

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Orthodontic and Pediatric Dentistry, School of Dentistry, University of Michigan


1965-1969  Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan

Major:  Biochemistry

Degree:  Bachelor of Science

1969-1971    Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan

Major:  Biochemistry

Degree:  Master of Arts

Thesis:  A MRI study of Alcohol Dehydrogenase

1971-1975  Case Western Reserve University Dental School, Cleveland, Ohio

Degree: Doctor of Dental Science

1975-1977  Case Western Reserve University Dental School, Cleveland, Ohio

Major:  Orthodontics

Degree:  Master of Science

Thesis:  An Invitro and Invivo Study of Anti-Cartilage Antibodies

Honors and Awards

1975  First recipient of the Past Monarchs Scholarship Cleveland Grotto

1977  First Dental School Recipient of the Case Western Reserve Graduate School Scholarship

1978  Recipient of the Harry S. Scher Research Award Presented by the American Association of Orthodontists

1979  Participant and speaker at the Robert Moyers Presymposium Meeting, University of Michigan

Memberships and Offices in Professional and Research Societies

American Association of Orthodontists

World Federation of Orthodontists

Delegate representing Ukraine for the Charter Signing (First WFO Meeting San Francisco 1995)

Delegate Representing Ukraine for the Second Meeting of the World Federation of Orthodontists and Coordinator of Ukrainian Delegation (Chicago May 2000)

Consultant to Michigan State Orthodontic Association Legal Representative, Mr. Richard Small

Member of Ukrainian Medical Association of North America (UMANA),

Principal Fund Raiser to cover all expenses of Ukrainian Delegation in the World Federation of Orthodontists

Detroit representative to Project Hope

Establishing eleven Regional Dental Centers in Ukraine

Children of Chernobyl Relief Fund

Representative to Henry Ford Hospital-Lviv Oblast Hospital

Joint project to establish the first Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Ukraine

Member of the Board of Directors Ukrainian Village 1994-present

Chairman of the Board of Directors (April 2000-present) Ukrainian Village Senior Citizens Complex (HUD Section 8, 202 subsidized housing for seniors) Warren, Michigan

Teaching Activities

1985-1990  Staff Member Department of Oral Surgery, Wayne State University

Detroit Medical Center-Receiving Hospital, Adjunct clinical instructor in the department of Oral Maxillofacial Surgery

The department consisted of four Oral Surgery residents and my courses included:

  1. Cephalometrics for the Oral Surgeon.
  2. Diagnosis and Treatment planning for orthognathic surgery.
  3. Diagnosis and treatment planning and treatment for temporomandibular Dysfunction.
  4. Basic Orthodontics
  5. Clinical supervision of Orthognathic surgery cases done by the Residents

1994-to present   Adjunct Assistant Professor

Department of Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry

University of Michigan School of Dentistry

  • Consultant for Development of the New Pediatric Clinical Facility

Worked with Dr Straffon in evaluating the floor plan for the New Graduate Pediatric Clinic

I was responsible for the redesigning of the space to;

  1. Optimize the clinical area
  2. Reduce the amount of hall way space
  3. Increase the number of chairs in the clinic
  4. Relocate the doors to the clinic to better utilize restroom
  5. Redistribute space in the sterilization area
  6. Design area for Employee “lockers”
  7. Help evaluate equipment size and distribution in the clinic
  • Developed an eight-week Course and Syllabus in Cephlometrics and X-ray Diagnosis

August 1998  Presented a two-day Course on “Orthodontic Bracket Development, Diagnosis and Treatment Planning”

Ivan Franco University, School of Dentistry, Lviv, Ukraine

One-day Inspection and Consultation Visit to

Lviv Oblast Regional Children’s Hospital

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Lviv, Ukraine

1999   Presented a one-day Course titled “X-ray, Diagnosis, and Treatment Planning for Orthognathic Surgery” Department of Oral Surgery, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit

Developed an eight-week Course along with Syllabus and Video Tapes in Neurophysiology, Neuroanatomy, Diagnosis, and Treatment Planning of Temporomandibular Disorders (Interdisciplinary Course for Orthodontic and Pedodontic Graduate Students)

Development of Standard Operating Procedures (Orthodontic) for use by Pediatric Graduate Students

  1. Reduced the amount of paper work redundancy
  2. Revised the Treatment plan sheets to simplify case presentations, and address legal questions when dealing with minors
  3. Developed treatment protocol with regard to delinquent payments and non co-operative patients
  4. Reduced the number of non co-operative patients being treated in the clinic and increased productivity

Published Article in World Federation of Orthodontics Gazette “Accomplishing the Goals of the WFO”

2001  Revised course sylabus for all courses “Pediatric Orthodontics”

2002  Revised departmental contracts, Informed consent and departmental appointment policy.

Proposed new program for subsidizing orthodontic treatment for indigent families

Revised curriculum for all lectures in Orthodontics for the Pediatric graduate program.  As the Adjunct Professor in Orthodontics, I lecture on Orthodontic clinical practice.  The course is divided into the following categories:

  • Anatomy
  • History of bracket development
  • Biomechanics
  • Archwire properties and metallurgy
  • Treatment sequence
  • Records and photography
  • Orthopedic therapies
  • Molar distilization, expanders,
  • Cephalometrics
  • Diagnosis and treatment planning
  • Temporomandibular disorders

The above courses are divided into four segments that I have written course syllabi.  The individual text are broken divided into Orthodontics for the Pediatric Dentist


Temporomandibular Dysfunction

2003-2004   Revised completely the course Texts and added one completely    new book to the course  Orthopedic Appliances

Faculty advisor to Catherine Honk for her table clinic presented to the American Pediatric Society Annual Meeting

Mandibular Asymmetry – A Clinical Case :

Hong, C D.D.S.., Palmer N.S. D.D.S., M.S., Arruda A. D.D.S., M.S., M.P.H.

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