Dr. Michael S. Spangler was born and raised in Shelby, a small town in Western North Carolina. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he received an undergraduate degree in Chemistry. He continued his studies at the UNC-CH School of Dentistry and received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. After passing the North Carolina Dental Board Exam, Dr. Spangler spent 2 years working for the Indian Health Service in Elko, Nevada. He also spent a year working for Africa Inland Mission in Kijabe, Kenya, before beginning work in private practice.