Barrie: 705-302-0357
North Bay:705-475-0050

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

Huronia Oral Surgery Group dr macnicolDr. 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 St. John Detroit-Macomb Hospital. 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.

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.

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.

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 a staff appointment with the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre in Barrie. 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. He was the first person to complete a crossing of Georgian Bay on a standup paddleboard.

Dr. Michael T. Jackson

Huronia Oral Surgery Group dr jacksonDr. 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. He has also earned his Fellowship from the Royal College of Dentists of Canada in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Dr. Jackson has a keen interest in Oral and Maxillofacial Implantology, advanced maxillofacial grafting techniques and orthognathic surgery.

Providing safe and effective anesthesia care allows for a comfortable experience with confidence and is the ultimate goal for Dr. Jackson. Yearly retraining allows Dr. Jackson to provide the latest and safest modalities of anesthesia care for his patients. He maintains current Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support certification. Continuing Education courses in anesthesia care and the latest in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgical technique are undertaken on a regular basis.

Originally from North Bay, Dr. Jackson was drawn to the City of Barrie because of the outstanding environment to raise his family, 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 water skiing. Winter days are spent skiing and playing hockey.

Dr. Andrew P. Gater

Huronia Oral Surgery Group dr gaterDr. 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 a volunteer medical 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.

While at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), Dr. Gater underwent extensive training in anesthesia, TMJ, dentoalveolar, pediatric, and craniofacial surgery. He also completed his surgical trauma training at the world-renowned Cook County Hospital in Chicago.

Dr. Gater earned his Fellowship from the Royal College of Dentists of Canada in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He is currently Chief of the Division of Maxillofacial Surgery and Dentistry at the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre in Barrie, Ontario and has a particular interest in orthognathic, bone grafting and implant surgery.

Dr. Gater believes that his patient's safety is of utmost importance. His attendance in continuing education courses in both surgery and anesthesia allow him to stay current in the advances of both fields. He maintains an active status with the American Heart Association in both Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS). He is also an active member of the Ontario and Canadian Dental Associations, the Ontario Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, the Canadian Dental Society of Anesthesiology and the Muskoka-Simcoe Dental Society.

Dr. Gater, his wife Carrie, and their two children reside in Innisfil and enjoy travel, skiing, and wake surfing.

Dr. Mohammad Mokhtari

picture of Dr Mo BioDr. Mokhtari is a graduate of the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery program at the prestigious Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, New York. Before completing his surgical residency, he earned an Honours degree in Biology from York University, a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Toronto and a one-year internship in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

Dr. Mokhtari has had extensive training in outpatient anesthesia, implantology, bone grafting, head and neck pathology and trauma surgery. He has developed a special interest in surgical correction of facial deformities, obstructive sleep apnea and implant surgery. He has been the recipient of numerous awards, and scored among the top 1% of all American oral and maxillofacial surgical residents for two consecutive years in their annual examination.

Dr. Mokhtari aims to provide the safest and most compassionate care to his patients utilizing the latest techniques in surgery, anesthesia, and pain control. He is certified in Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support. He is a member of the Ontario Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, and has earned his specialty fellowship from the Royal College of Dentists of Canada. Dr. Mokhtari is a part-time clinical instructor at the University of Toronto and has staff privileges at the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre in Barrie.

Dr. Mokhtari grew up in Toronto and now resides in Barrie with his wife Amanda and their son. He enjoys the tranquility and beautiful outdoors that the city has to offer. In his spare time, he enjoys watching the Toronto Raptors, travelling and playing tennis.

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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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North Bay:705-475-0050

Barrie Office
Fax: 705-734-0154
128 Wellington St. West, Suite 308
Barrie, Ontario L4N 8J6
North Bay Office
Fax: 705-734-0154
700 Cassells St
North Bay, ON P1B 4A4