Dr. Sylvia Zannis
Restorative and Cosmetic Dentist
Dr. Sylvia’s journey began with “I want to help people get better,” an idea that grew from watching her grandfather be of service to others in his business and in life. Dentistry was the focus that attracted her, and she started her education: a BS in Human Biology from Michigan State University followed by a Doctor of Dental Science (DDS) degree from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. To further her knowledge and skills, she spent her next year at Boston University Henry Goldman School of Dentistry pursuing her Advanced Education in General Dentistry certificate. Dr. Sylvia settled into private practice in the Boston area and was soon noticed for her excellence, being selected by her peers as a Top Dentist in 2019.
Over the years and after treating many patients, a curiosity developed: why do some people have more disease than others? That question led Dr. Sylvia to explore the connection of mind/body/spirit and a journey with her patients in search of the root cause to their symptoms. She discovered the paradigm shift of integrating dentistry and medicine, seeing the mouth as a gateway and everything connected. “The blood that supplies every tooth is the same blood that travels to every other organ system in the body — there are no barriers. It is the same blood that absorbs everything we put in and on our bodies, the same blood that carries inflammation, the same blood that heals.”
With this philosophy and working with the other practitioners at The BioMed Center, every patient of Dr. Sylvia’s receives an individualized approach to treatment towards balancing optimal health and maintaining homeostasis with all the systems and processes of the body. It allows the dentistry she provides to be far more encompassing than the beauty seen on the surface.
Caring for her patients in this whole-body integrated way, she also believes that there’s more to dentistry than the dental chair. “Dentistry to me is the crossroad between skill and compassion, and the relationships with our patients are based on mutual respect and trust.” Dr. Sylvia creates that trust by being open and truthful, fully present and deeply listening, hearing stories from patients who have never had the opportunity to be heard. It all comes together to provide total healing support to the body/mind/spirit.
In support of her own life, Dr. Sylvia enjoys an eclectic range of interests, from sports (golf, tennis, skiing) to interior design to nutrition and more. Her family is big and Greek, and lives in Michigan with her two German Shepard dogs; they visit her often. She lives north of Boston on a little beach town peninsula with her boyfriend.