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1560 Beacon Street | Brookline, MA 02446
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Our Team

Pediatric Dentistry

Wesley Barton, DMD

Diplomate, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry

Pediatric dentist - Dr. Barton 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 and son Grayson, traveling, and trying new restaurants. 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 and became a partner in the practice in 2012.

Ronen Krausz, DDS

Diplomate, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry

Pediatric dentist - Dr. Krausz 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.

Myles Clancy, DMD, MS

Diplomate, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry

Pediatric dentist - Dr. Clancy I was born and raised on the south shore of Massachusetts where I grew up playing football, hockey, and lacrosse. During my younger years, I spent a significant amount of time working as a dental assistant at The Center for Pediatric Dental Care and Orthodontics. It was during this time that I realized the importance of creating positive dental experiences for each and every patient.

I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Saint Anselm College in Manchester, NH, and completed my Doctor of Dental Medicine degree at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. I graduated first in my dental class and was inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honors Society. After my dental training, I left New England and headed west to Chicago to complete my training in pediatric dentistry. At The University of Illinois, I received a Master of Science in Oral Biology and defended my thesis on the use of bioceramic materials in primary molar pulpotomies.

I am a member of the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and the International Association of Dental Traumatology. During my free time I enjoy staying active. In the warmer months, you’ll find me playing golf and during the winter I love skiing throughout the country. While it was fun following the Blackhawks and seeing the Cubs win the World Series in Chicago, I will always be a diehard Boston sports fan!


Bahar Houshmand, DDS

Pediatric Dentist

Pediatric dentist - Dr. HoushmandDr. Bahar Houshmand received her DDS degree from Shahid Beheshti University. She continued her education at Stony Brook University and University of Washington where she obtained her Master’s degree and second dental degree respectively. Dr. Houshmand completed her pediatric residency training at University of Connecticut Health Center and Connecticut Children`s Medical Center.

After completing her residency program, Dr. Houshmand was honored to join University of Connecticut Pediatric Dentistry department as full-time faculty. She was privileged to teach clinical and didactic courses to dental students and pediatric dentistry residents for the past few years. Dr. Houshmand strongly believes in education and creating a positive relationship with parents and their children. She enjoys interacting with kids and listening to their priceless stories. She treats her patients with respect and patience, as if they are members of her family.

In her spare time, Dr. Houshmand likes to spend time with family and friends. She enjoys painting, reading and all outdoor activities. Dr. Houshmand is a member of the American Association of Pediatric Dentistry and is a diplomate of American board of pediatric dentistry.

Orthodontics

Roger Taylor, DMD

Orthodontists - Dr. Taylor 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 Staff

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

Ashley Cook, Office Manager

Ashley Cook, Office Manager Growing up in a dental office owned by my father, some of my earliest childhood memories include sitting at his desk pretending to own the practice. (In reality, I was actually making a mess of his appointment book and using a hole-punch on quite literally every piece of paper I could get my hands on.) Fast forward to adulthood, and life has come full-circle.

I have always had a passion for working with children, and initially attended the University of Massachusetts with the intent of becoming an Elementary Educator. It wasn’t long before that goal pulled a u-turn, and I redirected to a career in Business Management. Since 2007, I have been growing my passion for leadership as both a single and multi-unit manager in the cosmetic and medical fields. I feel very fortunate to have found The Center for Pediatric Dental Care and Orthodontics, as it truly feels like a “coming home” for me. I am elated to now have the opportunity to experience my passion for leadership and my love for children on a day-to-day basis. In my spare time, I am a painter, hiker, writer, dancer, and a travel enthusiast.

Nicole Chouangpraseuth, Administrative Coordinator

Nicole - Administrative Coordinator Working at the Center for Pediatric Dental Care and Orthodontics for over 17 years has given me the opportunity for growth and development both professionally and personally. I am very fortunate to work with such devoted team members (administratively and clinically) who take pride in what they do, in providing the best dental care to our patient families. I believe having great work ethic and always striving to be the best that you can be will continue to open doors for new career advancements and personal fulfillment. Outside of work, I enjoy traveling, playing softball, reading, being with friends and family, and enjoying being a first-time auntie to the most adorable little nephew.

Bernadette Hines, Scheduling Coordinator

Bernadette - 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 every day. 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.

Joyce Fadous, Orthodontic Treatment Coordinator

Joyce, Treatment Coordinator I have worked in orthodontics for many years and love seeing patients take the journey through getting braces and having a beautiful smile. A beautiful smile helps one build self-confidence. Dr. Taylor and his orthodontic staff are exceptional in displaying kindness and understanding at every appointment. I am fortunate to say I love my job and the people I work with. I am greeted every morning with a smile by staff members who are always willing to help out. When I’m not working, I enjoy traveling with my husband, socializing with my friends and spinning.

Marlo Wong, Insurance Coordinator

Marlo, Orthodontic Assistant The efficiency, operation and professionalism of this practice has impressed me since the first day I began working here. The staff is very caring and supportive to both the families that enter our doors as well as to the each other. Outside of the office, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, exercising and baking.

Tori Tosti, Administrative

Tori, Orthodontic Assistant I have always enjoyed being around children. The Center for Pediatric Dental Care and Orthodontics has given me the opportunity to combine my passion for children into my professional life. I was initially introduced to the practice by one of the dental hygienists who always spoke about how lucky she was to work in such a welcoming environment. I am very lucky to be part of such a great team. I grew up in Westerly, Rhode Island and recently moved to the Boston area. When I'm not in the office, I enjoy spending time with my dog, gardening and going to the beach with my friends and family.

Darine Elbahnsawy, Administrative

Darine Elbahnsawy, Administrative With over a decade of working in the medical field, the number one thing that makes me truly love my job is being able to create a positive experience for our patients and parents. Our team works hard, and we're all very skilled at what we do which shines through in our day-to-day and never makes work feel like a chore. The most rewarding part of my job is making every patient's experience special. In my free time, I love trying new places to eat and traveling.

Pamela Yung, Administrative

Pamela Yung, Administrative I am excited to join the team at the Center for Pediatric Dental Care and Orthodontics this year. Upon my first visit to the office, I thought, “This is a place I would feel safe and comfortable for my dental care if I were a child.” The professional staff at this office are friendly and understanding. They strive to assist their young patients to be comfortable to have their oral health taken of and at the same time to have fun during their visits. I am a proud Auntie of 6 children from ages 6 to 20 years old. Outside of the office, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, walking, reading, and learning to cook and bake again.

Bridget Mastin, Administrative

Bridget Mastin, Administrative I am new to the dental world, and The Center for Pediatric Dental Care and Orthodontics has taught me so much and helps me continue to grow. I have always had a love for customer service, and although working the front desk is much different, it still gives me the opportunity to interact with the patients with my friendly personality. When I’m not working, I enjoy activities with family and friends, crafting, and traveling.

Parker, Administrative

Parker, Administrative It is great to be back on the East Coast! I was living in Seattle for ten years, and moved to Boston to finish graduate school in 2018. What drew me to The Center for Pediatric Dental Care and Orthodontics is the consistent passion staff show for providing excellent care to patients of all shapes and sizes. I love to ride my bike, go swimming, and restore old motorcycles.

Grace MacDonald, Administrative

Grace MacDonald, Administrative I am excited to be joining the team at The Center for Pediatric Dental Care and Orthodontics. What drew me the most to the practice is the level of passion everyone shows for providing excellent care to patients, as well as the positive experience each patient has. I have always known I wanted a career working with children. After years of working as a youth dance instructor, working for a pediatric dental office was a seamless transition. In my free time I enjoy traveling, spending time with my family, and reading books on the beach.

Amy Bates, Administrative

Amy Bates, Administrative The welcoming energy at The Center for Pediatric Dental Care and Orthodontics struck me when I first walked into the office, and I am thrilled to be part of such a supportive environment. I love seeing how the whole team works together to make coming to the dentist an enjoyable experience for children. I grew up in southern Maine where I learned a lot about orthodontics through personal experience, and now spend my free time hiking, enjoying Boston’s restaurants, and sitting on the beach with SPF 50.

Noah LaPointe, Administrative

Noah LaPointe, Administrative Although new to the dental world, I am eager to get in tune with all the small intricacies of the business. I have been around children all my life and pride myself on knowing how they think, so I am excited to put that knowledge to the test. Last May I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Professional Writing from Champlain College in Burlington, VT. I am currently working on a number of writing projects, one of which will hopefully come to success.



Hygiene Team

Angie Collins, Registered Dental Hygienist

Angie - Hygienist Helping kids have positive dental experiences is something I’m proud to have done for over 30 years and I still love what I do! It’s been a joy for me to watch so many children grow up from age two through college. The greatest compliment is seeing these patients from my past, who are now parents themselves, bringing their children to see our team for their dental care. Over the years, I feel I’ve contributed to their health, and I have grown as a hygienist, a person, a mother and now even a grandmother. Dental hygiene has been a truly rewarding profession for me and as a parent, I can relate to the families in the practice and share my life experiences with them. Now that my two daughters are married, doing well and moving on in their lives, I have more time to have fun and take care of myself. I enjoy spending time with my husband Jack and our children and grandchildren, running (Jack & I are planning to finish a marathon together in 2021) and traveling.

Hanna Cho, Registered Dental Hygienist

Hanna - Registered Dental Hygienist As a dental hygienist, 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 was born and raised in a small suburb outside of Seattle, Washington, and attended Seattle University where I received my Bachelor’s degree. 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 spending time with my husband and 2 kids.

Sara Bacon, Registered Dental Hygienist

Sara - 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.

Lisa Hintlian, Registered Dental Hygienist

Lisa - 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 family.

Lauren Rowan, Dental Hygienist

Lauren Rowan, Dental Hygienist Growing up with parents in the dental field, I've "had a foot in the door" in dentistry all my life. I attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where I received my Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene. I fell into the specialty of pediatrics in 2013 and have found my niche. I believe my role allows me to incorporate dental health services, education and a positive experience for our patients. The Center for Pediatric Dental Care and Orthodontics establishes a wonderful dental home for each patient. I am happy to be part of such a great team. In my spare time I enjoy being in the company of my friends and family. I also like to visit Texas where I grew up. I enjoy traveling, learning and staying active.

Jen, Dental Hygienist

Jen, Dental Hygienist I’ve worked in pediatric dentistry for 10 years and enjoy working with children and their families to create a positive experience going to the dentist. I graduated with honors from Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene. I feel Fortunate enough to be working with an amazing team at The Center for Pediatric Dental Care and Orthodontics. Every team member strives to make each child feel confident with their smile. I look forward to meeting you!

Vanessa, Dental Hygienist

Vanessa, Dental Hygienist I’ve always had a passion for both dentistry and working with children. Having the ability to do this on a day-to-day basis is something I find very rewarding and fulfilling. I joined the team at The Center for Pediatric Dental Care and Orthodontics in November 2018 and have thoroughly enjoyed the welcoming atmosphere within the office. Prior to moving to the Boston area, I attended New Hampshire Technical Institute where I graduated in May of 2016. Outside of work, I enjoy traveling, spending time with family and friends, practicing yoga and volunteering with the Special Olympics. I greatly enjoy creating positive dental experiences for each child that comes into the office.

Kayla, Dental Hygienist

Kayla, Dental Hygienist There’s no better feeling than seeing children smile and I get to see it all day long! This practice treats and teaches children in a uniquely positive way how to have healthy oral habits. I was a preschool teacher for 3 years and knew that I wanted to work with children. I attended Middlesex Community College in 2016 and received my Dental Hygiene degree. I am furthering my education at Southern New Hampshire University and receiving my Bachelors in Health Science. I am very grateful to be part of such an amazing and professional office with great people! In my free time, I like to go the beach, be with my family and friends, and travel to new places!

Jordan McLaughlin, Dental Hygienist

Jordan McLaughlin, Dental Hygienist I love educating children about their oral hygiene and instilling positive habits that they can use throughout their lives. Originally from Northern California, I received my Bachelors of Science in Dental Hygiene at New York University College of Dentistry in 2013. I love travel and have lived in several different states, but I am thrilled to be back with The Center for Pediatric Dental Care and Orthodontics. I love working with children and am excited to share my love of dental hygiene with the Boston community creating a lifetime of healthy smiles. Outside of the office, I enjoy reading, doing yoga, exploring state and national parks, and working out.

Jasmin Gallup, Dental Hygienist

Jasmin Gallup, Dental Hygienist The most rewarding part of being a pediatric dental hygienist is teaching children healthy oral habits from a young age that they continue to carry with them throughout their lives! I am very fortunate to be a part of a stellar team who specializes in creating a positive experience for both children and parents while having fun, too. Originally from Connecticut, I received my Bachelors of Science in Dental Hygiene from the Fones School of Dental Hygiene in Bridgeport, CT, the first school of dental hygiene in the world. I then moved to Northern VA for a change of scenery, and my family and the beautiful New England seasons brought me back up North to Boston, where I now reside. In my free time, I enjoy traveling to new countries, hiking, discovering new restaurants and shopping.

Clinical Assisting Team

Maria Rodriguez, Dental Assistant

Maria - 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 came to The Center for Pediatric Dental Care and Orthodontics in July 2010. I have the pleasure of having two beautiful twin girls and handsome son who are my life. I love spending time with my friends and family.

Berto Castro, Orthodontic/Dental Assistant

Berto - Dental Assistant I may seem very familiar as I used to work with the pediatric dentists 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.

Chau Pham, Sterilization Tech/Dental Assistant

Chau - 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.

Ingrid Fortin, Certified Dental Assistant

Ingrid Fortin, Dental Assistant I joined the office in February 2016. I've worked in dentistry for 10 years, I truly enjoy working with such a wonderful and professional team. The doctors and staff provide an amazing and positive dental experience for all of our patients. In my spare time I enjoy working out, going on long walks with my dog, Sammy, and listening to music.

Kaitlyn, Certified Dental Assistant

Kaitlyn, Orthodontic Assistant It is with great pleasure to be joining such a fantastic group of colleagues here at the center of pediatric dental care and orthodontics! I just recently moved to the Boston area from Atkinson NH where I’ve grown up all my life but have always really enjoyed Boston. While living in New Hampshire I attended New Hampshire Technical Institute and graduated May 2016 with my dental assisting certificate. I’ve been working with children since and have always loved the pediatric field. I enjoy making sure children have a fun and positive dental visit and look forward to getting a chance to meet you!

Mirna, Orthodontic Assistant

Mirna, Orthodontic Assistant I am originally from Mexico where I got my dental degree. I moved from Mexico to Florida for several years, and now call Boston my home. I really love all that Boston has to offer.

Working in the dental field is very rewarding. Seeing how confident a patient becomes after orthodontic treatment finishes gives me motivation to do my best job. In my spare time I enjoy hiking and traveling with my husband.

Jacinda, Orthodontic Assistant

Jacinda, Orthodontic Assistant Being an orthodontic assistant has given me so much joy over the years allowing me to care for others and making them feel comfortable while being in the chair. Watching the transition from when the patient first sits in the chair to the very last appointment, is what makes being an orthodontic assistant even more exciting. The change in the teeth is not just something that the orthodontist and I see, but the patient gets to be a part of the whole experience which is really nice. The Center for Pediatric Dental Care & Orthodontics is very warm and welcoming making coming to work one of the highlights of my day. The other highlight is being a Mom to a energetic, happy, vibrant, playful 4 year old. I enjoy spending time with my family when I’m outside of work. I was born and raised in Boston and am very fortunate to be a part of a state with the best medical field.

Marie, Orthodontic Assistant

Marie, Orthodontic Assistant Joining the Center for Pediatric Care and Orthodontics has truly been an honor. Our team is comprised of fun, kind and warm professional individuals. I have been involved in Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry for many years and love my profession. When not in the office, I enjoy cooking, going to the beach and spending time with my children.

Joss Herrera, Orthodontic Assistant

Joss, Orthodontic Assistant Being able to join the Center for Pediatric Dental Care and Orthodontics has been a true privilege. I´ve been working with kids since I was a teenager. Au pairing around the world has helped me to connect with kids and be responsive to their needs. I graduated from dental school in 2016 in my home country of Mexico and since then I have been working in the dental field. Being an Orthodontic assistant is a rewarding job, knowing that you can change a patient's life and give them the confidence to smile, laugh, and make friends gives me pride in the work I do. In my spare time, I enjoy learning new languages, exploring art museums, fishing, painting, traveling, and exercising.