Meet the Doctors

Pediatric Dentist, Katayoun Tajik, DDS, MPH

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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 Angeles. 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. 


General Dentist, Pooja Gupta, DDS

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Dr. Pooja Gupta received her Doctorate from the New York University College of Dentistry where she graduated with honors. She completed her General Practice Residency at Long Island College Hospital, a renowed program in Brooklyn, NY. Dr. Gupta is committed to ongoing dental education in order to bring the latest techniques and technologies to her patients. She has completed courses held by Dr. Frank Spear at the prestigious Scottsdale Center for Dentistry in Arizona. Her memberships include the American Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, and the Massachusetts Dental Society.

Dr. Gupta's practice philosophy reflects not only a commitment to the highest quality of dental care, but also providing a convenient and comfortable environment for her patients. She is focused on educating and communicating with her patients with the goal of tailoring individual treatment plans. In her free time, Dr. Gupta enjoys singing, hiking, traveling, and spending time with her family. 


Pediatric Dentist, Khadija Khan, DMD

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Dr. Khadija Khan is a pediatric dentist who strives to make each dental visit positive and enjoyable for every patient. She is passionate about creatively tailoring her approach to treating each child to create a welcoming and nurturing environment. 

Dr. Khan graduated from Yale University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biomedical Engineering. She then attended dental school at the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine where she earned her DMD degree. Dr. Khan went on to receive specialty training and completed her residency in pediatric dentistry at Stony Brook University in New York where she served as co-cheif resident.

Dr. Khan has a passion for pediatric dentistry and is committed to her patients. She delivers the highest quality dental care in a fun and friendly environment. When not practicing dentistry, Dr. Khan loves exploring new places, traveling, cooking and enjoying good food with family and friends. She loves all things Disney so you might find her singing her favorite tunes in the office!


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.


Pediatric Dentist, Debbie Derisse, DMD

Pediatric Dentist Chicago

Dr. Derisse is a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist who is passionate about creating an enjoyable dental experience for every child. Dr. Debbie Derisse is a Northern New Jersey native. She attended St. John's University in Queens, New York, earning a degree in Biology and Speech Language Pathology. She received her Degree of Dental Medicine from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. She went on to complete an Advanced Education in General Dentistry with Indian Health Services in Northern Arizona and completed her Pediatric Dental Residency at The University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Dr. Derisse is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, a member of The American Dental Association, and The Massachusetts Dental Society. Dr. Derisse enjoys mission trips, vacationing and spending quality time with her friends and family. 


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, Dr. Brennan Bahnson, DMD

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Dr. Brennan Bahnson received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Wyoming. He then continued on to study at the Oregon Health & Science University, where he obtained his Doctor of Dental Medicine. Lastly, he finished his dental studies at the University of Colorado, earning his Orthodontic Master of Science in Dentistry.

Aside from dentistry, Dr. Brennan Bahnson enjoys spending time with his girlfriend and his labradoodle, Timber. In addition, he loves outdoor
activities including hiking, traveling, swimming and playing ultimate frisbee. When it comes time to relax, he appreciates a good book, as well as finding shows to watch on Netflix.

General Dentist, Dr. Taylor Darmetko, DMD

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Dr. Taylor Darmetko received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in Kinesiology. She then went on to receive her Doctor of Dental Medicine from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, where she was an active member of the Tufts Chapter of the American Association of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry, which was focused on providing care to those with special medical needs. While at Tufts, Dr. Darmetko received Merit Scholarships and was the recipient of the Peter Vouras, Jr. D.M.D., D55, Endowed Senior Prize Fund for Excellence in General Dentistry Award. Dr. Darmetko is committed to creating trusting relationships with her patients and providing excellent comprehensive care to adults and children.

Outside of dentistry, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, playing sports and being active, traveling to tropical places, eating a lot of pizza, and is an avid Boston Sports fan.


Pediatric Dentist, Dr. Norma Herrera, DDS

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Dr. Norma Herrera received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley. She then went on to study Public Health at San Diego State University prior to graduating from the Howard University School of Dental Medicine. Next, she completed a General Practice Residency, followed by a Pediatric Dental Residency, at the Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine.

Dr. Herrera is a pediatric dentist with over ten years of experience in treating children ranging from infancy to young adulthood. She is dedicated to establishing a trusting and long-term relationship with both patients and their families, to ensure they are receiving oral health guidance and appropriate treatment early on.

In addition, Dr. Herrera speaks Spanish and enjoys practicing Portuguese. Favorite hobbies and pastimes of hers include being outdoors, reading, traveling and lifting weights. Furthermore, she also enjoys watching the Animal Channel, dancing salsa and working on her cooking skills.


Orthodontist, Dr. Pranali Patel, DDS, MSD

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Dr. Pranali Patel received her Bachelor of Dental Surgery from the Dharmsinh Desai University in Nadiad, India. She then continued on to study Advanced Education in Oral Medicine at the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine in Newark, NJ. Lastly, she finished her dental studies at the Indiana University School of Dentistry, obtaining her Doctor of Dental Surgery and completing her Orthodontic and Dentofacial Orthopedics Residency.

Aside from dentistry, Dr. Pranali Patel enjoys traveling and immersing herself in new experiences. She is very adventurous at heart, loves outdoor sports and tries to stay active every day. In addition, spending time with her family is one of her top priorities. Some of her favorite hobbies include cooking, photography, yoga and learning something new every day.

General Dentist, Dr. Camesia Matthews, DDS

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Dr. Camesia Matthews received her Bachelor of Science degree in Clinical
Laboratory Science, Summa Cum Laude from George Washington University in Washington, DC. She then continued on to receive her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Howard University College of Dentistry, where because of high academic achievement, she was inducted into Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society. In addition, Dr. Matthews received the Community Service Award and Organization of Teachers Oral Diagnosis Award upon graduating.

While matriculating through dental school, Dr. Matthews expanded her skills and experience by leading and volunteering in more than 12 dental/medical outreach events over the course of her academic training, including a summer dental mission trip to rural Jamaica. Dr. Matthews also participated in several research projects and was selected as a student representative to advocate in Congress on behalf of underserved populations which included training in health policy education and legislative advocacy (one of her highlights in dental school).

Next, she then completed her Postgraduate General Practice Residency at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Washington, DC. Dr. Matthews is proud member of the American Dental Association and National Dental Association.

Since graduating, Dr. Matthews has delivered excellent care at clinical facilities throughout Washington, DC and MetroWest, Massachusetts. Because of her love of people, she is keen on delivering quality care and takes pride in putting her patients at ease in the dental chair.

She is a wife and the mother of three girls. Her hobbies include playing the piano, exercising, watching basketball, and traveling.oming soon!


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