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 6:00 p.m. at MDS headquarters in Southborough (unless otherwise indicated).

  • Tuesday, November 3, 2015 - Committee meeting
  • Friday, November 20 - Saturday, November 21, 2015 — Mind the Gap: The Women's Dental Summit, Boston REGISTER NOW!



Mind the Gap: The Women's Dental Summit

     Mind The Gap 2015Mind the Gap: The Women’s Dental Summit is a special program geared toward female practitioners and fourth-year female dental students in New England. This day-and-a-half conference will feature empowering leadership seminars and will highlight prominent national and local female leaders in the profession. Some of the topics covered will be practice management, personal development, wellness, and a scientific component. Attendees will be inspired to become better leaders in their personal and professional lives, and they will leave with renewed passion for their profession and organized dentistry.


    Dates:  Friday, November 20 - Saturday, November 21, 2015

    Location: Hyatt Regency Boston Hotel

    A block of rooms has been set aside at the Hyatt Regency for the conference at a discounted group rate of $199 per night. To make a reservation, call (617) 912-1234 and refer to the room block "Massachusetts Dental Society."


    • ADA Members - $199
    • Non-ADA Members - $499 (A portion of your registration can be applied toward membership dues)
    • Dental Students - $99

     CE Hours: 8 CEUs

    Visit the event page for more information and to register.



Congratulations to the MDS Miles and Smiles 2015 Walk Team!

     2014 MDS Miles and Smiles CollageOn Sunday, September 27, the Women in Dentistry Committee led the dental community toward finding a cure for cancer in the annual Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk. Visit our special MDS Miles and Smiles tribute page.

    So far this year, the MDS Miles and Smiles team has raised more than $66,000 toward its goal of $70,000. Fundraising for the walk closes on October 31, 2015. 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. Make a donation!



Women's Annual Spring Event

 Women's Annual Spring Event

The Women in Dentistry Committee hosted a Stylish Shop and Sip Social at Nordstrom in Burlington, MA, on Sunday, May 3, 2015. View event photos 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