Arnold I Weiss, DDS, MScD, FACD
Ever since I can remember, it has been my purpose to be involved in teaching and being a role model for children. Children who feel good about themselves smile more, enjoy life, are generally optimistic, and have more success! My three goals when treating children are to have a great experience, develop an ongoing relationship with them, and provide the best clinical dental care for each child I treat. It is a wonderful feeling to see children grow up over the years into fine young adults.
I grew up in New Jersey and graduated from Yeshiva University. My time at college guided me into the healthcare field. I received my dental degree at New York University College of Dentistry, and my post doctoral degree and Masters in Pediatric Dentistry from Boston University School of Dental Medicine.
I love teaching which led me to obtain a position as an Assistant Clinical Professor in Pediatric Dentistry at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. I hold staff positions at Tufts NEMC, Franciscan Children's Hospital, Harvard University, as well as, the Senior Pediatric Dentist at The Massachusetts General Hospital. I am involved in mentoring programs with Boston University School of Medicine, Tufts University, and New England College of Optometry. These opportunities enable me to guide students in building career and life choices. It is extremely gratifying.
Personally, I have a son and a daughter who are exceptional young adults. Yaakov Jeffrey is a Chaplain and teacher in Omaha, Nebraska, and Amy is an artist in Boston. Four beautiful, smart… grandchildren. I am an avid skier, love to travel, pretend I am an Iron Chef, and am active in mentoring young professionals in achieving their potentials.
I am active in the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and a member of the Council on Clinical Affairs, where it is my privilege to help create Policies and Guidelines for the clinical practice of pediatric dentistry. I also volunteer and lecture nationally and internationally to physicians and dentists about the care of young children and their dental health.
I look forward to caring for each new patient and supporting every parent into their children’s future!
Wesley Barton, DMD
Diplomate, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry
The best way to protect a child's smile for life is ensuring he or she has a good experience at the dentist starting at the earliest possible age. By making each visit playful, educational, and trust building, I strive to form a lifelong connection with patients and parents alike.
I grew up in Scarsdale, NY, and went on to complete my undergraduate education at Emory University in Atlanta, GA, with a Bachelor of Arts in Education and a Bachelor of Science in Biology. I received my DMD degree from The University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in 2007, where I graduated in the top three percent of my class. I joined The Center for Pediatric Dental Care and Orthodontics in 2009 after completing a pediatric residency at the University of Rochester Eastman Dental Center.
As a person who believes that education is a lifelong journey, I completed examinations to become board certified in pediatric dentistry in 2011, and completed a two year orthodontic program with Progressive Orthodontics in 2013. Being a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Dental Association, I am always learning about the newest advances in pediatric dentistry, so that my patients can receive the most up to date treatment.
In my limited spare time, I enjoy spending time with my wife and our daughter Mila, traveling, and trying new restaurants. I look forward to meeting new families and am always available to answer your dental questions.
Danya Mermelstein, DMD
Becoming a pediatric dentist has fulfilled a lifelong dream for me. Combining my expertise in dental health care and social interaction with children may perhaps be the ultimate job! I love the challenge of treating children’s dental needs while developing a bond of trust, confidence, and friendship with them.I grew up in New Rochelle, New York, and received my undergraduate degree from Yeshiva University. I received my DMD from Rutgers University School of Dental Medicine and also completed a year of Advanced General Dentistry training at Lutheran Medical Center in New York City. I completed my pediatric specialty residency at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine.I am excited to be a part of The Center for Pediatric Dental Care and Orthodontics with its unique practice philosophy and outstanding team.
Ronen Krausz, DDS
Diplomate, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry
Working at The Center for Pediatric Dental Care and Orthodontics allows me to be a positive influence in one of the most exciting, evolving, and challenging phases of a young person’s life. Interacting with the kids keeps me up to date, involved, and on my toes every day. I feel incredibly lucky to be able to say I enjoy my job, take great pride in my work, and feel very gratified with my contribution to society.
Every job I have had from high school to the present day has involved working with children. As an after-school and summer-camp counselor, I had the opportunity to mentor, guide, and support children in a social environment, helping them develop interpersonal skills, self confidence, and a sense of responsibility for one’s own actions. I always found great satisfaction in guiding children onto a path of mutual respect, honesty, and self responsibility. As a pediatric dentist I have the ability to shape my patients’ attitudes about dental care and oral health for the rest of their lives through positive experiences they have in our office.
Earning my postgraduate degree at Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine brought me to New England after attaining my dental degree from the University of Southern California School of Dentistry. I am a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry
The Center for Pediatric Dental Care and Orthodontics for me is like a home away from home, and the staff there is like my extended family.
Roger Taylor, DMD
One of the greatest pleasures is being able to improve a patient's self esteem. Being an orthodontist not only allows me the opportunity to straighten teeth and correct bites, but it also allows me to improve a patient's sense of self. I knew from a young age that I wanted to pursue a career in healthcare. Never did I realize how rewarding orthodontics would be.
I am an identical twin and grew up in Miami, the youngest of three boys. I attended the University of Florida, and continued my studies at their College of Dentistry. While in Dental School, I served as President of my class and represented the University at the International Association for Dental Research to present my findings in orthodontic research. I then attended Boston University where I received my Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Orthodontics in 1993. After graduating from my orthodontic residency, I returned to Florida and opened an orthodontic practice with my twin brother (yes, he's also an orthodontist) in Boca Raton. I practiced in South Florida for 17 years and treated both children and adults.
Missing the change in seasons and all the wonderful things that New England has to offer, I decided to relocate back to Boston where I was fortunate enough to join The Center for Pediatric Dental Care and Orthodontics. In my spare time, I enjoy hiking, skiing, traveling, and exercising.
Our team is friendly and caring. It is everyone's goal to make our patients and their parents relaxed and comfortable, while also having fun. You will immediately feel your family is in good hands. We invite you to sit back, relax, and observe how we "Develop Positive Attitudes for Healthy Smiles" for your child.
Kathy Pauze, Office Administrator
Growing up in Connecticut and relocating to Massachusetts, I started my career in Banking. A short while later, it was my privilege to find a position with Dr. Weiss as his dental assistant. In the late 80’s I transitioned from the clinical to the business side of dentistry, combining my passions for healthcare and business. May 2012 began my 30th year at The Center for Pediatric Dental Care and Orthodontics. I am proud of our practice commitments to teach and mentor. I lecture at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, The Massachusetts Dental Society, and other groups. I’m proud to say that every day our doctors and staff are truly amazing with children and parents. I am glad to be part of making this happen every day. In my free time I like to read, travel, and hike, especially in the Southwest US. My favorite locations are Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park, Havasu Falls, and THE Grand Canyon.
Nicole Chouangpraseuth, Administrative Coordinator
I have been with The Center for Pediatric Dental Care and Orthodontics since June 2003 and gained great experiences by working with some great people. Here at The Center for Pediatric Dental Care and Orthodontics, we believe in creating relationships that exceed expectations with both our patients and parents. I strongly believe developing a great rapport, not only with coworkers, but also with our patients and parents, will drive a practice to the distance. Being the Administrative Coordinator, I have the opportunity to work closely with the Administrative team, where each one is wonderful and kind, in their unique way. Outside of work, I enjoy traveling, painting, reading, and being with friends and family.
Bernadette Hines, Scheduling Coordinator
There is nothing better than starting my day with a smiling child. I find joy in their innocence as they walk into our office with excitement and uncertainty, and Ron and I are able to engage and welcome them. Being a working Mom of three teenagers, I understand the challenges that most parents who come into our office face everyday. When I'm not working, I love spending time with my children Nicholas, Marissa, and Alexia. I can't forget my dog Bella and cat Gabi.
Chris Li, Insurance Coordinator
I came to the United States from China in 2007. In 2011, I started my career in dentistry after finishing my finance studies in Boston, MA. I was excited to join The Center for Pediatric Dental Care and Orthodontics in September 2013.The office has an amazing staff that is dedicated to superior pediatric dental care. It is always delightful to see children coming in with smiles and then leaving with treasures in their hands and even bigger smiles on their faces.
Shannon Bakelman, Scheduling Coordinator
I moved to Boston in August 2015 from Providence, Rhode Island. Coming from the smallest state, it was exciting to start a new journey in a bigger place with new people. I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to join the wonderful staff at The Center for Pediatric Dental Care and Orthodontics. I love seeing the genuine happiness in the children's faces as they walk through the door everyday.
Jade Best, Scheduling Coordinator
I was born and raised in Cambridge, MA. I previously worked in a massage clinic and joined The Center for Pediatric Dental Care in 2015. It amazes me how happy all of the children are who come to our office. If only my parents brought me here as child! It's truly such a positive experience the second you walk in the door! I'm happy to be apart of it all. In my spare time, I love to spend time with my family, friends and my cat, Cash.
Angie Pugliano, Registered Dental Hygienist
Helping kids have positive dental experiences is something I’m proud to have done for almost 30 years! It’s been a joy watching so many children grow up from age two through college. Over the years, I feel I’ve contributed to their health, and I have grown as a hygienist, as a person, and as a Mom. I have two teenage daughters and can relate to the families in the practice sharing my life experience with them. One daughter is a junior at Curry College in the nursing program, and my other daughter is beginning her college search as a high school senior. Dental hygiene has been a great profession for me as a Mom, and now that my children are older, I’m working on taking care of myself. I enjoy traveling, running (okay slow jogging) and yoga.
Hanna Cho, Orthodontic Treatment Coordinator/ Registered Dental Hygienist
As a dental hygienist and an orthodontic treatment coordinator, I see children in our practice grow confidently with their smile. I understand the importance of involving both children and their parents in creating a dental home, and I am always looking to create a positive dental experience. I enjoy being the liaison between our new families and Dr. Taylor. I was born and raised in a small suburb outside of Seattle, Washington, and attended Seattle University. After college, I moved to Boston and received my hygiene degree with honors at Forsyth Dental Hygiene. I've had the privilege of meeting some amazing families since joining this office in 2007. In my spare time, I enjoy watching football(Go Seahawks!) and traveling with my husband and daughter.
Sara Bacon, Registered Dental Hygienist
The most rewarding part of working in pediatric dentistry is knowing that I have the ability to introduce oral health to children in a positive light, starting from their very first visit. This is something I wished I had experienced as a child. I grew up in a small town in southern Vermont where my family still resides. I moved to Boston in 2005 to attend college. I graduated with honors from Mount Ida College with my degree in dental hygiene. I started working at The Center for Pediatric Dental Care and Orthodontics in October 2007. I love being a part of this team of caring dental professionals who strive to make every dental experience a positive one. When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, taking Zumba and Kickboxing classes, and traveling.
Cathryn Lubinski, Registered Dental Hygienist
I enjoy working with children because it enables me to teach good dental habits at an early age that will last a lifetime. I’ve been working at this office since 2006, first as a dental assistant while at Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene, and now as a hygienist. I love to travel, and enjoy outdoor activities. Originally from the Midwest, I’ve come to love Boston and call it my home.
Lisa Hintlian, Registered Dental Hygienist
By helping children create good dental habits that lead to a healthy smile, I believe I can help build their confidence. The friendly, motivating staff at The Center for Pediatric Dental Care and Orthodontics all help in doing what is best for each patient. I obtained my Bachelor's degree from Saint Anselm College and then obtained my dental hygiene degree with honors at Middlesex Community College. Outside of the office, I enjoy spending time with my husband, family and friends, staying active, and having my daily scoop of ice cream.
Jessie Leavitt, Registered Dental Hygienist
I have been passionate about teeth and dental care since I was a little kid going to see the dentist, so it means a lot to me to have the opportunity to work with children and their parents to help them on their way to a lifetime of great dental health. I am originally from Burlington, Vermont and earned my dental hygiene degree from Vermont Technical College. As a New Englander, Boston has always been near and dear to me. I am so excited to be living here and working with children every day at The Center for Pediatric Dental Care and Orthodontics. Away from the office, I love spending time with my husband, friends and family, shopping, watching Boston sports (Go Sox!), traveling, and just being active.
Clinical Assisting Team
Maria Rodriguez, Dental Assistant
It amazes me how a positive first dental experience can shape a child’s dental future. I truly enjoy working in our office. We have a great team filled with fun and professional individuals. Working in a pediatric practice gives us the opportunity to meet children at a young age and establish good habits. I love to work with kids, and that is the main reason I chose a pediatric office. I started working as a dental assistant about eight years ago, and I came to The Center for Pediatric Dental Care and Orthodontics in July 2010. I mostly work with Dr Weiss, but I rotate when needed. I have the pleasure of having two beautiful twin girls who are my life. I love spending time with my friends and family.
Berto Castro, Orthodontic/Dental Assistant
I may seem very familiar as I used to work with the pediatric dentist in our practice. In the summer of 2015, I decided to expand my skill set by joining our orthodontist Dr. Taylor. I take great pride in promoting beautiful and healthy smiles. I was born and raised in a neighborhood just outside of Brookline called Mission Hill. I love my neighborhood and couldn't imagine living anywhere else. In my spare time I love watching and playing sports, and spending time with my big family.
Tammy O'Hare, Certified Dental Assistant
I love pediatric dentistry. I love having the chance to make a difference in a child's life because every child deserves a beautiful smile. I grew up in Conyers, GA. I joined the US Navy in 1994 and opened my world to dentistry. I have been a pediatric dental assistant for over 9 years, specializing with special needs children and adults. I am happily married to my husband Chris for over 16 years and we have two amazing kids Gavin 15 and Fallon 13. We also have a fuzzy baby our 4lb Chihuahua, Pedey, named after Dustin Pedroia of the Boston Red Sox.
Chau Pham, Sterilization Tech/Dental Assistant
I joined The Center for Pediatric Dental Care and Orthodontics in 2011, and what I enjoy most about working here is how exciting every day is. I really enjoy working with the team. The warm faces of the children make this a very special place. They bring a smile to everybody’s face, and this makes the office feel like one big community. I am proud to know that we can make the dental office fun! When I have free time, I love to spend time with my family and my lovely nephew. I like reading, traveling, and cooking “Asian” food.
Liz Bourgeois, Orthodontic/Certified Dental Assistant
After graduating from dental assisting school, I am so blessed to have a career that allows me to give back. It is incredibly rewarding to be part of such a wonderful and fun team that creates beautiful healthy smiles. It is amazing to be able to make connections with children and their families on a daily basis. I grew up right outside of Boston and still reside there today. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with friends and family. I absolutely love being outdoors and hiking with my dog Dakota.
Shira Fernandez, Dental Assistant
As a new member of such a remarkable team here at The Center for Pediatric Dental Care and Orthodontics, I'm proud of my contributions in creating a positive atmosphere for our wonderful patients. After years of experience in General Dentistry, being part of a pediatric office has been such a fun and unique change. I love connecting with the kids while still promoting a healthy smile. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my husband and our 2 year old daughter. We love to explore Boston through her eyes!
Alexa, Certified Dental Assistant
I am a Certified Dental Assistant with a degree from Massasoit Community College. From the start, I have always felt in my heart that I belong in pediatric dentistry. I've been a babysitter, a nanny, and have always loved working with children as long as I can remember. It's important to me that children learn about their teeth and oral hygiene at an early age and have a positive, exciting and memorable experience doing so. Most of all, I love having fun and making kids laugh because I am most definitely a child at heart! I spent a year working at Boston Children's Hospital and am now looking forward to a long future with our awesome team here in private practice.
Garrett Charette , Orthodontic Assistant
After graduating from Emmanuel College in 2014 with a degree in Biology, I started working at The Center for Pediatric Dental Care & Orthodontics because of my interest in furthering my career in dentistry. I am currently studying and applying for dental school. I truly love seeing the great smiles that come through the door everyday. In my spare time I enjoy playing soccer, eating, and dancing. I have also been known to sing aloud in the office...if you hear me singing, feel free to join in!