Meet The Doctors

Michael Lee, DMD

Specialist in Periodontics and Periodontal Prosthesis

Dr. Lee is only one of a handful of dual specialists in the nation trained in providing both the surgical and restorative aspects of dental treatment.  With his expertise and guidance, you can develop a comprehensive dental plan and ultimately make informed, confident decisions.  Why is this important?  This unique qualification allows Dr. Lee to create a seamless transition between the different phases of treatment and allows the patient the comfort of having one doctor to treat all of their needs.

Dr. Lee is a board-certified periodontist and a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology.

Education and Training

  • University of Pennsylvania, dual residency in the specialties of Periodontics and Periodontal Prosthesis
  • NY Presbyterian Cornell Hospital, general practice residency in the department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, DMD, earned the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching
  • Cornell University, BS in Cell Molecular Biology, with honors

Dr. Lee belongs to the prestigious ITI Study Club in NYC comprised of the top specialists in the city.  He is also currently on the University of Pennsylvania Alumni Interview Committee.

In his past life, Dr. Lee was a thrill seeker.  He has gone skydiving, bungee jumping, canyoning, ziplining, and on a safari to Tanzania.  He also enjoys biking, snowboarding, and playing golf.  But nowadays, his thrills come from watching his two young sons Maddox and Devin growing up.


Stephanie Dumanian, DDS

Dr. Stephanie Dumanian received her Doctor of Dental Surgery from Columbia University.  She graduated cum laude from Barnard College with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology.  Additionally, she has completed advanced dental training at the Pankey Institute in Key Biscayne, Florida and the Spears Center in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Dr. Dumanian focuses her practice on aesthetics and function to ensure that her patients can maintain a healthy and harmonious smile.  She prides herself in providing lifelike veneers to her patients using smile design principles to predictably achieve flawless results.  Her master technicians are located in New York City and utilize advancements in photography, digital technology, and the highest quality ceramics to deliver aesthetic perfection.  She is also able to diagnose TMJ disorders early and to provide conservative and comfortable splint therapy.  The primary goal is to prevent the development of painful symptoms like jaw pain or difficulty chewing and harmful signs such as fractured teeth.

Dr. Dumanian prides herself in staying at the forefront of her field and is often traveling to collaborate with her peers on new techniques and advancements in dentistry.  She is a preferred provider for Invisalign, belongs to a Spears Study Club, and is a member of the New York Dental Forum.  She also serves as Treausrer on the Executive Board of Columbia Dental School’s Alumni Committee.

Dr. Dumanian is friendly and down to earth.  She lives locally in the West Village with her husband Nick, and loves chatting with her patients about travel and great restaurants – amongst her favorites are Marea, Lupa, Pasquale Jones, Charlie Bird and Le Coucou.


Erica Elward, DMD

Dr. Erica Elward comes to us from the great state of Michigan.  She is extremely passionate about dentistry and takes pride in the excellent care that she provides.  Dr. Elward is proficient in all phases of dentistry including cosmetics, root canals, extractions, periodontal work, and crown and bridge.  She is also Invisalign certified.

Dr. Elward graduated cum laude from Temple University School of Dentistry.  Prior to that, she received two Bachelor of Science degrees from Michigan State University in Physiology and Nutritional Sciences.  After Temple, she completed a general practice residency at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

Dr. Elward is committed to continuously learning the latest technology and best techniques.  She invests heavily in continuing education and has taken courses at the world renowned Pankey Institute, through Spear Education, and the Aesthetic Advantage program at NYU.  She is a proud member of the Academy of General Dentistry, American Dental Association, and New York County Dental Society.

In her free time, Dr. Elward enjoys playing volleyball, bowling, traveling, and her daily crossword puzzle.  She currently lives in Brooklyn and loves exploring the city and trying new things.


Brian George, DDS

Despite his New York City incarnation, Dr. Brian George was born and raised in Kentucky and graduated at the top of his dental class at the University of Louisville.  Following dental school, Dr. George completed a general practice residency at the VA Hospital in Denver, CO.  There, he received intensive training in restorative dentistry including crowns, bridges, veneers, the placement and restoration of dental implants, endodontics, periodontal treatment, removable dentures, and oral surgery.

Dr. George takes particular pride in performing cosmetic procedures and Invisalign treatment for his patients.  Prior to moving to NYC where his wife is in residency to become an orthodontist, Dr. George was in private practice in Nashville, TN.

Dr. George and his wife live in the UWS with two dogs Maggie and Mila, whom they dote upon.  In his spare time he enjoys running and biking in Central Park, skiing, practicing yoga, and trying new restaurants.  Dr. George has a warm personality, great sense of humor, and an unmatched chairside manner that keeps his patients comfortable and at ease.  But how do you get Dr. George riled up?  Just bring up the Kentucky Wildcats!