Meet the Orthodontists at Berkman & Shapiro Orthodontics

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Dr. Mark Berkman

Dr. Mark E. Berkman grew up in Columbus, Ohio, and was a valedictorian of his graduating class at Bexley High School. He completed his undergraduate education through The Ohio State University Honors Program, and earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree summa cum laude from The Ohio State University College of Dentistry. While in dental school, Dr. Berkman was named a Research Scholar by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and spent a year engaged in research at the National Institutes of Health. He has won national recognition for his work in the fields of craniofacial development and gene therapy.

Dr. Berkman subsequently attended the University of Michigan, where he received his Master of Science (MS) degree and specialty training in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics. Dr. Berkman is currently a part-time faculty member in the Department of Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry at Michigan. There, his primary teaching responsibilities include lectures on embryology & craniofacial growth at the predoctoral and graduate levels as well as instruction in the Orthodontic Clinic. During breaks from teaching, Dr. Berkman tries very hard to keep his colleagues in the department from finding out he ever attended Ohio State.

Dr. Berkman is currently licensed as a specialist in orthodontics in the state of Michigan, and is board certified as a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics. He is past-President of the Michigan Association of Orthodontists, and is a nationally-recognized educator on a variety of current topics in Orthodontics. He has been a featured speaker at the 2005, 2006, 2008, 2011, 2012, and 2013 annual meetings of the American Association of Orthodontists, and also speaks regularly to smaller groups of doctors, hygienists, and assistants about new advances in evidence-based orthodontic treatment.

Aside from orthodontics, Dr. Berkman is a PADI-certified SCUBA Instructor and Rescue Diver, as well as an instrument-rated pilot who enjoys flying airplanes. Some of his other interests include running, tennis, and skiing.  He is married, and he and his wife, Lindsey, reside in Wolverine Lake, Michigan.

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Dr. Lainie Shapiro

Dr. Lainie Margulis Shapiro is the youngest of 3 children. Born in Washington, DC, she lived in Gaithersburg, Maryland and Buffalo, New York, before her family moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan. Dr. Shapiro attended City High School in Grand Rapids and graduated in the top of her class. Having braces and working at a dental office during high school convinced Dr. Shapiro that she wanted to become an orthodontist.

Dr. Shapiro attended the University of Michigan for college, dental school, and her orthodontic residency. During college, Dr. Shapiro received the award of Class Honors for all four years and majored in Bio-Psychology, graduating with distinction. During dental school, Dr. Shapiro was inducted into the prestigious Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honor Dental Society and received the Eleanor Bushee Senior Student Dental Award. She received a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree and a Master of Science (MS) degree and specialty training in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics.

Dr. Shapiro is licensed as a specialist in orthodontics in the state of Michigan, and is a former Director of the Michigan Association of Orthodontists.

In addition to private practice, Dr. Shapiro teaches part-time in the Department of Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Michigan, where she is an Adjunct Clinical Lecturer. Dr. Shapiro teaches graduate- level courses to both orthodontic and pediatric dentistry residents.

During dental school, Dr. Shapiro met her husband, Michael, who is currently studying to be an endodontist at the University of Michigan. They were married in Calgary, Alberta in 2000 and currently make their home in Farmington Hills, Michigan. Dr. Shapiro and her husband are the proud parents of their son, Jacob, who was born in 2005, and their daughter, Maddie, who was born in 2007.