Meet Dr. Shaughnessy
Brian F. Shaughnessy DMD, Diplomate, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry
I am thrilled to be "returning to my roots" to start a pediatric dental practice near where I grew up in the Lower Mills section of Boston. I completed my pediatric dentistry specialty training at Harvard University/Children's Hospital Boston where I served as chief resident and currently maintain a staff position.
I received my dental degree from the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine where I served as class president and received the distinct honor of being named " best all around student ".
I have been the recipient of many other leadership and academic awards including publication of my research entitled "Oral Health and Bone Density in Adolescents and Young Women with Anorexia Nervosa" in the Journal of Clinical Pediatric Dentistry.
I began my career in healthcare after graduating cum laude in physical therapy from Northeastern University. I practiced as a physical therapist at numerous institutions in the Boston area including; the Massachusetts General Hospital, Spaulding Rehabilitation, and Shriners Hospital for Children. Working at Shriner's Hospital and having children of my own inspired me to continue my education. My career as a PT taught me the importance of prevention which continues to be my focus as a pediatric dentist.
I am a board certified member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Dental Association, as well as the Massachusetts Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and Massachusetts Dental Society.
My wife Jordan and I celebrated our 20th anniversary this year and we are the proud parents of three incredible daughters: Sabine (a sophmore at Barnard College), Maya (9th grade), and Lily (4th grade), as well as a chocolate lab named Quinn.
I look forward to meeting you and caring for your children!
Keep on Brushin'!
Our Wonderful staff
Maria, Registered Dental Hygenist
Maria's journey in dentistry began as a Dental Assistant at Children’s Hospital in Boston. As her experience grew so did her love for oral hygiene. In 1999 she decided to go back to school, and attended Middlesex Community College and earned a degree in dental hygiene. She remained at Children’s Hospital for 22 years.
For those fortunate to meet Maria, it becomes obvious that her passion is working with children. She's created a positive dental experience for children and their families for the past 28 years. She feels that "everyday working as a dental hygienist is an absolute joy!"
When she's not wearing scrubs, Maria enjoys spending time with her husband Ken and their two children Alexandria and Andrew. You can also find her singing, dancing and/or cooking (sometimes all three at the same time :) )!
Maryanne, Registered Dental Hygenist
Do you know your teeth have three REALLY important jobs? We use them everyday! That is why Maryanne LOVES teeth, especially kids’ teeth. Growing up in Braintree, MA, she attended Archbishop Williams and Boston University School of Graduate Dentistry. Employed by Carney Hospital in Dorchester, and Dedham Medical Associates, has given her a genuine understanding of the needs of the surrounding population. Not all communities in Massachusetts are fluoridated – yet. And, dental disease continues and the concerns need addressing.
Going back to school at Bristol Community College in Fall River, to become a Dental Hygienist at age 40, was her dream of a lifetime, and she has subsequently now worked in all seven Dental Specialties. She is extremely thankful to all the intelligent, compassionate and hard working dental professionals around her, and is so proud to be part of the staff at GREATER BOSTON SMILES. We have the best time working here. As a dental hygienist, she loves helping patients love their teeth. She is committed to help your child understand the importance of having HEALTHY teeth.
Although having over 25 years in the dental profession, she remembers being a young patient at the dentist. The sites, smells and feelings are very different from even a doctors’ visit. So, she strives for all my patients to be comfortable visiting us. Kids and teeth – what could be better? Having four of her own, (children that is) who are awesome grown-ups now, she loves seeing the younger ones and practicing in the PREVENTION of oral disease.
Patti, Registered Dental Hygienist
Patti has been practicing dental hygiene for more than half of her life- wow! Twenty years this year! In 1998, Patti graduated from Cape Cod Community College with a degree in dental hygiene. Upon graduation, she began working in general dentistry until she recently came to join our pediatric team in 2017.
One of Patti's greatest passions is to give to her patients what she would want someone to give to her children - especially those with special needs and anxiety. She feels at this point in her career, giving back to children and their families is the most fulfilling aspect of the profession.
Outside of work, Patti and her family love to visit Plymouth Long beach and go sea glass hunting. Patti is also a very ambitious runner and is currently training for her second marathon: Marine Corps in Washington DC. If you see her before October 2018, wish her luck! Most importantly, Patti loves spending time with her husband Jason and her three wonderfully spirited and unique children - Cam, Coop & Sadie.
Sequoyah, Registered Dental Hygienist
Sequoyah graduated from Middlesex Community College with a degree in dental hygiene and now works part-time as a hygienist. Alongside her work in the field of dentistry, Sequoyah works full-time running a veterinary hospital in Somerville. Before receiving her degree in dental hygiene, Sequoyah also studied at Boston College and Stanford University.
Outside of work, Sequoyah is a huge Boston Bruins & Patriots fan. She even has Bruins season tickets! She has three cats: Snowstorm, Bergeron, and Tuukka Rask as well as a dog named Thorn (who can also be mistaken for a polar bear)! In her free time, Sequoyah loves to snowboard, go to sports games, travel to Cape Cod, cooking and reading.
Claudia, Dental Assistant
Claudia is from Guatemala and has been living in the Boston area for the past 16 years. She graduated as a dental assistant from BCI and is currently in school studying healthcare management while working full time here at our office. Claudia is trilingual and in addition to English speaks Spanish and Portuguese. Claudia loves making kids feel comfortable while at our office, and wants nothing more than for them to leave with a smile on their face! In her spare time Claudia enjoys drawing, painting, and eating LOTS of avocados!
Erika, Dental Assistant
Erika is a Massachusetts girl; born in Dorchester on May 10, 1986 and has lived in Brockton since birth. Before finding her way to the dental profession, Erika was a manager at Men's Warehouse for 8 whole years. She then went back to school to become a dental assistant while also bartending (what a multi-tasker!) which she still does on weekends. She then began working at the office she did her internship at however, knew she wanted to eventually work in pediatrics. Thankfully, she then found her way to our office!
Since age 3, dancing has been a huge part of Erika's life. She taught dance and gymnastics in high school as well as participated in school musicals and as a half time dancer at Brockton High. At age 24, Erika gave birth to her best friend, Gabrielle, who is now 7 years old. Like mother like daughter, Gabrielle is also a competitive dancer following in her mother's great footsteps. Additionally, Erika is probably one of the biggest Boston sports fans you will meet. She is always repping her jerseys on important game days around the office for good luck! Alongside sports, Erika is VERY enthusiastic when it comes to holidays and can always be spotted decorating the office and dressing up herself and the other staff members on special occassions.
Ashley, Office Manager/ Dental Assistant
Ashley has lived in the Greater Boston area her entire life, growing up in Quincy and now residing in Weymouth. In 2007, she graduated from Healthcare Training Associates and continued to work as a dental asisstant in a multi-specialty practice for 9 years. Prior to joining our team in 2016, she and her family were patients here at Greater Boston Smiles. Since being here, she has found much more joy and rewarding experiences in working with kids. She focuses on being able to ease patients minds (being a parent herself) and creating positive experiences to take the fear out and replace it with fun.
Outside of work, Ashley loves spending time with her son, Jaxson, who is almost 7 years old and loves coming to Greater Boston Smiles himself. Her hobbies include cooking (and always exploring healthier, cleaner options), beach trips in the summer, and supporting her son in his newfound interest of Taekwando!
Audrey, Northeastern University Co-op Student
Audrey is a rising senior at Northeastern University studying Health Sciences and biology. As apart of her curriculum, she joined us for her co-op experience due to her aspiring future career in the field of dentistry. She is currently in the process of applying to dental school and hopes to matriculate in 2019. In her free time, Audrey plays and serves as President of her club field hockey team at Northeastern. She loves boxing, running, and taking her dog (also her best friend) Noelle on hikes throughout the summer!
Julie, Front Desk
Kathleen, Registered Dental Hygienist
Mariam, Registered Dental Hygienist