Dr. Douglas Palaganas, DDS
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Orthodontics | Male

Care Philosophy

Personalized, state of the art care in an environment where you feel like family, not just another patient. Patients deserve to have the doctor spend the time necessary to explain all that goes along with orthodontics prior to deciding on treatment, and should never be rushed into a decision. However, some people like to start treatment asap, thus we will taylor your visits to your needs. Quality of care is a given at Dr. Doug Orthodontics and Great Neck Orthodontics, but the peraonalized care and patient experience sets us apart.

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Biography

"Dr. Doug" Palaganas, a Long Island native, was raised in Syosset, NY, where he graduated from Syosset High School in 1994. Dr. Doug then moved on to receive his BS in Biology fromCornell University in 1998. During the year following graduation, he took a faculty position just south of Buffalo at the Gow School, a private boarding school for boys with dyslexia, many of whom also had ADD/ADHD. This was an experience that gave Dr. Doug a daily, hands-on education dealing with challenged children, a skill which would serve him well in treating all types of patients later as an orthodontist. Dr. Doug moved back to Long Island to attend the School of Dental Medicine at Stony Brook University, where he graduated in 2003 ranked first in his class and became a member ofOmicron Kappa Upsilon, the National Dental Honor Society. Dr. Doug then spent the next three years in Stony Brook's post-graduate orthodontic residency program, where he received his specialty certificate in 2006 and became a certified Invisalign® provider. Dr. Doug then joined a practice in Wantagh and became a partner in 2010 before leaving to start his own practice in Rockville Centre in late 2013. Dr. Doug always had a vision for a "patient-centered" practice, as opposed to a "business-centered" practice, and opening Dr. Doug Orthodontics PLLC was the only way Dr. Doug's vision could become a reality. Dr. Doug believes a practice should feel primarily like a practice, not like a business. Every patient of Dr. Doug's deserves his personal attention, and is not just another mouth on an assembly line, like many offices these days. Dr. Doug views continuing education as an opportunity rather than a requirement and routinely doubles the annual CE requirement. He regularly attends national and regional meetings and has lectured on various topics in orthodontics at multiple local study clubs. In 2007, Dr. Doug married his wife, Jennifer, a periodontist whom he met in dental school. They welcomed their daughter, Olivia Grace, to their family in 2009, and their son, Christian Robert, in 2012.

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Dr. Palaganas' Reviews

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4.8
based on 23 total surveys (4 with reviews)
Dr. Palaganas' Performance
  • Trustworthiness
    EXCELLENT
  • Explains condition(s) well
    EXCELLENT
  • Answers Questions
    EXCELLENT
  • Time well spent
    EXCELLENT
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
    EXCELLENT
  • Office environment
    EXCELLENT
  • Staff friendliness
    EXCELLENT
  • Average wait time
    Under 10 minutes
Patient Reviews (4)
in Rockville Centre, NY |
My tween child recently got braces with Dr. Doug. We are very pleased with the level of care, concern and expertise of Dr. Doug and his staff. They are patient and take the time to explain everything. They involve the parent and you can watch the braces being put on. He seems to really care about his patients. My child feels very comfortable with him and his Assistant she had. His payment plan and fee was fair and competitively priced for the location (we see him in Rockville Centre).
in Freeport |
Sincerely the best experience I've had at a doctor?s office! Dr. Doug does an amazing job of explaining everything in detail. He takes his time to listen and exudes a great attitude. You can genuinely notice that Dr. Doug cares about his patients. His staff is also just as good and kind. I highly recommend Dr. Doug, he is a must visit.
in Freeport, NY |
Simply the best! The other 3 offices i went to felt like they were just trying to sell me on braces for my son. Dr. Doug actually told us that my son didn't NEED braces, but explained the benefits that treatment would provide. His honesty was refreshing!
in Rockville Centre |
Amazing! Takes his time to explain EVERYTHING and make parents and children feel so comfortable with every aspect of their treatment. I also love that he does the majority of the treatment himself, and the assistants he has are 100% licensed assistants or dental hygienists.
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Dr. Palaganas says...

"Dr. Doug" Palaganas, a Long Island native, was raised in Syosset, NY, where he graduated from Syosset High School in 1994. Dr. Doug then moved on to receive his BS in Biology fromCornell University in 1998. During the year following graduation, he took a faculty position just south of Buffalo at the Gow School, a private boarding school for boys with dyslexia, many of whom also had ADD/ADHD. This was an experience that gave Dr. Doug a daily, hands-on education dealing with challenged children, a skill which would serve him well in treating all types of patients later as an orthodontist. 

Dr. Doug moved back to Long Island to attend the School of Dental Medicine at Stony Brook University, where he graduated in 2003 ranked first in his class and became a member ofOmicron Kappa Upsilon, the National Dental Honor Society. Dr. Doug then spent the next three years in Stony Brook's post-graduate orthodontic residency program, where he received his specialty certificate in 2006 and became a certified Invisalign® provider. Dr. Doug then joined a practice in Wantagh and became a partner in 2010 before leaving to start his own practice in Rockville Centre in late 2013.  

Dr. Doug always had a vision for a "patient-centered" practice, as opposed to a "business-centered" practice, and opening Dr. Doug Orthodontics PLLC was the only way Dr. Doug's vision could become a reality. Dr. Doug believes a practice should feel primarily like a practice, not like a business. Every patient of Dr. Doug's deserves his personal attention, and is not just another mouth on an assembly line, like many offices these days. 

Dr. Doug views continuing education as an opportunity rather than a requirement and routinely doubles the annual CE requirement. He regularly attends national and regional meetings and has lectured on various topics in orthodontics at multiple local study clubs.  

In 2007, Dr. Doug married his wife, Jennifer, a periodontist whom he met in dental school. They welcomed their daughter, Olivia Grace, to their family in 2009, and their son, Christian Robert, in 2012.

Dr. Palaganas' Care Philosophy

Personalized, state of the art care in an environment where you feel like family, not just another patient. Patients deserve to have the doctor spend the time necessary to explain all that goes along with orthodontics prior to deciding on treatment, and should never be rushed into a decision. However, some people like to start treatment asap, thus we will taylor your visits to your needs. Quality of care is a given at Dr. Doug Orthodontics and Great Neck Orthodontics, but the peraonalized care and patient experience sets us apart.

Dr. Palaganas says...

Extensive training and experience in Invisalign, and orthognathic surgery cases.

Dr. Palaganas' experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

  •  Specializes in Orthodontics
  •  No malpractice claims found
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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  • 0
    Malpractice Claims

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  • 0
    Sanctions

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  • 0
    Board Actions

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Conditions Treated

  • Crooked Teeth
  • Crossbite
  • Dental Crowding
  • Dental Disorders
  • Dental Injury
  • Dental Spacing
  • Gummy Smile (Oversized Gingiva)
  • Malocclusion (Bad Bite)
  • Open Bite
  • Overbite
  • Underbite

Education

  • Medical School
    State University Of New York / Health Science Center At Stony Brook

    Graduated in 2003

  • Internship Hospital
    Stony Brook Univ Health Sciences Center School Of Medicine

    Completed in 2006

  • Residency Hospital
    State University Of New York / Health Science Center At Stony Brook

    Completed in 2006

  • Undergraduate School
    Cornell University

    Graduated in 1998

Languages Spoken

  • English

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Specialties

  • Orthodontics
  • Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics

Procedures Performed

  • Clear Dental Braces
  • Invisalign Teen®
  • Invisalign®
  • Invisible Dental Braces
  • Metal Dental Braces
  • Surgical Orthodontics