Council on Public Affairs


Meeting Dates

All Council on Public Affairs meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. at MDS headquarters (unless otherwise indicated).


Go to MDS Calendar


Primary Responsibilities

The Council on Public Affairs is composed of volunteer dentists whose primary responsibilities are:

  • To develop communications programs to achieve the goals of the Board of Trustees and that are consistent with the MDS Strategic Plan, including the coordination and oversight of the placement of the various electronic and print media, establish and maintain working relationships with the media, and develop a program that trains Society members to act as spokespersons on issues pertaining to dentistry, oral health, and the profession.
  • To support initiatives and develop strategies that promote the MDS as an advocate on important issues that benefit dentistry, MDS members, and the public.
  • To develop and implement legislative strategies with the objective of promoting the advocacy activities of the Society and to influence public policy at all levels of government.
  • To coordinate and oversee legislative and regulatory affairs, direct lobbying and grassroots initiatives, and formulate proposed legislation to be introduced in each legislative session with the approval of the Board of Trustees. 


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Minutes and Materials

Questions or comments concerning meetings or minutes can be directed to the chair or the staff liaisons Scott G. Davis and David White.

Meeting minutes are now secure for member-only access. Please click here to login and review directions on opening meeting minutes.



Contact the members below or the MDS Staff Liasions Scott G. Davis and David White.


Abdullaibrahim Abdulawaheed, DMD
Lux Dental Inc.
505 Washington St
Quincy, MA 02131
(617) 639-5942



District Representatives



Cape Cod

Paul M. McGrath

310 Barnstable Rd #302
Hyannis 02601
(508) 778-4488 

East Middlesex

Mark G. Wang, DMD
Advanced Endodontics Associates PC
39 Cross St #304
Peabody, 01960
(978) 531-3400

Merrimack Valley

Nicholas T. Papapetros, II, DMD
95 Campion Rd
North Andover 01845
(978) 258-8622


Mina Paul, DMD
Greater Roslindale Medical and Dental Center
4199 Washington, St
Roslindale, MA 02131
(617) 323-4440


Lakshmi P. Thalanki, DMD
Family Orthodontics of Cambridge
182 Elm St
Cambridge, MA 02140

(617) 625-1714

North Metropolitan

John F. Annese, DMD
106 Broadway
Revere 02151
(781) 284-8637




North Shore

Mahshid Mirghassemi, DDS
140 Commonwealth Ave #209
Danvers, MA 01923

(978) 777-9999



John W. Barone, DMD
107 N Washington St
North Attleboro 02760
(508) 699-2481 

South Shore

Abdullaibrahim Abdulwaheed, DMD
505 Washington St.
Quincy, 02169
(617) 639-5942


Mark Klepacki, DMD 
PO Box 345
Hadley, MA 01035
(413) 586-3306


 Balkrishna Gebtyala, DMD
325 Ayer Rd
Harvard, MA 01451
(978) 772-6658


Michael A. Cooper, DMD
Cooper Dental
1298 Providence Rd
Whitinsville, MA 01588

(508) 234-6363



Kristine A. Grazioso, DMD
Cohasset Family Health Ctr
223 Rt 3A #102
Cohasset, MA 02025
(781) 383-0003


Anubha K. Sacheti, DMD
1696 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138

(617) 492-1040


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


 Trustee Liaison 

Philip Howells, DDS
One East Main St
Northborough, MA 01532
(508) 393-6160