Our Team

Dr. Metz and his staff believe that patient care should be comprehensive, courteous, and responsive to the individual needs and preference of each patient. So Dr. Metz hires only the most personable, motivated, friendly, experienced, educated, reliable and dependable professionals. Then, he commits to helping his team, your dental care providers, attend all area annual dental meetings and other hands-on courses to stay the very best they can be for you.


 

James Metz, DDS, FACD, ABDSM

General Dentist

Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine

Dr. James Metz is a 1973 graduate of The Ohio State University College of Dentistry, while serving in the US Army he attained the rank of Major.  Today, he maintains a restorative dental practice with an emphasis on dental sleep medicine and reconstructive dentistry, both of which are being utilized, along with the surgical orthodontics (Wilckodontics - Accelerated Osteogenic Orthodontics Procedure).  The goal of which is to address the major health issues of the today, Hypertension and Type II Diabetes, to help restore and maintain the health of the individual.

Dr Metz is the affiliate director of The Ohio State University Medical Center Sleep Medicine Fellowship Program. He is member of the American Dental Association's Scientific Investigation Committee Workgroup, which is defining the role of the Oral Appliance for the control of Obstructive Sleep Apnea, as well as, the Scientific Investigation Committee of the American Academy of Restorative Dentistry for Sleep Dentistry for Sleep Dentistry.  He has served on the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine board of directors, course development committee, public relations committee, chair for both the Introductory and Advanced Course of Dental Sleep Medicine, and vice-chair of the AADSM Annual Meeting in 2014.  He is a board member of the Ohio Sleep Society.  Metz is the founder and current chair for the Dental Interest Group of the American Thoracic Society.  As a member of the American Academy of Restorative Dentistry and International Academy of Gnathology he has pursued excellence in the field of Restorative Dentistry.  Dr. Metz is also a member of the American College of Dentists, American Dental Association, and served as president of the Muskingum Valley Dental Association.

Each year Dr Metz gives many graduate level, Continuing Education Courses and has been the Keynote speaker for many national meetings.  He concentrates his efforts mainly in the United States and People’s Republic of China.

Dr Metz’s current research with Oral Appliance Therapy for Obstructive Sleep Apnea, and Headache have lead to the completion of a 148 consecutive patient study, soon to be published through the Northwestern University School of Medicine.  The outcomes, using his techniques, have compared favorably to CPAP therapy for mild, moderate, and even severe OSA patients.  It has also produced and new method for the control of chronic headache.

 

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Dr. James Blank

James Blank, DDS

General Dentist

With a passion for delivering world-class dental care, Dr. James (Jim) Blank works diligently to remain on the leading edge of modern dentistry. He has completed advanced training in sleep medicine and TMJ therapy, dental implant surgery and restoration, prosthodontics, occlusion, cosmetic dentistry, dental materials, and dental technology.

Along with continuing to grow his knowledge far beyond the required hours, Dr Blank enjoys sharing with dental and medical professionals by teaching and lecturing to study clubs and groups throughout the United States. As a faculty dentist and lecturer for The Metz Center for Sleep Apnea, Dr. Blank shares his experience and insights on topics such as sleep medicine, TMD, and practice management. He has also has lectured to the prestigious American Academy of Restorative Dentistry made of a the world leading dental practitioners and researchers.

After receiving his undergraduate degree from Ohio Northern University, Dr. Blank earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery from The Ohio State University College of Dentistry in 2004. He is a small business owner of multiple career related companies and in 2016 received special recognition by the Dayton Business Journal as one of 40 top business leaders under the age of 40.

Dr. Blank is a cofounder of the Columbus Interdisciplinary Dental Study Club and a member of: American Thoracic Society, Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, American Dental Association, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Academy of General Dentistry, American Academy of Implant Dentistry, International Congress of Oral Implantologists, International Team for Implantology, and the Sfumato Study Club.


Dr. Thomas Wilcko

Thomas Wilcko, DMD

Periodontist

Dr. Thomas Wilcko has been in the private practice of periodontics for the past 25 years.  Dr. Wilcko received a BS in chemistry from Allegheny College, a DMD from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, and a certificate in periodontics from the Harvard University School of Dental Medicine.  Dr. Wilcko was awarded membership in the National Scholastic Honor Society, Omicron Kappa Upsilon, and also received the annual student award of the American Academy of Periodontology from the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Wilcko first became involved in research in the field of chemistry while in college. His previous research has been in the areas of acyl free radical stability, calculus formation, porcelain shrinkage, and arachidonic acid. He has publications in the fields of chemistry and prosthetics and has contributed in the basic research for different dental products that have been brought to the market.

Over four years of research has culminated in the development of a new procedure by which teeth can be moved approximately 4 times faster than ever before possible with conventional orthodontics. As a result, the treatment time for most orthodontic cases can be reduced to 3 to 8 months. This new patented method is a combination of time-tested and proven techniques from the fields of orthodontics and periodontics and is called the Accelerated Osteogenic Orthodontics™ (AOO ™ ) procedure.

With the new AOO ™ procedure, patients who would have declined conventional orthodontics strictly due to the length of treatment now have a viable alternative. This group of patients has tended to include adolescents who do not want to wear braces for 1 1/2 to 3 years while in high school and adults whose social or professional responsibilities would preclude their wearing braces for a long period of time. The AOO ™ procedure is feasible for most patients, regardless of age, as long as their permanent teeth are present.


Mickey Harrison

Mickey Harrison, D.D.S.

General Dentist

Dr. Mickey Harrison practices general and sleep dentistry in Central Ohio. He is a graduate of Northwestern University and The Ohio State University College of Dentistry. Dr. Harrison has received extensive training in dental sleep medicine through continuing education. He is especially interested in current sleep medicine topics within the literature, and has lectured on this subject for several years. He works extensively to survey and compile literature and research concerning Sleep Medicine, and disseminate this information for the betterment of dental sleep medicine practitioners. Dr. Harrison maintains membership in the American Thoracic Society, the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, and the Ohio Sleep Society. He is also a founding member of the Northeast Columbus Study Club.

Always taking a “whole person” approach to patient care, he found himself particularly attuned to the links between oral conditions and systemic pathologies. Several years ago, he heard Dr. Metz speak at a study club, and felt he would blend well with Dr. Metz’s mission to help TMJ and OSA patients. An ongoing dialogue was sparked, culminating in his joining The Metz Center in 2013.


Ronald Heiber
 

Ronald Heiber, DDS, MS

Orthodontist

Dr. Heiber has been improving his patients’ health and appearance for 40+ years through his practice of orthodontics. Dr. Heiber’s education began at Ohio State University in 1965 and continued at OSU to complete his Doctorate of Dental Surgery in 1971. Following a two year tour in the Army as a Captain in the Dental Corps, he returned to OSU for his Orthodontic Residency and received his Certificate in Orthodontics and a Master of Science in 1975. Dr. Heiber believes continuing education is the best way to stay current in the changing field of orthodontics and he often completes 40 to 100 hours of CE each year. In the ever changing field of Orthodontics it is Dr. Heiber’s goal to practice on the cutting edge of technological advancements.

Dr. Heiber is an active member of The Ohio Dental Association (Past Chairman, Member Services Council), the Ohio Peer Review Council, Opal Orthodontics Corporate Advisory Panel, the Hocking Valley Dental Society (Past President) and The Ohio State University Orthodontic Alumni Association (Past President).


Megan Miller
 

Megan Miller, DDS

Orthodontist

Dr. Miller is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, the American Dental Association, The Oregon Dental Association, The Ohio Dental Association, The Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists, The Oregon State Society of Orthodontists, The Great Lakes Association of Orthodontists, The Ohio Association of Orthodontists, and the Hocking Valley Dental Society.


 

Angie Rock

Business Manager
Course & Education Coordinator

Angie has been the hub of The Metz Center for the past 10 years. She has 18 years experience in the dental field, in consultancy, management, marketing, event planning and clinical work.


 

Steven Gable

Head Dental Assistant/Marketing

Steven has worn various hats at the Metz Center over the past 10 years, from the laboratory to assisting Dr. Metz with dental procedures and maintain our technical equipment.


 

Megan Bacome

RDH

Megan is a Registered Dental Hygienist who has provided over 12,000 prophylactic, periodontal and screening services in her ten years with The Metz Center. She speaks regularly to visiting staff in continuing education sessions.


 

Todd Bacome

Lab Manager

Todd trains staff and has maintained the schedule and fabricated over 3,000 oral appliances over his six year tenure.


 

Chris Takacs

Lab Technician

Chris not only makes custom appliances but also provides international training in oral appliance fabrication.


 

 

 

Jacob Erb 

Lab Technician

Jacob is an artist with a background in plastics fabrication. He joins the Metz Center largely as a result of our growth in external appliance orders.

     
1271 East Broad St., Columbus, OH 43205
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