Dental Practice Committee

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Meeting Dates

All Dental Practice Committee meetings are held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the MDS headquarters (unless otherwise indicated). Please email Jennifer Hanlin to indicate whether or not you will be attending the meetings.

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Primary Responsibilities

The Council on Dental Practice is composed of volunteer dentists whose primary responsibilities are to:

  • Formulate and recommend policies related to the daily practice of dentistry.
  • Study, evaluate, and disseminate information concerning various forms of business organization of a dental practice, economic factors related to dental practice, practice management technique, and related current developments regarding dental practice.
  • Develop educational and other programs to assist dentists in improved practice management and to assist component societies and other organizations in the development of such programs.
  • Encourage and develop satisfactory relations with organizations representing dental hygienists, dental assistants, and dental laboratory technicians.
  • Gather, formulate, and disseminate information related to auxiliary utilization, management, and employment practices.
  • Establish a standing committee on Allied Dental Health Professionals appointed annually by the President and composed of two (2) members of the Council and three (3) at large members of the Society. The President shall also appoint, from a list of nominees provided by the MDHA, MDAA, and DLAM, two (2) advisory members from each of the MDHA, MDAA, and the DLAM. The Chair shall be one of the Council members and shall be nominated by the committee and appointed annually by the President. Advisory Members of the committee will be appointed by the President to serve a three-year term. Each Advisory Member may serve no more than two consecutive terms. Advisory Members’ terms should be staggered so that only three (3) members are appointed or reappointed each year. The Chair, in consultation with the Council Chair and President, may appoint other advisors as necessary. The standing committee shall report to the Council for review of programs and recommendations. Duties of the Allied Health Professionals Committee shall be: 
  • Encourage and develop satisfactory relationships with the various organizations representing dental hygiene, assisting, and laboratory technology.
  • Monitor the effectiveness of component (district) liaison activities with dental support personnel.
  • Conduct studies, make recommendations, or conduct programs, approved by the Council and the Board of Trustees, that will help satisfy statutory requirements for provision of hygiene, assisting, and laboratory services to dentists.
  • Present to the Council and the Board of Trustees candidates for the receipt of special awards or commendations in the field of dental hygiene, assisting, and laboratory technology.
  • Monitor educational programs in dental hygiene, assisting, and laboratory technology, and to interact with institutions sponsoring such programs.
  • Make recommendations to the Council and the Board of Trustees related to the promotion, training, and availability of allied dental health professionals.
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Minutes and Materials

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

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Contact the members below or the MDS staff liaison Ellen Factor, director of dental practice, or Jennifer Hanlin.


Mary C. DeMello, DMD
266 Main St #14
Medfield 02052
(508) 359-2900

DeMello, Mary


Thomas G. Mullany, Jr., DMD
16 Pleasant St
Great Barrington 01230
(413) 528-0884 

Lisa Sanchez-Mercado, DMD
441 Route 130
Sandwhich, MA 02563
(508) 888-8482

Nahal Panah, DMD
Melrose Dental Care
80 W Foster St
Melrose, MA 02176-3811

(781) 665-5060


Jeanne Velde, DMD
209 Summer St., #1
Haverhill 01830
(978) 373-1231

L. Jeffrey Lowenstein, DMD
326 Union Ave
Framingham, MA 01702
(508) 875-3800

Geraldine Garcia-Rogers, DMD
955 Main St # 100
Winchester, MA 01890
(781) 729-1900

Randall L. Davis, DMD

100 Amesbury St
Lawrence 01840
(978) 686-8500

 Yuri Shamritsky, DMD
6 Essex Center Dr #110
Peabody, MA 01960
(978) 532-0500

Adrien W. Mercier, Jr., DDS
643 Dartmouth St
South Dartmouth 02748
(508) 994-5278

Britton E. Hollis, DDS
19 Mattakeesett St #A
PO Box 395
Pembroke, MA 02359

(781) 293-2968


Jared J. Reid, DMD
4 Park St
South Deerfield 01373
(413) 665-4575


 David D. Gianino, DDS 

40 Massachusetts Ave
Lunenburg 01462
(978) 342-8686

George E. Maloney, DMD
334 Highland St
Worcester 01602
(508) 752-1007


Nahal Panah, DMD
80 West Foster St
Melrose, MA 02176
(781) 665-5060


  Michael T. Shannon, DMD
Northeast Oral Surgery & Inplant Ctr
203 Turnpike St #G-2
North Andover, MA 01845

(978) 682-5255

  Druthil J. Belur, DMD
Longwood Dental Group
1842 Beacon St
Brookline, MA 02446

(617) 735-8660


 Pooja Gupta, DDS 


Babak Gojgini, DMD
Michale Jungwirth
Abhiroop Kotha
Melissa Meier
Ali Shaik