Meet Dr. Michael Rovner

meet dr michael rovner

Dr. Rovner was born and raised in Des Moines and graduated from Roosevelt High School. He’s earned three degrees from the University of Iowa, including a Bachelor of Science from the College of Liberal Arts (BS), a Doctorate from the College of Dentistry (DDS), and a Master of Science in Orthodontics (MS).

Other accomplishments include a certificate in orthodontics from the University of Iowa, Department of Orthodontics, the American Dental Association’s Student Preventive Dentistry Award, and appointment by the Governor of Iowa to the Iowa State Dental Board.

During his post-graduate orthodontic studies at the University of Iowa, Dr. Rovner was involved in multiple research projects, including his master’s thesis devoted to the development of a revolutionary new alloy and the practical application for use in clinical orthodontics.

He was honored to conduct these studies under Dr. George Andreasen, the founder of the Nitinol alloy, which is currently used worldwide. Dr. Rovner also credits his excellent education to his mentor and former head of the Department of Orthodontics, Dr. John Casko, and a distinguished faculty that included Dr. Robert Staley and Dr. Samir Bishara.

The Central Iowa Orthodontics practice was established by Dr. Rovner in 1978. The Des Moines office has remained in the same location since its inception, although additional locations have been added over the years in Newton, Altoona, and Waukee. Dr. Rovner had been blessed by a dedicated staff over the years; they have helped to deliver the finest quality of service and care to patients throughout central Iowa.

We commonly see second- and third-generation patients whose parents and grandparents still have fond memories of their treatment experience. Furthermore, our practice strives to incorporate the latest in technological advancements and techniques for the sake of efficiency, quality, and patient comfort.

Dr. Rovner has a passion for his family and sports of all kinds. He has two daughters who are former state tennis champions and went on to compete for four years at Washington University in St Louis and Wesleyan University in Connecticut, respectively.

Dr. Rovner and his wife Cindy also acquired Iowa high school coaching certificates to lead the Valley High School girls to a team tennis state championship when their youngest daughter was a junior. Dr. and Mrs. Rovner were members of a United States Tennis Association team that won two consecutive national championships in Tucson, Arizona. Basketball, softball, golf, and bowling are among the long-time interests of Dr. Rovner, as well as Hawkeye football. He takes special pride in seeing his daughters enjoy their current careers in law and medicine.

Professional memberships include the American Dental Association, Iowa Dental Association, Des Moines District Dental Society, the American Association of Orthodontics, the Iowa Society of Orthodontists, the Midwestern Society of Orthodontists, the Des Moines Orthodontic Society, the World Federation of Orthodontists, and the American Association of Dental Examiners. Dr. Rovner is a fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy.

He has also served on a variety of professionally related committees and been an adjunct faculty member for the University of Iowa College of Dentistry, and a member of the Iowa Dental Board following an appointment by the governor.