Thomas G. Planzos, DMD

My name is Dr. Tom Planzos. I grew up in Brooklyn, NY and obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Biology at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1982. I attended dental school at the University of Pennsylvania, completing my dental degree in 1986, directly followed by a post-doctoral General Practice Residency program at what is now known as the NYU/Lutheran Medical Center. I have been in private practice in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn since 1987 and enjoy living in this community with my wife, three daughters, and grandchildren.

I am very passionate about innovation and believe that technology greatly improves the quality of patient care. My philosophy encompasses a lifelong commitment to dental education and a never-ending dedication to my patients and to clinical excellence. As a Clinical Director of the Full Mouth Reconstruction Course at The New York University College of Dentistry, I instruct dentists in the treatment of patients in need of complex oral rehabilitations.

As a father and dental professional, I am most proud to be joined by my daughter, Lea, a Periodontist, and twin daughters, Melena and Penny, who are dental specialists in Orthodontics and Prosthodontics, respectively.

Lea Planzos, DMD, MS


Dr. Lea Planzos was born and raised in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. She is an alumna of the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, where she graduated with Honors in Clinical Dentistry and received awards in Periodontics.

Dr. Planzos then went on to complete a three-year post-doctoral residency program in Periodontics at Columbia University College of Dental Medicine. During her residency program at Columbia, she also received a Master of Science degree in Periodontics for her contributions to a published research project on immediate implant placement.

Dr. Lea Planzos is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology after making significant achievements beyond the mandatory requirements of the specialty of Periodontics. Diplomate status places one at the pinnacle of periodontal knowledge both clinically and didactically.

During her consultations, Dr. Planzos explains patients’ conditions and helps them choose an appropriate treatment plan. She believes in listening to each patient and creating a partnership to maintain and improve lifelong health. Dr. Lea Planzos performs periodontal procedures including traditional scaling and root planing, periodontal pocket reduction, dental implant placement, bone grafting, sinus augmentations, root coverage, esthetic crown lengthening, laser periodontics, LANAP® and LAPIP® procedures.

Penny Planzos, DMD, MS

Dr. Penny Planzos received her dental degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine where she graduated with Clinical Honors. She went on to pursue advanced training in Prosthodontics from Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, which was a three-year program focused on full mouth rehabilitation, complex dental treatment, and cosmetics. During her specialty training, Dr. Planzos received a Master of Science for her research on implant dentistry. Her research won many awards including first place at the American College of Prosthodontics national competition, and is pending publication.

Her clinical expertise includes implant restorations, crown and bridgework, veneers, and dentures. She incorporates the most advanced technology such as digital impression making, designing and milling crowns for a one-day visit to make procedures efficient and painless.

Melena Planzos, DMD, MS

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. 

Check out Dr. Melena’s second location here!

Lisa Tran, DMD


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.

Paulina Kanakos, DMD

Pediatric Dentistry
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!