Mike was born and raised surfing the coast of Southern California but moved to the Wasatch Mountains in Utah soon after graduating from high school to pursue both an education and a passion for backcountry snowboarding. His education led him towards a career in Dentistry & Orthodontics and a 7-year sabbatical from the mountains while attending the University of Southern California (USC) for his Doctorate of Dental Surgery Degree (D.D.S.), Masters Degree in Craniofacial Biology and Residency in Orthodontics.
After graduating he immediately relocated to the Wasatch to get back to the mountains. Mike now splits his time between practicing as a Board Certified Orthodontist in Salt Lake City, Utah and following the snow and surf wherever they lead.