Dr. Melena Planzos is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics, achieving the highest level of recognition in the specialty. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine where she received her dental degree. She then went on to complete a three-year postdoctoral specialty program at Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, where she received her Master of Science degree in Orthodontics. Dr. Planzos is exceptionally trained in conventional orthodontics as well as Invisalign. She received the Cangialosi American Board Initial Certification Scholarship and is a member of the American Association of Orthodontics as well as the Northeastern Society of Orthodontics.
Lisa D. Tran, DMD is originally from Pennsylvania and studied at Villanova University before completing her dental school training at the prestigious University of Pennsylvania. While in dental school, she was accepted into the Clinical Dentistry Honors program, received the Vernon Brighten Research scholarship, was an active member of the Oral Cancer Society, and volunteered her time in the community. She then relocated to New York for a General Practice Residency at NYU Lutheran Medical Center and obtained her Endodontic Certificate at the same hospital Currently, Dr. Tran is on her way to becoming a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics.
In her free time, she loves to read, travel, go to museums and shows, try new restaurants, and stay in shape! She loves being a part of and serving the New York community.
Dr. Paulina Kanakos attended George Washington University for her undergraduate studies and then continued to receive her dental degree at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Paulina then completed her residency at UCONN for Pediatric Dentistry.
She grew up with three uncles who are Pediatricians and was always inspired by their life-long commitment to treating children. She followed in their footsteps, deciding to pursue a career in pediatric dentistry. She loves seeing her patients every day and developed her own system for making kids excited to take a trip to the dentist!
Dr. Kanakos is of Greek descent is incredibly involved in her Greek culture, family, and Church community. She was also very influenced by her YiaYia and Pappou (grandmother and grandfather) who immigrated to America from Greece in search of a better life for their families. They always preached hard work, honesty, education, integrity, respect, and to be a great teammate. She emulates these qualities with everyone she encounters and is absolutely a great asset and fit to the Impressive Dental Care team!