Meet The Staff

Dr. Planken


Dr. Macarena Planken was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In 1999 she graduated from La Associacion Odontologica de Argentina– Universidad Del Salvador. Immediately thereafter she moved to New York and in 2003 Graduated from NYU (New York University)with a Doctorate in Dental Surgery. Doctor Planken is a member of the American Dental Association (ADA) as well as the New York State Dental Association (NYSDA) and the Nassau County Dental Association (NCDS). In 2004 she open her practice in Wantagh, NY where she has been ever since. Dr. Planken has been certified since 2003 in Invisalign.

When asked what is she most proud of in her professional carrier she often responds by seeing the smiles on my patient’s faces when they see the results of the work we just completed.

On her time off Dr. Planken is an avid runner who among other races completed the New York City Marathon twice. She can often be found running on the boardwalk in her hometown.


Alison Russo – Dental Hygienist

Soon after earning a Bachelor’s Degree from SUNY Oneonta, Alison started working in our office as a Dental Assistant. After 2 years of excelling as a Dental Assistant in our office, in 2019 she applied and was accepted to Farmingdale College Dental Hygiene Program. In 2022 Alison went on to receive her Associate Degree in Applied Science in Dental Hygiene and was awarded the prestigious John Oppie McCall award demonstrating exceptional clinical ability in periodontics. We were fortunate enough to have a hygienist position available upon her graduation and we were able to offer it to someone that always showed so much promise and reliability. It is with great pride that we count Alison as a member of our team.


Andrea Battaglia – Office Manager


Tina Ruby – Receptionist