Meet the Doctors

Our doctors dedicate their professional careers to providing you the best that dentistry has to offer. We understand the honor it is to serve the community as health care providers and, as such, continue to be life-long learners in our respective specialties.  Our team of doctors completes hundreds of hours of continuing education every year so you can be sure your family is receiving the state-of-the-art in gentle and personalized dental care.

Doctors

Dr Curt RalstromCurt Ralstrom, D.D.S., M.S. – “Dr. Curt”, Pediatric Dentist

Dr. Ralstrom was born in Detroit and pursued his undergraduate work in chemistry at University of Detroit. Following his graduation from University of Detroit Dental School in 1980, he obtained a Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry from Children’s Hospital of Michigan and masters  degree from the University of Detroit in 1984.

Dr. Ralstrom joined the group practice in 1982 and became a partner in 1986. He also served as an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Pediatric Dentistry Department at University of Detroit from 1981 to 1985.

Dr. Ralstrom achieved Diplomate status of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry in 1985. In the same year, he was named a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

He currently serves as Associate Chief of Pediatric Dentistry at Children’s Hospital of Michigan where he has been a member of the attending staff since 1982. Over the years, he has published many articles on a variety of topics in pediatric dentistry. He is also a member of the American Dental Association, the American and Michigan Societies of Dentistry for Children and the American and Michigan Academies of Pediatric Dentistry. In addition, he belongs to the Michigan Cleft Palate Association and the Delta Sigma Delta Dental Fraternity.

Dr Martin MakowskiMartin Makowski, D.D.S. – “Dr. Mak“, Pediatric Dentist

Dr. Makowski was born in Hamtramck, Michigan. He studied pre-dentistry at Wayne State University before receiving his D.D.S. from the University of Detroit Dental School in 1980. At graduation, he was nominated for the National Honorary Dental Society and awarded the Dean’s Key.

He continued his studies at the University of Nebraska Medical Center where he served as Chief Resident. He was also an Associate Professor at the Washington University School of Dental Medicine and Lecturer and Clinical Instructor at the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Makowski joined the group practice in 1987. He is currently on staff at Children’s Hospital and serves as Associate Director for Graduate Programs.

In addition to his many accomplishments, Dr. Makowski has presented scientific exhibits at National Pediatric Dentistry meetings and published definitive articles in national dental journals. Dr. Makowski is certified by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, is active in major pediatric dental societies, and serves as Chairperson for the Macomb County Dental Society’s Committee on Dental Health.

Dr Ari ThanasasAri G. Thanasas, D.D.S., M.S. - ”Dr. Ari”, Orthodontist

Dr. Thanasas was raised in Riverview, MI.  His undergraduate and pre-dentistry studies were at the University of Michigan where he received a Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology in 1989. He continued his education at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry where he obtained his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 1993.

Dr. Thanasas immediately pursued his professional education upon graduation from the U of M at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in Philadelphia, PA.  Dr. Thanasas received a Specialty Certificate in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics in 1995 and a Master of Science degree in Oral Biology in 1996. While at PENN, he was a clinical orthodontic instructor in both the Dental and Graduate Orthodontic departments.

Dr. Thanasas is a diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics.  He is also a member of numerous organizations including the American Dental Association, the American and Michigan Association of Orthodontists, Great Lakes Association of Orthodontists, and the Greek Orthodontic Society.

Dr. Thanasas joined the practice in 2004 and became a partner in 2006.

AJ KerAlan J. Ker, D.D.S., M.S. – “Dr. AJ”, Orthodontist

Dr. AJ Ker was born in Buffalo, NY and raised in Troy, MI. He studied psychology while completing his pre-dental curriculum at the University of Michigan, graduating in 2001.  He stayed at U of M for his dental education, finishing first in his dental class and graduated in 2005. Upon graduation, Dr. Ker was inducted into Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Fraternity, was awarded the Samuel D. Harris award for excellence in Pediatric Dentistry, and a Michigan Dental Foundation Scholarship.

Following his dental training, Dr. Ker pursued formal education in orthodontics at the Ohio State University College of Dentistry. He received a specialty certificate and masters degree in Oral Biology in April 2008.

He has presented his research locally and nationally.  His research interests include patient expectations of orthodontic treatment and their perception of what makes an ideal smile.  His masters thesis on this topic was published as the cover article in the Journal of the American Dental Association in 2008.

Dr. Ker is a diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics. He is also a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, the Michigan and American Dental Associations, and the Great Lakes and Michigan Associations of Orthodontists.

Dr. Ker joined the practice in the spring of 2008 and became a partner in the fall of 2009.

Dr Jeff DaultonJeff Daulton, D.D.S., M.S. – “Dr. Jeff”, Pediatric Dentist

Dr. Daulton was raised in West Bloomfield, Michigan, although he attended high school overseas in Taipei, Taiwan. He received his Bachelors degree from Northwestern University. Following his undergraduate studies, he graduated from the University of Michigan Dental School in 1991. At graduation he was awarded the American Society of Dentistry for Children Award.

Upon graduation from dental school he entered a two year Masters Degree Program in Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Michigan, and was the recipient of the Rackham Graduate Fellowship. During his residency, he served on the Craniofacial/Cleft Palate team at Mott Children’s Hospital, Ann Arbor and as a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Michigan Dental School. Dr. Daulton then joined the practice in 1993.

Dr. Daulton is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. He is also a member of the American and Michigan Dental Associations as well as the American Society of Dentistry for Children.

Dr Renee FosterRenee Fraser, D.D.S. – “Dr. Renee”, Pediatric Dentist

Dr. Fraser was born in Mt. Clemens and was raised in Utica, Michigan. She attended Macomb Community College and the University of Detroit for her undergraduate training. In addition to her pre-dentistry studies at these institutions, she obtained a teaching certificate in secondary education and was a member of the varsity track and cross country teams. At University of Detroit she was inducted into the Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit Honor Society and was named to the Midwest Collegiate Conference Academic Athlete team.

She continued her studies at University of Detroit Mercy Dental School where she was a member of the Delta Sigma Delta Dental Fraternity. Upon graduation, she was awarded the Outstanding Senior Pathology Student Award.

Following completion of dental school, Dr. Fraser obtained a Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry from Children’s Hospital of Michigan where she served as Chief Resident in her second year. At Children’s Hospital she developed the educational component to Webber Elementary School, which is the first school-based dental program in Detroit.

She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Michigan Dental Association and American Society of Dentistry for Children. Dr. Fraser’s interests include running, needlecraft, reading and tennis.

Dr Elizabeth RalstromElizabeth Ralstrom, D.D.S., M.S. - ”Dr. Elizabeth”, Pediatric Dentist

Dr. Ralstrom was born in Grosse Pointe.  In 2005, she completed her bacehlors degree in health sciences at Kalamazoo College where she was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society.  Following her undergraduate education, Dr. Elizabeth attended the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry, obtaining her D.D.S. degree in 2008.  She graduated first in her class, was inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society and the Proctor and Gamble Pediatric Dentistry Award.  During dental school, Dr. Ralstrom volunteered at Baycliff Health Camp in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, performing dental care for patients with physical disabilities.

She obtained her Pediatric Dentistry training at the Ohio State University and Nationwide Children’s Hospital, where she served as chief resident.  She completed her education in 2010 with the presentation of her thesis on the Impact of Oral Health in Adolescents with Sickle Cell Disease.  She has presented her research at local and national meetings, and has had her research published in numerous journals, including the Journal of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the Journal of the Michigan Dental Association.

Dr. Elizabeth joined the practice in 2010. In 2011, she was certified by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, is a member of the American and Michigan Dental Associations, and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

 

Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics Staff