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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. Dr. Traci Portnoff chairs this vibrant committee. All women dentists who are members of the Massachusetts Dental Society are encouraged to join this committee. More than 100 women dentists typically attend the committee’s programs.

Meeting Dates

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

  • Sunday, April 27, 2014 - Mix and Mingle at Palettes: A Wine and Paint Event, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m., Palettes Art Studio, Natick. Register Now!

Mix and Mingle at Palettes



Mix and Mingle


Join your fellow female colleagues for a wine and paint night at Palettes in Natick. You will receive a blank canvas and all the necessary supplies to create a masterpiece to hang in your home or office! Step-by-step painting instructions will be provided for the painting below. A light dinner and one drink ticket are included in your registration fee. Space is limited to 42 attendees, so register today!

Palettes Flower Vases

Date: Sunday, April 27, 2014

Time: 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Location: Palettes, 29 Main Street, Natick, MA 01760 (located one block from the Natick commuter rail station)


 MDS Members - $40

 Nonmembers - $55

 Dental students - $20




Additionally, a portion of your registration will be donated to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through the MDS Miles and Smiles Jimmy Fund walk team, led by the Women in Dentistry Committee. Learn more about supporting or joining the team below!


This event is sponsored by Bank of America and Crest + Oral-B.


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


    MDS Miles and Smiles 2013The 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 Assistant 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 more than $75,000 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.




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

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Women in Dentistry Committee Participants

Voting Members

  • Traci Portnoff, DMD, Chair
  • Kelly Bouchard, DMD
  • Lauren Ballinger, DDS
  • Badrieh Edalatpour, DMD
  • Catherine Hayes, DMD
  • Mina Paul, DMD
  • Anubha Sacheti, DMD
  • Mary Jane Hanlon, DMD (Trustee Liaison)

Committee Members

  • Roya Abbott, DMD
  • Kathy Alikhani, DMD
  • Ivy Chen, DDS
  • Susan Cushing, DMD
  • Maria Dona, DMD
  • Debbie Eisen, DMD
  • Hiam Elias, DMD
  • Andrea Fallon, DMD
  • Julie Gelnett, DMD
  • Laura Glicksman, DMD
  • Marly Gomes, DMD
  • Winna Gorham, DMD
  • Nidhi Handa, DMD
  • Mona Hatami, DMD
  • Elissa Heard, DMD
  • Mary Hein, DDS
  • Sirena Hsieh, DMD
  • Yogita Kanorwalla, DMD
  • Kalpana Kaveti, DMD
  • Barbara Kay, DMD
  • Katherine Klein, DMD
  • Nancy Li (Harvard)
  • Helen Livson, DMD

  • Janis Moriarty, DMD
  • Paulina Muller, DMD
  • Zara Nensey (BU)
  • Lalita Nekkanti (Tufts)
  • Kerrie O'Brien, DMD
  • Nahal Panah, DMD
  • Tofigh Raayai, DMD
  • Andrea Richman, DMD
  • Daliah Salem, DMD
  • Siobhan Sheehan, DDS
  • Fiza Singh, DDS
  • Paula Sones, DDS
  • Janice Spada, DMD
  • Onir Spiegel, DDS
  • Sarah Stipho, DMD
  • Lakshmi Thalanki, DMD
  • Sheila Egan Tucker, DMD
  • Maria Vasilakis, DMD
  • Jessica Wilson, DMD
  • Candace Wolkowicz, DMD

Contact Information

Kelly M. Bouchard, DMD
103 Van Deene Ave
West Springfield 01089 
(413) 733-3019

Lauren K. Ballinger, DDS
200 Elm St
Pittsfield, MA 01201
(413) 499-4850

Badrieh M. Edalatpour, DMD 
370 Main St #201 
Stoneham 02180-3515
(781) 438-0300

Catherine Hayes, DMD


Mina Paul, DMD
4199 Washington St
Roslindale, MA 02131
(617) 323-4440

Anubha K. Sacheti, DMD
48 Auburn St
Auburn, MA 01501
(508) 832-6278


Board Liaison

Mary Jane Hanlon, DMD
76 Bedford St #9
Lexington, MA 02420
(781) 860-0115


Staff Contact

Lisa Davis 
(800) 342-8747, ext. 207