Dr. Marc Pana
When I think of the word “smile”, I think of beauty and health. Your smile says a lot about you and the person you are. It’s communicating without saying a word. A beautiful and a healthy smile can give a person the confidence they need to feel good about themselves. Research actually shows that smiling is good for your health. Even if you don’t feel like smiling, making yourself smile will release chemicals in your body that are healthy for you.
When I was a teenager, my lower jaw started to grow abnormally and I needed jaw surgery. However, I couldn’t get the surgery until I was 21 years old. I also needed to get braces before the surgery. When I was 20 years old, I had my braces put on. That was my first experience in the orthodontic field. I really enjoyed going to the orthodontist and when I was done with my treatment, I knew that I wanted to be an orthodontist. I wanted to change lives and make people feel good about themselves and their smiles.
What I enjoy the most about orthodontics
At Pana Orthodontics, we do things a bit differently. My philosophy is to treat the face first and then treat the teeth. Facial aesthetics is a key component of my practice. I just don’t want to create beautiful smiles, I also want to create beautiful faces.
My favorite thing to do
A Team Of Professionals
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Meet the Team
Director of Orthodontic Operation
When I was first in high school in my hometown of Plano, Texas I discovered an opening at a local dentist office hiring a part-time scheduler/receptionist. It was through this position that I was fully introduced to the importance of patient care and the variety of opportunities provided by the dental/orthodontics field. Since then I have had the privilege to train in a variety of positions and utterly fell in love with the industry and, specifically, the incredible staff at Pana Orthodontics. The most crucial part of working in the dental field is hospitality and developing genuine connections between patients and staff members. These qualities are what have and continue to inspire me within this position on a daily basis.
Clinical ConciergeWhen I was a little girl, I used to be terrified of going to my dentist appointments. I was afraid of the dentist and the assistants and I was too afraid to tell them if something was hurting me. Which is the reason why I chose this profession as a career. I’ve been in the field 7 years now and I am loving it. I love being an orthodontic assistant because I get to have a one on one conversation with patients and make them feel comfortable while I’m working on them and tell them what to expect. At Pana orthodontics, we strive to get awesome results after treatment and we make it fun during the process. I have never been in a more fun, outgoing and friendly office like at Pana Orthodontics, here we are family. When I see our patients smile, it makes me very happy because I was able to help make that perfect smile! On my free time I like to bake all kinds of goodies for my 2 kids, play soccer on Sunday mornings and watch Japanese anime.
Scheduling CoordinatorI began work at Pana Orthodontics as a Front Office, Scheduling Concierge and have been able to grow and flourish through various, motivating experiences. Personally, I have always preferred working in an office environment and Pana Orthodontics has enabled me to utilize my organizational skills in addition to maintaining my adoration for working with youth. Past positions have provided me years of experience working with children, teenagers, and young adults, who are the target patients of the
practice. At a young age, I was always terrified of going to the dentist, but now I am provided the opportunity to help others who have the same fear. The experiences I have been provided here have pushed me to grow not only professionally, but also on a personal level.”
Director of OperationsI come to Pana Orthodontics with a degree in Healthcare Administration and 15 years experience in the dental industry. My favorite aspect of my job is getting know our patients and their families!
In my spare time I enjoy spending time working out and traveling with my family.
ConciergeThroughout my thirteen years of general dentistry experience and eight years of orthodontic practice, I have garnered a vast knowledge of both professional, academic, and personal skills. Each patient connection I’ve developed, from working at Pana Orthodontics, has allowed me to expand my love for working with children, teens, and young adults. My at home profession consists of being a mom to four and a half children, two boys, two girls, and one fur baby. In the ample free time I maintain (haha), I enjoy various outdoor activities such as camping, working out, and hiking. Pana Orthodontics has allowed me to develop my skills and pursue my interests both in orthodontics and general dentistry.
ConciergeI have over 25 years of experience in orthodontics. I enjoy watching the transformation in our patient’s teeth and seeing their beautiful smiles at the end of treatment. I am married, have an awesome son and daughter, and two dogs. In my spare time I like to spend time at the beach, ride my bike, exercise, do Zumba, go to concerts, and attend sporting events.
B.S. General Biology; University of California, San Diego
D.D.S. University of Southern California School of Dentistry
Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics; University of Southern California
M.S. Craniofacial Biology and Facial Aesthetics; University of Southern California