Dr. Alan “AJ” Ker was born in Buffalo, NY and was raised in Troy, MI. He graduated from Troy High School and pursued higher education at the University of Michigan. His graduated on the Dean’s list with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology in 2001 after only three years. Having completed his pre-dental studies simultaneously, he enrolled at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry for his dental training. He graduated 1st in his class of 111 students, obtaining his D.D.S. degree in 2005. Upon graduation, Dr. Ker was inducted into Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Fraternity, received the Samuel D. Harris award for excellence in Pediatric Dental care, and was awarded a Michigan Dental Foundation Scholarship. Following his dental training, Dr. AJ immediately pursued specialist training in orthodontics at the Ohio State University College of Dentistry. He received a specially certificate and M.S. degree in Oral Biology in April 2008 and was chief resident during his final year.
Dr. Ker has lectured locally and nationally on his research interests. His lecture topics include smile esthetics, optimal treatment timing of orthodontic problems, and emerging techniques and technology in orthodontics. His master’s thesis investigated how the population perceives aspects of the smile. He also investigated what is considered an ideal smile and when certain smile characteristics deviate enough to warrant correction. This work was featured as a cover article in the Journal of the American Dental Association for its relevance and importance to all types of dental clinicians.
Dr. Ker is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics. He is also an active member of the American Association of Orthodontists, the Michigan Dental Association, the American Dental Association, and the Great Lakes Association of Orthodontists. Dr. Ker is a lifelong learner, attending many continuing education courses annually to remain current with the latest advances in providing orthodontic treatment.