Bill Martin, DMD
I really feel I was placed on the earth to do just what I am doing. I am a student and a coach and orthodontics supplies me with a never-ending opportunity to do both. I don’t feel I have ever “gone to work;” it’s as if I get to practice my hobby every day!
I believe I can make a difference in the lives of my patients by being a good listener and asking good questions. Listening to what parents and patients say allows us to involve them in the treatment. Everyone is unique and there is no such thing as an “ideal treatment” for everyone. We feel a team effort is necessary to achieve optimal treatment for each patient.
Loving what I do in our office gives me the energy and desire to study and improve myself so I can deliver great results to those people who make my heart sing every day: our patients and their families.
Education and Continuing Education
I grew up in Gainesville and graduated from Gainesville High School before attending Florida State University for my undergraduate degree. I completed dental school at the University of Florida College of Dentistry and underwent my orthodontic residency at the University of Pennsylvania.
I am passionate about learning new things that can help me be more effective in giving my patients beautiful smiles and the confidence they need to succeed in their lives. I am fascinated at how true the statement “more than just a smile” is for an incredible orthodontic result. I belong to several study groups and attend conferences regularly in the areas of orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, growth and development, and sleep disorders and their effects on my patients' health. It is always my goal to deliver the best possible care for my patients.
I also love to teach. I am an adjunct professor at the University of Florida College of Dentistry. You will notice I love to teach patients and families what is involved in their treatments and encourage their participation in treatment decisions. There is not one “right” treatment plan; each person is different.
- American Association of Orthodontists
- Southern Association of Orthodontists
- Florida Association of Orthodontists
- American Dental Association
- Florida Dental Association
- Alachua County Dental Society
- American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
- American Association of Sleep Medicine
- American Association of Dental Sleep Medicine
Outside the Office
I have a crazy family! My wife, Dr. Judy Banks, is a pediatrician. My sister is Dr. Celia Martin, an orthodontist, with whom I have worked for years. I have two sons, Dave and Paul, who are dental students at the University of Florida College of Dentistry. My wife and I also have two dogs, Shorty and Happy. I am training Shorty to be a therapy dog, so you might see him when you come to our office.
When I am not working, you can find me volunteering in charity dental clinics with my sons -- the Gainesville Community Ministries and the Florida Baptist Convention bus are two of our favorites. I am involved in Rotary and our family has started a dental mission in Ambato Ecuador and has spent spring break and a week every summer taking dental students from UF to work with indigenous people with no access to dental care. I feel blessed to have been given a skill that can help people who are suffering from tooth pain. I believe “to those who have received a lot, a lot is expected” and try to live my life accordingly.