Council on Dental Care and Benefits Programs


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Scheduled Meetings and Events

All Dental Care and Benefits Committee meetings are from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at MDS headquarters (unless otherwise indicated). Please email Ellen Factor to indicate whether or not you will be attending the meetings. 

  • Wednesday, October 7, 2015
  • Friday, January 29, 2016 (Yankee Luncheon)
  • Wednesday, March 16, 2016
  • Wednesday, May 25, 2016
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Primary Responsibilities

The Dental Care and Benefits Council is composed of volunteer dentists whose primary responsibilities are to:

  • To formulate and recommend policies relating to the planning, administration, and financing of dental benefit programs.
  • To study, evaluate, and disseminate information on the planning, administration, and financing of dental benefit programs and provide such assistance to component district societies when indicated.
  • To provide assistance, guidance, and support to component societies in the development and management of professional or peer review systems.
  • To encourage the inclusion of dental benefit in health benefit plans and to promote dental benefit plans in accordance with Society policies.
  • To conduct activities, and formulate and recommend policies concerning the assessment and improvement of the quality of dental care relating to dental benefit plans.


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Minutes and Materials

Meeting materials are mailed to Council members approximately one week prior to scheduled meetings. Questions or comments concerning meetings or minutes can be directed to the chair or the MDS staff liaison,  Ellen Factor, director dental practice. 

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Contact the members below or MDS Staff Liasion Ellen Factor.


David M. Leader, DMD
389 Main St #403
Malden 02148
(781) 397-9229 




 Edwin J. Helitzer, DMD 

195 South St
Pittsfield 01201
(413) 447-7622


Cape Cod

Linda M. Fortenberry, DMD
1335 Rte 134
PO Box 1459
East Dennis 02641
(508) 385-3004


East Middlesex

James Lee, DMD

 Merrimack Valley

Norman F. Rogers, DDS
126A Pleasant Valley St
Methuen 01844
(978) 682-0336

Theano G. Eliopoulos
9 North Rd
Chelsmford, MA 01824
(978) 2569838



Anaandi Pratap, DMD


Alexander Athanasiou, DMD
521 Mount Auburn St # 104
Watertown, MA 02472
(617) 924-1911


North Metropolitan

 Barry T. Cohen, DDS
113 Revere St
Winthrop 02151
(617) 846-1237


Richard D. Carr, DDS
68 New Edgerly Rd
Boston 02115
(617) 262-5880


Kathleen J. Keating, DDS
57 Forest St
Marshfield, MA 02050
(781) 837-3812

James E. Lee, DMD


 North Shore

 Anabel Curiel Franciskato, DMD 

North Shore Dentistry PC
24 Hale St
Beverly, MA 01915
(978) 927-2670


Philip M. Robitaille, DDS
1188 County St.
Somerset 02726
(508) 647-0551


South Shore

Jeffrey Kadesh, DMD
234 Copeland St #330
Quincy, 02169
(617) 773-2490



Thomas M. Cleary, DMD
350 Main St
Easthampton 01027
(413) 527-6100



Mario G. Aboujaoude, DDS
1141 South St
Fitchburg 01420
(978) 342-5313



Charles A. Greffrath, DMD
7 Frothingham St
Worcester 01605
(508) 852-8485


Trustee Liaison

Richard D. Marchand, DMD
477 Main St Rte 6A
Yarmouth Port 02675-1900
(508) 362-4361  

Boston Collaborative Group Consultant
 Margaret Errante, DMD
930 Commonwealth Ave 
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 358-1009

Women's Dental Association

Valentina Pasquantonio, DDS
PO Box 1417
Concord 01742
(978) 369-2500 

Student Representatives