MEET STEPHEN J. MERAW, DDS, MS
Dr. Stephen Meraw received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Detroit Mercy, where he was Senior Class President and recipient of the Thurbor Alumni Award for Clinical Excellence. He then completed his Internship in Hospital Dentistry and Residency in Periodontics at the the top 2 medical institutions in the country, the Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Mayo Clinic, respectively. He also earned a Master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences from the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, and later a second Master’s degree in Health Care Management from Harvard University.
Dr. Meraw is a recipient of the Kramer Scholar Award, which is awarded each year to the top clinical Periodontal graduate in the United States from the American Academy of Periodontology Foundation. He is a Board Certified Specialist, also known as a Diplomate by the American Board of Periodontology, and has served on the faculty of the University of Michigan School of Dentistry for the past 16 years.
An active member of organized dentistry, Dr. Meraw has served in many leadership positions (below), as well as an active volunteer, consultant to the Veterans’ Administration, and published author.
- President, Michigan Periodontal Association
- Trustee, American Academy of Periodontology
- Trustee, Michigan Dental Association
- Past President, Bunting Periodontal Society
- Past President, Detroit District Dental Society
- Past President, Midwest Society of Periodontology
- Past President, Detroit District Dental Society Eastern
- Past Examiner, American Board of Periodontology
Outside of his dental interests, Dr. Meraw is a husband and father of three. He has coached baseball, softball and soccer, and is a regular runner & tennis player.
MEET BARRY A. MENTZEL, DDS
Dr. Mentzel attended the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. He then served as a dentist in the Air Force, achieving the rank of captain. Following his honorable discharge he returned to Ann Arbor to complete his residency in periodontics at the Horace Rackham School of Graduate Studies at the University of Michigan, studying under the mentorship of Dr. Sigurd Ramfjord, an internationally pre-eminent periodontist
Dr. Mentzel has taken extensive training over the years to stay at the forefront of periodontal therapy. In addition he has been graduated from the internationally recognized Misch Implant Institute, one of the premier implant training centers in the world. Dr. Mentzel does extensive periodontal plastic surgery and has studied with two of the pre-eminent surgeons in the country, Dr. Peter Nordland of Newport Beach, California and Dr. Pat Allen of Dallas, Texas. These courses have encompassed the latest microsurgical techniques.
Dr. Mentzel has lectured nationally on various periodontal topics and currently hosts seminars and study clubs for other dental professionals. Dr. Mentzel believes strongly in giving back to the community in which one lives or works. He demonstrates his commitment through sponsorships of blood drives, food collections for the needy, the “Toys for Tots” campaign, and numerous other projects held in conjunction with the Macomb Independent Family Agency, the Michigan Humane Society, and the Children’s Home of Detroit.
Dr. Mentzel has been selected again as one of the “Best Periodontists of the Year” by both Hour and Styleline magazines. These selections are based on an exhaustive peer review study. He has had this distinction since these pollings began several years ago.
Dr. Mentzel and his wife, Lana, have three children, Lauren, an artist and art director, Corey, a vice-president with Bank of America, and Justin, an attorney. Corey is married to Elizabeth and they have a son, Cameron, and a daughter, Saylor. Justin is married to Wendy. They have a son and daughter, Tyler and McKenna. The family is completed by their dog, Beau.. In addition to his love of periodontics, Dr. Mentzel is an avid skier, motorcycle enthusiast, and photographer.
MEET ALEXANDRA B. PLONKA, DDS, MS
A native Grosse Pointer who attended Grosse Pointe South High School, Dr. Alexandra Plonka completed her Residency and Master of Science in Periodontics at the University of Michigan, where she also earned her Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Doctor of Dental Surgery degrees. Prior to dental school, she worked as an engineer in medical device manufacturing. Her interest in dentistry was inspired by her grandfather, Francis P. Blake, DDS, who practiced in Grosse Pointe for over 25 years.
Dr. Plonka has been honored for academic and clinical excellence. While in dental school, she was recognized as the top first-year dental student by the dental honor fraternity OKU. She graduated in the top of her class, receiving the American Academy of Periodontology dental student award. As a periodontics resident, she received the Michigan Periodontal Association Outstanding Soft Tissue Case Award. Dr. Plonka has published scientific articles on tissue engineering, dental implants, and is a member of the University of Michigan School of Dentistry periodontics faculty.
Dr. Plonka enjoys participating in dental organizations. She serves on the American Academy of Periodontology Membership Advisory Committee, and is a member of local and national dental organizations such as the Detroit District Dental Society Eastern and Macomb Dental Society.
Outside of periodontics, Dr. Plonka enjoys spending time with family and friends, running, skiing, yoga, and Michigan Football.