Dr. Bruce M. MacNicol, DDS, MS, FRCD (C)
Dr. Michael T. Jackson, BA, DDS, MSc, FRCD (C)
Dr. Andrew P. Gater, DDS, HBSc, FRCD (C
Dr. Mohammad Mokhtari, DDS, HBSc, FRCD (C))

Why Choose an Oral Maxillofacial Surgeon

Our Mission

We offer you our total commitment to provide the highest quality oral surgical care in the state-of-the-art environment. Each member of this practice will make every effort to exceed your expectations with the care you receive.

Meet our Doctors
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Dr. Bruce M. MacNicol

Dr. Bruce MacNicol attended the University of Calgary for his undergraduate studies, obtained his dental degree from the University of Western Ontario and completed his residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Detroit St.Johns Hospitals in Detroit, Michigan. Dr. MacNicol also obtained a Masters Degree in Biology from the University of Detroit.

Dr. MacNicol earned his fellowship in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery from the Royal College of Dentists of Canada in 1991 and was also awarded a fellowship from the International College of Dentists recognizing clinical excellence and community service in 2004.

Leadership and Involvement
Dr. MacNicol's leadership and commitment to dentistry is evident by his active involvement in local, national and international professional organizations. He is past president of the Muskoka-Simcoe Dental Society and is a member of the Canadian and Ontario Dental Associations as well as the Canadian and American Associations of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

Barrie Colts Junior Hockey Club
Dr. MacNicol was part of the original ownership group of the Barrie Colts Major Junior Hockey Club and played a significant role in Barrie obtaining an expansion franchise from the Ontario Hockey League. He continues his involvement with the Barrie Colts as team Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon.

Continuing Education
Frequently attending continuing education courses is a high priority for Dr. MacNicol. He regularly attends conferences in implantology, anesthesia and orthognathic surgery. Dr. MacNicol has remained dedicated to providing the local community with the finest Oral and Maxillofacial surgical care. He maintains staff appointment with the Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie.

Outside the Office
Dr. MacNicol enjoys spending time with his wife Cynthia and their two children. His hobbies include hockey, heli-skiing, hiking, wake surfing and kite boarding.

Dr. Michael T. Jackson

Dr. Michael Jackson is a graduate of the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Program of McGill University in Montreal. Before completing his surgical residency, Dr. Jackson earned degrees in Kinesiology and Dentistry from the University of Western Ontario. He then completed a one year hospital dental residency at the University of Washington, in Seattle before moving to Montreal to receive his Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery training. In addition to his clinical duties, Dr. Jackson obtained a Masters of Science degree while at McGill, researching new bone grafting technology. To further his Oral and Maxillofacial Surgical training, Dr. Jackson completed an intensive 5-month rotation in Craniomaxillofacial Surgery at Canniesburn Hospital in Glasgow, Scotland.

Honors, Associations and Involvement
He has also earned his Fellowship from the Royal College of Dentists of Canada in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Dr. Jackson's ongoing support of dentistry is evident by his commitment to the Ontario and Canadian Dental Associations and the Ontario, Canadian and American Associations of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. He is Chief of the Maxillofacial Surgery and Dentistry Department and Executive Committee member of the Department of Surgery at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie, Ontario. He also maintains staff privileges at the Georgian Bay General Hospital in Midland.

Professional Interests
Dr. Jackson has a keen interest in Oral and Maxillofacial Implantology, advanced maxillofacial grafting techniques and Orthognathic surgery.

Outside the Office
Originally from North Bay, Dr. Jackson was drawn to the City of Barrie because of the outstanding environment for raising his family, its proximity to outdoor recreation and its reputation as a dynamic and progressive city. Dr. Jackson resides in Barrie with his wife Pamela and their two children. The Jacksons enjoy spending time at their cottage with friends and family, boating and wake boarding. Winter days are spent skiing and playing hockey.

Dr. Andrew P. Gater

Education, Externship and Residency
Dr. Andrew Gater is a graduate of the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Program at the University of Illinois in Chicago. Before completing his surgical residency, Dr. Gater attended the University of Western Ontario, earning an Honors degree in Molecular Genetics and a dental degree. While in London, Dr. Gater was part of an outreach team that traveled to Tanzania, East Africa to provide health care to residents of rural communities. He then completed an Externship in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children and Toronto General Hospital. During his surgical residency, Dr. Gater was involved extensively in research of the pharmacology of local anesthetics and twice presented this work at the Chicago Mid-Winter meeting. Dr. Gater has also had extensive training in anesthesia, TMJ, dentoalveolar, pediatric, and craniofacial surgery. He has a particular interest in orthognathic, bone grafting and implant surgery. He completed his surgical trauma training at the world-renowned Cook County Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. Dr.

Honors, Associations and Involvement
Gater subsequently earned his Fellowship from the Royal College of Dentists of Canada in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He maintains Staff privileges in the Department of Surgery at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Barrie, Ontario and is a member of the Ontario and Canadian Dental Associations, the Ontario Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, the Canadian Dental Society of Anesthesiologists and the Executive Committee of the local Muskoka-Simcoe Dental Society.

Outside the Office
Originally from Caledon East, Ontario, Dr. Gater was drawn to the City of Barrie as an outstanding community for raising a family and enjoying outdoor activities. Dr. Gater, his wife Carrie, their son and daughter reside in Barrie and enjoy golf, skiing and swimming.

How is an oral maxillofacial surgeon different from a general surgeon?

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is the surgical specialty that includes the diagnosis, surgical and related treatments of a wide spectrum of diseases, injuries, defects and aesthetic aspects of the mouth, teeth, jaws and face. It is an internationally recognized surgical specialty.
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Oral and maxillofacial surgeons (OMFS) are trained to treat and care for patients who experience such conditions as problem wisdom teeth, facial pain, and misaligned jaws. They treat accident victims suffering facial injuries, offer reconstructive and dental implant surgery, and care for patients with tumors, cysts, and developmental craniofacial abnormalities of the jaws/ face and functional and aesthetic conditions of the maxillofacial areas. In addition, they are highly trained in the delivery of IV anesthesia.

OMFS receive a minimum of 4 years of specialty training that includes rotations in general surgery, plastic surgery and medicine.


"I have a very difficult dental issues, both physically & neurologically. I had recently gone through cellulitis in the face, 2 total erupted complicated extractions & another extraction requiring surgery. Very professional, felt completely confident and wow - I was not disappointed. The results were literally painless, no swelling or tearing and a relative easy recovery. I have no hesitation going back, should the need arise."
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"They did an awesome job removing my wisdom teeth."

"Have had two implants, sinus lift surgery and three teeth pulled by Bruce MACNICOL (after years of grinding). He is professional, experienced, highly trained, and has a great sense of humor. His results are beautiful and I have recovered with no bruising, infection or other problems. If you want the best care and the best surgeon surgeon, he's the guy. I wouldn't have anyone else, ever."

"Very good oral surgeon. I felt confident having him remove my wisdom teeth. He and his staff were very friendly and answered all of my questions and concerns."

"Had two molers pulled and one implant insertet. Other than the needles, hardly any pain and bleeding. Super job. This was my 4 or 5th visit for surgery, always a super job."


"Our daughter was missing her lateral insissors , Dr Gator performed the wisdom teeth extraction, bone graphing and now the implants - he is super kind, made us all comfortable and knowledgable with the procedures. His calm voice, carrying attitude directed to our daughter was exceptional! The phone calls at night to ensure she's doing well - amazing - that he cares so much for his patients to call himself. Thank YOU for making her smile even more beautiful! "

"Fantastic Oral Surgeon. My 10 year old daughter was the patient. He spoke directly to her and included her in the conversation regarding her treatment. He is kind and to the point. Makes things clear and ensures the patient and family members involved are very informed and understand the entire procedure. He is well worth driving 4 hours south! He is fantastic and I would strongly recommend anyone to him FANTASTIC! "

"I had surgery on having a tooth extracted by Dr. Andrew Gater and his more than supportive staff. I appreciated all the kindness and attentiveness given; especially the follow up call by Dr. Gater. Today I have no swelling,no bruising,little pain, and overall very impressed. I think the "tooth fairy" must have been guiding Dr. Gater's hands during the extraction; it was that pain free and I came out of my anesthetic quickly and was up and around within arriving back from Barrie to my home here in Bracebridge, Ontario. I highly recommend Dr. Gater and the Huronia Oral Surgery Group; not just 5 out of 5, but 10's all around. Thank You again. Georg Sorensen-Spoljarich II, Bracebridge, Ontario :-) "

"Best doctor I have ever had. Extremely knowledgeable and skilled surgeon. Also, he studied with the best. "


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