Dr. J. Michael Digney was born in New Jersey, and moved to Boca Raton as a child. He graduated from Cardinal Gibbons High School in Ft. Lauderdale, and received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Stetson University. After completion of his undergraduate studies, he earned his dental degree from the Georgetown University School of Dentistry, graduating Magna Cum Laude. Following dental school, Dr. Digney completed a one-year internship at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital, and his four-year residency at the University of Florida Health Science Center Jacksonville. During his tenure as Chief Resident, Dr. Digney participated in a two-week mission trip to Ometepec, Mexico which concentrated on the surgical repair of cleft lips and palates.
Upon completion of his residency training, Dr. Digney practiced briefly in Ft. Lauderdale, and subsequently established his solo private practice in Boynton Beach in 1991. He secured his board certification status in 1993 becoming a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. He maintained his private practice for 25 years in western Boynton Beach. During that time Dr. Digney was an Attending Surgeon in the Division of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at the Delray Medical, where he treated countless patients suffering major maxillofacial and mandibular injuries.
His love of teaching led him to adjunct faculty appointments in the Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Florida College of Dentistry in Gainesville, and the Nova Southeastern College of Dental Medicine in Ft. Lauderdale, where he was a clinical instructor in the undergraduate Oral Surgery Clinic, as well as providing lectures on oral surgery topics to senior dental students. He has also lectured extensively to both medical and non-medical audiences. He left private practice in 2016, and joined the surgical staff of a large Florida-based group practice, where he enjoyed working on a professional basis with many of his former dental students.
His main professional interests are in the management of impacted third molars, Oral Pathology, and the development of patient education materials related to oral surgery. His proudest positions however have been that of husband to Mary, his wife of 39 years, and father to his sons, Jack and Matthew. Dr. Digney enjoys offshore sport fishing, which has been a passion of his since his days working on the fishing boats out of Hillsboro Inlet in Pompano Beach during his high school and college years.
Dr. Digney is very happy to return to his home in South Florida and is honored to work with Dr. Kawa and his outstanding staff.