Frontier Dental

Meet the Team at Frontier Dental

Our dental team at Frontier Dental has one goal: to provide high-quality dental care in a comfortable and warm setting. From the second you walk through our doors you can expect to be treated with kindness, honesty, and genuine concern for your dental needs. Our patient approach centers on respect, empathy, and integrity for the Medina, OH family community.

We are incredibly proud of our amazing dental staff that works together to ensure we meet all your needs. Our team excels at building trusting patient relationships to provide excellent customized dental treatments.

We believe that you will notice the difference from your first appointment, and we look forward to establishing a long dental relationship. All of us at Frontier Dental look forward to meeting you in person. Please take a moment to meet the members of our dental staff, then give us a call to start your smile journey!

Dr. Leila Sears, DDS, MDS

Board Eligible Prosthodontist

Dr. Leila Sears is a native of Missoula, Montana, where she grew up with her parents and five brothers and sisters.  Dr. Sears attended college at University of Montana where she graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and a minor in Piano Performance. She then moved to Portland, Oregon, to attend Oregon Health & Science University School of Dentistry where she graduated with highest honors in 2016.  Discovering a passion for the specialty of prosthodontics, Dr. Sears moved to Memphis, Tennessee, to complete a residency in Advanced Prosthodontics.  After completing the program in 2019 and attaining a certificate in Advanced Prosthodontics and a Master of Dental Science, Dr. Sears became a full-time assistant professor in the Advanced Prosthodontics program at UTHSC College of Dentistry.  Dr. Sears recently moved to Solon, Ohio, to be near her fiancé’s family and will soon be joining Frontier Dental as a private practice clinician on Saturdays.  In her free time, Dr. Sears loves to travel, draw and paint, eat exotic foods, spend time outdoors, and spend time with her family whenever possible.

  • D.D.S.- University of Oregon School of Dentistry
  • M.D.S.- University of Tennessee College of Dentistry
  • Certificate in Prosthodontics- University of Tennessee College of Dentistry
Dr. Michael Horan | Dentist in Medina OH

Dr Michael Horan, DDS, MD, Ph.D, FACS

Board Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon

Dr. Michael Horan was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio.  He completed his bachelor’s degree in Biology at John Carroll University, a private Jesuit university in Cleveland, Ohio.  While attending John Carroll University, Dr. Horan competed in NCAA division 3 collegiate athletics and was a member of the varsity football team.  After completing undergraduate studies, Dr. Horan returned to Cincinnati where he began his research career at the University Of Cincinnati College Of Medicine and the Cincinnati VA Medical Center.  During this time, he also became interested in pursuing a career in dentistry through a close friend of the family. Given his desire to pursue a career in dentistry and having a strong pre-doctoral research background, Dr. Horan was accepted into the Dental Scientist Training Program at the Ohio State University College of Dentistry and became one of the first students to complete this program, earning both a Doctorate of Dental Surgery and Doctorate of Philosophy in Oral Biology. 

While attending OSU, Dr. Horan married his wife, Julie, and together they moved to Cleveland where Dr. Horan pursued advanced training in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery as a Resident at the Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine and University Hospitals of Cleveland. During his Residency, Dr. Horan obtained his third Doctorate degree in Medicine from the Case Western Reserve School of Medicine.  

Following the completion of his residency, Dr. Horan practiced briefly at the VA Medical Center before taking on the role of Section Head of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic. It was during his time at the Cleveland Clinic that Dr. Horan met and forged a strong working relationship with Dr. Karunagaran while treating complex oral and maxillofacial prosthodontic patients.  Dr. Horan is working to support Dr. K’s prosthodontic practice while also performing minor oral and maxillofacial surgery procedures. 

Dr. Horan currently resides in Bratenahl, Ohio, with his wife, Julie and their two teenage daughters, Sidney and Chloe.   In his spare time he enjoys engaging in outdoor activities, attending his daughters’ sporting events and playing with his two bernese mountain dogs, Pablo and Santo.

 

  • Certificate in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery- Case Western Reserve University College of Dentistry/University Hospital
  • M.D.- Case Western Reserve University College of Medicine
  • D.D.S.- The Ohio State University College of Dentistry
  • PhD-The Ohio State University Graduate School
  • American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery - Diplomate

 

Dr. Sanjay Karunagaran | Medina Prosthodontist

Dr. Sanjay Karunagaran, BDS, DDS, MSD, FACP,

Board Certified Prosthodontist

Sanjay Karunagaran

Dr. Karunagaran is a Board Certified Prosthodontist and studied Dentistry at several institutions in the United Kingdom and the United States. He grew up in England, in Hampton and started his school education in one of England's Boarding Schools that has a long standing tradition with Medicine and Dentistry (Epsom College) Continuing his studies in Dentistry in one of England's redbrick Universities and the oldest dental school in the United Kingdom (University of Birmingham) He made the move over to the United States in 2004 to further his dental training. He has degrees from the following universities:

  • B.D.S. - University of Birmingham College of Dentistry
  • D.D.S. - University of Detroit Mercy
  • M.S.D. - Indiana University and Purdue University
  • Certificate in Operative Dentistry - Indiana University
  • Certificate in Prosthodontics- University of Tennessee
  • Certificate in General Dentistry - University of London
  • Fellowship in Prosthodontics- New York University

He is Board Certified by the American Board of Prosthodontics and is a Fellow of the American College of Prosthodontists. Only 30% of Prosthodontist hold this position nationally; in fact, Dr. Karunagaran services the whole NE Ohio region, including Wadsworth, Medina, Hinckley, Akron, Copley, Canton and Fairlawn. He welcomes patients from any distance, including patients from out-of-state and many from out of the country. He holds professional affiliations with the following associations:

  • Diplomate, American Board of Prosthodontics
  • Fellow, American College of Prosthodontists

 

Dr Karunagaran is currently doing an Executive Masters Degree in Organizational Leadership at the Said Business School at the University of Oxford in the U.K. He is affiliated with Pembroke College, Oxford that was established in 1624. He hopes to be able to use this training to make meaningful change to dental disparities here in Ohio.

 

Dr. Anna Lesondra | Dentist in Medina OH

Dr. Anna Lesondra

Office Manager

Dr. Anna Lesondra, “Dr. Ann," was born and raised in Iloilo City, Philippines. She received her Doctorate of Dental Medicine at Iloilo Doctors’ College School of Dentistry in 2001 and passed her dental board licensure exam that same year. She practiced general dentistry for five years until she moved to the United States eleven years ago to join her husband. They settled in the Cleveland area, and she took a break from dentistry to stay home and raise her two kids. When she began to look for opportunities to get back into dentistry, she found the perfect match with Frontier Dental. She manages the office and front desk and can also often be seen assisting Dr. K during procedures. Dr. Ann brings a friendly and comforting atmosphere to the office that it is much appreciated by the Frontier Dental family (patients and staff).

  • DMD (Doctor of Dental Medicine)- lloilo Doctors College School of Dentistry
Rachel Kinsey | Medina OH Prosthodontist Office

Rachel Kinsey

Receptionist

Rachel Kinsey was born and raised in Beaver, PA. She was employed by PNC Bank as a Business Banker in Pittsburgh,  PA. She moved here to Medina with her husband and son. Her husband, Frederick Kinsey, is also in the Dental field as a Dental Consultant with Roe Dental Laboratory. Rachel is now the Dental Receptionist here at Frontier Dental and looks forward to speaking with you.

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I have nothing but the highest praise for "Dr. K and Dr. Ann" at Frontier Dental.

I have nothing but the highest praise for "Dr. K and Dr. Ann" at Frontier Dental.  The particular bone structure in my mouth caused my previous denture and partial to crack, and teeth to pop off prematurely.  I joke with Dr. K about his 5 degrees in prosthodontics, but that is why I chose him to handle my situation.

Dr. K realized a metal reinforcement was needed, rather than just acrylic plastic.  This was not covered by my insurance, but I was happy to pay it knowing my "new teeth" would be almost unbreakable.  He knew a three-filling tooth was too weak to be an anchor tooth, so he had an oral surgeon remove it.  Also, from his expertise in dealing with lower partials (which are easier to dislodge by the tongue), he knew to add little bumps to the teeth for the clamps to slip over, and he ground a little indent in the top of the two outside teeth, so the metal could seat in them.  These were the little touches needed for a perfect fit.  And indeed they were and are a perfect fit -- my upper denture and lower partial.  

At first the gum tissue over the jaw bone was painfully sore, which is to be expected.  But over the course of three visits, two weeks apart, he carefully and gingerly "polished" down the partial's bedding material to remove impact points.  Now I am pain free when I insert the teeth, and chew on nuts, carrots, and other crunchies.

Throughout the meticulous process of measuring and remeasuring and fine-tuning the casts for the teeth, I was kept totally apprised by Dr. Ann of the fee for each item and what the insurance would or would not pay.

Lastly, but most importantly, I must say that I actually looked forward to each visit, because I knew there would be much laughter and geniality.  Dr. K is a cut-up -- once he is done with his serious business of creating a perfect fit.  And Dr. Ann (office manager) is extra friendly and welcoming, waving hello with both hands, delighted to see me, and I'm sure everybody else.  She goes out of her way to be sure communication is convenient, whether it be by email, text or phone.  There is no waiting over the weekend to get in touch with them.

A comment about COVID is in order.  Ohio shut down dental offices just one week before my dentures were to be delivered for final fitting.  So I was without the lower partial for two months, making do with my old denture and what teeth I had left -- while my new matching partial and denture were sitting locked up in the dentist's office!  So this is why it took extra time for the gums to adjust to the new teeth, and an extra appointment to polish the teeth.  COVID also played havoc with my insurance's fiscal year allowed payments, but there was nothing to be done about that.  

Dentists being especially vulnerable to saliva and mouth spray, Frontier Dental made rigorous changes, such as having patients wait in their cars, and cleaning chairs and cubicles thoroughly between patients.  This necessitated cutting their patient load considerably.  They also did no aerosolizing treatments, required a mask when entering office, and levied a $20 fee to each patient for "Personal Protective Equipment" they had to wear, and discard, between patients.  I felt very reassured that I was in no additional danger by coming to their office, and that I was not putting them in harm's way as well.

I do not hesitate to recommend Frontier Dental to anyone.  People without dental insurance, however, will have to check their finances, and try to arrange a payment plan, or bank loan!!  Excellence is not cheap.

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