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Drs. Weiss, Barton, Krausz, Mermelstein, Brambila, Clancy & Taylor
209 Harvard Street | Brookline, MA 02446
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Drs. Weiss, Barton, Krausz, Mermelstein, Brambila & Taylor
1560 Beacon Street | Brookline, MA 02446
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Our Team

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!

When not teaching and mentoring dentists who treat children around the world, Dr. Arnold Weiss treats toddlers and children in the new office of the #pediatricdental, The Center for Pediatric Dental Care and Orthodontics. As a global-health educator, he knows that training clinicians to use proven methods to save teeth ultimately helps more children than treating patients himself.

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

Diplomate, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry

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.

Carmen Brambila, DMD

Diplomate, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry

Pediatric dentist - Dr. BrambilaI feel so fortunate to be a pediatric dentist. I grew up having such a positive experience with dentistry, and my hope is that my patients feel the same way.

I was raised in El Paso, Texas, and received my bachelor’s and master’s degrees in San Antonio, Texas. I received my Doctorate in Dental Medicine in 2008 from Tufts University.

After practicing at a pediatric dental clinic for a few years, I chose to specialize in Pediatric Dentistry. I loved providing dental care to children and felt most fulfilled when my patients walked out with a smile. I strive to alleviate children’s fears by providing a fun, as well as an educational, experience. I completed my pediatric training at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, and stay active in my profession as a member of AAPD, MDS, and ADA, as well as being board certified by the ABPD.

I am an avid traveler and love to learn about different people and different cultures. I speak fluent Spanish.

Myles Clancy, DMD, MS

Diplomate, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry

Pediatric dentist - Dr. ClancyI 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!

Orthodontics

Roger Taylor, DMD

Orthodontists - Dr. TaylorOne 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

Staff at The Center for Pediatric Dental Care and OrthodonticsOur 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.

Bernadette Hines, Scheduling Coordinator

Bernadette - 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.

Joyce Fadous, Orthodontic Treatment Coordinator

Joyce, Treatment CoordinatorI 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 AssistantThe 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.

Tanike, Scheduling Coordinator

Tanike, Orthodontic AssistantI am a graduate of Barry University located in Miami Shores. I enjoy being a part of the scheduling team, as it perfectly combines my wealth of customer service and managerial skills in addition to my teaching experiences. The Center for Pediatric Dental Care and Orthodontics is like no other I have seen. Here at our practice, a vast array of creative ideas are utilized to ensure a positive experience for the children, and I love that. There is nothing more enjoying than to watch a child walking out giggling and smiling having had their teeth cleaned. I made a good choice in working here!

Jamie, Scheduling Coordinator

Jamie, Orthodontic AssistantMy favorite thing about my job is getting to meet and interact with all of our patients! The Center for Pediatric Dental Care and Orthodontics strives to make each child’s experiences both fun and exciting! I attended the University of Connecticut where I majored in Sociology and minored in Women's Studies. Outside of work, I enjoy exploring new restaurants, beach days, and spending quality time with my family and friends.

Stephen, Scheduling Coordinator

Stephen, Orthodontic AssistantI recently moved to the Boston area from New Hampshire, where I was born and raised. I feel so privileged to have found myself at The Center for Pediatric Dental Care and Orthodontics! Their unique and creative approach to dentistry attracted me to the practice and I’m continually impressed and inspired not just by our team but by the patients we treat on a daily basis. I gained administrative experience working in a Veterinary office for several years where I was able to build meaningful relationships with the families of our patients. I earned my Bachelors degree at the University of New Hampshire where I majored in History and minored in Education. I also studied Radio/Television Broadcasting at The New England Institute of Art here in Brookline. In my free time I enjoy reading, writing, camping, and making people laugh!

Tori, Administrative

Tori, Orthodontic AssistantI 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.



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 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. 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

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.

Lauren Rowan, Dental Hygienist

Lauren Rowan, Dental HygienistGrowing 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 HygienistI’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! (Picture Coming Soon)

Vanessa, Dental Hygienist

Vanessa, Dental HygienistI’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.

Haleigh, Dental Hygienist

Haleigh, Dental HygienistI enjoy working with people in general, but children have a special spot in my heart! I love helping children have a positive dental experience and teaching them ways to obtain a healthier oral cavity. Growing up, I used to kick and scream while at the dentist and I set a goal for myself when I was older to make sure I could help those who were as nervous as I was to feel calm and confident! I grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah. In 2018, I received a Bachelors of Science in Dental Hygiene at Dixie State University in southern Utah. In my free time I love being in the sun, in the mountains, being crafty, painting my nails, working out, and being around family!

Kayla, Dental Hygienist

Kayla, Dental HygienistThere’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!

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, Orthodontic/Dental Assistant

Berto - Dental AssistantI 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.

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.

Shira Fernandez, Certified Dental Assistant

Shira - Dental AssistantAs 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!

Ingrid Fortin, Certified Dental Assistant

Ingrid Fortin, Dental AssistantI 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.

Eris, Dental Assistant

Eris, Orthodontic AssistantI joined the office in 2018 and it has been a great pleasure working with such a wonderful, hard-working and professional team. I was born and raised in Albania and moved to Boston in 2016. I graduated from University of Dental Medicine in Tirana, Albania. Even though I miss my family and friends, I find my experience here very exciting and enjoyable. Working with the kids and seeing them leave the dental office with a big smile on their face, gives me such joy and happiness!

Kaitlyn, Certified Dental Assistant

Kaitlyn, Orthodontic AssistantIt 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 AssistantI 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 AssistantBeing 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 apart 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 AssistantJoining 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.