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Our Dentists

The foundation of our practice is our team of highly qualified dental specialists. If you’d like more information about our dental team, read our online biographies or reach out to our dental specialists by calling 443.733.6879. Our dental specialists are standing by to answer any questions about our dental services


Family and Cosmetic Dentist

Nina-Cecilia Santos DDS, MS

Cosmetic Dentist and Facial Aesthetics Specialist

Jordan Zaner DDS, FAGD, FICOI

Family, Implant, and Cosmetic Dentist

David Levine DDS

Family, Implant, and Cosmetic Dentist

Jeremie DeZwirek DDS

Family, Implant, and Cosmetic Dentist

Joshua Metzger DDS, MS

Periodontist and Implant Specialist

Daniel Maher, DDS, MS, MBA

Family and Cosmetic Dentist

Dr. Kai Weng

Dental Hero and Owner at Dental Designs of Maryland

Dr. Kai Weng DDS, FICOI is a Perry Hall resident of nearly 15 years, and a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Dentistry. After graduating, Dr. Weng worked several years in private practice while furthering his clinical education through renowned institutes including Spear Education, Live Implant Academy, International Congress of Oral Implantologists, AIC Implant Research, Aligntech, and more. Through these years Dr. Weng has gained a reputation for delivering high quality dentistry with a caring and compassion demeanor. With Dental Designs of Maryland, it is Dr. Weng’s hope that he can play a vital role in the community as a healthcare leader, serving to improve the lives of the greater Baltimore area through both dental care as well as community involvement.

Dr. Weng is licensed by the Dental Board of Maryland. He believes that Continuing Education is the key to improving both professional development and patient care, and regularly attends classes to stay up-to-date with the latest dental techniques and research. 

Dr. Nina-Cecilia Santos

Tooth Slayer and Partner and Dental Designs of Maryland

Dr. Nina-Cecilia Santos DDS, MS is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Dentistry and as a native of Perry Hall, is honored to be serving the community she calls home. Dr. Santos has had a lifelong passion for dentistry, having worked as a dental assistant after college for four years prior to attending dental school for her doctorate. As somebody who knows both sides of the profession and having deep roots in the Baltimore community, Dr. Santos is uniquely positioned to provide quality dental care with the highest level of compassion and a light touch that our patients love.

Dr. Santos offers a diverse range of dental services and specializes in cosmetic dentistry including porcelain veneers, porcelain crowns, laser gum treatments, and Invisalign orthodontic treatment. She also is trained in the diagnosis and treatment of orofacial pain and sleep apnea treatment. She actively pursues specialized education through Gordon Christensen, Dawson Academy, Aligntech, and more. It is her goal to provide cutting edge dental care and give each of her patients the beautiful smile of their dreams. 

Dr. Jordan Zaner

Molar Master at Dental Designs of Maryland

Dr. Zaner strives to provide dental care that is tailored to your individual case. His dental philosophy centers around a relationship-based approach to oral health, that is individualized to each patient’s unique needs and desires for their treatment. His goal is to develop important and lasting relationships with his patients over time that will allow for open communication, discussion, collaboration about the treatment plan, and the most comprehensive care possible.

He truly values the opportunity to get to know his patients, their families, and to learn and grow from their shared experiences. He is dedicated to providing innovative dental care to a diverse group of patients with a strong medical knowledge base, thoughtfulness, and humanism – and will do so with commitment, compassion, and professionalism.

Dr. Zaner was born and raised in Darnestown, Maryland and currently resides in North Potomac with his wife Katie, who is a local pediatrician, and his children Jason and Emily. When not at the office, Dr. Zaner enjoys spending time with his family, working out, SCUBA diving, challenging his friends and family to board games, reading science fiction, learning about cosmology and the science of the universe, and rooting for the Maryland Terrapins – Go Terps!


Dr. Zaner completed undergraduate training at the University of Maryland, College Park with a focus in Neurobiology and Physiology. He received his DDS at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry, where he did additional clinical training in Geriatrics and Special Patient Care. He then completed a dental fellowship in Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology and Geriatric Dentistry.

Since that time Dr. Zaner has been in private practice in Maryland. He is dedicated to life-long learning and professional development. He truly strives to keep up with the newest evidence-based dentistry. He has completed multiple post-graduate course continuums at the Pankey Institute and Pikos Institute, which are well-recognized dental and surgical training programs. Dr. Zaner is also an active member of the local chapter of the Pankey Learning Group, a study club dedicated to teaching the latest techniques in restorative, functional, and esthetic dentistry. Additionally, he was awarded fellowship by the International Congress of Oral Implantology in 2018, and fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry in 2020.

With his background in treating medically complex and compromised patients, Dr. Zaner incorporates a comprehensive approach to dentistry that includes expertise in restorative and esthetic dentistry, placement and restoration of implants, advanced grafting techniques, treatment of TMD and pain disorders, full mouth rehabilitation, and smile designs.

Dr. Zaner holds active memberships with the following organizations

  • Academy of General
  • Dentistry – Fellow
  • International Congress of Oral Implantologists – Fellow
  • The American Prosthodontic Society – Committee member
  • The Pankey Institute
  • The Pikos Institute

Dr. David Levine

Oracle of Occlusion at Dental Designs of Maryland"

Dr. Levine was born and raised in Cumberland, Maryland where he was no stranger to the dental field. His mother was a dentist which helped inspire him to pursue his own career in dentistry. In 2010, Dr. Levine obtained his undergraduate degree in Cell and Molecular Biology at Washington and Jefferson College with Cum Laude honors. He then completed two years of research at the National Institutes of Health after being a recipient of the intramural research training award. Dr. Levine then attended and graduated from the University of Maryland, School of Dentistry in 2016.

Dr. Levine is an active member of the community. He has participated in numerous Mission of Mercy events throughout Maryland. He also visits schools to educate elementary school students about the importance of oral hygiene. In his spare time, Dr. Levine enjoys spending time with his wife Danielle and puppy Camie. He is an avid Baltimore Ravens fan and will always be wearing his purple tie on Fridays.

Dr. Levine would say that he takes pride in providing a relaxing and stress-free dental visit for his patients while also administering high quality treatment. He understands that being in the dental chair can be a nerve-racking experience and approaches each patient with kindness and patience. 

Dr. Jeremie DeZwirek

The Decisive Incisor at Dental Designs of Maryland

Dr. Jeremie DeZwirek (Dr. Dez) received his Bachelor’s degree in molecular cell biology from the University of California, Berkeley.

Dr. Dez received his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry with honors. During dental school, he was selected into the advanced oral surgery and pediatric clinical programs. He was actively involved with local community outreach as well as dental mission trips to Guatemala, Philippines, and Mexico.

Dr. Dez went on to complete his advanced training through a general practice residency at the VA Hospital in San Diego, California. He has a strong interest in implants, interdisciplinary dentistry, and dental forensics. Dr. Dez ensures he provides the best care possible to patients by attending a variety of continuing education courses.

While in college, Dr. Dez was an NCAA All-American athlete and helped lead the Cal swim team to an NCAA Division I title in 2014. Dr. Dez went on to win the 2016 Canadian Olympic Trials in the 200-meter backstroke, missing Canada’s 2016 Olympic games qualifying time by just 0.09 seconds.

Outside of dentistry, Dr. Dez enjoys community outreach, travelling, and is a superfan of the reality show Survivor. He is fluent in French.

Organization Memberships and Certifications

  • Tau Kappa Omega Dental Honor Society
  • San Diego Dental Association
  • American Dental Association
  • California Dental Association
  • American Dental Education Association

Dr. Joshua Metzger

Implant Genius and Periodontist at Dental Designs of White Marsh

Dr. Joshua Metzger DDS, MS was born and raised in Pikesville, Maryland. He went to the University of Maryland at College Park, participated in the Scholars program and graduated Cum Laude in 2007 with a B.S. in Physiology/Neurobiology. He attended the University of Maryland School of Dentistry and through his experience as a dental student his interests in periodontology, implantology, and periodontal-prosthetics grew early and rapidly. Immediately following dental school he began a 3-year periodontics residency with combined Masters Program also at the University of Maryland. In addition to advanced clinical training, he also taught and conducted research at the university. His last focus was the completion of a 2-year part-time clinical fellowship in Implant Periodontal Prosthetics with aim to provide additional experience with the successful planning and completion of complex cases.

In his spare time he loves to play golf and enjoys other warm weather activities especially involving the beach and water. He is a passionate Ravens and Orioles fan as well and enjoys attending games at the stadiums year-round! 

Daniel Maher, DDS, MS, MBA

The Enamel Animal at Dental Designs of Maryland

Dr. Daniel Maher grew up in southern California and is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point where he studied Systems Engineering. While always intending to go into dentistry, he felt a duty to serve on the front lines alongside his peers during the Iraq War. He spent ten years as a US Army aviation officer, flying the UH-60 Blackhawk on missions all throughout Europe, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Hawaii. In between deployments Dr. Maher also attended the US Army Engineer School where he obtained a Masters degree in Environmental Engineering. When combat operations started to slow down, Dr. Maher deeply desired to continue serving society and knew it was time to chase his longtime dream of becoming a dentist.

Just prior to dental school, Dr. Maher completed his MBA (with distinguished honors) at Columbia Business School while waiting for his wife to complete her own medical residency training program in New York, NY. Dr. Maher then completed his Doctorate of Dental Surgery at University of Maryland, graduating Magna Cum Laude (with 19 honors, awards, and scholarships). While in dental school, Dr. Maher completed both the Oral Surgery Clerkship and the Oral Medicine Clerkship. Upon graduation, Dr. Maher completed his General Practice Residency at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Washington DC where he greatly expanded his skillset, especially in the areas of surgery, digital dentistry, and treating the most challenging medically compromised patients. To his great pleasure, Dr. Maher had the honor of taking care of war heroes from every generation, and even several of the soldiers he served with in Iraq
and Afghanistan.

Dr. Maher truly enjoys taking care of patients and helping them achieve a smile they can be proud of. He loves getting to know his patients and treating them as he would his own family. During his free time he spends every available moment chasing his kids around the house, as well as spending time traveling and cooking with his wife Jacqueline.