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Dentistry in Ithaca, NY

About Us

Great dental care is not just about your teeth; it’s about how you feel when you smile. At Advanced Dental Technology of Ithaca II PLLC, we take the time to get to know you and your goals for your dental health. From our preventive exams and cleanings to our advanced cosmetic dentistry and dental implant procedures, our patients enjoy the peace of mind that they’re in good hands.

Dr. Marcia Zax - Dentist

Dr. Marcia Zax - Dentist


Marcia Sydney Zax graduated with honors from New York University College of Dentistry in 1985. She continued her training as a resident at Strong Memorial Hospital-University of Rochester Medical Center (1985-86). In addition to her clinical training, Dr. Zax has worked in various areas of dental research, including epidemiology of dental caries (83-85 laboratory of Dr. Racquel LeGeros New York University College of Dentistry), factors influencing root caries (85-86 Eastman Dental Center, laboratory of Dr. John Featherstone), and finally obtained her PhD at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her Ph.D. thesis is entitled, “Fluoride, Magnesium and Carbonate and Crystallographic Studies of Developing Human Fetal Enamel.”

Dr. Zax also obtained an NIH grant for post-doctoral studies in bone research and development which she carried out in the anatomy department at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, in the laboratory Professor Cornelia Farnum (91-92). Dr. Zax achieved Advanced Proficiency in the use of Nd: YAG and Er: YAG lasers from the Academy of Laser Dentistry in 2002. Dr. Zax has been practicing dentistry full time in Ithaca since 1993.

Personal Background:

Dr. Zax is married to Dr. David Zax, a professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Cornell University. They have three children and have resided in Ithaca since 1990.

Professional Memberships and Organizations:

American Dental Association
New York State Dental Society
Sixth District Dental Society
Tompkins County Dental Society (past president)
Ithaca Area United Jewish Community, Chair

Our Staff

Deborah Lewis - Hygenist Ithaca, NY

Deborah Lewis - Hygienist

Deborah received her dental hygiene training at Broome Community College and has been a member of our team since 2003. She is a long-time resident of Newark Valley and is married to Steve. They have three children and lots of cats.

In addition to cleaning teeth and treating gum disease, Deborah reviews health histories, performs soft tissue examinations and oral cancer screenings, takes x-rays, gives fluoride treatments, applies sealants, makes recommendations regarding home care, and helps the doctor during the dental examination.


Kim McLachlan - Certified Dental Assistant

Kim is a Lansing native and lives with her husband, Mel, and dog, Yukon. Kim has worked in the field of dentistry for over 20 years. Kim’s passion is making sure that our patients are comfortable during their treatment. While the doctor is concentrating first on the dental treatment, Kim is surveying the scene for any sign or body language that the patient might need additional anesthesia, a cozy blanket to keep warm, or a neck pillow.

Kim is also knowledgeable about all manner of dental treatment and can answer many questions that our patients may have. Kim is also cross-trained in reception duties.


Nicola Donohoe - Office Manager & Treatment Coordinator

Nicola was born in England but moved to Elmira with her family as a teenager. Nicola has one son, Kyle.

Nicola has worked in the field of dentistry for over 15 years. While she is also cross-trained in dental assisting, Nicola’s primary work involves ensuring that the office runs smoothly, from scheduling patient appointments and recare visit to helping patients in filing for dental insurance and FLEX reimbursement for their dental care. Nicola may also assist our patients by diligently processing insurance claims and appeals so that patients receive the full benefits of their policies

Nicola is also our fix-it person. As she says, she’ll never tell me where the tool kit is – that’s her job security!

Advanced Dental Technology of Ithaca II PLLC

For more information about our dental services or to schedule an appointment, please contact us at 607-273-5940. We look forward to being your smile team!