Dr. Michelle Luna

Dentist

Languages
Spanish, English, Italian, German
Education
BS, DDS
Universidad Francisco Marroquin, Guatemala City
Training
Advanced Program in Periodontics + Fellowship in Periodontics
NYU

Most people either loved going to the dentist as a kid—or absolutely hated it. Where did you fall? How come?

I loved my dentist and my orthodontist! There were so nice and made dentistry fun, always explaining what would go on in each appointment and teaching me dental terms.

What (or who) inspired you to get into dentistry? How so?

My orthodontist: he always said that dentistry was the best profession

What’s the most rewarding part of your job?

Helping people every day, especially if I can get them out of pain.

__What famous person (alive or dead) is your dream dental patient? Why? __

Morgan Freeman. I always thought his smile (gums and teeth) could be improved. But someone already beat me to it :) he is rocking a new smile

__What’s your dream toothpaste flavor? __

Minty without being stingy

What’s something your patients might be surprised to learn about you?

I had bunnies as pets growing up and I don't like peanut butter (unpopular opinion).

How do you recharge after a long week? What’s your go-to activity for hitting the restart button?

Taking long walks, NYC is perfect for that

What dental stereotype are you most passionate about changing?

That patients can't change their oral hygiene habits. I think a properly educated and motivated patient can become very diligent about their hygiene.

__What is the absolute coolest thing about the human mouth? __

Its ability to regenerate (soft tissue, bone) and grow two sets of teeth

In another life, if you weren’t working in dentistry, what would you be doing?

I would have a nail salon and would work on exotic nail designs for my clients.

When I’m in the patient chair, I’m probably grooving to {blank} in my headphones.

The latest reggaeton to cheer me up

What’s something that really, really, really makes you smile? Like, really?

Elderly couples taking walks holding hands

Additional Education
Advanced Education in General Dentistry
UR Eastman Dental
Master in Health Professions Education
UR Warner School of Education
Additional Training
General Practice Residency
UR Strong Memorial Hospital