Women in Dentistry Committee

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About the Women in Dentistry Committee

The MDS Women in Dentistry Committee is a thriving Committee of dentists dedicated to creating educational and social programs that target the needs and interests of women dentists. Drs. Traci Portnoff and Kerrie O'Brien are Co-Chairs of this vibrant Committee. All women dentists who are members of the Massachusetts Dental Society are encouraged to participate in Women in Dentistry Committee programs and events


Meeting and Event Dates

All Women in Dentistry Committee meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. at MDS headquarters in Southborough (unless otherwise indicated).

  • Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - WebEx committee meeting, 7:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 3, 2015 — Shop and Sip at Nordstrom, Burlington, MA, 3:30 - 6:30 p.m. REGISTER NOW
  • Thursday, May 7, 2015 — Committee meeting, 6:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 27, 2015 — Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk
  • Friday, November 20 - Saturday, November 21, 2015 — Mind the Gap: The Women's Dental Summit, Boston


Women's Annual Spring Event

 Women's Annual Spring Event

Register now for the annual women's spring event on Sunday, May 3, 2015!

The Women in Dentistry Committee will host a Stylish Shop and Sip Social at Nordstrom in Burlington, MA, on Sunday, May 3, 2015, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. 

This unique event is the perfect opportunity to pamper yourself before a stressful workweek . . . and perfectly timed just before Mother’s Day! Learn about the hottest colors and trends of the season from the experts, then spend some time perusing the racks for a new spring wardrobe. Top off your evening of shopping at the wine bar, and share tapas and success stories with your colleagues.

Stylists from Nordstrom will be available to answer your questions and offer suggestions. There will be an hour-long presentation on the styles of the season, followed by an hour of shopping. The event will conclude with a reception in Nordstrom’s restaurant and wine bar, Blue Stove.


MDS Members - $25

Non-members - $45

Dental Students - $10



Join the MDS Miles and Smiles 2015 Walk Team!

     2014 MDS Miles and Smiles CollageThe Women in Dentistry Committee will once again lead the dental community toward finding a cure for cancer in the annual Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk, to be held on Sunday, September 27, 2015.

    Since it was established in 2012, the team has raised nearly $145,000 toward conquering cancer.


    The MDS Miles and Smiles Team is grateful for all of its walkers and donors over the years and hopes the MDS community will continue to support the team for the 2015 Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk. Join the team or make a donation!



Primary Responsibilities

The Women in Dentistry Committee is comprised of volunteer dentists whose responsibility it is to:

  • Encourage women dentists to belong to the Massachusetts Dental Society, and take on leadership roles at district and state levels within the Society and organized dentistry.
  • Host networking events for women dentists at the district and state level.
  • Implement the Guest Board Member program. Upon request, the Committee makes recommendations regarding nominees.
  • Provide mentorship and camaraderie for other women dentists.
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Contact the members below or the MDS staff liaison Lisa Davis.


Traci A. Portnoff, DMD
65 W Main St
Westborough, MA 01581
(508) 366-3623


Kerrie O'Brien, DMD
192 West Street
Milford, MA 01757
(508) 478-3800

Drs. Pornoff and O'Brien

Women in Dentistry Committee Members


Maria Dona, DMD
Andover Periodontics
2 Stevens St.
Andover, MA 01810
(978) 475-0567


Badrieh Edalatpour, DMD
370 Main St. #201
Stoneham, MA 02180
(781) 438-0300


Hiam Elias, DMD
Northshore Dental Center
6 Essex Dr. #302
Peabody, MA 01960
(978) 532-0088


Jennifer Kusner, DMD


Katie Klein, DMD
Mass General Hospital Dental Group
165 Cambridge St. #401
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 726-1076

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


Anandi Pratap, DMD


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


Anubha Sacheti, DMD
1696 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 492-1040


Onir Spiegel, DDS


Sheila Egan Tucker, DMD
Andover Periodontics
2 Stevens St.
Andover, MA 01810
(978) 475-0567


Board Liaison

Janis Moriarty, DMD
607 Main St.
Winchester, MA 01890
(781) 729-7767

Staff Contact

Lisa Davis
(800) 342-8747, ext. 207