Access, Prevention, and Interprofessional Relations Committee


Meeting Dates

All Access, Prevention, and Interprofessional Relations Committee (APIRC, formerly called CAPIR) meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. at MDS headquarters (unless otherwise indicated)


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Head Start Partnership

The Massachusetts Dental Society, through the Access, Prevention, and Interprofessional Relations Committee (APIRC), is collaborating with Head Start to connect Head Start children with permanent dental homes. The Head Start Program has become an integral part of comprehensive early education and child development for low-income children in Massachusetts. With more than 16,000 children enrolled in programs throughout the Commonwealth, Head Start providers strive to connect with local organizations and dentists to foster the growth and success of their children.


In Fall 2011, Head Start facilities hosted Meet & Greet events for local dentists. Through these events, dentists learned about Head Start's efforts to link children to dental homes and the economic benefits of treating Head Start children in your practice. They became further educated on how to comfortably treat these children so as to deliver quality oral care to Head Start children.


APIRC Projects


APIRC is committed to educating dentists, medical providers, and the community about the importance of children receiving care by age one.

According to the American Dental Association, children should see a dentist as soon as their first tooth appears or no later than their first birthday, whichever comes first. There are several reasons to take young children to a dentist:

  • Early dental visits prepare children for general dental procedures, thus reducing instances of fear as they age 
  • Twice-yearly visits to the dentist are crucial for ensuring proper tooth development
  • Early childhood dental visits can detect potential problems, such as tooth decay
  • As children age, these visits will include instructions in proper at-home tooth care
  • A dentist familiar with the child's teeth and oral development can better spot early signs of malocclusion and other potential problems




Committee Document and Resources

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Primary Responsibilities

The Access, Prevention, and Interprofessional Relations Committee is composed of volunteer dentists whose responsibilities are to:

  • Recommend policies and formulate programs relating to community oral health, including preventive dentistry, fluoridation, and nutritional issues.
  • Conduct activities to increase access to dental care.
  • Consider programs and promote dental education that will benefit all populations.
  • Recommend policies on issues pertaining to the relationship between dental health and overall health.


Access to Care Definition

The MDS Board of Trustees requested that APIRC  define "Access to Care" for the Society. The following definition was submitted by APIRC and approved by the Board of Trustees:

The Massachusetts Dental Society believes that every person in our state should have access to dental care. We define this access as the ability to receive high quality oral preventive care, diagnosis and treatment in a timely manner. All forms of care, whether educational, preventive, or treatment, should be provided with the intent of establishing and maintaining a dental home for every patient.




Minutes and Materials

Questions or comments concerning meetings or minutes can be directed to the chair or MDS Staff Liaison Ellen Factor

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Contact the members below or MDS staff liaison Ellen Factor


80 High St
Medford, MA 02155
(781) 396-9230



Craig Fischer, DMD
10 Second St
Pittsfield, MA 01201
(413) 499-2862

Brandon Meier, DMD
3 Lawrence Pond Ln
Sandwich, MA 02563
(267) 253-9123

Ian B. Glick
13 Branch St # 16
Metheun, MA 01844
(978) 687-3131

Todd Belfbecker, DMD
34 Shirley Ave
Revere, MA 02151
(781) 286-3700 

John P. Fisher, DDS
18 Hawthorne Blvd
Salem, MA 01970
(978) 774- 1209

Marly Gomes, DMD
49 State Rd #101
Dartmouth, MA 02747
(508) 999-2234

Thomas J. Manning, DDS
66 Cunningham St
Springfield, MA 01107-1220
(413) 733-8674

Lisa Lanzillotti Peterson, DMD
116 Main St
Millbury, MA 01527
(508) 865-2622


Badrieh M. Edalatpour, DMD 

370 Main St # 201
Stoneham, MA 02180
(781) 438-0300

Joanne C. Schultz, DDS
85 Donizetti St
Wellesley, 02482
(781) 416-9955

Kathryn I. Vitiello, DMD 
(781) 710-2163

Michael C. Sheff, DMD, MScD 
(617) 965-0123

Student Representatives

Anjalee Shah
Tufts University School of Dental Medicine

Trustee Liaison

Tofigh Raayai, DMD
551 Broadway 
Everett, MA 02149
(617) 389-3434


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