Leadership Team

John Voith

Co-Founder & COO

John met clinical pioneers in teledentistry and mobile hygiene in 2016, who all bonded over a strong commitment to providing access to preventive patient care. To this day, John works with the aim to innovate in the patient care delivery space and play a part in moving the U.S. healthcare system towards more affordable and higher-quality care.

John has extensive, hands-on experience working at large Fortune 100 healthcare companies as a consultant, at healthcare startups as an operator, as well as leading large teams at high-growth companies such as athenahealth. At athenahealth, John helped scale from a team of 1 to 150+ people. His teams were focused on improving how doctors connect electronically with each other, their teams, and their patients.

In his free time, John enjoys spending time with his wife and 2 kids, road biking (or riding his peloton when it's cold), food/wine tasting, and catching up with friends.

Dave Drap

Chief Growth Officer

Dave brings over 25 years of sales and operations experience to Virtudent. He has worked in the health and wellness space, both on the individual side and the corporate wellness side, during his time at Life Time Fitness, Club Corporation of America, and Wellness IQ. While at Wellness IQ, a best-in-class corporate wellness solution, Dave served as CEO & President but was compelled to join Virtudent because he was intrigued by the creative idea and design that Virtudent espouses for total wellbeing.

He has designed, developed, and implemented multiple types of wellness offerings over the past 20+ years with each of the corporate designs leading to greater workforce productivity, return on investment, and overall employee health. Dave is a Certified Healthcare Reform Specialist, and has given many lectures and workshops on the topic of workplace wellness and its positive effects on employee population as well as employer bottom lines. He is thrilled to bring his expertise to a young and exciting company.

Dave earned a Bachelors degree in Political Science, and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Political Science and Government from American Public University System.

In Dave's free time he likes to be at the lake, boating. He also competes in triathlons with his wife a few times a year, and has 4 amazing kids with whom he loves spending time.

Dr. Scott Odell

Chief Dental Officer

Dr. Scott Odell has been a practicing dentist for over 35 years! He served on the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine (SDM), where he served as Director of the Medically Complex Clinic (providing comprehensive dental care to patients), Director of the Oral Medicine Honors Program, Co-Director of Radiology Honors program, Director of Admissions and Emergency Department, and Chief of the Emergency Care Clinic.

As an Associate Clinical Professor at SDM, Dr. Odell won 10 awards for excellence in teaching. He is a two time winner of the Outstanding Service to Students award. Twice, he won the Outstanding Teaching Award and he is a six time winner of the Appleton Excellence in Clinical Teaching Award.

After graduating from Williams College in 1978 with a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry and subsequently from Penn Dental Medicine in 1982, Dr. Odell entered into private practice in a suburb of Philadelphia. For 20 years, he developed his practice by performing all aspects of general dentistry.
He is a member of the American Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry. Additionally, Dr. Odell has a Master’s degree in Actuarial Science from Temple University where he earned the Dean’s Certificate of Excellence and was admitted to Gamma lota Sigma.

In his free time he enjoys running and following local and professional sports, as well as spending time with his wife and children.

Debbie Kenny

Vice President, Customer Success

Debbie has brought a wealth of experience to her role as Vice President of Customer Success at Virtudent. Before joining Virtudent, Debbie led the global training business at Information Mapping, headed up the sales and marketing functions at The Virtual High School, ran human resources and operations as a co-founder of Meetcaregivers, and served as MassChallenge’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Newton Innovation Center.

In her current role, Debbie partners with Virtudent's clients to ensure they have the tools and support they need to successfully incorporate Virtudent’s onsite dental visits into their strategic wellness initiatives. Debbie enjoys partnering with our clients to enhance their wellness offering and improve the overall health and happiness of our partners' employees.

Debbie joined Virtudent because she’s passionate about innovative businesses with a mission. Whether it is bringing new academic opportunities to students in global online classrooms, or using online technologies to help families struggling to care for their aging loved ones, she is using her business and entrepreneurial skills to help make a difference. She feels especially passionate about Virtudent's mission to help busy working adults and under-served children receive easy access to preventative dental care.

Debbie received her MBA from Northeastern University and her Bachelors in Psychology and Spanish magna cum laude from Mount Holyoke College.

In her spare time she loves mentoring teenage girls and hosting creative theme parties for her friends.

Sapna Tyagi

Vice President, Product & Technology

Bringing a robust background in technology, product, and services, Sapna joined Virtudent early on with an interest in creating a simple and meaningful customer experience. Before joining Virtudent, Sapna began her career at Microsoft where she spent a decade as a product and engineering leader, launching successful products like Office 2007, Bing & Ads International, Bing on iPad, Xbox, and Windows 8. She then founded P Lab, an independent product consulting firm helping local startups and spent several years in product leadership roles at: Care.com, TripAdvisor and Invaluable where she managed product for multiple business lines.

While at Care.com, Sapna helped companies improve productivity and retention by making on-demand Care Services accessible to employees. It was there that she saw that the future of a successful workplace would depend on high quality services being delivered to employees on-demand and on-site. Virtudent is well-positioned to deliver that type of high quality care to employees by qualified dentists and registered dental hygienists, empowered by cutting-edge technology and streamlined operations.

As the Vice President of Product at Virtudent, Sapna is responsible for the patient, dental provider, and employer experience from start to finish. She is passionate about leading innovation through high quality service, human-centered design, and innovative technology.
Sapna has a Masters of Engineering, Information Technology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a Masters of Science, Operations, and Information Technology from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a Bachelors in Engineering from the National Institute of Technology Rourkela.

When she's not spreading greater grins for Virtudent, you can find her practicing Reiki, or sharing laughs with her family and friends.

Catherine Jonash

Vice President, General Manager

Prior to joining Virtudent, Catherine served as Director of Regional Operations for Massachusetts Eye and Ear, the leading provider of ophthalmology, ear, nose and throat care in New England. In her role, she supported over twenty outpatient clinical sites to deliver the best possible clinical care and patient experience to a wide range of patients with specialty conditions. She learned the importance of customer service and patient access and heard from patients directly about the need for easier access to preventive and specialty services close to home and work. Catherine was drawn to Virtudent’s innovative care delivery model and core focus on customer service and patient satisfaction.

Catherine joined Virtudent as Vice President and General Manager of the New England market. She is responsible for Virtudent's business development, growth, and operations in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and northern Connecticut.

Catherine attended Princeton University for her undergraduate degree and Dartmouth for her joint MBA-MPH graduate program at the Tuck School of Business and The Dartmouth Institute.

When not at work, Catherine loves to spend time outdoors with her family and Australian Shepard Toni. She enjoys experimenting with new food recipes in the kitchen and going to concerts and music festivals.

Chris Crawford

Vice President, General Manager

Chris discovered a passion for innovation in healthcare while pursuing a Masters degree following his service in the military. Upon earning his MBA, he joined Goldman Sachs & Co. in the Healthcare group, where he worked on teams advising the industry’s leading public and private companies. Subsequently, Chris has worked for more than a decade as a private equity investor, serving both as a board member and interim leader at growth-stage companies in healthcare, dental services, technology, media & telecommunications, and business services.

Chris joined the Virtudent team with a desire to help build a forward-thinking company that aims to serve others in innovative ways. As Vice President and General Manager (Texas region), he is committed to executing on Virtudent's vision to increase access to preventative dental care, lower costs, and improve outcomes.

In addition to an MBA from Harvard, Chris holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Management from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He is a former Army Captain and a decorated veteran of the war in Iraq, where he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal.

His passions include enjoying the great outdoors, photography, international travel, and spending time with his wife and two children.

Lauren Ankeles

Vice President, General Manager

Lauren has more than a decade of experience in healthcare. Most recently she was the Director of Strategy and Operations for Syneos Health's Communications business. Prior to that, Lauren was an Engagement Manager with The Chartis Group. There, she advised hospitals and healthcare systems on their management, strategy, and operations. Lauren also spent time in the Office of Strategy at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, in the Marketing Strategy & Analysis Group for Boston Scientific's Cardiac Rhythm Management group, and as a consultant with Monitor Group (now part of Deloitte).

As the Vice President and General Manager New York, Lauren is responsible for the successful launch and continued growth of our New York regional market, which includes New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.

Lauren is passionate about enabling people to live better lives through a focus on health, wellness, and technology. She joined Virtudent to drive this change in oral healthcare and make a tangible impact on the quality of people's lives.

Lauren graduated cum laude from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and holds an MBA from MIT's Sloan School of Management.

Lauren’s guilty pleasure is all things Bravo TV, and in her spare time she loves to travel; so much so that she’s been to all 7 continents.

Jon Kong

Vice President, General Manager

Jon joins Virtudent from Convoy, a digital freight marketplace that connects shippers and truck drivers through an online platform. At Convoy, Jon was part of a tech start-up that experienced hyper-growth, and oversaw a portfolio of Convoy's largest and most strategic customers. Prior to Convoy, Jon had a 10+ year career in management consulting that started at PricewaterhouseCoopers, and eventually brought him to Camber Collective where he helped build one of the leading strategy consulting firms focused in the social impact space. At Camber Collective, Jon led teams to deliver projects that helped healthcare, philanthropic, and nonprofit organizations understand complex social challenges, develop strategies to address those challenges, and form effective coalitions of partners to execute those strategies.

Jon's passion and experience in innovative healthcare service delivery models brought him to Virtudent. As Vice President and General Manager (Washington), Jon is excited to help launch Virtudent's innovative model in the west coast to improve access to preventative oral health services.

Jon holds a degree from the University of Washington's Foster School of Business. Outside of work, Jon enjoys spending time outdoors and with his young family. He serves on the board of the Denise Louie Education Center, a Seattle-based early education non-profit focused on providing access to early education to low income refugee and immigrant families.

Eric Goode

Vice President, Finance

Eric joins us from CloudHealth Technologies which was acquired by VMware in 2018, a leader in hybrid cloud management. At CloudHealth, Eric led the Finance and Accounting teams. He managed a multi-entity international financial structure, assisted in venture fundraising efforts and helped the company through a seamless exit via acquisition. Before CloudHealth, Eric was a Senior Accountant at MathWorks and was tasked with building an internal systems audit program used by all 15 international offices. Eric brings 14 years of Finance & Accounting experience to the company and is very excited to help build another early-stage start-up to a successfully scaled national operation.

Eric is the Vice President of Finance, where he leads all aspects of the financial well-being of Virtudent. This includes managing the accounting close, financial reporting and assisting with venture fundraising. Eric was drawn to Virtudent by the unique service offered and the opportunity to work with a motivated group of very smart individuals.

Eric graduated from Syracuse University with a B.S. in Management and has his Masters in Business Administration with a concentration in Global Business & Markets from Bentley University.

In his spare time, he enjoys golf, the beach, a craft beer or two and spending as much time as possible with his wife and two daughters.

Joe Lucchesi

Director, Sales

Before helping Virtudent make oral health accessible to all, Joe worked in sales and account management at ZipCar and CarGurus, where he helped launch and grow new products as both companies scaled and matured. He holds a bachelor's degree in marketing from Erivan K. Haub School of Business at Saint Joseph's University.

As Director of Sales at Virtudent, Joe helps Virtudent build and maintain relationships with companies across the country by helping them bring the gold standard of preventive dental care to their busy employees. Having this tangible impact on the lives of others through his day-to-day work is what drew Joe to join the Virtudent team.

While not spending time spreading the greater grins at Virtudent, you can find him on a soccer field reliving the glory days, traveling to Connecticut to visit his family, or relaxing listening to his favorite record.

Alexis Arlett

Director, Corporate Marketing

Before joining Virtudent, Alexis worked at American Well, where she led the marketing programs for their 80+ health plan and employer clients. Alexis’ entire career has been in the health-tech sphere working for organizations with B2B2C models. She is passionate about improving the continuum of care and addressing disparities that exist in healthcare. Virtudent’s mission of improving access to oral health care is what prompted her to join the company!

Alexis has her MBA with a focus in healthcare from Simmons College and received her undergraduate degree from George Washington University where she majored in global public health.

In her spare time, she spends time with her two dogs (Finn and Sophia) and volunteers with the Special Olympics, where she is a photographer.

Sean Valiente

Director, People Operations

Sean joins us from stops including MassChallenge and Launch Academy, where he would lead the Finance and HR functions for growing startups. At Launch Academy, Sean leads the expansion into new markets. Before Launch Academy, Sean was at MassChallenge leading the Finance and HR function for the world's largest startup accelerator program. Sean brings ten years of Human Resource expertise to the company and is passionate about mission-driven startups!

Sean is the Head of People Operations, where he leads the Human Resource function, including Talent Acquisition, Facilities & IT, and Culture. Sean has always loved working with startups and is excited to bring high-quality oral healthcare to all.

Sean graduated from Bentley University with a B.S. in Corporate Finance and Accounting.

In his spare time, they enjoy movies, writing, and collecting Pop Figures.

Courtney Bragg

Director, Market Launch

Courtney has extensive startup experience across industries, both in the U.S. and internationally. She worked on sales strategy at New Relic, an application performance management SaaS company, conducting market segmentation analysis and establishing best practices for building sales pipelines. Previously, she worked at Nova Pioneer in Johannesburg, helping develop affordable private schools across Africa. At KIPP DC, a network of charter schools, Courtney was on the founding team of the first high school in DC, serving on the school administration, building the college counseling department, and working alongside the COO on strategic initiatives, ranging from identifying growth opportunities to developing talent pipelines.

Courtney is the Director of Market Launch, leading Virtudent’s growth across the U.S., extending service throughout every region and metropolitan area. She loves getting to know each market deeply, planning the operations, executing early sales, and developing relationships with Virtudent partners and the local team. Courtney is excited to drive growth at Virtudent and ensure that everyone, from elementary school students through busy executives, has access to preventive dental care.

Courtney has her MBA from the Tuck School of Business and is a Washington University alumna. In her spare time, Courtney travels extensively, reads too much news, boxes, and tries to escape in the winter back home to South Florida.

Clinical Team

Dr. Scott Odell

Chief Dental Officer

Dr. Scott Odell has been a practicing dentist for over 35 years! He served on the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine (SDM), where he served as Director of the Medically Complex Clinic (providing comprehensive dental care to patients), Director of the Oral Medicine Honors Program, Co-Director of Radiology Honors program, Director of Admissions and Emergency Department, and Chief of the Emergency Care Clinic.

As an Associate Clinical Professor at SDM, Dr. Odell won 10 awards for excellence in teaching. He is a two time winner of the Outstanding Service to Students award. Twice, he won the Outstanding Teaching Award and he is a six time winner of the Appleton Excellence in Clinical Teaching Award.

After graduating from Williams College in 1978 with a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry and subsequently from Penn Dental Medicine in 1982, Dr. Odell entered into private practice in a suburb of Philadelphia. For 20 years, he developed his practice by performing all aspects of general dentistry.

He is a member of the American Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry. Additionally, Dr. Odell has a Master’s degree in Actuarial Science from Temple University where he earned the Dean’s Certificate of Excellence and was admitted to Gamma lota Sigma.

In his free time he enjoys running and following local and professional sports, as well as spending time with his wife and children.

Dr. Adriane Kilar


Originally from New Jersey, Dr. Adriane Kilar earned her Doctorate of Medicine in Dentistry from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (Rutgers Dental School) and subsequently completed a General Practice Residency Program at Danbury Hospital. After her residency program, Dr. Kilar entered private practice in Connecticut before relocating to Massachusetts.

Since 2010 Dr. Kilar has been practicing at MIT Medical in the dental department as the faculty, student, and staff dentist. While working at MIT Medical, Dr. Kilar came to understand the importance of providing dental services in the workplace. She saw firsthand how, by increasing accessibility to oral care within the MIT community, patients were more likely to prioritize their dental needs. This led to a natural transition to Virtudent.

Dr. Kilar is excited to continue working to increase access to oral health care by providing preventative care in a way that accommodates the busy lives of professionals. She also appreciates the importance that Virtudent places on oral health education and the relation of oral health to our overall wellbeing.

In her spare time, Dr. Kilar enjoys skiing, spending time on the lake, dance parties, and quality time with her family and friends.

Dr. Jaimie Kwon


After graduating from dental school, Dr. Jaimie Kwon left her home state of California to explore Washington and the beautiful Pacific North West. Dr. Kwon works in private practice, and her passion for dentistry grows every day as she interacts with patients.

When she first heard about Virtudent, Dr. Kwon was instantly drawn to the novel concept and saw the great benefits it could bring to patients. She always envisioned that with modern technology, healthcare would become more accessible. Virtudent was working to bring that vision to life.

Dr. Jaimie went to undergrad at the University of the Pacific majoring in pre-dentistry as part of an accelerate program. She graduated with honors from UOP Arthur Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco, California.

In her spare time, Dr. Kwon enjoys spending time with her husband and their little boy. They love traveling and taking pictures along the way.

Dr. John Castanaro


Dr. John Castanaro has been a dentist for more than a decade, managing his private dental practice in Yonkers, New York. In addition, he served as an attending dentist at Mount Sinai Dental Residency program for five years.

Eager to branch out, Dr. Castanaro is happy to join the team as the North East Regional Manager. He is excited to be a part of Virtudent’s innovative and convenient approach to dental care and eager to help expand the dental industry’s boundaries.

In addition to his role at Virtudent, Dr. Castanaro was recently appointed as a trustee to the Yonkers Board of Education. He is also the only dentist appointed to the Yonkers Health Advisory Board since 2018, and he is a proud member of the Spear Education organization that supports continued dental education.

Dr. Castanaro graduated from the University of Scranton with a degree in biology and philosophy. He got his Master’s in Biology from the University at Buffalo, and then graduated cum laude from University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine. He served as the chief resident at Montefiore Medical Center before joining his father in private practice.

In his spare time, Dr. Castanaro enjoys skiing, spending time at the beach, and riding his motorcycle. He also has a vast collection of Superman memorabilia.

Dr. Will Fiore


Dr. Will Fiore has been a dentist for close to a decade, having owned 2 dental offices simultaneously while managing a practice.

Earlier in his career, his natural entrepreneurial spirit led him to open and start 5 dental practices in all, as he learned to balance business with his craft.

Once an opportunity arose to expand and hire another dentist, Dr. Fiore was at the top of Virtudent's wishlist and vice versa. Because Virtudent is the first of its kind in the dental field and it reminds him of telemedicine, Dr. Fiore jumped at the chance to join the team. The kind of work Virtudent does hits close to home as well; telemedicine is something which his wife is also committed to once she completes her own dermatology fellowship.

Dr. Fiore went to undergrad at Arizona State double majoring in biology and bioengineering before attending University of Pennsylvania Dental School.

In his free time he likes to spend time with his wife and work on home improvements and woodworking.

Emily Kelley

National Clinical Quality Manager

Emily has been a hygienist for 9 years, she graduated from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in 2010. Emily’s favorite hygiene tip is to make sure your toothpaste contains fluoride! She loves working for Virtudent because she gets to meet new people and experience a new space to work in on a regular basis. Working as a hygienist is great because I get to educate people on the importance of oral health and the significant link it has to the whole body. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family, working out, cooking delicious meals for family and friends, reading, and knitting!

Kaitlin Friary

Market Launch Clinical Manager

As a hygienist, Kaitlin works to deliver quality healthcare to patients and educate them based on an individualized needs approach. She discovered her love for oral health at a young age and began her career as a dental assistant when she was only 16. Kaitlin went to Tunxis Community College for hygiene school and received her bachelors from Western New England College. Kaitlin’s passion for giving back and serving the underserved is what inspired her to join Virtudent. When she talks with patients about dental products, Kaitlin always recommend that they use Listerine Reach - ultra clean mouthwash! When she is not at Virtudent, you can find her baking or hiking with her four-legged best friend, Kemba!

Susan Walker

National Clinical Training Manager

As a hygienist for Virtudent, Susan works to bring preventative dental care to patients in their workplace. After graduating from both Boston University and Forsyth College at Mass College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Susan worked in private practice for about five years and saw firsthand many issues for patients having access to quality care. She joined Virtudent after being inspired by the mission to address larger issues with access to care, and is excited to work with a team driven by a focus on prevention and a patient first approach. When Susan is not helping spread greater grins at Virtudent, she volunteers with Helping Hands, Women's Lunchplace of Boston and also serves on the legislative action committee at the MSPCA.

April Castellano

Registered Dental Hygienist

April was born & raised in a small town, Bridge City, TX where she was very active in sports. She really loved basketball and volleyball and during her senior year, she received the Athlete of the Year award. In 2005 April moved to New Hampshire, she had never seen snow prior to her move! April went to hygiene school because she always loved going to the dentist when she was a child and knew it could be a great career, where she could help people and make a difference. In 2011, she graduated from New Hampshire Technical Institute where she became a Registered Dental Hygienist. April had early training, working in a nursing home, public schools and in non-profit-public health settings before transitioning into pediatric practice. April has been at Virtudent for over a year and she enjoys working with the kids a lot! April has been working at the Boys and Girls Club for Virtudent since being hired and she absolutely loves it!

Ashley Robson

Registered Dental Hygienist

Ashley grew up in Bridgewater, MA and attended West Liberty University in West Liberty, WV for dental hygiene school. Her favorite hygiene tip would be flossing, it sounds typical but it makes a world of difference. Ashley’s favorite thing about working for Virtudent is getting to travel to different offices, instead of being cooped up in the same place all day every day. She’s always meeting new people which is also a bonus! A fun fact about Ashley is that she has a 1-year-old cat named Peanut and she is her baby! Ashley enjoys exercising and being outdoors and she loves the beach in the summertime

Charlie O'Donnell

Registered Dental Hygienist

Charlie is from Grafton, MA and fun fact about him is that he plays numerous musical instruments! His favorites are violin, viola, stand-up string bass, and piano. Charlie has been with Virtudent since November 2018 and has been a dental hygienist for 3 years! A fun dental joke he likes to tell patients is “be true to your teeth or they will be false to you.” Charlie loves the rapport he has with his patients. Not only is he able to educate them, but he is also able to aid them in becoming healthier in their everyday lives.

Denice McClure

Registered Dental Hygienist

Denice has been a dental hygienist for over ten years and she graduated from Middlesex Community College with a degree in Dental Hygiene in 2009! After graduation, she began working in a multi-specialty private practice office. During this time she worked with a variety of patient populations, including children and adults. She continued her education by obtaining her bachelor's degree from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Dental Hygiene in 2011. She realized she had a passion for increasing access to dental care and completed a dual Masters in Dental Hygiene and Public Health. Her thesis focused on patient perceptions of dental hygiene care administered by public health dental hygienists. In 2018 she went on a mission trip to the island of Haiti to provide dental care and is excited to do more dental mission trips in the future! In her free time, Denice can be found reading, running, swimming, traveling, or watching one of her favorite reality Bravo reality shows.

Ellina Oliveira

Registered Dental Hygienist

Ellina went to Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene and has been a practicing registered dental hygienist for over three years. Ellina's favorite part of dental hygiene is being a prevention specialist. She is currently enrolled in BU’s Masters of Public Health program and is excited about the public health focus of Virtudent. She loves that Virtudent is working to overcome barriers to care by increasing access and bringing preventative dental care to you! Ellina also enjoys the environment, team, and collaborative nature of Virtudent.

Eunice Martinez

Registered Dental Hygienist

Eunice graduated from Hostos Community College in the South Bronx in June 2008. She was awarded the Golden Scaler Award at graduation which is given to the top clinician in the class. Starting from Dental Assistant, over 20 years ago, Eunice knew she was in the right field. She loves being a part of helping people feel the most comfortable with their smiles. In her free time, Eunice can be found traveling or salsa dancing the night away.

Gina Glassberg

Registered Dental Hygienist

Gina discovered her love of dentistry at a young age, as her entire immediate family works in the dental field. Her father and brother are dentists, and her mother is a dental assistant! Gina went to New York University for hygiene school and she also now works there as an adjunct clinical professor in the dental hygiene program. She joined Virtudent because she feels passionate about preventive dental care and loves that she is now able to bring that care to people in need. When she isn't helping spread greater grins at Virtudent, she enjoys traveling, cooking, and spending time with her husband and cat!

Jessica Swasey

Registered Dental Hygienist

Jessica has been a dental hygienist since 2010. She loves science, especially anatomy, and studied biology in college for 3 years. Jessica then transferred to Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene. She worked in a traditional dental office setting for 9 years before joining the Virtudent team. She loves working for Virtudent and could not be happier with her career. When Jessica is not working, she enjoys yoga, hiking, cooking, and bike riding. Jessica loves animals and people. She enjoys being a dental hygienist because she helps people get a healthy mouth and a smile they are proud of!

Laura Finnan

Registered Dental Hygienist

Laura has been a dental hygienist since graduating from the Forsyth School at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in 2011. She worked in private practice for almost 8 years but recently joined the Virtudent team because she believes strongly in their mission of making high quality dental care available to more people. When she's not working, Laura loves reading, writing, spending time with her husband, pets, family, and friends, and going to concerts and the beach

Megan Masse

Registered Dental Hygienist

Megan went to Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene in Boston and has been practicing as a Dental Hygienist for 9 years. She found her interest in Dentistry during high school while job shadowing her Orthodontist. Her favorite aspect of dental hygiene is educating her patients on their dental health and its correlation to their overall health. She feels educating her patients on their wellbeing empowers them to take control of their healthcare. She enjoys giving back to the community and volunteering in primary school dental programs. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, working out, and woodworking. You can often find her on the trails hiking or backpacking with her husband and their two dogs!

Melissa Simpson

Registered Dental Hygienist

Melissa has been in dentistry for over 20 years, 15 of those years have been practicing Dental Hygiene. She graduated from the Pierce College Dental Hygiene Program in 2004. Melissa is motivated by providing excellent, compassionate dental care with her main focus being improving one’s oral health through education and personalized treatment. She strongly believes in treating everyone, as she would want to be treated and tries to make sure all her patients are as comfortable as possible. In her spare time, she loves to spend time with her husband of 20 years and her amazing daughter. She loves to travel and enjoys dreaming of winning the lottery so she could open up a huge animal shelter allowing her to pursue her other passion, the love of animals!

Nicole Walczak

Registered Dental Hygienist

Nicole graduated from the Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy in 2011. She has worked as a dental hygienist and a certified pharmacy technician. When not working, Nicole loves shopping, watching tv, running, spending time with friends and family, and going to the beach in the summer.

Rachel Stepanek

Registered Dental Hygienist

Rachel discovered a passion for dentistry during her service in the United States Peace Corps. While giving marketing classes for women's groups in rural Guatemala, Rachel connected with groups of traveling doctors to offer her translation and community outreach skills. After seeing the impact on the quality of life and self esteem that dentistry can provide, Rachel pursued a career in dentistry upon returning to New York. Rachel attended New York University and has worked in various clinics that target under- served communities in New York City. In her spare time, Rachel will continue to help with translation services for dental outreach with Mission of Mercy dental clinics in her hometown of New Haven, CT.

Robyn Ozols

Registered Dental Hygienist

Robyn has been a practicing hygienist for 18 years. She graduated from Texas Woman's University, Cum Laude. Her passion to help patients maintain and improve their quality of life through dental hygiene led her to Virtudent. Ensuring a positive patient experience is extremely important. Robyn enjoys learning the background and interests of her patients and developing long-lasting relationships. When not at work, Robyn enjoys traveling around the world with her husband, raising her two beautiful girls, and working on home projects.

Sara Zeidenberg

Registered Dental Hygienist

Sara went to Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene in Boston and has been a hygienist for over 3 years. Sara’s favorite hygiene tip is; maintain healthy oral habits and you will reduce your risk of systemic diseases like high blood pressure and diabetes. Sara’s favorite thing about working at Virtudent is how everyone is passionate about expanding access to high-quality dental care, which is also her favorite thing about being a hygienist. Sara is passionate about helping patients realize and achieve oral health goals she’s created with them and helping patients overcome dental anxiety.

Tracey Layton

Registered Dental Hygienist

Tracey has been a dental hygienist for 8 years, graduating from Southern University of Shreveport in 2011. Tracey prides herself on building trusting relationships with her patients by providing quality preventative care and excellent patient education. It brings her joy to educate her patients on their oral health and the important role it plays in connection to the entire body, empowering them to play a role in improving their own health and wellness. She feels especially accomplished when she can bring comfort and enthusiasm to patients who suffer from anxiety or past negative dental experiences. Tracey’s passion for providing patients with a convenient, optimal dental care experience is what drew her to Virtudent. When not in her hygienist role, Tracey enjoys spending time with her husband and children, working out, or volunteering.

Yesenia Santos

Registered Dental Hygienist

Yesenia was born and raised in Boston but now calls Texas home. She has been a dental hygienist for the past five years. Growing up, she loved going to her dental visits and was inspired to become a dental hygienist. Eliminating a common barrier of access to care is what led Yesenia to Virtudent. Yesenia utilizes her clinical experience to provide a professional environment where she provides quality preventive care to patients whose demanding schedules hinder them from receiving the necessary treatment they need. During your visit with Yesenia, you will notice that she strongly focuses on the correlation between oral hygiene and its implications on our overall health, with an emphasis on nutrition and physical fitness. Yes, she will remind you that flossing daily is vital but she will also help you understand why her recommendations are important to your health so that you adopt healthy habits. During her spare time, Yesenia enjoys working out, exploring her new city, Dallas, and focusing on the overall health of her mind, body, and soul.

Clinical Advisory Board

Dr. Mark Nehring


Mark E. Nehring, transitioned to Tufts University School of Dental Medicine as the Delta Dental of Massachusetts Professor and Chair of the Department of Public Health and Community Service, following 30 years of service in Federal oral health programs. After graduation from dental school, Dr. Nehring began his public service career in community clinical assignments, culminating in administrative roles as Acting Chief Dental Officer of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and Chief Dental Officer of HRSA’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau. After several years of clinical service and oversight at multiple U.S. Public Health Service sites within the National Health Service Corps and the Indian Health Service, Dr. Nehring was assigned to the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area to assume administrative responsibilities within the Office of the Surgeon General. He directed non-dental programs in Emergency Medical Services for Children and Traumatic Brain Injury when reassigned to HRSA’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB).

Renewed interest in improving access to oral health care for those most vulnerable brought Dr. Nehring a leadership role as MCHB’s Chief Dental Officer to share public health perspective, knowledge of Federal programs and an ability to collaborate with Federal, State, and non-governmental partners. Innovative oral health grant programs were authored and expert workgroups were convened to address the need for earliest prevention interventions in keeping with the concept of dental home, integration of systems of care and the development of inter-professional, patient-centered care models to the benefit of women and children. He continues to bring broad leadership and program management experiences to national agendas as an expert consultant, participating in policy development workshops and panels considering promising interventions for earliest disease prevention practices, inter-professional collaboration and evaluation of innovative programs.

Dr. Nehring received his professional degree in dentistry from Boston University. He also possesses a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Maine, a Master of Public Health degree from Johns Hopkins, and residency training in Dental Public Health. As a Department Chair at Tufts, Dr. Nehring works with Tufts University leadership to strengthen community-based dental education and public health experiences for its diverse pre-doctoral and postdoctoral student body. Under Tufts University’s strategic planning initiative, major focus within the Department includes curriculum revisions to integrate community service learning and inter-professional education, develop a formalized approach to global outreach, and coordinate faculty and student volunteer community-based activities as part of the unified embodiment of Tufts University’s philosophy of success.

Dental Public Health Residency, Two-year (part time) accredited program, Office of the Chief Dental Officer, USPHS, 1994
Master of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, 1992
Doctor of Dental Medicine, Goldman School of Dental Medicine, Boston University, 1981
Master of Education, University of Maine, Orono, 1976
Bachelor of Arts, University of Maine, Orono, 1975

Professional Experience:
Chair and Delta Dental of Massachusetts Professor, Department of Public Health and Community Service, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine
Acting Chief Dental Officer, HRSA, Rockville, MD
Chief Dental Officer, MCHB Oral Health Program, Rockville, MD
Associate Chief Dental Officer, MCHB Oral Health Programs and Team Member of HRSA’s Oral Health Initiative, Rockville, MD
Director, Emergency Medical Services for Children, MCHB, HRSA, Rockville, MD
Director, Traumatic Brain Injury Demonstration Grant Program, MCHB, HRSA, Rockville, MD
Associate Director, Emergency Medical Services for Children, MCHB, HRSA, Rockville, MD
Dental Public Health Resident/Advisor to the Chief Dental Officer, Office of the Chief Dental Officer, USPHS, Rockville, Maryland
Section Chief, Officer Development Branch, DCP, OSG, Rockville, Maryland
Senior Staffing Officer, Officer Development Branch, DCP, OSG, Rockville, Maryland

Selected Honors and Awards:
Distinguished Alumni Award, Boston University, 2011
Unit Commendation, PHS Commissioned Corps Award, 2010, 2006, 2004, 1992, 1988
Administrator’s Citation for Outstanding Group Performance, 2010, 2004, 2001
Crisis Response Service Ribbon, PHS Commissioned Corps Award, 2009, 2006
Outstanding Unit Commendation, PHS Commissioned Corps Award, 2007, 2001
Hershel S. Horowitz Oral Health Research and Policy Award, 2006
PHS Citation, PHS Commissioned Corps Award, 2002
Chief Dental Officer's Exemplary Service Award, 2001, 1994
EMSC Special Recognition Award, 1999
Ernest Eugene Buell Award recognizing junior dental officer achievement, 1990

Professional Memberships:
American Dental Association, Member
American Association of Public Health Dentistry, Member
AMSUS, Member
ROA, Member
MOAA, Member
House of Delegates, Alternate Delegate, San Francisco, CA
Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies, Representative, Oral Health Subcommittee

Dr. Andrew Tonelli


Dr. Andrew Tonelli is a 2014 graduate of the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. While at Tufts, Dr. Tonelli was the recipient of the Class of 2002 Prize for Peer Support and Leadership, the American College of Dentistry Outstanding Student Leader Award, the International College of Dentistry Leadership Award, and the Joseph R. Evans Award for Clinical Operative Dentistry. In recognition of his work in the Dominican Republic and Haiti, Dr. Tonelli was inducted as a member of the Honos Civicus Society which recognizes students who demonstrate an exceptional commitment to community service and civic engagement.

After graduation Dr. Tonelli completed a general practice residency at New York Presbyterian Hospital and Cornell-Weill Medical Center in New York City. Since entering private practice in 2015 Dr. Tonelli has completed hundreds of hours of continuing education with particular focus on TMJ and complex restorative dentistry.

Dr. Tonelli is an active member of the ADA, the Boston District Dental Society and the Massachusetts Dental Society. He also maintains membership in the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine Alumni Association.

In his free time, Dr. Tonelli is an avid skier and a lover of all things outdoors. This especially includes mountain biking and time spent with his dog, Sam.

Dr. Joel Friedman


Dr. Joel Friedman has decades of experience in the dental field as an active practitioner as well as an educator. He is the President of NYSSociety of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, Site visitor for Council of Dental Accreditation in OMS, and a Site Visitor for AAAASF in Anesthesia.
In his past he was the President of NYSDental Association. He is an Associate Clinical Professor of Dental Medicine at Columbia University and was voted Best Attending at both NYPH-Cornell and Columbia University College of Dental Medicine over six times.

Dr. Joel Friedman graduated from Columbia University College of Dentistry in 1968, and completed his residency at Jacobi Medical Center.

Board Certifications: Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Dr. Shannon E. Mills


SHANNON E. MILLS, DDS is and independent oral healthcare consultant with extensive experience in dental benefits, evidence-based dental plan designs and risk assessment technology. From 2016 to 2018, he was the Vice President for Strategy and Business Development at PreViser Corporation, a technology company specializing in digital oral health risk assessment. From 2007 until 2016, he was the Vice President for Professional Relations and Science at Northeast Delta Dental in Concord, NH. Dr. Mills is a 1977 graduate of Baylor College of Dentistry and completed his two-year residency in general dentistry at Wilford Hall US Air Force Medical Center at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas in 1983. Prior to joining Delta Dental in 2007, Dr Mills was an Associate Professor and the Assistant Director of the Dental General Practice Residency Program at the University of Nevada School of Medicine. In July of 2005, Dr. Mills retired from the U.S. Air Force as a colonel after 32 years of service in the US and overseas where he gained experience in clinical dentistry, education, research and healthcare administration. While on active duty, he served as a Chief of the USAF Dental Investigation Service, was a Medical Inspector for the Air Force Inspector General, served on the Air Force Surgeon General’s staff and at the time of his retirement was Deputy Staff Director of the Defense Medical Standardization Board for the Department of Defense. He has authored or co-authored numerous scientific papers in peer-reviewed dental and scientific journals and is internationally recognized as an authority on dental infection control and safety. He previously served as the Chairman of the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) and remains an active member. He was a member of the Advisory Group that prepared the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Healthcare Settings in 2003. Dr. Mills currently serves as a peer reviewer for the Journal of the American Dental Association and is the Co-Editor of the Journal of Dental Infection Control and Safety. He is a member and Past-Chairman of the ADA and American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Standards Committee for Dental Products (SCDP) and is a member of the ANSI/ADA Standards Committee for Dental Informatics (SCDI). Dr. Mills’ honors and awards include the US Air Force Legion of Merit, the 2018 OSAP James J. Crawford Award for Lifetime Achievement, and the 2002 Carl A. Schlack Award from the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States (AMSUS). In February 2019, The American Dental Association Board of Trustees recognized his contribution to ANSI/ADA Standards with the SCDI Volunteer Award.

Kathryn Dolan, RDH, MEd

Assistant Professor

Kathryn Dolan RDH, MEd is the Director of the Tufts Statewide Community Dental Program and an Assistant Professor at the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine (TUSDM), Department of Public Health and Community Service.

Her career in public health began over 35 years ago establishing community-based dental programs for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

She is course director for Oral Health Promotion, Epidemiology, School-Based Pediatric Clinic Rotation and co-teaches the elective Health Literacy Intensive course at TUSDM.

Professor Dolan mentors students who are interested in special care dentistry, community-based dental programs and health literacy.

Tisch Faculty Fellow, Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service, Tufts University, 2012-2013
CELT Faculty Fellow, Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching, Tufts University, 2011-2012
Masters in Education, University of Massachusetts, Boston, 1987-1990
Bachelor of Science, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1977-1979
Certificate in Dental Hygiene, Forsyth School for Dental Hygiene, Boston, 1975-1977
Professional Experience:
Course Director, Epidemiology, Departments of Public Health and Community Service and Pediatric Dentistry, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine
Co-Teacher, Health Literacy Intensive Elective Course, Department of Public Health and Community Service, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine
Course Director, Pediatric Dentistry-Josiah Quincy School Rotation, Departments of Public Health and Community Service and Pediatric Dentistry, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine
Faculty, Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service, Tufts University
Adjunct Faculty, Clinical Instructor, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Forsyth School for Dental Hygiene
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Public Health and Community Service, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine
Director, Tufts Community Dental Program, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine
Statewide Program Coordinator Office of Oral Health, Special Needs Dental Program Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Dept. of Public Health
Program Manager/Dental Hygienist, Preventive Dental Program for Individuals with Developmentally Disabilities City of Boston, Bureau of Community Dental Programs
Community Dental Hygienist, Campaign of Concern–Boston Area, National Foundation for the Handicapped

Selected Honors and Awards:
Excellence in Community Oral Health Award, The Better Oral Health for Massachusetts Coalition, 2011
Book Award Recipient for Academic Excellence, University of Massachusetts, Boston, 1990
Sigma Phi Honor Society for Dental Hygienists, Forsyth School for Dental Hygiene, Boston, 1977
Professional Memberships:
2008-Present: Better Oral Health in Massachusetts Coalition
2006-Present: American Association of Public Health Dentistry
2005-Present: Massachusetts Coalition of Oral Health
2001-Present: Health Care For All, Massachusetts
1998-Present: Delta Kappa Gamma Honor Society for Woman Educators
1977-Present: Sigma Phi Alpha Honor Society
1977-Present: American Dental Association

Susan Jenkins, RDH, PhD

Associate Professor

Associate Professor of Dental Hygiene, Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene
Programs: Dental Hygiene (BS), Dental Hygiene (Fast Track BS), & PreDental/Dental Hygiene (BS)

AS/Certificate Dental Hygiene, Middlesex Community College
BS Health Science, Northeastern University
MS Healthcare Administration, Simmons College
PhD Health Professions Education, Simmons College

Research Interests:
Periodontology and all areas of dental hygiene
Student Success

Current Professional Memberships, Service & Leadership
American Dental Hygienists’ Association
Massachusetts Dental Hygiene Association

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