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 Dates

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




Step It Up for the MDS Miles and Smiles Team—Walk With Us in 2014!

     MDS Miles and Smiles 2014The MDS Miles and Smiles team will be pounding the pavement once again on Sunday, September 21, 2014, for its third consecutive Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk. Participants can choose to walk the full 26.2-mile marathon route, 13.1-mile half-marathon route, five-mile route, or three-mile route. Join our team today! 

    In 2013, 26 dentists, auxiliary members, MDS staff members, and friends of the dental community joined the 8,500 participants who walked in the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk to raise money for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. “Walking with our team allows us to walk in honor of our many colleagues who are fighting or have fought the battle against cancer,” says MDS Secretary Dr. Janis Moriarty, who is also team co-captain. “I’ve participated in the walk for three years, and each time I meet new people and am more inspired.”

    Led by Drs. Moriarty and Barbara Kay and championed by the Women in Dentistry Committee, the MDS Miles and Smiles Team raised nearly $43,000 for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute last year, for a total of nearly $80,000 in the last two years. “Everyone has been touched by cancer in one way or another," says Dr. Moriarty. "Walking for the Jimmy Fund lets each of us make a direct impact by raising money for Dana-Farber.”

    The MDS Miles and Smiles Team is grateful for all of its walkers/donors and hopes the MDS community will continue to support the team for the 2014 Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk. Join the team or make a donation.  


Mix and Mingle at Palettes


Mix and Mingle

Thanks for making our first-annual paint night a fun and successful evening! View photos from the event here.




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