Meet Dr. Daniel Akkaway

Lifelong learner
in all things:

  • orthodontics

  • health and longevity

  • food as medicine

  • outdoor activities

  • fantasy football 


I am passionate about the practice of orthodontics because of the satisfaction I get from helping my patients. I believe that a beautiful smile helps build character and self-esteem, and feel very fortunate to be able to provide these for my patients. I enjoy the relationships that I develop with my patients during treatment and love watching their confidence grow as a result of their beautiful new smile.

I'm a New Jersey native, growing up in Parsippany and attending Rutgers College. After college I moved to San Diego, CA to enjoy the sun and surf. Dental school brought me back to the east coast where I settled down and started a family.  I'm the lucky dad to two beautiful children, Sofia and Julian, who are tired of me telling them to eat more veggies, brush their teeth more often, or get off the iPad.


  • Spending time with my family
  • Working out in my home gym
  • Listening to the latest biohacking podcast
  • Outdoor activities including snowboarding, surfing, mountain biking, and hiking
  • Physical challenges like the NYC Marathon and the Tri-State “Tough Mudder” competition

Fun Facts

  • I’m a self-proclaimed fantasy football expert and current league champion.
  • I love orthodontics but I would probably quit if the Pittsburgh Steelers offered me a job.
  • My favorite breakfast is Bulletproof coffee.
  • I never sleep past 6:30am.
  • My favorite nutrition advice is from Michael Pollan: “Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.”
  • I graduated first in my dental school class and top 1% on the national dental boards but I can’t figure out how to get my kids to eat anything that’s not white or brown.
  • I ran the NYC marathon and realized at mile 20 that I hate running.
  • I’m afraid of being judged for being a closet “metal head” (the Deftones rule!).
  • I’m an aspiring drummer, surfer, and mushroom farmer (just listen to Paul Stamets and you’ll be hooked too).

Educational Background

I earned my dental degree from Columbia University College of Dental Medicine. Upon graduation from Columbia University, I was the Alpha Omega Award recipient for graduating first in my class. I was also honored by being inducted into Omicron Kappa Upsilon, the National Dental Honor Society. After graduation, I completed a General Dentistry Residency at Sepulveda VA Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. I then returned to New York to complete a three-year orthodontic residency at Saint Barnabas Hospital, affiliated with Weill Medical College of Cornell University.

Since finishing my formal education, I’ve traveled around the country learning from all the leading innovators in orthodontics to keep the practice at the forefront of the latest technology for the best and most efficient care possible.

Accreditations, Memberships and Associations

Supporting the Community

Helping those in need is very important to me, which is why I am a Smiles Change Lives provider. Through this amazing organization, I donate my time to provide free orthodontic care to children from low-income families.


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