Metropolitan District Dental Society News
In this edition...   May 6, 2014

District Officers

Neela Gandhi, DMD Chair

Robert Memory, DMD Chair Elect

Jeffrey Lowenstein, DMD Vice Chair

Justine Kelley, DMD Secretary

Paul Aswad, DMD Assistant Secretary

Michael O’Toole, DMD Treasurer

Steven Spitz, DMD
Assistant Treasurer

Jeffrey Lowenstein, DMD

Chris Owen, DMD

Phyllis Basile
Executive Director


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It's a Winter Survival Celebration!

A Perfect Cure for the Winter Blahs!

Our next district meeting will be a social reception co-hosted with the Boston Collaborative Group at Joe’s Waterfront, Boston. The Ocean Room which is on the top deck, boasts water views of the Boston Harbor, the Boston skyline and the neighboring North End has been reserved for us. This indoor space is perfect to mix-and-mingle with old and new colleagues. We’ve ordered fabulous hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and warm weather.

May 22, 2014 Thursday

6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. 
Joe’s Waterfront Bar and Grill-Boston
100 Atlantic Ave. Boston

$25.00 for dentists and guests
$15.00 for dentists in practice 10 years and under.
$10.00 for dental students
 Reservations are required.

Valet parking is available after 5:00 p.m. for $16.00 or park one block away at the Lewis Wharf Garage - 28 Atlantic Ave. $15.00 for the evening.

REGISTER HERE through Brown Paper Tickets. 

Or send a check made payable to Metropolitan District Dental Society
Mail to: Metropolitan District Dental Society 209 West Central St. Suite 209 Natick, MA 01760
Thank you to our sponsors
     Citizens Bank      


Contact the district office with any questions: or call 508-651-3521.
. You are welcome to stay after our reception and continue your conversations or have dinner on your own.

Newly Transferred Members

Please welcome the following members who recently transferred into the Metropolitan District:

Shimul Patel, DDS
Gentle Dental 1322 Worcester Rd. Natick
Diran Balekian, DMD 113 Washington St. Foxboro
Gustavo Perdomo, DMD Dental Associates of Roslindale 893 South St. Roslindale
Uma Khanolkar, DMD 150 South Huntington Ave. Boston
Scott Harelick, DMD Harelick Dental Associates, 2 Smith Row Holliston

In Memoriam

“Let us remember our friends and colleagues for their enthusiasm and love of the dental arts”.
Richard Mooradkanian, DMD
Nyman H. Halfond, DMD

Report:  MDDS Reorganization Task Force

In September of 2013, the Metropolitan District Dental Society executive board voted to form a task force to study the current district structure and the possible formation of two separate districts. This committee, the MDDS Reorganization Task Force, has since met three times to discuss an approach strategy and an outcome assessment.

The Boston Collaborative Group was initially formed to better represent the diverse clinicians in the Boston area, to increase membership in the Massachusetts Dental Society, and to ascertain whether formation of a new district was a viable goal. The task force is sensitive to the opinions of all Metropolitan District Dental Society members. Within the next few weeks you will receive an email (mailed) questionnaire that we hope you will give attention to filling out. The Task Force is also in the process of planning two “Community Meetings” to be held in order to give membership a chance to ask questions and voice their opinions.

The MDDS would like to see our entire constituency succeed. How can we best do this? The MDDS Reorganization Task Force is carefully looking at this and wants the opinion of all the MDDS members, especially those in the Boston Metropolitan Area. In addition to the upcoming survey and regional forums mentioned above you can contact:
MDDS Chair Neela Gandhi at:
BCG Chair Frank Schiano at:
MDDS Trustee Chris Owen at:
The Task Force looks forward to hearing from you.


Board of Trustees April Meeting Highlights

First District Trustee Dr. Jeffrey Dow from Maine will be running for the position of ADA President-elect in 2015. The MDS will support Dr. Dow's candidacy, including a financial contribution of $32,000.

MDS Lobbyist Roger Donoghue reported that MDS is making headway on the Non Covered Services Bill after agreeing to COMPROMISE language. He also informed the Board that they are working on the requirements and timeline for Electronic Health Records.

The Budget and Fiscal Planning Committee recommended NO DUES INCREASE for 2014-2015.

Director of Membership Marc Kaplan reviewed progress in evaluating and identifying a NEW ASSOCIATION MANAGEMENT SYSTEM to provide a better customer service experience and more relevant programming to members.

The Board voted to contribute $1,000 to the search for Jiwon Lee, a missing Columbia University dental student who was recently ASDA President.

Director of Membership Marc Kaplan and Ernie Paicopolos of Opinion Dynamics, reviewed the results of a recent member survey focusing on young and minority members, 51% of whom were women. The results showed that Member Satisfaction and Likelihood to Continue Membership responses were favorable. Membership will work with the results to continue to INCREASE MDS MARKET SHARE.

District Calendar of Events

Executive Board Meetings

  • September 18, 2014 Executive Board Meeting The Verve Crowne Plaza Hotel 1360 Worcester St. Route 9E Natick   6:00 p.m.
  • November 13, 2014 Needham Sheraton Hotel 100 Cabot St. Route 128 Exit 19A Needham 6:00 p.m.
  • February 12, 2015 The Verve Crowne Plaza Hotel 1360 Worcester St. Route 9E Natick   6:00 p.m.
  • April 2, 2015 Needham Sheraton Hotel 100 Cabot St. Route 128 Exit 19A Needham 6:00 p.m.

 District Meetings

  • Thursday May 22, 2014 Social Evening at Joe’s Waterfront 100 Atlantic Ave. Boston.
  • Monday, June 9, 2014 District Caucus at The Verve Crowne Plaza Hotel 1360 Worcester St. Route 9E Natick   6:00 p.m.
  • Friday, October 17, 2014 All Day Seminar with Dr. Kenneth Malament “Esthetic Dentistry in Complex Prosthodontic Reconstruction” Wellesley Country Club 300 Wellesley Ave. Wellesley 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Monday, May 11, 2015 Golf and Tennis Tournament at Charter Oak Country Club in Hudson, MA.


  • Friday June 13, 2014 MDS House of Delegates meeting Burlington Marriott Hotel Route 128 Exit 33B, 8:30 am-4:30 pm
Attention All Golfers and Tennis Players...

Please keep the date May 11, 2015 open on your calendar for The Metropolitan Open. The Charter Oak Country Club in beautiful Hudson, Massachusetts will be the host for this signature event of the DGA (Dentists Golfers Association) season. If you are interested in joining the Golf/Tennis Committee please contact Bob Memory at:, Jeff Lowenstein at: or Phyllis Basile at: There will many sponsorship opportunities, on-course games, and both a live and silent auction. All proceeds will be going to a charitable organization to be determined by the planning committee. If you haven’t volunteered in the past, this is the committee you may want to join. Even if you are not a golfer or tennis player but would like to learn, this event will be perfect for you.

MDDS MDS Volunteer Heroes

The William McKenna Volunteer Heroes is a special group of dental society members who are recognized for their outstanding volunteerism and dedication to organized dentistry. They have contributed significantly to their local and state dental societies through various Councils and Committees.
The district is proud to add the names of Michael Putt, DMD and Frank Schiano, DMD as this year's recipients.
The following are Metropolitan District members who are William McKenna Volunteer Heroes
Robert Amato, DMD 
Basel Badawi, DMD
Kathleen Barrett, DMD 
Cherie Bishop, DMD
Fred Boustany, DDS 
John Bullock, DDS
Marilyn Canis, DMD
James Cinamon, DMD
Sandra Cove, DMD
Peter Delli Colli, DMD
Mary DeMello, DMD
Richard Doff, DMD
Armond Enos, DDS                 
Paula Friedman, DDS
Neela Gandhi, DMD
Laura Glicksman, DMD
Catherine Hayes, DMD
Timothy Hempton, DDS
Aidee Herman, DMD
Anita Jones, DMD
Justine Kelley, DMD
Ann Kirk, DDS
Gerard Kugel, DMD
Shari Lisann, DMD
L. Jeffrey Lowenstein, DMD
Mark Mizner, DMD
Carl Perlmutter, DMD
Richard Price, DMD
Joan Qureshi, DMD
Andrea Richman, DMD
Jan Rozen, DDS
Edward Salamoff, DMD
Michael Sheff, DMD
Jeffrey Slone, DMD
C. Paul Spinale, DDS
Stephen Stone, DMD
David Tesini, DMD
Kevin Toomey, DMD
Tina Wang, DMD
Joseph Williams, DDS
Thomas Winkler, DMD
Michael Putt, DMD
Frank Schiano, DMD


House of Delegates 2014

The House of Delegates is the supreme authoritative body of the Massachusetts Dental Society. As such, it speaks for the thousands of members of the Society and for the dental profession in Massachusetts. Thank you to all those who are volunteering their time to be Delegates and represent you at the 2014 MDS House of Delegates on Friday, June 13, 2014.
Neela Gandhi, DMD 
Justine Kelley, DMD
Michael O’Toole, DMD 
Chris Owen, DMD
John Buehler, DMD
Jeffrey Harrison, DMD
Jeffrey Lowenstein, DMD
Joan Qureshi, DMD
Edward Salamoff, DMD
Ken Marsh, DMD
Maryam Shomali, DMD
Suneel Kandru, DMD
Frank Schiano, DMD
Jan Rozen, DDS
Cherie Bishop, DMD
Donald MacIntyre, DMD
Alexander Moheban, DMD
Paul Aswad, DMD
Harish Gulati, DDS
Jonathan Davis, DMD
Robert Memory, DMD
Joseph Guarino, DMD
Michael Putt, DMD

Defibrillator Recall

The MDS became aware that HeartSine Technologies Ltd. initiated a recall of certain Samaritan® 300/300P public access defibrillators to address two separate issues that may affect the ability to deliver therapy to a patient in a sudden cardiac arrest event. Some affected devices may have been sold through Cardiac Systems of New Jersey which was an MDS Affinity Partner. The recall was initiated in September 2012, but some members were only just made aware of the recall by their distributors. Devices with the following serial numbers are affected:

  • 0400000501 to 0700032917
  • 08A00035000 to 10A0070753
  • 10C00200000 to 10C00210106

For more information, including next steps, visit


New Dentist Conference

Registration is now open for the ADA 28th New Dentist Conference taking place July 17-19 at the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center.
Visit for the full schedule of leadership programming, courses and events and to book your room at the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel for $168/night.

Advance your leadership, business and clinical skills for one low registration fee that includes:

  • Up to 14 hours of continuing education
  • Full day of leadership development
  • Clinical and business courses from exceptional speakers
  • Hot topics discussion with the ADA Board of Trustees
  • A complimentary ticket to the social event in the Power & Light District
  • Breakfast and Learn sessions
  • Complimentary lunches
  • Networking opportunities with your peers from across the nation

And don't miss the NEW hands-on endodontic and implant workshops at University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry.
Become a better leader, enhance your skills and experience Midwest hospitality at its finest.
Questions? Contact the ADA New Dentist Committee office at 312.440.2779 or

Allied Dental Health Professionals Breakfast & Learn

The 22nd Annual Allied Dental Health Professionals Breakfast and Learn took place on Sunday morning April 27, 2014 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Natick, MA. This was the first Breakfast and Learn that the late Dr. Stephen Stone did not preside as master of ceremonies. Steve was sorely missed and many attendees made mention of his dedication and love for the annual get together of hygienists, assistants and laboratory technicians. Nutritionist Dr. Carole Palmer of Tufts University School of Dental Medicine gave a wonderful presentation on the current concepts of nutrition related to the dental patient population. The Breakfast and Learn was generously supported by RDH TEMPS, Altus Dental Insurance, Crest Oral B, DenMat, Colgate Oral Pharmaceuticals and 3M ESPE. Our own Ed Salamoff won the door prize. All attendees had a well nutritionally balanced breakfast and look forward to next year’s 23rd Annual Allied Dental Health Professionals Breakfast and Learn when the event will be named in honor of Dr. Stone.

A very informative lecture


Beacon Hill Day

On Wednesday, April 2, 2014, over 100 dentists and dental students visited the Massachusetts State House to advocate for the reinstatement of the MassHealth adult dental benefit, the approval of the all-important Non-Covered Services Bill, and against the advanced dental hygiene practitioner legislation, among the many items that greatly affect all the dentists of the commonwealth. Among those from MDDS who attended were Michael Putt, Myron Allukian, Jr., Mina Paul, Leslie Racowsky, Parul Taneja, Linda Vidone, Aidee Herman, Steve Bader, Mary DeMello, Edward Salamoff, Paul Aswad, Laura Glicksman, Andrea Richman, James Cinamon, Aram Mirigian, Timothy Hempton, Priya Trikha, Jeffrey Lowenstein, Joseph Guarino and Renu Maewall.
Remember, Beacon Hill Day doesn't have to be limited to one day per year. If you have a concern or question, please contact your State Senator or State Representative. If you need assistance, please contact the Massachusetts Dental Society. This is YOUR profession and you have a VOICE.

Left to Right: Tufts Dental Student, Dr. Jeffrey Lowenstein and Alice Peisch


An Alternative Way to Market Yourself

Few would argue that marketing our practices is one of the most important non-clinical activities that we do to support our businesses. Print advertisements, coupons, online marketing, and hosting educational events are popular methods. I'd like to present an alternative approach that has worked well for me. I have been a member of a Business Networking International (BNI) chapter for 6 years and it has helped my new patient flow and allowed me to network with other business owners in the area. Each chapter has room for only one individual per profession, so that there is no competition within that Chapter for referrals from the group. Any dental need that another member is aware of from a friend, co-worker, family member etc. is a possible referral for me. In essence, we act as each others’ sales force to refer new clients to one another. There are BNI chapters in most towns, and I would encourage anyone who feels that this type of marketing may suit their business get in touch with a chapter and visit to check it out. For instance, I am aware that the Waltham Watch City BNI chapter is actively looking for a dentist to pass referrals to. You can contact Noah Rabin at if interested. Noah says: "We'd be honored to have you come meet the energetic members of our group for lucrative networking opportunities." 
If you are not in the Waltham area, you can call BNI at 978-443-6800 or go to if you would like to learn more. 
Happy networking!
Dr. Michael Putt
Wayland Dental

Editorial: Time for the "Yankee" to Go

Before you get all worked up over the title of this editorial, I am not suggesting eliminating the annual meeting of dentists and the dental team that takes place annually at the Boston Convention Center. I am politely requesting that we enter into the 21st Century and identify the 6th largest dental meeting in the United States as it should have been a long, long time ago; THE PATRIOT DENTAL CONGRESS. Enough with the “Yankee”. (Sorry, Derek Jeter.) In the 1700s, you could address a New England settler as a Yankees, but that's history. Today, the word “Yankee” is emblematic of pinstriped ballplayers in the Bronx. In fact “Yankee” has taken on the connotation of over spending for pinstriped ballplayers in the Bronx. And, we don’t need a word that reminds us of overspending. Now is the time to use the word PATRIOT! 3 Lombardi Trophies PATRIOT. Tom Brady PATRIOT. Missile system PATRIOT (well, we might not want to go there). All I am asking is that we think about rebranding the 2nd largest meeting of any profession held in Boston to meet the needs of today’s and tomorrow’s generation. THE PATRIOT DENTAL CONGRESS. Or, we could really make a statement and call the meeting, THE PATRIOT DENTAL EXPERIENCE. The word “congress” recently hasn’t had the best of luck either. Please submit a letter to the editor with your thoughts on this or any other topics that interest you. The best responses will win valuable prizes and maybe even a trip to THE 2016 PATRIOT DENTAL EXPERIENCE.


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