Center for Dentistry
3333 S Pennsylvania Ave
Lansing, MI 48910
The brief descriptions below are designed to familiarize you with our staff's training, professional credentials and work experience.
All our professionals at Greater Lansing Center for Dentistry maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay current with the latest trends in dentistry. We are all committed to helping you maintain your optimal oral health.
Dr. Kristina Kelly Palmer
Dr. Kristina Palmer grew up in Williamston, MI the youngest in a family of nine children. She attended Michigan State University and after graduating with a bachelor's degree in Nutritional Sciences, she moved to Milwaukee, WI to attend dental school at Marquette University.
Dr. Palmer graduated and received her DDS in May 2005; she is excited to be practicing dentistry back home in Mid-Michigan, near her large, close-knit family. In addition to improving her patient's oral health and creating for them beautiful smiles, she finds that one of the most fun and rewarding aspects of her job is developing lasting relationships
with her patients.
While in Milwaukee, Dr. Palmer met her husband, John, whom she married in Williamston, in June 2006. When she is not busy improving her patients' smiles, Dr. Palmer enjoys gardening, and cooking for friends and family. An avid MSU sports fan, with green blood coursing through her veins, she attends many Spartan football and basketball games. Dr. Palmer is also an avid runner and runs many local races helping to raise money for charities. She ran a marathon in Dublin, Ireland, raising money for leukemia and lymphoma research, through the Team-In-Training program.
Being active in the community is also important for Dr. Palmer. She volunteers for Smile Day and other activities for National Children's Dental Health month. She also recently supported CareFree Medical and Dental Clinic by being a donor and "Celebrity Dancer" for their first annual "Dancing with the Local Stars" fundraising gala. They were able to raise over $60,000 to help provide care to the underinsured in our area. Dr. Palmer was honored to be asked to take part in such a wonderful event.
Dr. Palmer has also spent time in Kingston, Jamaica on a dental mission trip. She volunteered for two weeks in the inner city of Kingston delivering dental care to those in need. She looks forward to participating in other dental mission trips, both here in our country and abroad, throughout her career.
Dr. Palmer is dedicated to staying current with the latest in dental technology by pursuing continuing education throughout the country. She has recently completed the 2-Year Executive Program: Building the Ideal Practice, at the Scottsdale Center for Dentistry, where she trained with some of the most sought-after dental educators in the country. Dr Palmer has also begun studying with Dr. Peter Dawson, at the Dawson Center for the Advancement of Dentistry in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Dr. Palmer is currently a member of the American Dental Association, the Michigan Dental Association, Central District Dental Society, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, and the Academy of General Dentistry.
Richard Jankowski, D.D.S.
Dr. Richard Jankowski was born in South Bend, Indiana and moved as a young boy to Stevensville, Mi. He attended the undergraduate School of Engineering and then Dental School at the University of Michigan. Dr "J" continued to be involved by serving the U of M School of Dentistry as a member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors. He is an avid Michigan football and basketball fan and attends home games and many away games. Many think he bleeds "Blue".
After Dental School, Dr "J" moved to Lansing and has been practicing here for over 25 years. Since early in his career, he has volunteered his time and expertise to his profession. Dr Jankowski has served as Editor, Secretary, Treasurer, and President of the Central District Dental Society. He was then elected by his peers to serve as a Trustee to the Michigan Dental Association from 1989 to 1999. During that time, he served as Treasurer and then President of the Michigan Dental Association. This honor has only been bestowed on a few Michigan Dentists over the history of Dentistry in Michigan. Additionally, he has been a Board Member of the Michigan Dental Association Insurance and Financial Group since 1990 and served as Chairman of the Board from 2002 to 2008. He was appointed to the American Dental Association Council on Dental Practice in 2002 and served for four years.
Dr. Jankowski has also been a Delegate or Alternate Delegate to the American Dental Association House of Delegates since 1988. In 1994-1996 he served as an Advisor to the 50th Anniversary Fluoride Commemorative Committee. Dr "J" feels that it is so important to give back to his profession and to help move the profession towards excellence.
Based on his professional dedication and leadership, Dr "J" has been awarded many prestigious honors and awards. He was inducted as a Fellow into the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists, and the Pierre Fauchard Academy. He has been a published co-author in the Journal of the American Dental Association. In 1998, Governor Engler bestowed the Special Tribute Award to Dr. Jankowski for his years of service to his profession.
Dr. Jankowski enjoys developing life long friendships and relationships with his patients and being able to provide them with optimal dental health care. He believes that everyone has the right to know and choose the type of dental treatment available for them. It is his goal to provide the most "State of the Art" dental care. With his background as an engineering student, Dr "J" loves to practice with some of the most technological advanced equipment like the "digitally generated crown" computer (CEREC). During his career he has participated in over a thousand hours of continuing dental education and feels that it is the only way to keep current with all the changes in dentistry.
In addition to all his professional accomplishments, Dr "J" has also served his community by being a past member of Rotary and taught at Lansing Community College. He coached community youth baseball and basketball for many years in Okemos with his children's teams.
Dr. Jankowski lives in Okemos and is married to Jan, They have 4 children, 2 boys and 2 girls. In his leisure time, he enjoys being a dad and supporting activities and sports in which his children participate. Additionally, he enjoys golfing, traveling, watching sports, and relaxing with friends.