FMR Faculty

Dean C. Vafiadis, DDS

Dr. Dean is the director and innovator of the Full Mouth Reconstruction CE Course at NYU Dental College since 2008. He received his dental degree and Prosthodontics specialty training at New York University College of Dentistry. He is currently the Director of the Full-Mouth Rehabilitation CE course at NYU.  He is an Associate Professor of Prosthodontics at NYU College of Dentistry. He has lectures nationally and abroad for NYU Continuing Education department.

Dr. Vafiadis published and lectured on various topics such as Aesthetics, Implant designs, Computer restorations, Ceramic materials and Occlusion.  He is the founder of the New York Smile Institute in NY. It is an educational center, full service laboratory and learning facility as well as a private practice location for a multi-specialty practice for Implant and Aesthetic Dentistry. Currently he is lecturing for the Continuing Education program at NYUCD for Dental Districts in US, Europe and Asia.  He maintains his private practice Valentino Building near Rockefeller Center. Dr. Vafiadis primary professional mission is to educate, publish and invent new technologies that will help change the dental profession and patients lives.  He is a member of the AAED, ACP, AO AAID, NGS, and ADA

Anthony Classi, DMD

Dr. Anthony J. Classi is the Clinical Director and Associate Professor for the Full Mouth Rehabilitation program at New York University College of Dentistry. He received his D.M.D degree in 1988 from Farleigh Dickson University College of Dentistry.  He completed residency at Flushing Hospital Medical Center. He completed the Postgraduate Advanced Education Program in Prosthodontics at NYUCD. He also completed a 2-year full-time Perio and Implantology residency at NYU.

In 1993 he joined the Department of Periodontology and Implant Dentistry at New York University as Clinical Assistant Professor. He is currently the Clinical Director of the Full Mouth Reconstruction at NYUCD. For over a decade he has been teaching how to diagnose and treat conventional as well as implant-supported full mouth reconstruction cases at this program. He has lectured nationally and internationally on implant prosthetics and has written in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Classi was awarded a “Lifetime Education Award” in 2016 for his commitment to education and excellence in dentistry. Dr. Classi is a member of the AO, NGS & ICOI.

Joanna Hrymoc-Sinha, DMD

Dr. Joanna Hrymoc received her Bachelors of Science degree from Rutgers University in 2002. In 2006, she graduated from the University of Medicine and Dentistry NJ where she received her Doctorate of Dental Medicine. Dr. Joanna Hrymoc joined the Full Mouth Reconstruction program at NYU as a participant from 2010-2012.  Upon completing the program, Dr. Hrymoc was invited to stay as a Clinical Associate and was appointed Clinical Assistant Professor in 2016. Dr. Joanna Hrymoc became the first female faculty at the Full Mouth Reconstruction program. She brings a fresh perspective to the program and only accepts clinical excellence.

Glenn Ngan, DDS

Dr. Ngan received his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering, master degree in Computer Science from City University of New York (CUNY) and his DDS degree from New York University College of Dentistry.  He did his GPR residency at the St. Barnabas Hospital. He then completed the certificate in Postgraduate Advanced Education Program in Prosthodontics residency program at the Veteran Administration NYC. In 2001, he was invited to join the Department of Periodontology and Implant Dentistry at New York University as Clinical Assistant Professor. After ten years at that department, he joined the NYU hand-on course “Full Mouth Reconstruction for General Practioners” in Linhart Continuing Dental Education at NYUCD. For the past six years, he has lectured on various topics related to FMR for GPs. Dr. Ngan is passionate about FMR, implant prosthodontics, implant surgery and would like to share his experience in this area.

Dr. Thomas Planzos

Dr. Planzos attended The University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine and received The D.M.D. degree in 1986.  In 1986-1987 Dr. Planzos completed a PGY-1 residency at The Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. He has been in private practice in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn for 29 years in a multidisciplinary practice along with his three daughters who are specialists in Periodontics, Orthodontics and Prosthodontics. He is a past president of The Bay Ridge Dental Society. Dr. Planzos is the Clinical Co-Director of The Full Mouth Reconstruction Continuing Dental Education Course at the New York University College of Dentistry, Dr. Planzos has lectured both nationally and internationally on the topic of Full Mouth Rehabilitation.

Alan M. Smolen, DDS

Dr. Smolen received both his B.S. degree in Chemistry and his D.D.S. from Temple University. He has been practicing restorative and cosmetic dentistry in the Langhorne-Yardley area for over 30 years. Dr. Smolen has elected to continue his education at the renowned Pankey Institute for Advanced Dental Education. The Dawson Center for Advanced Dental Study, NYU Dentistry’s  Continuing Education Program  and the Piper Education and Research Center.

In addition to his clinical practices in Yardley, PA and New York City, he is a faculty member at NYU Dentistry’s Full Mouth Rehabilitation Continuing Dental Education Program.

Michael Cali, DDS

Dr. Cali is a Past-President and former Chairman of the Peer Review and Quality Assurance Committee of the Second District Dental Society, as well as a former longtime member of the Board of Governors and the Council on Peer Review and Quality Assurance of the New York State Dental Association. Dr. Cali is currently a member of The Organization Committee of The Greater New York Dental Meeting.

In addition to being in private practice in New York and New Jersey, in the delivery of high quality dental care for more than thirty years, Dr. Cali is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Linhart Continuing Dental Education Department at New York University College of Dentistry. He has been part of the “Full Mouth Reconstruction; Occlusion, Implants and Esthetics” since 2008 when it began.

Ellen Katz, DDS

Dr. Katz was born and raised in the Republic of Georgia. After emigrating to the United States, she graduated from St. John’s University followed by NYU College of Dentistry in 2002. After graduation, she completed a one-year residency program at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Katz is passionate about her dental career and attends around 200 hours of continuing education each year.

From 2015-2017 she participated in the Full Mouth Rehabilitation Continuing Education Program at NYU Dentistry under the mentorship of Dr. Dean Vafiadis and is currently an adjunct clinical assistant professor and Co-Clinical Director at FMR continuing dental education program at NYUCD

Dr. Katz is a graduate and a Mentor at Evidence based educational Kois Center in Seattle, WA, and recently started her accreditation journey with AACD. She is a member of AACE, where she attends many hours of CE and gains knowledge in latest technologies and advancements in Invisalign Treatments. Dr. Ellen is a published author in Compendium Magazine and a co-founder of Maison BE dental studio in NYC.

When not in the office, Dr. Katz enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Her hobbies include traveling, exercising, hiking, cooking, reading books and educational articles.

Edwin Tanpiengco, DDS

Dr. Tanpiengco attended Rutgers University in 1985 and graduated from the University of Medicine and Dentistry in NJ 1989. He has been in private practice for 27 years as a general dentist. His passion for Dentistry was reinvigorated when he met Dr. Dean Vafiadis. Encouraged with the vision of FMR, Dr. Edwin Tanpiengco enrolled and is one of the first graduates of the FMR program in NYU in 2008. The program brought a heightened level of dental excellence and financial gains. He is a family man with 2 children. He loves the aesthetic appeal of music, dance and all competitive sports. He also received the status of Master in a traditional Korean Martial Art called Hwa Rang Do.

Gary Login, DDS

Dr. Login graduated from Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Doctorate of Dental Medicine 1984 and Doctorate of Medical Science 1990. He is a Clinical Associate Professor of Cariology and Comprehensive Care, Department of Restorative Dentistry at NYUCD. He is the Coordinator of Patient Care at the Full-mouth Reconstruction, CE Course at NYUCD.

Dr. Login has also been invited to lecture at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. He is a Master of the ICOI, AGD and member of the ADA. He maintains a private practice in Brookline, Mass and travels every week to NYU to teach at FMR.

Peter Kouvaris

Oral Design, NYC MDT

Steve Kim  

WVeneer, NYC MDT

Steve Kim is the president of W Veneer Center. Steve started his career as a dental ceramist in 1991. After graduating from the College of Health in Korea, Steve went to study abroad in Zurich, Switzerland to master dental ceramics. Steve was awarded the Gold Medal for his ceramic work at Korean National Dental Prosthetics Exhibitions in 2001

Sander Polanco

OT Labs, MDT

Sander is the Owner at Oral-Tech Dental Laboratory in Staten Island, NY. He is a  specialist in Implant & Removable Laboratory Prosthetics and expert in the planning and development of high-end prostheses for many dental prosthetic treatments. He also is the Oral Architect for fixed treatments and full mouth rehabilitation applying digital technology and Digital Smile Design. He participates as faculty-lab Technician at the full mouth reconstruction Program at New York University School of Dentistry. Sander has a bachelor in technology and certifications as Master Complete Dentures,  design and fabrication Cad/Cam bar attached prostheses and hybrids including all-4 treatment and immediate loading conversions. He is also a Master in fabrication of Screw retained implant bridges with zirconia and High performance polymers as the “BDT Implant Bridge” .He is one of the few fabricating telescopic implant bridges such as the Deutsch Telescopic Bridge Zr. Taking 5th Place at the ZunstZhanWerk “Art of Denture” USA, is one of his achievements. His lab is in Staten Island, NY and soon will expand his operations in location in Manhattan, NY.