Dr. Thomas Rafaill
Dr. Tom Rafaill was born in Rochester NY, during Dr. Nick’s orthodontic residency—his father—sparking his love for orthodontics. From a young age, he shadowed his father and grandfather in their orthodontic practices, where he learned the secrets to success in orthodontics.
Growing up in Grosse Pointe Shores, MI, Dr. Tom went to Grosse Pointe North High School and was accepted into The University of Detroit Mercy’s accelerated seven-year dental program. After completing his undergraduate Bachelor's degree in Biology (after only three years!) he attended The University of Detroit Mercy Dental School, where he graduated summa cum laude with his Doctorate in Dental Surgery in 2021.
Immediately after completion of his dental degree, he pursued his passion in orthodontics at The University of Rochester Eastman. This accelerated, two-year residency in orthodontics has been regarded as the top orthodontic program in the nation for decades.
During his time at Detroit Mercy Dental School, Dr. Tom received a research award, spotlighting the top students who were active in advancing the dental profession. He’s also received scholarships from the American Hellenic Legion as a symbol for Greek descendants focused on academics.
TMJ / TMD Expert
Intrigued by orofacial pain and TMJ disorder in dental school, Dr. Tom was the first to found and lead the Orofacial Pain & Sleep Apnea Organization. Here, he educated fellow colleagues on their knowledge of TMJ disorder, sleep apnea, and current treatment regarding the conditions.
Dr. Tom is an ABO board-eligible orthodontist and a third-generation orthodontist. His professional memberships include:
- American Association of Orthodontics
- American Dental Association
- Macomb Dental Association
- Oakland County Dental Society
- Tweed Orthodontic Society
Outside the Office
In his free time, Dr. Tom enjoys spending his time woodworking, playing tennis, downhill skiing, restoring vehicles, and playing and watching hockey (especially the Detroit Red Wings). He’s also an avid golfer with a +10 handicap.