Dr. Frank Omerza, DDS, PhD
Dr. Omerza received his D.D.S. and certificate in orthodontics from The Ohio State University College of Dentistry and a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University Department of Cell Biology, Neurobiology and Anatomy where his primary area of study was early craniofacial development. He has served in the US Navy overseas as staff orthodontist for the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda. On finishing his active duty tour with the US Navy he returned home to Willoughby Hills to work with his long time friend and mentor Hudson D. Fowler III. Dr. Omerza stays on the cutting edge of the profession by attending orthodontic seminars across the United States. He purchased “The Brace Place” in Canton in 2009 and relocated to a brand new office on Whipple Ave the following year. Dr. Omerza has served as an ODA delegate since 2012 and as a member of the ODA Council on Access to Care and Public Service since 2013. He has been a member of the Stark County Dental Society since 2009 where he has serve on numerous committees and councils. This year he is excited to be leading the Dental Society as president and looking forward to presiding over an excellent year of innovative programs.
Julie has been a orthodontic assistant since her children were young, and works both in the clinic and as the offices Human Resource Director in addition to other countless titles…her job never stops. She is a native of Canton and has been blessed with 5 wonderful children ( Miranda, Chris, Johnathan, Sabrina, & Sophia) Her second oldest child (Chris) married Tricia who is pictured below. Julie and Dr. Omerza are happily married and currently living in Willoughby but they are always down in the Canton area visiting their beautiful grandchildren, Julianna 3 and Benjamin 2 (Miranda & Justin) and Jonathan 3 and Lyla 1 (Tricia & Chris) Whan she isn’t visiting the grand babies, you may find her running to the gym, the pool with their little 7yr old Sophia, spending time at her church working the nursery or vacation bible school, working with their chocolate lab or visiting her large family.
Tricia joined the practice a several years ago and can be found both in the clinic assisting Dr. Omerza or at the front desk greeting you as you come in. She graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas and is happily married (Chris) Tricia Chris their son Jonathan and their new baby girl Lyla love getting out going to local events and are always on the go. When she is not at the office you may find her at the ball field supporting Chris’s team, or spending time with family.
Orthodontic Assistant/Practice Manager
Brandi joined our team 4 years ago and has been trained in both the front desk and clinic. She has recently taken over the daunting task of Practice Manager. Don’t be surprised if you see her in both areas. She is a hard worker, very outgoing, and is quickly learning the ins and outs of managing a modern orthodontic practice. She is also an licensed Dental Radiology with the State of Ohio.
Brandi is happily married (Matt) and has four adorable boys (Chance, Brock, Noah, & Evan). She is always on the run whether its with her running club during the week or at the ball fields with her boys week in and out! She is very family oriented and loves spending time with her bothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, and parents.
Hygenist and Orthodontic Assitant
Celeste will be the first person to greet you with a smile as you walk in our front door. Celeste’s husband Dr. Lyn Bates opened The Brace Place decades ago, after his passing in July of 2009 the practice was purchased by Dr. Omerza. She was kind enough to stay on with the practice and is always thrilled to see previous patients come in with their children bringing it full circle!
Celeste is a loving mother of two (Christine & Brett) and has been blessed with a great son in-law (Richard) and two beautiful grand daughters (Katie & Maddie). She is an avid golfer, loves walking her puppy Baron in the village, and still fills in occasionally as a hygienist in Dr. David Johnson’s from time to time. She graduated from Perry High School and West Liberty where she received her formal hygiene license.
Miranda pictured with her husband Justin have two wonderful children Julianna 3 and Benjamin 2. You may have seen Miranda around the office whether just to stop by and see her mom Julie and step-father, Dr. Omerza, or to fill in as our “On Call front desk position” or our interior designer. Miranda keeps herself very busy by also working full time in Aultman’s pharmacy. While keeping up with her husband, children and their burly chocolate Lab Remington, she still finds time for her family.