Maria L. Meliton, DMD, FAAPD
Board Certified Pediatric Dentist
Dr. Meliton was born in Manila, Philippines and was raised in the suburbs of Pittsburgh. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. During her undergraduate studies, Dr. Meliton worked very closely with the Department of Psychology specifically with studies of social development in children under the tutelage of Dr. Celia Brownell. It was during this time that she knew that eventually her career would involve working with children.
Dr. Meliton received her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. She went on to complete her Pediatric Dentistry training at the Eastman Dental Center, which is affiliated with the University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry. Upon successful completion of her residency training, Dr. Meliton became an associate in a general dental practice owned by Dr. George Stuppy in Christiana, PA. Dr. Stuppy outfitted the lower level of his building to accommodate the pediatric population of his bustling practice. It was a great opportunity for Dr. Meliton to get acquainted and acclimated to living in Lancaster County and to see if she wanted to stay in the area. After four years, Dr. Meliton considered Lancaster County home and purchased the pediatric portion of the dental practice from Dr. Stuppy.
The pediatric dental practice has now grown by leaps and bounds. In 2000, a new and larger office location was constructed in Gap, PA. With the growth of the western part of the county, Dr. Meliton knew that eventually a second office would be necessary. A lot of the patients who were seen in the Gap office lived in the East Hempfield and Manheim Township areas of Lancaster. Dr. Meliton knew that a second location that would be geographically desirable to those patients would make things more convenient for them. Plans for the second office location began in 2005. Dr. Meliton worked with an award-winning architectural firm for this project. Andreas Charalambous of Forma Design designed a very modern and unexpected space for the newly named â€œM2â€ office. The practice name â€œM2â€ is derived from Dr. Melitonâ€™s initials and signifies that itâ€™s office #2. Dr. Meliton wanted this space to surprise and thrill her patients and to make it unlike any other dental office for children. Filled with glass walls, concrete countertops, flat screen LCD televisions and the most up-to-date video games, the office opened in February of 2006. Dr. Meliton and her team divide their time between the two locations and look forward to many years of serving the dental needs of children and teens of Lancaster County.
Dr. Meliton resides in Lititz with Dr. Patalowski and their Coton de Tulear and love of their life, Dolce. Dr. Meliton enjoys cooking and decorating and will often be found with another design project to tackle. She also looks forward to vacationing several times a year in her home away from home, Naples, Florida.
Psi Omega Scholastic Achievement Award
Psi Omega Fraternal Achievement Award
Professional Affiliations & Distinctions:
Diplomate, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry
Fellow, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
Active staff, Lancaster General Hospital
Courtesy staff, Lancaster Regional Medical Center
Courtesy staff, Surgery Center of Lancaster
Pediatric Advanced Life Support
Basic Cardiac Life Support