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Dr. Joanna Kleckner has lived in northeast Ohio her whole life. After graduating from Cloverleaf High School, she pursued her bachelor’s degree at Case Western Reserve University in Chemistry and went on to graduate from Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine in 2003 with a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree. After practicing for five years with group practices in Ravenna and Jackson Twp., Ohio, she opened her own practice in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio in September 2008.
Dr. Kleckner’s goal is to bring all of her patients into optimal oral health and ensure that they receive the best quality dental care. She values the relationships she develops with her patients, through trust and genuine concern. She takes time with each of her patients to explain their individual dental needs and any recommended procedures and treatments. Because she cares about her patients’ overall health and quality of life, not just their oral health, she strives to help patients understand the oral-systemic connection, which focuses on the strong mouth-body connection. Dr. Kleckner also believes that having a functionally healthy smile is part of that optimal oral health; and therefore function, not just aesthetics, is of the utmost importance. If the teeth and Temporomandibular Joints (TMJ) are not in harmony, it can lead to pain, abnormal wear and tear on the teeth, and compromise the longevity and health of one’s mouth and quality of life. “Form follows function," is one of Dr. Kleckner’s favorite sayings. Dr. Kleckner believes that a healthy, confident smile is one’s best asset. When a person has a confident smile, it leads to greater achievement in many facets of life. Since optimal oral health contributes to optimal overall health, it’s a win-win for patients! “When the functional and aesthetic components of one’s smile are in harmony, it’s beautiful," she says.
Dr. Kleckner values education and continually strives to stay up-to-date with current technologies, techniques, and procedures to provide the best comprehensive care for her patients. She is a member of the Akron Dental Society, Ohio Dental Association, American Dental Association, and the Academy of General Dentistry. She is also a graduate of the Dawson Academy, extensive post-graduate training in occlusion and Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) function and disorders. In addition to local Study Club meetings, she attends regional and national lectures and hands-on training seminars to maintain top clinical skills. Dr. Kleckner routinely completes at least 100 hours of continuing education every two years, far surpassing the Ohio State Dental Board’s requirement of 40 hours. She also ensures that she and her whole team are OSHA, HIPAA, and CPR certified annually. Dr. Kleckner has been selected by her peers to be in the Top Dentists, Akron list every year since 2012.
Like everyone else, Dr. Kleckner wears many hats in life, including, but not limited to, wife and mother. She treasures her time with her husband and three children, who all keep her very busy. She also enjoys reading, walking, gardening, baking, and cooking. As a self-proclaimed “cookbook junkie," her collection of new recipes is always growing and she is always looking for opportunities to try new dishes out on her friends and family. In the warmer months, she enjoys family walks and bike rides around town and in the beautiful Metroparks, as well as picnics at Blossom with the Cleveland Orchestra. In the winter, she bundles up to hit the ski slopes and sledding hills with her family.
Dr. Lam was born and raised in Chicago and became a Buckeye when he moved to Columbus to attend Ohio State University. While there, he earned his bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences and went on to receive his Doctorate of Dental Surgery in 2017. Dr. Lam is thrilled to be part of the team at Joanna Kleckner DDS and is very excited to provide patients with the most trustworthy and compassionate dental care possible.
Dr. Lam appreciates the value of continued education (CE) and clinical experience so he can use the latest evidence-based techniques to better help patients. He has completed well over 120 hours of CE in implant dentistry and Dawson Academy’s Core Curriculum. Dr. Lam strives to stay ahead of the curve with the latest dental technologies and methods so he can help his patients achieve a better quality of life.
Dr. Lam speaks to this point frequently. “As dentists, we owe it to our patients to help them get the best quality dental care. It’s important not only to have a comprehensive understanding of a patient’s orofacial condition but to get to know them on a personal level, too.”
Dr. Lam wants to get to know you personally, not only to build a trusting relationship, but also so he can understand your health on a larger scale, which can better equip him to provide you with the best individual care possible. Like Dr. Kleckner, Dr. Lam believes in the link between oral health and our overall systemic health. He wants to help you create your healthiest mouth, which will improve the health of your whole body, too.
When Dr. Lam isn’t caring for his patients, he enjoys spending time with his wife. They like to try new recipes and refine old ones together. Dr. Lam has recently opted to use a mortar and pestle to make sauces and curries instead of a food processor. This new method is proving successful! Dr. Lam also enjoys reading, history podcasts, practicing yoga, and traveling.