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

(508) 778-4488 

East Middlesex

Mark G. Wang, DMD
(978) 531-3400

Merrimack Valley

Nicholas T. Papapetros, II, DMD
(978) 258-8622


 Chris Owen, DMD
(781) 444-0223


Lakshmi P. Thalanki, DMD
(617) 625-1714

North Metropolitan

John F. Annese, DMD
(781) 284-8637




North Shore

Mahshid Mirghassemi, DDS
(978) 777-9999



John W. Barone, DMD
(508) 699-2481 

South Shore

Abdullaibrahim Abdulwaheed, DMD
(617) 639-5942


Mark Klepacki, DMD 
(413) 586-3306


 Balkrishna Gebtyala, DMD
(978) 772-6658


Michael A. Cooper, DMD
(508) 234-6363



Kristine A. Grazioso, DMD
(781) 383-0003


Anubha K. Sacheti, DMD
(617) 492-1040


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


 Trustee Liaison 

Philip Howells, DDS
(508) 393-6160