Dr. Thanasas was raised in Riverview, Michigan. He completed his undergraduate and pre-dentistry studies at the University of Michigan, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology in 1989. He continued his education at the University of Michigan – School of Dentistry where he obtained his D.D.S. degree in 1993. Upon graduation from the University of Michigan, he pursued his professional education at the University of Pennsylvania-School of Dental Medicine in Philadelphia. He received a Specialty Certificate in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics in 1995 and a M.S. degree in Oral Biology in 1996. While at PENN, he was a Clinical Orthodontic Instructor in both the Dental and Graduate Orthodontic departments.
Dr. Thanasas’ research interests included the transverse patterns of growth in human prenates, the effects of different surgical techniques on the craniofacial growth of cleft patients and the investigation of surgically assisted rapid maxillary expansion in adults. His master’s thesis included the evaluation of transverse jaw relationships in Caucasian and African-American adults.
Dr. Thanasas had his own private practice before joining the group practice in 2004 and becoming a partner in 2006. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics and is a member of numerous organizations, which include the American Association of Orthodontists, Michigan Association of Orthodontists, Great Lakes Association of Orthodontists, Greek Orthodontic Society, American Dental Association, Michigan Dental Association and the Detroit District Dental Society.