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Meet the Doctors

Dr. Raj Vij


Dr. Vij moved to the Akron area after completing his Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) at Loyola University Chicago School of Dentistry in 1991. He practiced as a general dentist for eight years before he made the decision to pursue his true passion of pediatric dentistry. He moved to Baltimore, Maryland where he completed a two year residency in pediatric dentistry at the University of Maryland in 2001. He then moved back to Akron what he calls “home” and opened “Dentistry 4 Kids”.

Dr. Vij is board certified by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and is a proud, active member of the:

  • American Dental Association
  • Ohio Dental Association
  • Akron Dental Society
  • American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

Dr. Vij has previously served as the director of the Summit County Children’s Dental Health program and is currently on staff at Akron Children’s Hospital where he currently serves as the dental director. He is certified in basic life support and has advanced training in pediatric advanced life support (PALS). In 2004, Dr. Vij had an article entitled, “Pulp Therapy in Primary Teeth” published in the Journal of Pediatric Dentistry.

Dr. Vij is extremely passionate about pediatric dentistry and the impact it has on children’s lives. This passion carries over into his relationships with his patients and their families. Each year Dr. Vij volunteers during the Children’s Dental Health month as well as the ‘Give Kids a Smile Day’ where free dental care is offered to children who cannot afford it.

Outside of his professional career, Dr. Vij enjoys playing tennis, watching the CAVS, doing yoga, listening to music and traveling with his wife and two children.

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Dr. Leonor Hernandez

Dr. Hernandez was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. She completed a fellowship in Pediatric Dentistry at “San Rafael Hospital” in Madrid, Spain. Dr. Hernandez obtained her D.D.S. degree after completing the advance standing program at Case Western Reserve University, followed by a two-year post-graduate residency program in Pediatric Dentistry at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital. During her residency, in addition to being involved with the Craniofacial team in the Department of Orthodontics, she was trained to work on the special needs of infants, children, and adolescents.

Dr. Hernandez is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Pediatric Dentistry Program at Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine.

She is also a member of the following organizations:

  • American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
  • Board Certified by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry
  • American Dental Association
  • Ohio Dental Association & Medina Dental Society

Finally, she enjoys spending time with her family and joining them for different activities such as tennis, yoga, skiing and especially traveling.

Dr. Emily Mellion

Dr. Emily Mellion grew up in southern Ohio. She completed her bachelor’s degree at the University of Dayton and went on to earn her Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) at Ohio State University. Immediately after dental school, she completed a one-year advanced education in dentistry residency at Southern Illinois University. After working as a general dentist for a year she realized her passion was in serving the pediatric and adolescent population.

Dr. Emily pursued her specialty field in a two-year residency in pediatric dentistry at Case Western Reserve University/Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, where she served as the Chief Resident. During her residency, she had advanced training in treating patients under sedation, helped families with children that have special medical and behavioral needs, and participated in outreach programs in northeast Ohio that provided dental treatment to the underserved.

Dr. Emily is a proud member of:

  • American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
  • American Dental Association
  • Ohio Dental Association
  • The Akron Dental Society

Dr. Emily is committed to giving back to others and enjoys volunteering in the community. She has provided dental care on three medical mission trips to Nicaragua and Honduras and plans to continue to participate on these trips throughout her career.

Outside of her professional career she enjoys traveling, cycling, running, and crafting. She also loves spending time with her husband, orthodontist Dr. Alex Mellion, in their home in Bath.