Dr. Akkaway is passionate about the practice of orthodontics because of the satisfaction he gets from helping his patients. He believes a beautiful smile helps build character and self-esteem, and feels very fortunate to be able to provide these for his patients. He enjoys the relationships that he develops with his patients during treatment and loves watching their confidence grow as a result of their beautiful new smile.
Dr. Akkaway earned his dental degree from Columbia University College of Dental Medicine. Upon graduation from Columbia University, he was the Alpha Omega Award recipient for graduating first in his class. Dr. Akkaway was also honored by being inducted into Omicron Kappa Upsilon, the National Dental Honor Society. After graduation, Dr. Akkaway completed a General Dentistry Residency at Sepulveda VA Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. He then returned to New York to complete a three-year orthodontic residency at Saint Barnabas Hospital - affiliated with Weill Medical College of Cornell University.
Dr. Akkaway is well trained in all aspects of Orthodontics. He ensures that he is at the forefront of new orthodontic techniques with extensive continuing education. In addition, Dr. Akkaway has worked in several successful orthodontic practices, including several years at a prestigious orthodontic practice in Manhattan. Dr. Akkaway is an Invisalign "Elite Provider" which places him in the top 5% of all Invisalign providers worldwide.
Helping those in need is very important to Dr. Akkaway, which is why he is a Smiles Change Lives provider. Through this amazing organization, Dr. Akkaway donates his time to provide free orthodontic care to children from low-income families.
Dr. Akkaway is an active member of the American Dental Association, the New Jersey Dental Association, the Passaic County Dental Society, the American Association of Orthodontists, the World Federation of Orhodontists, the New Jersey Association of Orthodontists, and the Middle Atlantic Society of Orthodontists.
Dr. Akkaway grew up in New Jersey where he now resides with his wife Jennifer, daughter Sofia, and son Julian. His favorite activity is spending time with his family. He enjoys many outdoor activities including snowboarding, surfing, mountain biking, fishing, and running. Dr. Akkaway never shies away from a challenge, recently completing the NYC Marathon and the Tri-State “Tough Mudder” competition.