Meet Our Doctors

Dr. Abbey LaManna

With a warm smile and dental experience, Dr. Abbey LaManna is focused on keeping your teeth healthy and providing a positive and relaxing dental experience. Dr. LaManna welcomes all ages in her comfortable, private practices on the North Shore of Milwaukee. Her goal is for all of her patients to receive top quality preventive and comprehensive dental treatment that is also affordable.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dr. LaManna received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

Dr. LaManna and her husband have two beautiful children whom they both adore. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family playing tennis, bike riding, traveling, having picnics in the park, playing golf with her husband, and singing and reading with her children. She also is known to hum a song or two while working!

Dr. Robert Hall

Dr. Robert Hall

Dr. Hall hails from across the big lake in Michigan, but he is now happy to call Milwaukee home. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree at Miami of Ohio, with a major in biology & a minor in neuroscience.  He then attended Marquette University School of Dentistry, where he was trained in all manners of dental treatment including fillings, crowns, bridges, dentures & root canals. 

Dr. Hall was drawn to a career in dentistry because it allowed him to combine his love of working with his hands & getting to know patients so that he can make their dental experience a positive one. 

In his spare time, Dr. Hall enjoys biking, tennis, backpacking,  rock climbing, snowboarding  & exploring  all of the unique food & festivals Milwaukee  has to  offer. He is passionate  about travel &  gaining a more global perspective to  help further serve his community here. If you have been thinking about working toward a healthier smile, come meet Dr. Hall today!

Dr. Amanda Lathe

Dr. Amanda Lathe

Dr. Lathe is originally from a small city in northern Illinois. She attended University of Illinois at Chicago for her undergraduate studies & earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology. After college, she moved to Milwaukee with her partner & attended Marquette University School of Dentistry. There she obtained her DDS degree & graduated summa cum laude. She fell in love with Wisconsin & is proud to call Milwaukee home.

Dr. Lathe is passionate about dentistry & loves working with children & adults alike. She is committed to helping her patients feel comfortable in the dental chair, while also achieving life-long healthy smiles.

In her free time, Dr. Lathe enjoys running along the Oak Leaf Trail & through Milwaukee. She also loves baking, reading & spending time with friends & family.

Dr. Gruber

Dr. Jessica Gruber

Dr. Gruber grew up in Germantown, Wisconsin. As a Milwaukee-area native, she was thrilled to attend Marquette University for her undergraduate education. After earning her Bachelor of Science degree in biomedical sciences, she pursued her dream of becoming a dentist and graduated summa cum laude from Marquette University School of Dentistry. At MUSoD, Dr. Gruber received an excellent education in all facets of general dentistry and has been practicing in the Milwaukee area since graduation.

Dr. Gruber has worked in healthcare since the age of 16 and understands the importance of patient-centered care. She believes in working with each patient to reach an individualized plan for bettering their health, since no two patients are the same. She has a heart for patients with anxieties about visiting the dentist and makes it her goal to create a positive experience.

When not at the office, Dr. Gruber enjoys spending time with her husband, son and two Australian Shepherds at her home in Wauwatosa. She leads an active lifestyle, having attempted nearly every form of fitness, and has never said no to trying a new restaurant in the area.

Dr. Edward Craciun

Dr. Edward Craciun

Dr. Craciun grew up in sunny Naples, Florida where summer never ends. In high school he discovered his passion for dentistry when he attended a dual enrollment program for dental assisting. He later studied at Hodges University & earned a bachelor’s degree in health studies. Dr. Craciun then went on to graduate from Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine – Illinois, where he underwent training in all areas of general dentistry. 

Dr. Craciun has been involved in the dental field since he was 16 & is very understanding of his patients & their needs. He works hard to establish trust with all his patients & loves to work with each one to figure out the best treatment for them.

Dr. Issac Empson

Dr. Isacc Empson

Dr. Empson was born & raised in Peoria, Illinois, & graduated magna cum laude from Wabash College, where he studied biology, chemistry & economics. He spent four years living in Chicago attending University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry, where he was inducted as an Omicron Kappa Upsilon member (National Dental Honor Society). He is currently receiving advanced training in orthodontics as a resident at Marquette University.

Dr. Empson loves the technical skills that make dentistry unique, but he finds the patient interactions the most rewarding. He never “treats a stranger” & aims to provide high quality care in a relaxing environment.

Outside the clinic, you can find Dr. Empson exploring restaurants, sport stadiums & hiking trails. You’ll always spot him at Lakefront State Park in the summer & he considers himself a “rising” golfer & pickleball player.

Dr. Ashley Padovonia-Oshiro

Dr. Ashley Padavonia-Oshiro

Dr. Ashley Padavonia-Oshiro grew up in Naperville, Illinois, & attended University of Illinois at Chicago where she earned a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry & discovered her love of dentistry. She attended Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine—Ilinois, where she met & married her dental school sweetheart. She received training in all areas of general dentistry, graduated magna cum laude & received an award in clinical excellence & patient care. She relocated to southern Wisconsin with her husband, & now practices in the Milwaukee area.

Dr. Ashley strives to provide her patients with a comfortable, compassionate experience & is a strong advocate for patient education & prevention of oral diseases. She enjoys chatting & connecting with patients of all ages & don’t be surprised if you hear her tell a corny dentist joke…or three.

In her free time, she and her husband enjoy skiing, hiking with their cat, Bucky, & attending Brewers & Packers games, although she remains an avid Chicago Bulls fan. 

Dr. Ben Poenitsch

Dr. Ben was born and raised in Wind Lake, Wisconsin and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Ben went on to graduate magna cum laude from the Marquette University School of Dentistry and also served as class vice president.

Dr. Ben works side-by-side as a team with patients to help answer any questions during treatment. His calm demeanor makes patients feel comfortable throughout the entire treatment process.

When Dr. Ben is out of the office, he enjoys an active outdoor lifestyle consisting of fishing, basketball and copious amounts of golfing. He is very passionate about his favorite sports teams including the Wisconsin Badgers, the Green Bay Packers, and the Milwaukee Bucks and Brewers. His favorite dessert is Kopp’s “Turtle” Custard. So, if you spot him at your local Kopp’s, be sure to give him a wave!

Dr. Dimitri Chironis

Dr. Dimitri Chironis

Dr. Dimitri is a Wisconsin native & grew up in Lake Geneva, WI. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison & earned his bachelor’s degree in biology. He then pursued his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from Marquette University.

Dr. Dimitri prioritizes preventive dental care & enjoys educating his patients! It is of the utmost important to him that all treatment needs are completely understood & all questions answered prior to starting dental care.

During his free time, Dr. Dimitri enjoys being outside or in the water. He likes playing tennis, golfing, swimming & wake surfing!

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