Dr. Kristina Franek was raised in northern Virginia and studied in Washington, DC. She received her B.S. in Biology at American University and M.S. in Physiology & Biophysics at Georgetown University before earning her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at Howard University College of Dentistry in 2020. During dental school, Dr. Franek participated in many local outreach events, and even some far from home. Her favorite experiences were in Jamaica and the Seneca Nation Indian reservation in Irving, NY. Seeing the impact of dentistry in the communities led to her passion for providing care to the underserved.
Upon graduation, Dr. Franek completed a General Practice Residency at the UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside Dental Center in Pittsburgh, PA, where she enjoyed specialty rotations throughout the hospital system, in addition to working at the free dental clinic. Dr. Franek’s passion for public health brought her to The Centers. She is a member of the American Dental Association, Pennsylvania Dental Association, Ohio Dental Association and Greater Cleveland Dental Society. During her free time, Dr. Franek enjoys biking, paddle boarding, cross country skiing, playing the ukulele, board games, and CrossFit with her husband.