Meet the Doctors

Michael R. Dick, DMD, FAGD

Dr. Dick is a third generation Rutlander and a graduate of Rutland High School. He graduated from Hobart and William Smith College with a degree in Political Science. Following college, Dr. Dick taught history and biology in a high school in Connecticut. From there, he matriculated at the University Of Connecticut School Of Dental Medicine and graduated in 1975. Since 1975, Dr. Dick has practiced general dentistry here in Rutland.

Dr. Dick has achieved Fellowship status in the American Academy of General Dentistry. He has served as President of the Rutland County Dental Society and has been active in committee work at the state society level. Dr. Dick is also a member of the American Academy of Dental Practice Administration.

Professionally, Dr. Dick and his team have been voted Rutland’s Best Dentist for the past 13 years and they have also been the recipient of the Rutland Herald’s Best of the Best Award 5 times.

Dr. Dick has been privileged to speak to dental organizations, study clubs, and continuing education forums, throughout the United States and Canada. In the Rutland community, Dr. Dick served as a Rutland City School Board member from 1978-1984 and 1990-2006, serving as the Board President for 17 of those years. During his tenure as Board President, he played a role in the construction of the new Rutland High School and the consolidation of the elementary schools. He was given the Martha O’Connor Award by the Vermont State Board of Education for his contributions to public education in the State of Vermont. He was also awarded the Vermont State Dental Society’s Citizenship Award for service to the public outside the practice of dentistry.

Dr. Dick lives in Rutland with his wife, Susan, whom he married in 1978. Susan is a dental assistant by training and is very much involved in the dental practice. They have three daughters, Sarah, who works at the front desk in the dental practice, Laura, a pediatrician in the Atlanta, Georgia area, and Lindsey, an elementary 3rd grade teacher in the Rutland City Public Schools. All three daughters are married. Michael and Susan have two grandchildren, Lucas and Kelsey who reside in Georgia.

Dr. Dick has been enjoying his retirement since Fall 2016 but remains an integral part of our practice.

Sonia Yau, DDS

Hello! I am a relatively new transplant to the Rutland area. I was born in Taiwan, and my family immigrated to Montreal when I was little. I am used to the snow and cold! I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to live in various parts of the world and find out that I prefer the small town feel.

After graduating from McGill University with mechanical engineering degree, I worked in the financial industry for a few years. While I enjoyed playing with the numbers and charts, I decided to pursue dentistry and obtained my D.D.S from University of Toronto. I then completed a General Practice Residency in Akron, OH. After residency, I spent three years working in a corporate practice in Queensbury, NY. During my search for a different setting for practicing dentistry, I met the wonderful people at Michael’s office and the rest is history.

In my spare time, I read about … teeth. Okay now that sounds boring! In all seriousness, I enjoy various forms of exercise, including running and yoga (I do make a valiant effort to run, although sometimes my legs don’t want to cooperate). My dog seems to really enjoy exploring the outdoors and I try to indulge him as much as possible.

My family is spread out all over the world. My father is in Toronto, mother in England, and younger brother in Singapore. Despite the distance, we are pretty close. And believe it or not, I am in touch with my brother almost daily.

I am very fortunate to have found a career that I absolutely enjoy. I love listening to people's stories, and, what can I say, I love teeth!

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