Meet Our Doctors
About Dr. Armin Abron
Dr. Armin Abron was born in Frankfurt, Germany and grew up in Heidelberg, Germany. He is married and has two children. They spend their time traveling and being involved in various activities for children. Dr. Abron also loves swim, play squash and go cycling. Because of his passion for patient care and providing the best quality of care that is available, he is always looking at new ways of introducing innovative technology, latest advancements and findings for his practice, and more importantly, his patients.
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- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Chapel Hill, North Carolina:
- B.S. degree (1994-1998)
- D.D.S. degree (1998-2002)
- Columbia University School of Dental Medicine; New York, New York:
- Postgraduate training in Periodontics and Implant Dentistry
- Master of Science degree in Periodontology (2002-2005)
Professional Appointments and Working Experience:
- Department of Graduate Periodontics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Dentistry; Chapel Hill, North Carolina (2006-2012)
- Full-time Private Periodontal Practice; Southern Pines, North Carolina (2005-2008)
- Full-time Private Periodontal Practice; Washington, District of Columbia (2008-current)
Licenses and Certification:
- District of Columbia Dental Board Certified
- Also Dental Board Certified in California, Florida, Maryland, New York, North Carolina, and Virginia
- North East Regional Dental Board Certified
- Wilckodontics certified
- Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique Certified
- Certified in LANAP/PerioLase ® MVP-7™ from the Institute for Advanced Laser Dentistry (IALD)
- S.M.A.R.T Minimally Invasive Bone Grafting Certified
- Alloring Bone Allograft Certified
- IV & Oral Conscious Sedation Certified (DOCS)
- American Academy of Periodontology
- International Team for Implantology
- Academy of Osseointegration
- European Association for Osseointegration
- The International Congress of Dental Implantologist
- American Academy of Implant Dentistry
Dr. Garry Miller
Dr. Garry M. Miller, a native Washingtonian, is a world renowned expert in the field of Periodontics. He attended Duke University as an undergraduate, Georgetown University School of Dentistry for his Masters and received his Certificate in Periodontics at The University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Dental Medicine. He later served as an Associate Professor of Periodontics and Periodontal Prosthesis at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental and Oral Medicine for over twenty years.
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Dr. Miller’s diverse training and clinical background provides a comprehensive skill set in the treatment of periodontal diseases, reconstructive periodontal surgery and dental implants. The combination of these treatment modalities has made him a frontrunner in developing comprehensive treatment planning in the industry. In 1970, Dr. Miller became one of the youngest Diplomates of The American Board of Periodontology.
Meet Our Practice Administrator
Maria Tarrance- Watkins is your connection to our office. Having served as DC Perio’s Practice Administrator/Professional Relationship Director (PRD) since August of 2009, Maria has proven herself to be versatile and motivated in fulfilling her role as an easily accessible resource for our referring partners. Maria focuses on what each referring doctor needs to optimize their partnership with our office. She believes that the best relationships are built on accessibility and clear communication. Her friendly demeanor and positive attitude have helped to strengthen our practice’s current partnerships while also building new ones.
Maria Tarrance-Watkins was born and raised in Washington, DC and received her training in Dental Assistant at Applied Career Training College (ACT) where she graduated in 1998. Maria obtained her bachelor’s degree from the Southeastern University in Criminal Justice, and then her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health and Rehabilitation Counseling from University of the District of Columbia.
Maria finds great pleasure in spending time with her husband and three daughters. She enjoys traveling with her family and hosting events. Maria also enjoys doing community outreach and educating patients from a holistic/integrated approach. She has participated in dental missions locally as well as served as a youth advocate with DC Superior Court. She takes pride in the services that she is able to provide in interning to support the needs of the Mental Health and Disability population. Maria believes her purpose in life is to be in the helping field.
Please get the opportunity to meet Maria, as she is committed to working with her team members to ensure that your office and patients have an excellent experience.
Meet Our Administrative Team
Mildred Jennings is Patient Engagement/Hygiene Scheduling Coordinator. Mildred has been with the office since 1981 when it was the Office of Dr. Stein and continued her tenure with DC Perio since 2008. Mildred is known by most of the patients as being calm, soothing, and compassionate. She has fostered relationships with many of DC Perio’s patient for as long as 40 years Mildred has over 50 years in the dental field and brings a wide range of expertise with her focus on building trust and relationships. Mildred is reliable, consistent and effective in her role. Greeting patients with value, thanking them for coming to our practice, and acknowledging the referrer is what she is committed to doing each day.
Mildred was born in Sharon Pennsylvania and moved to the DMV. It is in the DMV where she meet her husband whom she has been married to since 1982.
Outside of DC Perio, Mildred enjoys reading, crocheting, and spending time with her husband.
DC Perio has the pleasure of introducing you to Mildred who is devoted and dedicated to the mission of the office and ensuring customer service is provided in the best interest of the patients.
Brandy Jefferson is your Patient Coordinator which helps synchronize the needs of our Patient and Doctor for our office. Brandy is one of our newest additions to the office joining DC Perio in September 2021. Brandy brings over ten years of dental experience to our office to include dental assisting. Brandy is committed and motivated in satisfying her role and providing advocacy for our patients. She enjoys what she does and is committed to providing excellent patient care.
Brandy was born in Florida and moved to Maryland as a young child, and that is where she currently calls home. She received her training in Dental Assistant Fortis College where she was an honor roll student.
Brandy is a mother of two and enjoy spending time with her children and traveling. She enjoys reading books and doing adventurous events.
It is our pleasure to introduce you to Brandy who is devoted to the needs of the patients and doctors.
Ashley Lucas is your Administrative Team Leader/Treatment Coordinator. Ashley is primarily responsible for the new and existing patient’s clinical experience and maintaining alignment between the patients’ understanding of their treatment plan and the services delivered to them at each appointment. She builds trust with the patient and act as a liaison between the doctor and the patient when it comes to treatment options, understanding, and discussions. Ashley has been with DC Perio since 2019 and brings a friendly, outgoing, and bubbly personality to our office. Ashley has ten years of dental experience that includes both front and back experience. Ashley is dedicated to her role and her objective is to create a meaningful first impression and communicate the value of dental care.
Ashley was born in Guam and moved around a lot due to her being in a Military family. After years in the Military her family found their home in Maryland where she has lived for many years. She received her training in Dental Assisting at the College of Southern Maryland.
Away from the office Ashley is a wife and mother of two kids and enjoys spending time with her family and traveling. She also enjoys cooking, singing, watching horror movies, and shopping.
DC Perio presents to you Ashley, who is here to ensure seamless delivery of the patient experience.
Meet Our Clinical Team
Shaneka Boomer is your Registered Dental Surgical Assistant. Shaneka is primarily responsible for anything implant related where she has vast knowledge. Shaneka is experienced with printing surgical implant guides for guided implant procedures, and treatment planning implant cases. Shaneka attended Fortis College where she received her Dental Assistant in 2008. Shaneka joined DC Perio team in 2017 and brings her outgoing and friendly personality to our office.
Shaneka was born and and raised in Washington DC. Outside of the office Shaneka enjoys spending time with her fiancé and two children, shopping, and traveling.
Shaneka’s objective as a Surgical Assistant is educating and helping patients overcome their dental fears.
Its is with pleasure to introduce Shaneka Boomer, DC Perio’s Dental Surgical Assistant.
Meet Our Hygienist
Mellissa Johnson, RDH, ICP has been practicing dental hygiene in Maryland and Washington, DC since 1993 when she graduated from the University of Maryland at Baltimore Dental School. She is also certified as an Implant Care Practitioner. She has practiced in Washington, DC for most of her career. She was inspired to become a dental hygienist after going to her own dental visit when she was 22. Mellissa is originally from Chicago, Illinois and has family there and in Austin, Texas. She has an extended family of 4 brothers and 3 sisters. Mellissa is bilingual and speaks English and Spanish and hopes to add another language. Mellissa loves what she does and her patients and making sure that coming to a dental visit is a “pleasure and not a pain”. In her spare time, Mellissa loves to travel, go to the theatre, eat seafood and laugh and she is very active in her church.