Dr. Patricia J. Panucci DMD, MS
Dr. Panucci thinks she was fated to be an orthodontist. Born the third of four daughters in 1975 in Pittsburgh, Penn., she demonstrated an unusual interest in teeth from a very early age. Her parents still talk about how the young Patti would enthusiastically brush her teeth several times a day. Even now, she has never had a cavity and does not have a single filling. Her parents encouraged her to pursue her dream of becoming an orthodontist and prepared her for the many years of schooling that were in her future.
After her family’s relocation to Louisville, KY, she completed her final two years of high school at Sacred Heart Academy (an all-girls Catholic high school). She entered Ball State University (in Muncie, Ind. – David Letterman’s college), where she was a member of the Division I field hockey team for two years and received a B.S. in biology.
Then, it was off to the University of Louisville School of Dentistry for four years, where she graduated with a DMD degree (May 2000) among the Top 10 in her class. Following that, she headed west to Los Angeles to complete her three-year residency at one of the top-ranked orthodontic programs in the country – the University of Southern California. Along with her certificate in orthodontics, Dr. Panucci earned a master’s degree in craniofacial biology. During those three years, she fell in love with Southern California beach life and decided that this was where her future lay.