Welcome to our third annual Dental Profiles special section, which coincides again this year with the release of our editorial Top Dentists survey. In the pages that follow, you’ll find the personal and professional profiles of 64 accomplished dentists, from orthodontists and periodontists to pediatric dentists and oral surgeons. If you’re shopping for a new D.D.S., or just new to the area, these titans of teeth have the cutting-edge training, the state-of-the-art facilities, and the chairside manner to keep their patients coming back for years—even generations.
Advance Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
Anahita Abdehou, D.D.S.
6830 Hospital Drive, Suite 106
Rosedale, MD 21237
Dr. Anahita Abdehou believes in treating her patients with respect, kindness, and compassion. The foundation of her practice is establishing honest and open relationships with patients, so they can work together on the best plan for optimum dental health. Pro-active treatments, Dr. Abdehou believes, can prevent costly and invasive future work, and is a better guarantee of overall health.
A graduate of the University of Maryland College of Dental Surgery, Dr. Abdehou completed a one-year residency in advanced education in General Dentistry nearly 10 years ago and has been practicing in Maryland ever since. She opened her Rosedale office in the fall of 2010 and currently has three employees.
A former president of the WIDS, Dr. Abdehou is committed to continuing education and keeping up with the latest in technology. She regularly attends training at the L.D. Pankey and Las Vegas Institutes, pursuing master training in aesthetic and clinical care. She also has extensive training in oral-conscious sedation, obstructive sleep apnea therapy, and is an Invisalign provider.
In her off hours, Dr. Abdehou can be found donating dental services at the Spanish Catholic Center’s dental clinic in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Abdehou’s goal is to ensure that her patients have the information and trust they need to make informed decisions about their lifelong oral health. The goal at Advance Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, she says, “is to combine high-tech dental practices with a small-town touch.”
Annapolis Oral Surgery Specialists
Clifford S. Walzer, D.M.D.
Cornelius J. Sullivan, D.M.D.
Borek L. Hlousek, D.M.D., M.D.
275 West Street, Suite 100
Annapolis, MD 21401
8092 Edwin Raynor Blvd.
Pasadena, MD 21122
West Annapolis Office
101 Ridgely Ave, Suite 21
Annapolis, MD 21401
101 St. Claire Place
Stevensville, MD 21666
Drs. Cliff Walzer, Cornelius Sullivan, and Borek Hlousek believe in teamwork: The three combine their diagnostic and surgical skills with their considerable experience to come up with the ideal plan for every patient. Of all the procedures they perform, the doctors have taken a special interest in replacement of teeth with implants.
“When teeth are missing, there is no better substitute for creating a beautiful smile than with implants,” says Dr. Walzer.
Recent technological advances enable the doctors to obtain three-dimensional images of a patient’s jaw structure to precisely plan and place dental implants.
Dr. Walzer received his dental degree from Washington University School of Dental Medicine and completed his residency in oral and maxillofacial surgery at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Dr. Sullivan received his degree at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine and is a clinical instructor at the University of Maryland Hospital, where he teaches new implant techniques to residents. He also is the President of the Chesapeake Dental Implant Study Club.
Dr. Hlousek, a native of the Czech Republic, received his dental degree from the Temple University School of Dentistry and went on to complete oral-surgery training at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, where he received both an oral-surgery certificate and a medical degree.
Both Drs. Sullivan and Walzer were named in Baltimore magazine’s highly selective “Top Dentists” peer survey in 2010 as among the region’s best oral maxillofacial surgeons and oral maxillofacial pathologists, respectively.
Along with their dedication to their patients, the three doctors are committed to giving back to the community, contributing time and professional services to underserved patients from Anne Arundel County to Nicaragua.
Stuart D. Blumenthal, D.D.S., P.A.
Diplomate, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry
2324 West Joppa Road, Suite 430
Lutherville, MD 21093
Dr. Blumenthal founded his pediatric dental practice in 1985. His Lutherville office, renovated in 2009, welcomes children and parents with a video arcade, salt-water aquarium, and WiFi. Even better, he hears: “I wish you had been my dentist growing up.” For some, that wish is a reality, as after nearly 30 years of practice, Dr. Blumenthal is beginning to see the children of former patients.
Dr. Blumenthal believes that dental health begins early in life, and prevention is at the forefront of his approach. “Optimal dental care can only be achieved through a partnership between patient, parent, and professional,” he says.
Dr. Blumenthal, who attended Oberlin College in Ohio, received his dental degree in 1980 from the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery at the University of Maryland. A member of the College of Diplomates of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Blumenthal is also a member of several professional organizations, including The American Dental Association, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Academy of Laser Dentistry, and the Academy of Dentistry for Persons with Disabilities.
Jerry A. Kilian, D.D.S.
Sarah Rollor, D.D.S.
Canton Dental Associates
2700 Lighthouse Point East, Suite 210
Baltimore, MD 21224
Canton Dental Associates, 25 years strong, is a trusted leader offering high quality comprehensive general and cosmetic dentistry and is committed to improving the health of those we serve. Our professional staff will put you at ease and provide the highest standard of personalized dental care with the most technologically advanced equipment. The practice is environmentally friendly with computerized charting, digital radiography, online website appointment requests and registration. We want you to enjoy a healthy, beautiful smile your entire life.
Dr. Jerry Kilian and Dr. Sarah Rollor, alumni of the University of Maryland Dental School, have certifications in implant placement and restoration, Invisalign, rotary endodontics, oral and IV sedation and aesthetic dentistry and hold memberships in the American Dental Association, the Maryland State Dental Association, and the Baltimore City Dental Society.
Dr. Kilian is president-elect for the Baltimore City Dental Society and a member of the Dean’s Faculty at University of Maryland Dental School. He was voted “Top Dentist” by his peers in Baltimore magazine, April 2010 and has participated in volunteer dental mission work for Ecuadent and has 2012 missions with Flying Doctors of America and International Medical Relief.
Baltimore Orthodontic Group
Ronald Greenwald, D.D.S., P.A., Michael Riger, D.M.D., P.A.,
Kenneth Kyser, D.D.S., Lawrence Wang, D.D.S., M.S.
10045 Baltimore National Pike, Suite A-1
Ellicott City, MD 21042
2324 West Joppa Rd.
Lutherville, MD 21093
1103 North Point Blvd.
Baltimore, MD 21224
1134 North Rolling Rd.
Catonsville, MD 21228
5961 Exchange Drive Sykesville, MD 21784
The doctors who comprise the Baltimore Orthodontic Group make sure that patients—and their parents—know they are receiving the highest-quality care available. They are specialists who stay on top of the latest technological advancements, and at the same time, are compassionate health-care practitioners who care about the individual needs of each child and adult.
The group, whose practitioners were voted “Top Dentists” in orthodontics by peers in Baltimore magazine’s April 2010 survey, has state-of-the-art office facilities in Ellicott City, Catonsville, Baltimore, and Lutherville, and are proud to announce the opening of a new office this summer in Carroll County near the intersection of route 32 and Liberty Rd.
They are designated Elite Providers of Invisalign® treatment and use the Damon brace system and offer aesthetic tooth-colored, ceramic, self-ligating brace systems. They are skilled with the use of micro-implants to help with difficult tooth movements and are specialists in dento-facial orthopedics, or the control and modification of facial growth.
The doctors and clinical team always take the time to answer questions and to educate patients about treatment, oral hygiene, and dental health. They know that jaws and teeth must be properly aligned to function ideally for a lifetime. And when a patient’s teeth are in ideal alignment, they produce a beautiful smile.
The Baltimore Orthodontic Group works with patients and their health-insurance companies to help make orthodontics affordable to all. They provide flexible scheduling to suit your family’s busy schedules and every office is family-friendly, with movie-viewing areas, video arcades, and toddler play areas.
The Baltimore Orthodontic Group: “Achieving success one smile at a time.”
Hakan Koymen, D.D.S., M.S. Luz Tennassee, D.D.S.
Chesapeake Pediatric Dental Group 5009 Honeygo Center Drive, Suite 228 Perry Hall, MD 21128 410-248-3384 chesapeakepediatricdental.com
Chesapeake Pediatric Dental Group was formed in 2005 to help deliver high-quality, accessible dental care to all children. Since then, Drs. Koymen and Tennassee have been consistently named “Top Pediatric Dentist” by Baltimore magazine.
Drs. Koymen and Tennassee, who both did their training at the University of Maryland, feel that “prevention” is the key factor in stopping dental decay. “We have so many parents that don’t know when they should bring their child for their first visit, “ says Dr. Koymen. Adds Dr. Tennassee, “Both the AAPD and the AAP recommend that a child have their first dental visit either when the first tooth erupts, or their first birthday; whichever comes first.”
Drs. Koymen and Tennassee are both board-certified in pediatric dentistry and are on staff at Franklin Square Medical Center, they both are clinical instructors at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry, and Dr. Koymen is Dental Director for the Maryland Health Smiles program in Maryland.
Chesapeake Pediatric Dental Group is also pleased to announce that they are expanding and will be opening a new office in Arundel Mills in the summer of 2012.
Nilda Collins, D.D.S.
Collins & Associates Pediatric Dentistry
129 Lubrano Drive, Suite 300
Annapolis, MD 21401
Dr. Collins has had her own practice for 22 years. She has strived and succeeded in creating a warm, nurturing and fun environment for both the child patient and their families. This is achieved by the dedicated Pediatric Dental Specialists and warm staff members in the practice. Clinical services include all dental-care needs from age 6 months until age 21 years. From regular hygiene care to more extensive dental needs requiring sedation in the office or at Anne Arundel Medical Center, Collins and Associates Pediatric Dentistry has the skills and tools to provide compassionate care and service to every patient. The entire team understands how important it is to speak to children at their own level and embraces the opportunity to serve all children with empathy. Preventive dentistry is her focus, and Dr. Collin’s goal is to guide children on their journey to a lifetime of good oral health.
Dr. Collins, who is board-certified, received her doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the University of Pittsburgh, where she also received a Master’s degree in Pediatric Dentistry. She has been on the medical staff at Anne Arundel Medical Center since she opened her practice and has been featured in Baltimore magazine, What Up? Annapolis and the Washingtonian as one of the areas “Best Pediatric Dentists”.
Bel Air Dental Care
Alan Scharf, D.D.S. Gregory Indyke, D.M.D. Anthony Hamod, D.D.S.
2300 Bel Air Road Fallston, MD 21047 410-879-8424
In its 27 years, Bel Air Dental Care has developed a reputation for caring. The clinical staff, including three doctors, customizes care based on individual needs, delivering compassionate treatment for each patient.
This is why a majority of Bel Air Dental Care’s patients have been with the practice for many years. Because it maintains a low-volume daily schedule, each patient receives the time he or she needs to work with the staff to determine the best course of treatment.
The evidence of a successful practice is not only that the patients are happy, the staff is happy too, and Bel Air Dental Care prides itself on its extremely low turnover. In fact, five team members have been with the practice for more than 20 years.
The practice treats adults and children with a focus in family dentistry, dental implants, root-canal therapy, oral surgery, periodontal treatment, cosmetic dentistry, dentures, crowns, and snoring-induced sleep apnea.
Drs. Scharf, Indyke and Hamod have extensive post-graduate hospital training at Bayview Medical Center and Johns Hopkins Hospital; they are committed to continuing education, attending courses and seminars and keeping up with the latest research. They also maintain membership in the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, and the Harford County Dental Society.
Dr. Scharf has a fellowship from The Academy of General Dentistry. Dr. Hamod was recently inducted into the University of Maryland Prosthodontic Honor Society. Dr. Indyke has served as assistant professor at The University of Maryland School of Dentistry.
Shari C. Kohn, D.D.S.
Melena Evancho, D.D.S.
Dentistry for Kids
100 Sparks Valley Road, Suite C
Hunt Valley, Maryland 21152
Dental treatment should be easy and fun for both you and your kids. At Dentistry for Kids, the doctors and staff are all specially trained to give your children exceptional treatment and care. Just as important, because we specialize in the treatment of children, we work every day to make sure your child has a warm and positive experience. At Dentistry for Kids, Dr. Shari Kohn (Elastigirl), Dr. Melena Evancho (Pirate) and their staff believe that, because children form lasting impressions at an early age, positive experiences at the dentist form when young and continue into adulthood.
Dr. Kohn is a board-certified pediatric dentist and has been consistently honored as one of “Baltimore’s Best Pediatric Dentists.” She is also a faculty member in the department of Pediatric Dentistry at University of Maryland Dental School and a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.
Dr. Evancho is also a board-certified pediatric dentist who is the current acting director of the Pediatric Dental Residency Program at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington DC.
Both Drs. Kohn and Evancho, along with their staff, are committed to making your child’s dental visits a warm, caring and positive experience.
John M. Emmett, D.D.S.
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
7401 Osler Drive, Suite 105
Towson, MD 21204
Dr. John Emmett has been in practice long enough to see patients who had wisdom teeth removed now bring in their own children for treatment.
“Nothing is more satisfying to me than when patients refer their friends and family members,” he says.
Dr. Emmett graduated from the University of Maryland Dental School, where he was president of the student body. He completed his general-practice residency at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Washington, D.C. He then trained in Oral Surgery for four years at the Georgetown University Medical Center.
He is a board-certified specialist in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, as well as Dental Anesthesiology. His Practice focuses on Dental Implantology.
Dr. Emmett recently completed a state-of-the-art renovation of his office. The office includes the most technologically advanced treatment modalities for his implant and general oral-surgery patients.
Along with recognition in the Guide to America’s Top Dentists, Best Dentists in America, and Baltimore magazine’s “Top Dentists” surveys, Dr. Emmett is a winner of the 2004 Mr. Maryland Masters Body-Building Championship. He is also the author of the book Turning Back the Hands of Time, currently in its second printing.
Keith A. Boenning, D.D.S., L.L.C.
Cosmetic, Implant & Reconstructive Dentistry
1104 Kenilworth Drive, Suite 104
Towson, MD 21204
Dr. Keith A. Boenning specializes in prosthodontics, the area of dentistry that focuses on the restoration and replacement of teeth. An expert in cosmetic, implant, and reconstructive dentistry, he and his highly-trained team whiten, reshape, and repair broken, crooked, and unsightly teeth with porcelain veneers, crowns, bridges, and tooth-whitening products. He takes great pride in the creation of each new smile. “There’s an artistry to the profession, and it’s extremely gratifying to see a beautiful new smile on the face of a satisfied patient.”
In practice for over 25 years, Dr. Boenning has demonstrated a unique ability to balance the creative and technical sides of dentistry. His skills in painting and photography have given him a keen eye for composition and the ability to visualize and create beautiful new smiles for his patients. These beautiful smiles, along with his expertise in the latest techniques, have earned him a reputation as one of the most respected dentists in the greater Maryland area. His efforts have not been overlooked, having been named among the “Best Dentists in America” and recognized locally by Baltimore magazine as a “Top Dentist.”
A graduate of the University of Maryland School of Dentistry, he is a member of the American Dental Association, the American College of Prosthodontists, and the Academy of Osseointegration. When it comes to each procedure, Dr. Boenning is the consummate perfectionist. He even uses a surgical operating microscope for all restorative procedures to ensure the most accurate and precise results.
Dr. Boenning and his staff have a unique relationship with their patients. “We like what we do, and we enjoy the people we meet,” he says. “The atmosphere is easygoing and relaxed.”
James P. Finney, D.D.S.
Finney Family Dental, LLC
8422 Bellona Lane, Suite 206
Towson, MD 21204
In its 29 years, Finney Family Dental has established a reputation for caring dentistry that emphasizes prevention. At every appointment, Dr. James Finney screens his patients for oral cancer and gum health as well as taking blood-pressure reading and looking for any sign of decay. He carries this commitment to oral health out into the community too, participating in the annual Grocer Fights Cancer event and performing free oral cancer screenings.
In addition to being a staff member at Greater Baltimore Medical Center, Dr. Finney is a member of many study clubs that concentrate on the advancement of dental technology and procedures. He initiated the first CEREC study club in the greater Baltimore area, open to any dental office that wishes to learn more about the technology. Dr. Finney is also a mentor for the CEREC program at the Scottsdale Center for Dentistry.
Dr. Finney’s professional and experienced staff will “pamper you with care, friendliness, and concern.” Finney Family Dental’s proof of success is evident when their patients refer their family members and friends with confidence, knowing that they, too, will receive the same level of friendly and professional treatment.
Judy Yu, D.M.D.
8667 Fort Smallwood Road
Pasadena, MD 21122
A visit to Dr. Judy Yu’s new office is inspiring. “To reduce the anxiety so often associated with visiting a dentist, I’ve tried to create an environment that will put patients at ease, all while reducing the carbon footprint,” says Dr. Yu. The state-of-the art, eco-friendly, Dental FX facility has Wi-Fi, a coffee bar, a movie lounge, and each treatment room sports a flat screen with digital media. Also, patients come from near and far for Dr. Yu’s safe amalgam removal process. But the most important part of Dr. Yu’s practice is communication. “It’s important for patients to be educated about their treatment plans and their options so they can make informed decisions,” she says. A graduate of Temple University’s School of Dentistry, Dr. Yu is a member of the ADA, and AGD. Dr. Yu has advanced training in LVI and is a certified provider of Lumineers and Invisalign®. “A confident smile is your secret weapon,” she says. “A beautiful smile improves your self-esteem, which will attract people to you. Plus, it makes you look younger, and, hence, feel younger.”
Ellicott City Smiles
Damian D. Blum, D.M.D.
10132 Baltimore National Pike
Ellicott City, MD 21042
Don’t settle for just another dentist when you can have the “Superman” of dentists give you the smile of your dreams! Transforming the face of modern dentistry, Dr. Blum and Ellicott City Smiles raise the bar with a commitment to excellence in Dental Facial Aesthetics and Comprehensive Oral Systemic Health.
Ellicott City Smiles is a serious player in the treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Understanding how oxygen and sleep deprivation wreak havoc on the immune system, memory, moods, and enhance the effects of heart disease, Dr. Blum is changing the lives of OSA sufferers by using the innovative, non-invasive dental science of Oral Appliance Therapy (the best alternative to the CPAP) to improve patients’ airways.
A past clinical instructor at the University of Maryland Dental School and a founding member of the American Academy for Oral Systemic Health, Dr. Blum additionally treats patients who come to him with TMJ pain and migraines caused by an assortment of triggers, from bite misalignment to neuromuscular dysfunction to stress.
Dr. Blum is one of the few dentists in the region certified to use DURAthin Veneers—one of the newest, finest, most beautiful custom-made porcelain veneer options in existence. Between Dr. Blum and his in-house periodontist, the practice is also turning heads with their implementation of mini dental implants to secure cosmetic dentures, and traditional dental implants as the best tooth-replacement solution.
Dr. Blum has advanced training from the Institute for Advanced Laser Dentistry and uses LANAP and other state-of-the-art technology to treat gum disease, as an alternative to traditional gum surgery. (This ‘Superman’ of dentistry has a laser and uses only digital X-rays!)
Like magnificent icing on the cake, Dr. Blum also offers Therapeutic and Cosmetic Botox and Dermal Filler treatments.
Dr. Blum and Ellicott City Smiles are the whole package. This progressive general dental practice is Kryptonite and Mercury free (since 1995) and a Mercury-safe practice that uses specific protocols to make the removal of mercury safe for the patient, dental team, and the environment.
Call Ellicott City Smiles Today to schedule your private consultation at 410-465-3224, and please send any questions to Dr. Blum at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Michael P. Linnan, D.D.S.
Maya M. Brooks, D.M.D.
Reza Modarres, D.D.S., M.S.
Greater Baltimore Prosthodontics, P.A.
110 West Road, Suite 200
Towson, MD 21204
Founded in 1991, Greater Baltimore Prosthodontics offers a comprehensive menu of services. Along with a range of dental procedures, Drs. Linnan, Brooks, and Modarres focus on all phases of implant, reconstruction, and dental rehabilitation.
The on-site lab uses state-of-the-art techniques to produce crowns, bridges, and ceramic restorations that exceed the standards achieved by conventional technology.
Dr. Linnan, a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Maryland Dental School, is recognized by the American Dental Association as an expert in restoration and replacement of teeth. Dr. Maya Brooks is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine and has practiced general dentistry for the past 15 years. Dr. Reza Modarres, a board-certified periodontist, focuses on periodontal and prosthetic reconstruction, including the most advanced bone-grafting techniques. The three dentists combine technology with a personal touch to provide their patients with optimal care.
Timothy Skane, D.D.S.
Harbor Endodontics, P.A.
36 S. Charles Street, Suite 1405
Baltimore, MD 21201
Founded in 2007, Harbor Endodontics, PA, melds technology with compassion, employing the latest advances in the field to ensure that every patient receives the best care possible. Dr. Timothy Skane uses the surgical operating microscope throughout all procedures, ensuring more precise—and comfortable—outcomes. He also employs digital imaging technology, reducing the radiation from conventional X-rays, and is committed to the environment, operating a completely paperless practice.
Above all, Dr. Skane wants his patients to be partners in their own care. “One of the responsibilities I take most seriously as a doctor is patient education,” he says. “I wouldn’t consider our practice successful until every patient is comfortable with the decisions they have made.”
A member of the International Academy of Endodontics, the American Dental Association, and the Maryland State Dental Association, Dr. Skane counts as one of his greatest accomplishments the fact that “patients leave the office realizing that root-canal treatment isn’t as bad as they thought!”
Feldman, Fitzgerald & Choe
Sylvan Feldman, D.D.S., M.L.A.
Bryan Fitzgerald, D.D.S.
Kyong S. Choe, D.D.S., M.S.
660 Kenilworth Drive, Suite 103
Towson, MD 21204
The practice of Feldman, Fitzgerald, and Choe combines the specialties of periodontics and prosthodontics with implant dentistry for a comprehensive approach to dental care that aims to improve appearance and achieve optimal health. They are a premier practice for oral rehabilitation and cosmetics.
Feldman, Fitzgerald, and Choe have the latest methods in digital dentistry. The practice offers ITeroTM, a digital impression system, using a laser scanner for increased precision, accuracy, speed, and comfort when taking impressions for a crown or bridge along with implants. This system eliminates the need for traditional impression materials. Other technological advances in use include the NobelProceraTM CAD/CAM scanner, StraumannTM EtkonTM Scanner, digital X-rays, and cone beam CT-scans. Surgical planning for implant placement is also done using Noble GuideTM, allowing for flapless implant placements. Immediate loading of an implant supported prosthesis can also be done in most cases where a temporary restoration can be placed after an implant surgery has been completed. Dr. Feldman is the director of the Implant Periodontal Prosthesis Program at the University of Maryland Dental School. Dr. Fitzgerald is the Director of Implant Dentistry at the University of Maryland Dental School, in the Department of Advanced General Dentistry. Dr. Choe is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Periodontics at the University of Maryland Dental School.
Dr. Feldman holds degrees in prosthodontics and periodontics. Drs. Fitzgerald and Choe both hold degrees in periodontics and implant periodontal prosthetics. The doctors received their education at the University of Maryland Dental School along with their postgraduate specialty training degrees. Drs. Feldman, Fitzgerald, and Choe have achieved board certification in periodontology and maintain a full-time practice in Towson.
The aim of Feldman, Fitzgerald, & Choe, D.D.S., P.A., is to deliver the highest level of care to our patients with comfort, efficiency, and the latest in technological innovations. Delivery of the most complex cases are routine.
Steven W. Haywood, D.D.S., F.A.G.D.
Since opening his first dental office in Baltimore 20 years ago, Dr. Haywood has been a leader in the field, offering full-service cosmetic dentistry combined with implant surgery and reconstruction, all in one comfortable and relaxed setting.
Dr. Haywood’s team of five takes pride in helping to restore self-esteem and confidence in their patients. The practice’s approach is to complete complex cases and even simple cases with a “lifetime potential” of longevity, beauty, and comfort.
Dr. Haywood is a graduate of the University of Michigan, the University of Detroit Dental School (cum laude), and the USAF Advanced Residency GDR program. He holds advanced fellowships in implantology and general dentistry and is a sustaining member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.
A proud Gulf War veteran, Dr. Haywood, who lives in Parkton, has won awards for his work with survivors of domestic violence and with needy children. Dr. Haywood is a leader in the field of Invisalign® clear braces and is a proud “preferred provider”.
Leon D. Katz, D.D.S., P.A.
Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry
6210 Park Heights Avenue, Suite 105
Baltimore, MD 21215
When Dr. Katz’s general practice was founded in 1938 by Dr. Sidney Lieberman, few could have predicted the technological advances in dentistry that exist today.
Joining the practice in 1977, Dr. Katz, now a solo practitioner with six employees, emphasizes cosmetic and restorative procedures and crown and bridge prosthetics. He combines new technology with the old-fashioned principles of good communication, an honest assessment of patient needs, and following the Golden Rule.
Dr. Katz is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Maryland Dental School, where he received many awards. He completed his general practice residency at Sinai Hospital.
Dr. Katz is a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry and holds membership in the American Dental Association, Maryland State Dental Association, Baltimore City Dental Society, as well as the Sinai Hospital dental staff.
Horizon Family Dental Care
Philip Qi, D.D.S.
Vikash Patel, D.D.S.
Kuljeet Bhangra, D.M.D.
1712 Whetstone Way
Baltimore, MD 21230
7556 Teague Road, Suite 104
Hanover, MD 21076
9131 Piscataway Road, Suite 640
Clinton, MD 20735
At Horizon Family Dental Care our top priority is providing patients with excellent dental care in a comfortable and personalized setting. The warm and friendly staff work very hard to make every patient feel like family by tailoring comprehensive and individualized treatment plans that achieve each patient’s unique dental goals.
Our highly trained doctors are dedicated to improving the smiles of their patients and offering compassionate care with outstanding results facilitated through state-of-the-art technology and techniques. This dynamic team of doctors has established three multispecialty practice locations in Baltimore, Hanover, and Clinton. Dr. Bhangra graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, and Dr’s. Patel and Qi both graduated from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry. “We utilize the knowledge and skills of numerous board-certified dental specialists on site. We have the services of a periodontist, prosthodontist, endodontist, and oral and maxillofacial surgeon available without the patient having to leave the practice,” says Dr. Bhangra. This allows all the doctors to work closely together and provide the patient with the highest quality and comprehensive care such as Invisalign, dental veneers, and dental implants.
The doctors continue to pursue excellence by taking numerous continuing education courses that are offered nationwide and are members of American Dental Association and Maryland State Dental Association. This allows our staff to educate patients on the importance of oral health and reinforces their practice philosophy of early detection and prevention. Horizon Family Dental Care, named “Top Dentist” by Baltimore magazine, is also proud to be the preferred dentist for the Baltimore Ravens.
Ximena Pareja, D.D.S.
Kids Super Smile
8600 Snowden River Pkwy., Suite 302
Columbia, MD 21045
Kids love the bright jungle theme at Dr. Ximena Pareja’s Columbia dental office, Kids Super Smile. Their parents love the fact that Dr. Pareja, a highly trained pediatric dentist, puts her young patients at ease so that they not only overcome their fears, but look forward to returning to her office. Kids Super Smile opened its doors in 2005 and currently has a team of eight that works closely with families to teach good oral hygiene, brushing techniques, and diet to ensure lifelong dental health. Dr. Pareja is a board-certified pediatric dentist who pursues continuing education and attends annual American Association of Pediatric Dentistry meetings to stay updated in the field. Her ADA-certified facility means she can also serve patients with special needs, and Spanish is spoken in the office. Most of all, Dr. Pareja explains, “It is important to me that my patients feel special and cared for when they visit our office.”
Mohit K. Virmani, D.D.S. & Jennifer P. Virmani, D.D.S.
Naylors Court Dental Partners
Cosmetic, Implant, & Family Dentistry
4000 Old Court Road, Suite 201
Pikesville, MD 21208
For Mohit and Jennifer Virmani, the most gratifying expression of a patient’s satisfaction is when they refer friends and family members to the practice. “It shows they want to share the experience they received,” says Moe, who has been practicing dentistry with his wife in the Baltimore area for nearly a decade. The Virmanis’ practice, Naylors Court Dental Partners, emphasizes the philosophy that patients should be treated both comprehensively and compassionately. They conduct evaluations of each patient before developing a tailored treatment plan and employing the latest technologies, including in-office teeth whitening, digital radiography, laser dentistry, and Invisalign®. “We understand that most patients don’t like going to the dentist,” says Jennifer. “By incorporating techniques such as intraoral cameras and nitrous oxide, we can help them understand their needs and allow them to feel more relaxed.”
Both Mohit and Jennifer graduated from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. Jennifer then completed her general practice residency at the VA Medical Center in West Los Angeles. Moe completed his residency with the U.S. Army at Ft. Lewis, Washington. When they are not practicing dentistry, the couple keeps busy with their twin preschool-age daughters.
K. Michael Murphy & Associates
Drs. Welzel, Merguerian & Murphy
Cosmetic, Implant & Reconstructive Dentistry
3900 N. Charles Street, Suite 112, Baltimore, MD 21218
In his more than 25 years of dentistry, implants, and prosthodontics, Dr. K. Michael Murphy has built a dental practice that combines state-of-the-art care in a warm and inviting environment.
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Dr. Murphy’s staff includes Dr. Alexandra Welzel, who was trained in Germany and locally at UMAB in cosmetic dentistry, and Dr. Dawn Merguerian, a GP who practices intravenous sedation. All doctors take a personal interest in every patient, providing the highest level of oral health care.
The practice offers a wide array of state-of-the-art dental services, including digital low-dose X-rays and digital impressions to make porcelain crowns in one visit. The on-site lab and CAT scan mean the doctors can provide a full implant smile in one day! The office team emphasizes preventive care, using phase-contrast microscopes to identify bacteria that can contribute to periodontal disease before any bone is lost. Whenever possible, non-surgical treatment is used, meaning less expense, less pain, and better cosmetic results.
Dr. Murphy teaches prosthodontics to post-grads at the University of Maryland Dental College and has been a member of the International College of Oral Implantologists for over 25 years. All doctors are members of the American Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, and other professional organizations.
The doctors strive to make treatment affordable to everyone. For them, dentistry is also a labor of love, and they derive pleasure from making a difference in the lives of their patients—one happy and healthy smile at a time.
Paul Jay Shires, D.D.S.
40 York Road
Towson, MD 21204
Dr. Paul Jay Shires establishes long-term relationships with patients by providing not only excellent and comprehensive care, but by giving each patient personal attention. Some even opt to have a massage, heat pad, or blankets, or listen to their favorite music during treatment.
Recognized repeatedly by Baltimore magazine as a “Top Dentist” and as past President of the Baltimore County Dental Association, Dr. Shires begins by giving each new patient a complete examination, including not only their teeth and gums but their muscles, bite, and temporomandibular joints. He then discusses his findings with the patient to plan the best possible course of treatment using the latest technologies while recognizing their specific circumstances and philosophy.
A member of the Dean’s Faculty at the University of Maryland, he is also a Crown Council member who donates all of his at-home bleaching proceeds to Smiles for Life, a group of children’s charities. He’s also an awarded fellow in The Academy of General Dentistry and counts among his patients a number of fellow dentists and their families.
Christopher P. Toomey, D.D.S.
658 Kenilworth Drive
Towson, MD 21204
Prepare to be “wowed”. That’s the best way to describe Dr. Toomey’s office in Towson. From walking through the door, to their new patient exam, you are cared for and at ease, in a way you would never expect from a dental office. Dr. Toomey and his staff use the latest technology to ensure their patients’ comfort. He is a firm believer in continuing education, completing coursework at both The Dawson Center for Advanced Dental Study and The William C. Strupp program.
Dr. Toomey provides dental care for the entire family. The practice has a playroom for kids and a No Cavity Club, where kids with cavity-free exams receive a T-shirt and kudos. His work in cosmetic dentistry is superb. Taking the bite harmony into account, he makes sure that your new smile is functional, as well as beautiful. Visit their website to learn more. They look forward to seeing you!
Edward S. Lazer, D.D.S.
Roham Rafat, D.D.S., M.S.
5 Park Center Court, Suite 302
Owings Mills, MD 21117
The science of dental care meets the artistic eye at the office of Edward S. Lazer, where every smile is custom-crafted. A graduate of Georgetown Dental School, Dr. Lazer completed his residency at North Chicago VA Hospital and has been mentored by some of the world’s leading cosmetic dentists, including Dr. William Dickerson, founder of the prestigious Las Vegas Institute of Dentistry.
Dr. Rafat studied at the University of Maryland Dental School. His specialty training in periodontal treatment and implant prosthetics sets him apart as one of the most highly-trained dental specialists.
Together their experience and education has founded a practice that focuses on complex cases and smile transformations.
Drs. Lazer and Rafat can help you with any of your dental needs. Whether you are simply looking to maintain dental health or are in need of more advanced treatment such as correcting crooked, stained or chipped teeth or replacing missing teeth, our office can help you achieve your goals. Using a teamwork approach and the most advanced dental technologies and materials, we have helped patients achieve these goals.
Having a beautiful smile is about much more than just your appearance. A great looking smile boosts self-esteem and can give you confidence. Patients often say how having the smile of their dreams has literally changed their lives both professionally and personally.
If you are ready to see how a new smile can change your life, call the office of Dr. Lazer for a free consultation. Cosmetic and Advanced Dentistry is conveniently located in Owings Mills off of I-695. More information is available at cosmeticdentistbaltimore.com.
Elizabeth B. Spannhake, D.D.S., M.S., M.P.H.
Brittney A. Franklin, D.M.D., M.S.
Towson Orthodontic Specialists
7801 York Road, Suite 315
Towson, MD 21204
Dr. Spannhake and Dr. Franklin are dedicated to providing their patients with a smile that boosts confidence and opens doors. Through state-of-the-art technology, the practice goal is to provide patients with outstanding results. Located directly across from Towson University, their specialty orthodontic practice provides treatment modalities, including Invisalign®, Teen Invisalign®, Incognito™ (lingual braces), Ceramic Self-Ligating Brackets, and semi-private treatment areas for adult patients.
Drs. Spannhake and Franklin are Premier Preferred Providers of Invisalign® and have considerable experience with micro-implants, cosmetic soft-tissue laser, and tooth-whitening techniques. Call today for a courtesy consultation with Towson Orthodontic Specialists.
Thomas E. Daley, D.D.S.
Kathryn Mutzig, D.M.D.
James D. Kassolis, D.D.S.
Towson Periodontal Associates
521 E. Joppa Road, Suite 200, Towson, MD
The doctors at Towson Periodontal Associates believe that the mouth is the gateway to the body and an unhealthy mouth can lead to increased risk of heart disease and other systemic illnesses.
“Our goal,” says Dr. Thomas Daley, who started the practice in 1977, “is to prevent and treat gum disease and eliminate chronic infection.” The periodontists—Dr. James Kassolis, Dr. Kathryn Mutzig, and Dr. Daley— specialize in periodontal (gum) procedures and implants. They use state-of-the-art techniques and equipment, such as CAT scans, dental lasers, digital X-rays, and computerized bite adjustments to restore maximum function and a beautiful smile. The practice is patient-centered, ensuring that every treatment plan—whether gum treatment or an implant is indicated—is tailored for the specific needs of the patient. When you walk into the facility, you’ll be greeted with a smile, the smell of fresh coffee, and the confidence that you will receive the best periodontics available. The staff of 25, including six dental hygienists, dental assistants, treatment and insurance coordinators, and a helpful support staff, is there to ensure that a visit to Towson Periodontal Associates meets—and exceeds—your expectations.
McInnes & Brummer Orthodontics
Thomas A. McInnes, D.D.S.
Nicole C. Brummer, D.D.S., M.S.
Meghan P. McInnes, D.D.S., M.S.
Ruxton Professional Center
8322 Bellona Avenue, Suite 310
Towson, MD 21204
16918 York Road, Suite 200
Monkton, MD 21111
Providing excellence in orthodontics in the Baltimore area for more than 40 years, McInnes & Brummer Orthodontics is one of the Baltimore area’s most experienced and highly respected orthodontic practices. At their two leading-edge facilities in Towson and Hereford, Drs. McInnes, Brummer, and McInnes have carefully created a practice environment that caters to the comfort and convenience of each patient. They have continually raised the standards of orthodontic professionalism and personal care in achieving the desired results for their patients: healthy, beautiful smiles.
Always at the forefront of innovative treatments for children, adolescents, and adults, McInnes & Brummer Orthodontics uses traditional braces, self-ligating braces, Invisalign® and Invisalign® Teen. Named an Elite Provider of Invisalign® clear braces, this prestigious designation places McInnes & Brummer Orthodontics in the top one percent of Invisalign® providers in North America.Through their continuing education, Drs. McInnes, Brummer, and McInnes are always on top of the latest advances in orthodontic care and are proud to introduce the latest in 3-D technology with their new 3-D digital tooth scanner, which eliminates the need for uncomfortable, messy impressions.
Drs. McInnes, Brummer and McInnes are natives of Baltimore and enjoy treating new patients, friends and neighbors. “It’s such an incredible compliment to have patients refer a friend or family member because of the trust and confidence they have in our practice.”
Denison E. Byrne, D.D.S.
Devon B. Conklin, D.D.S.
Charlie A. Ward, D.D.S.
Nancy A. Ward, D.D.S.
Ward/Byrne/Conklin Dental Group
1104 Kenilworth Drive, Suite 102
Towson, MD 21204
For the professionals at Ward/Byrne/Conklin Dental Group, ensuring a healthy smile is not just a medical process, it’s a creative pursuit. “Every individual has different needs, different circumstances, and a different temperament,” says Denny Byrne, who, with his wife, Nancy Ward, founded the practice in 1981. The group, which now consists of four dentists and 13 staff members, employs the latest technology to ensure that patients achieve and maintain optimal oral health. The two newest dentists are Dr. Charlie Ward (no relation to Nancy), who joined the practice in 2009, and Devon Byrne Conklin, the daughter of the founders, who came on full time in 2010. In 2011, Ward/Byrne/Conklin Dental Group was proud to add a second location in Severna Park to better serve their expanding practice. “A successful practice,” points out Dr. Nancy Ward, “means ensuring that each patient is an integral part of the team.” The group’s business model is based on establishing a relationship with every person it serves. When asked to describe the practice in one word, Denny Byrne’s response is “collaborative.” Ward/Byrne/Conklin Dental Group offers general dentistry services, as well as cosmetic and restorative dentistry. They also provide: orthodontics including Invisalign, TMJ treatment, implants, and treatment for sleep apnea.
Karl J. Zeren, D.D.S.
9515 Deereco Road, Suite 308
Timonium, MD 21093
For 33 years, Dr. Zeren has been entrusted with very difficult cases, involving implant placement, soft-tissue regeneration, and reconstructive surgery. His commitment to the highest level of current therapeutics and professional competence is evident in his use of diagnostic tools (3-D imaging), periodontal laser therapy, and regenerative materials (morphogenetic proteins, Alloderm®, and platelet-rich plasma). His constant attention to refining already excellent surgical techniques is well respected. His dedication to teaching the next generation of clinicians is underscored by clinical appointments at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry and The Johns Hopkins Medical Institution.
Dr. Zeren’s insistence on technical and clinical excellence reflects the value he puts on the trust of patients who are undergoing life-changing treatment. He carefully listens to each patient’s perspective on their dental and medical health, which helps him decide on the most empathetic manner in which to proceed through treatment. This is central to developing a plan that meets their treatment goals, is minimally invasive, and predictable in outcome. Once entrusted with their care, Dr. Zeren is always mindful that the human body responds best to a gentle approach.
We suspect this is why Dr. Zeren has been recognized continuously as a Baltimore magazine “Top Dentist” since 1995, when the awards began.
Edward L. Ginsberg, D.D.S.*
Rachael L. Simon, D.D.S.
Deven V. Shroff, D.M.D.*
Choti Jahnigen, D.D.S.
Nathinee Jaiarj, D.D.S.*
*Diplomate, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry
1134 North Rolling Road
Catonsville, MD 21228
10045 Baltimore National Pike
Ellicott City, MD 21042
Opening Summer 2012
The dentists at smiles4children create an environment where children look forward to each dental appointment. The engaging staff of dentists and healthcare professionals focuses on the individualized care and education of each patient. Dr. Ginsberg, who founded smiles4children in 1984, along with doctors Simon, Shroff, Jahnigen, and Jaiarj believe that a successful practice is one in which children feel welcomed and nurtured. As a team they initiate and facilitate good oral-health habits that last a lifetime. Recommending an initial visit before a child’s first birthday, the focus is on the whole child. “Going to the dentist should be a happy experience. Our patients don’t want to leave.” says Dr. Ginsberg.
Their offices in Catonsville and Ellicott City feature video arcades, streaming movies, and play areas that engage children of all ages. The third, and soon to open location in Eldersburg, will also have high-tech elements. The dentist’s expertise, care, and their state-of-the-art approach to pediatric dentistry is what make parents most satisfied. The doctors are committed to establishing partnerships with parents that will ensure optimal dental health for their children.
All five doctors in the practice understand the stages of a child’s oral and psychological development and have been recognized for work that includes in-office preventive and restorative dentistry, conscious-sedation techniques, and treatment under general anesthesia in a hospital setting.
Every member of the practice is credentialed at local hospitals, and belong to several professional organizations including the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Dental Association, Maryland Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and the Maryland State Dental Association.
Dr. Ginsberg, who in 2010 and 2011 was named a “Top Dentist” in a survey of his peers in Baltimore magazine, believes that, “The dental needs of young children are very specific as are their emotional needs. Our practice has the experience and compassion needed to attend to both.”