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Drs. Weiss, Barton, Mermelstein, Krausz, and Taylor
1560 Beacon Street | Brookline, MA 02446
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Our Team

Dr. Arnold Weiss  |  Dr. Wesley Barton  |  Dr. Danya Mermelstein  |  Dr. Ronen Krausz  |  Dr. Roger Taylor  |  Our Staff

Pediatric Dentistry

Arnold I Weiss, DDS, MScD, FACD

Pediatric dentist - Dr. WeissEver 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

Pediatric dentist - Dr. BartonThe 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

Pediatric dentist - Dr. MermelsteinBecoming 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

Pediatric dentist - Dr. KrauszWorking 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

Orthodontists - Dr. BartonOne 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.

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Our Staff

Staff at The Center for Pediatric Dental Care and Orthodontics 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.

Administrative Team

Kathy Pauze, Office Administrator

Kathy - Office AdministratorGrowing 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

Nicole - Administrative CoordinatorI 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.

David Llewelyn, New Patient Coordinator and Administrative Assistant

David - Administrative AssistantAs a dental assistant and administrative team member, I love sharing my talents with a team committed to creating a great atmosphere where children have positive dental experiences. Nothing is more gratifying than a child’s “Thank you,” high five or even a surprising hug after visiting our practice. Growing up in a dental household, I said I never wanted to go into this field, but life happens and here I am. I am grateful for the opportunity to be a member of this great team and am happy to share my warm and caring Midwest attitude with all of our great friends.

Bernadette Hines, Scheduling Coordinator

Ron - Scheduling CoordinatorThere 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.

Yasmine, Scheduling Coordinator

Yasmine - Scheduling CoordinatorI grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan (Go Blue!) where I graduated and received my degree in Psychology. That summer in 2009, I moved to the west coast with my family and spent 4 years in sunny California where I met my husband. We got married in April 2013 and I moved back with him to his home in the UK where we spent a year working and travelling throughout Europe. Recently we moved here to Boston and now call it home. I am excited to have joined the admin team given the excellent reputation of this practice and will strive in making sure that our parents and patients come in smiling and leave looking forward to their next visit. If you see me at the desk, come and say hi! I look forward to getting to know you all.

Chris Li, Insurance Coordinator

Chris - Insurance CoordinatorI 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.

Hygiene Team

Angie Pugliano, Registered Dental Hygienist

Angie - HygienistHelping 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, Registered Dental Hygienist

Hanna - Registered Dental Hygienist Working with children is both demanding and rewarding, and I truly love what I do. Being a dental hygienist and watching children grow confidently with their smiles is a daily gift. I understand the importance of involving both children and their parents in creating a dental home, and am always looking to create a positive dental experience. I was born and raised in a small suburb of Seattle, Washington, and attended Seattle University. After college, I moved to Boston and completed my hygiene degree with honors at Forsyth Dental Hygiene. I’ve had the privilege of meeting some amazing families since joining The Center for Pediatric Dental Care and Orthodontics in 2007. While not working you can find me shopping, cooking, and cleaning, all with my beautiful daughter.

Sara Bacon, Registered Dental Hygienist

Sara - Registered Dental HygienistThe 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

Cathryn - Registered Dental HygienistI 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

Lisa - Registered Dental HygienistBy 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

Jessie - Registered Dental HygienistI 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

Maria - Dental AssistantIt 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, Dental Assistant

Berto - Dental AssistantI truly believe that working with kids keeps you young and that’s why I’m extremely happy and proud to be part of our awesome dental team. As a dental assistant, I have the opportunity to make a special connection with the kids. I take great pride in promoting beautiful and healthy smiles. I grew up and still reside in a neighborhood just outside Brookline called Mission Hill. I love Mission Hill, and I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. I enjoy playing and watching sports, and spending time with my big family.

Tammy O'Hare, Certified Dental Assistant

Tammy - Dental AssistantI 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.

Carlos, Dental Assistant

Carlos - Dental AssistantI joined The Center for Pediatric Dental Care and Orthodontics in 2014 and have worked in pediatric dentistry since 2008. The practice is the best pediatric office I have ever encountered. I work with all of the doctors. I look forward to the amazing patients that come in each day. In my spare time, I spend as much time as possible with my beautiful daughter.

Estefani Gomez, Orthodontic/Dental Assistant

Estefani - Orthodontic/Dental AssistantI have been working in the dental field for over 4 years. I really appreciate the sincere generosity and the opportunity to work with such a knowledgeable and fun group at The Center for Pediatric Dental Care and Orthodontics. I love helping children achieve a beautiful and confident smile. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends.

Chau Pham, Sterilization Tech/Dental Assistant

Chau - Sterilization Tech/Dental AssistantI 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

Liz - Orthodontic/Dental AssistantAfter 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.

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