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Dr. Joyce Perih

Dr. Joyce Perih, a native of Scranton, earned her BS in Biology with honors from the University of Scranton. She then attended Case Western Reserve University, where she earned a rare double degree, a Doctorate in Dental Surgery and a Masters of Science in Oral Biology and Facial Growth. Doctor Perih was awarded the MS degree for her intense work on the growing mandible and temporomandibular joint complex. She also was an Associate Professor in the department of Oral Biology. Dr. Perih has presented her research nationally.

Dr. Perih next pursued her Orthodontic Certificate at the prestigious University Of Pennsylvania School Of Dental Medicine. Upon completion she then went on to become the Clinical Director and Assistant Professor in the department of Orthodontics. She also interned and joined the clinical staff at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia serving on the Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Deformities Team.

Dr. Perih was honored as one of the Top 25 Business Women in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Her office was voted five time “Happy Award Winner for Best Orthodontics” for Happenings Magazine. She was also honored nationally by having been chosen to be featured in Orthodontics Practice Magazine. Dr. Perih’s main objective is for her patients to leave their treatment feeling confident and looking fabulous with their own smile for a lifetime.

Dr Perih is married with five children and two wonderful grandchildren. She and her husband Dr. James Stefanelli live in the North Pocono Community. The Stefanelli family supports many numerous charitable community efforts especially the SIMONE STEFANELLI ENDOWMENT OF MAKE A WISH in memoriam of their deceased daughter Simone.

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Dr. Joseph G. Runco

Dr. Joseph Runco started his journey at Fordham University where he majored in business and minored in pre-dental studies. While at Fordham, he played Division One baseball and was inducted into the Fordham Sports Hall of Fame in 2021 and the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2023. He is listed as the all-time leader in hits and games played and second all-time in stolen bases!

Pursuing his passion for dentistry, he attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, where he graduated at the top of his class and earned his Doctorate Degree (DMD). He’s a member of the prestigious Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU), dental national honors society, which is reserved for the top 10% of practitioners in dentistry.

Dr. Runco attended the University of Colorado where he completed his residency in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics and earned his Master of Science in Dentistry (MSD). During this 3-year residency, Dr. Runco studied all aspects of orthodontics and received accolades for his work on chemical and physical properties of bond strength orthodontic braces.

Born and raised in Northeastern Pennsylvania, Dr. Runco and his wife Samantha reside in the North Pocono community with their adorable son, Joseph Theo. As a family man, you can trust that he will treat you like family with his warm, caring approach.

Dr. Perih is pleased to welcome Dr. Runco into her orthodontic practice as an associate who is trained to provide the best patient care to all of her PerihSmile patients!

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Community Involvement

Dr. Joyce Perih's charitable efforts involve raising money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation in memory of her daughter Simone. To date more than 35 wishes have been granted and over $1,300,000.00 has been raised.

Dr. Perih has co-chaired the dental division of the United Way for over the past ten years. She and her staff distribute dental supplies and educate children from elementary through middle school for both Orthodontic and Children's Dental Health Months.

Since 2002 the office offers an Annual Halloween Candy Buy Back for their patients and the local community. Children receive prizes for donating and the candy is repackaged and distributed to the Family to Family Thanksgiving Meal Program or the Armed Services.

The famous Perih Smile Senior Picture Annual Scholarship program has awarded more than 50 scholarships to deserving students over the past twenty five years.

Her office is the proud sponsor of numerous school and privately run sports teams as well as the arts.

For Doctor Perih serving her community is simply what she does.

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Contact us today to schedule your complimentary orthodontic consultation with Dr. Joyce Perih! Click the link below or text us at (570) 215-9606.