Meet the Doctors – Adiska Family Dental

Dr. Gary Adiska

I started my career in engineering and management, where I worked for several years before deciding to enter the dental field. A few of my close friends were always commenting on how much they loved their careers in dentistry, encouraging me to make the switch. As it turns out, dentistry was a perfect fit. I have been known to be quite a talker and enjoy making connections with my patients, while improving their oral health. I am very excited about the latest technological advances in dentistry and continue to make sure the practice is always offering the latest and greatest in modern dentistry. I have been very active in the communities we serve, including coaching, teaching Sunday School, organizing a junior golf league, and helping young people in general. I am very lucky to be able to work with my daughter Dr. Heather, my best friend Dr. Mark, and some of the best team members a person could ask for. We have a lot of fun working together and I hope that feeling is infectious to those that enter our office.

I pursued my career at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. I graduated in 1986 and started the dental practice in downtown Stockbridge, later expanding the practice to Pinckney in 2009, Manchester in 2014, and Owosso in 2015. I am a current member of the American Dental Association, the Michigan Dental Association, and pursue many hours of continuing education.

In my spare time, I enjoy outdoor activities including hunting, fishing and boating.

Dr. Heather M. Adiska

I enrolled into dental school after truly seeing just how much my father loved his career and the people he served. I thought, if I could even have half as much enjoyment from my career that he does, I would still be doing quite well. After years of working side-by-side with each other, we often joke about who has the better job–we both LOVE it! I was born and raised in the Stockbridge area and continue to call it home with my daughter, Elliya. I am very excited about the many advances in dentistry and pride myself on trying to conquer dental fear in patients of all ages. I strongly believe that everyone deserves a winning smile, whether you are 1 or 100 years old. I have a special interest in cosmetic dentistry as well as working with children.

I attended Northern Michigan University from 1997 to 2001, majoring in Physiology under the pre-dental program. From there, I attended the University of Michigan School of Dentistry in Ann Arbor, Michigan. After graduating in May 2005, I have been a full time practitioner at Adiska Family Dental and a member of the American Dental Association and the Michigan Dental Association.

In my spare time, I enjoy walks through the woods, golfing and spending time with my family.

Dr. Mark Potocki

As a child, I loved to work with my hands building things. I built go-karts, mini bikes, bicycles, anything I could get my hands on. My interests in school were always in the sciences and when I graduated from the University of Michigan, I had planned on going to medical school (thinking this was a great way to blend the two). The problem was, I didn’t initially get accepted and when I was deciding how to move forward, I became a teacher. During my short time as a teacher, I had a good friend who was in dental school and he encouraged me to apply. I was accepted and have been very thankful for the way such fateful events in my life brought me to this wonderful profession. After dental school, I joined the Air Force, later practicing in Perry, MI for over 20 years before joining Adiska Family Dental in 2010. My wife, Lila and I have three children. My two sons, Jon and Brian, are also dentists and commisioned officers in the Army and Air Force. Someday I hope to practice with them. My main interests in dentistry include implant placement, root canal treatment, difficult restorative cases and surgical extractions of wisdom teeth. I love knowing that these procedures can greatly improve a person’s quality of life and that I had a hand in that.

I am a member of the American Dental Association, the Michigan Dental Association, and the Academy of General Dentistry.

When I am not in the dental office, I enjoy playing ice hockey, running, fishing and just being active.

Dr. Amy Akasheh

I was born and raised in Macomb, MI and come from a large family. I had an interest in dentistry after being a patient in my sister’s chair. In 2013, I attended the University of Detroit Mercy for my undergraduate studies in biology. In 2020, I graduated with my Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry (Go Blue!). I strive to stay up to date on the latest dental literature and am always excited to learn more about the newest technologies. I am affiliated with the American Dental Association, Michigan Dental Association, and Academy of General Dentistry. When I’m not at the office, I enjoy hiking, golfing, and tennis. I got my eye for detail from being a cake artist, and I feel like a lot of my skills from decorating cross over into dentistry.

Dr. Kayla Myers

For as long as I can remember I have always wanted to be a dentist. My grandmother told me when I was little that in order to be the tooth-fairy, you had to be a dentist first. I am still hoping that works out, but thankfully, I have been overwhelmingly grateful for this career path. I grew up in the small thumb town of Lexington, MI, and after graduating from The University of Michigan with my DDS degree, I knew I wanted to return to a small town to provide care. I am passionate about not only the art of dentistry but providing a public service to the community. In the office, I provide comprehensive and cosmetic care to all ages and have often been recognized for relieving dental anxieties. At home, I enjoy cooking, baking, and spending time with my husband and two huskies. My team and I appreciate your confidence in us, and we truly look forward to meeting you!

Dr. Maxine Danso

I grew up in Midland, MI. Prior to becoming a dentist, I worked in cosmetics because I have always enjoyed helping people feel better about themselves. I love that dentistry allows me to help people with their confidence in addition to improving their overall health. I am passionate about patient education and working with patients of diverse backgrounds. I have worked with patients from rural Michigan to Ghana in West Africa.

I am a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. I am a member of the American Dental Association and the Michigan Dental Association.

In my spare time, I enjoy traveling, crafts, working out, and spending time with my family. I’m excited to help you on your journey to having a great smile!

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