Meet the Doctors

Pediatric Dentist Dr. Liliana Gomez-Infante

Liliana Gomez-Infante, DMD, CAGS in Pediatric Dentistry

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Originally from Venezuela, Dr. Gomez-Infante received her dental degree from the Central University of Venezuela. In 1998, she came to the USA and attended Boston University’s Goldman School of Dental Medicine, where she earned her Doctorate of Dental Medicine as well as a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) in pediatric dentistry. In 2000, she was given a clinical research award.

Dr. Gomez has written articles which have been published in the Journal of the Massachusetts Dental Society and the Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. She has been a faculty member in pediatric dentistry at Boston University as well as a staff member at Franciscan Hospital for Children in Brighton. She has been in private practice for more than four years.

She is an active member of the American Dental Association, the Massachusetts Dental Society, and the Hispanic Dental Association.

In her spare time, Dr. Gomez is often seen with her twin five-year-old boys and husband at the park, as well as doing many other activities with her family.

Pediatric Dentist, Katayoun Tajik, DDS, MPH

Katayoun Tajik Pediatric Dentist Chicago

Dr. Katy is a Board Certified Diplomat of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Her extensive educational background has allowed her to properly care for children with special considerations. Her due diligence, friendly demeanor, and positive attitude provides a comfortable, stress-free and rewarding dental experience for her patients. She is fully trained in sedation, management of trauma, and complex dental cases. She is originally from California, where she completed her undergraduate studies as well as a masters in public health at The University of California, Los Angelas. She then moved to New York to complete her doctoral degree at New York University and her specialty training in pediatric dentistry at Albert Einstein/Jacobi Medical Center, a level one trauma center in the Bronx, NY. She enjoys the wonderful nature of New England, is an active athlete, and her hobbies are skiing, yoga, and running. 

Pediatric Dentist, Helen Fassil, DMD, MPH

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As a pediatric dentist, my most treasured moment is when a fearful child can connect with me and trust that everything will be ok. I have always enjoyed and found great purpose in working with children of all ages. As a Child Development major in college, I had the opportunity to gain insight into the psychology, growth and development of children, which has enhanced my ability to provide an individualized approach to care for each child according to their needs and stage of development.

As a Public Health professional, I believe strongly in the value of prevention and early diagnosis in overall health, a principle that is particularly important in pediatric dentistry. Children are at the greatest risk for poor oral health outcomes, but they also have the potential to benefit the most from preventive dentistry. It is a privilege to join The Pediatric Dental Group and to work with a prestigious team to ensure that all of our precious kids get the best care possible in a safe, welcoming and comfortable environment.

Pediatric Dentist, Jana Azar, DMD, CAGS

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Dr. Jana Azar received her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Boston University School of Dental Medicine and graduated Cum Laude. After graduation, Dr. Azar attended a general practice residency at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. After her general residency, she returned to Boston University where she received a certificate in advanced graduate studies in Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Azar has an extensive educational background and she is also bilingual in English and Spanish.

Dr. Azar enjoys working with children and is excited to teach patients and families about preventative care and oral health. When she is not practicing dentistry, she loves reading, dancing, and traveling

Pediatric Dentist, Christa Rodenas, DDS

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Dr. Christa Rodenas originates from Guatemala and moved to Rhode Island when she was nine years old. She graduated valedictorian from her high school class and was accepted into the honors program at Providence College, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish. Dr. Christa found her passion for Pediatric Dentistry when she spent many summers volunteering at local pediatric dental clinics during high school.

Dr. Christa received her Doctor of Dental Surgery from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. After four years in Wisconsin she returned to Rhode Island, where she specialized in treating pediatric and special needs patients at St. Joseph's Hospital Pediatric Dental Center in Providence, RI. Dr. Christa then received her certificate in Pediatric Dentistry from NYU Lutheran Dental Medicine. Dr. Christa believes every child should be treated with the upmost care, compassion and empathy. She looks forward to treating her young patients at The Pediatric Dental Group, while being able to watch them grow into confident young-adults!

During her free time, you can find Dr. Christa exploring New England with her husband, Pedro, and their Goldendoodle dog, Ned!

Pediatric Dentist, Mary Ghattas, BDS, DMD

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Dr. Mary Ghattas is a specialist in Pediatric Dentistry. She graduated from Ain Shams University School of Dental Medicine, in Cairo, Egypt with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery (B.D.S) Immediately following graduation, Dr. Ghattas worked as a general Dentist in multiple dental practices. She them moved to the United States and joined the International Student Program at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, located in Boston, MA. Here, she earned her Doctorate of Dental Medicine (D.M.D).

Dr. Ghattas continued on to join the Pediatric Residency Program at Tufts University to complete her Pediatric Dentistry Degree. White at Tufts, she received the "Jack and Anne, D75P, Endowed Senior Prize Award in Pediatric Dentistry." She also received her hospital training at Tufts Medical Center, as well as Franciscan Hospital for Children.

Dr. Ghattas comes from a family of dental professionals; her father is a Prosthodontist and her mother is a Periodontist. Having fourteen years in academic and professional dental experience allows Dr. Ghattas to provide exceptional dental treatment to all of her patients. Dr. Ghattas is proud to be a part of The Pediatric Dental Group and prides herself in giving all of her patients the quality care they deserve.

Orthodontist, Nina Khedkar, DMD

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Dr. Nina Khedkar received her specialty training certificate in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics and her Doctorate of Dental Medicine from Tufts University. Prior to her dental and orthodontic training, she received a Bachelor of Science from Tufts University, which makes her a "Triple Jumbo." During dental school, Dr. Khedkar was inducted in the Omicron Kappa Upsilon, the dental honors society. She also received The American Association of Orthodontists Award and Association of Tufts Alumnae Senior Award.

Dr. Khedkar is dedicated to clinical excellence and focused on total patient care. To this end, she participates in study clubs and attends a multitude of continuing education seminars. Dr. Khedkar's professional affiliations include The American Dental Association, The American Association of Orthodontists, and The Northeastern Society of Orthodontists.

In her free time, Dr. Khedkar enjoys reading spinning and yoga.

Orthodontist, Ian Silversmith, DDS

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Dr. Ian Silversmith earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Cornell University. He completed his dental training at the Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine, where he subsequently specialized in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics. During his education, Dr. Silversmith was awarded a number of honors, including Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honor Dental Society, the American Association of Orthodontics Award, the Dental Care for the Developmentally Disabled Award, the American College of Dentists Outstanding Student Award, and the Evan Kravitz Memorial Scholar Athlete Award. He continues to expand his knowledge by participating in a variety of professional development opportunities and examining the latest trends in orthodontics and dentistry.

Dr. Silversmith is dedicated to providing all of his patients with professional and personal orthodontic care. He strives to create a safe and comfortable environment and ensures all of his patients are provided with the highest quality care and treatment. Dr. Silversmith is excited to create personal bonds with all of his patients and families that walk through the door!

Orthodontist, Jasun Mahaffey, DMD

Ideal orthodontic results are achieved with proper diagnosis, controlled orthodontic mechanics, and adequate patient and parent cooperation.  With my training at Boston University Department of Orthodontics, I feel very confident that I can provide my patients with excellent clinical care to address their malocclusions at the source of their cause, as opposed to just making their teeth look “pretty”.  This I feel, is my job.  My next job is getting my patients and parents to understand their treatment and what role they play in achieving a successful outcome.  Therefore, in our practice we emphasize communication with our parents and patients.  We believe informed patients and parents are more likely to cooperate with their treatment when we speak with them, and not past them.   Therefore, from the very beginning of treatment we aim to build trust through communication with our patients and parents.  We want and expect them to stay engaged throughout their treatment, understanding that they play as vital a role in the successful outcome of their treatment as we do.  In doing so, we have found that our patients become more like family as naturally through communication we all begin to care about each other as opposed to just treating a malocclusion.  This I believe sets us apart.

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