“I absolutely love what I do! I feel lucky to have the opportunity to help people stay healthy and preserve their teeth for their lifetime. My aptitude for cosmetic dentistry has allowed me to change people’s lives with increased confidence and self esteem. I am so fond of the patients whose lives I have touched who in return have touched mine.”
Dr. Jill B. Smith, DMD, Founder
Since graduating from Boston University School of Dental Medicine as class Valedictorian in 1996, Dr. Smith’s passion for dentistry and her background in psychology have helped build trusting relationships with her patients, including those with dental fear and issues that affect overall health. As founder of Dental Health and Wellness Boston she is accomplished in all aspects of dentistry ranging from sedation procedures to restorative and cosmetic dentistry. She pioneered in Boston the Age Defying Dentalift, a smile design technique that restores a more youthful appearance to the lower face and lips without surgery. She is also a certified provider of Invisalign® (invisible braces), Six Month Smiles®, and Britesmile™.
While pursuing excellence in dental healthcare and refining techniques and procedures for optimum patient service and satisfaction at Dental Health and Wellness Boston, Dr. Smith has continually developed her training. She has advanced training in cosmetic dentistry, and has participated in hands-on medical courses alongside plastic surgeons, dermatologists and physicians to study the latest appearance enhancement techniques. She is also certified in advanced dental procedures including laser dentistry and CEREC dentistry. She is participating in research with scientist David Bloomfield to mathematically simulate the tooth decay process and analyze the efficacy of preventive treatments.
Dr. Smith is an active member of the American Dental Association, the Massachusetts Dental Society, the Academy of General Dentistry, the Alpha Omega Dental Fraternity, DOCS oral conscious sedation and the Pride Institute. She has been recognized in her profession with several distinguished awards for her clinical and academic achievements including:
- American Association of Women Dentists Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Leadership and Academic Excellence
- American Academy of Oral Medicine Certificate of Merit for achievement, proficiency and promise in the field of Oral Medicine
- American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons Dental Implant Award
- American College of Dentists Award for outstanding performance and professionalism
- American College of Prosthodontists Achievement Award for high academic and clinical achievements in Prosthodontics
- Department of Periodontics Award for outstanding achievement in Periodontics
- Department of Restorative Sciences Award for outstanding performance in the art and science of Operative Dentistry from Boston University
- Golden Key National Honor Society Member Certificate for scholastic achievement and excellence;
- Omicron Kappa Upsilon Award 1996
- Alpha Omega International Fraternity for highest academic standing Class of 1996
When not at the office Dr. Smith spends time with her growing family enjoying cross country and downhill skiing and pursuing her passion for the equestrian sport of Eventing which includes Dressage, Cross Country and Stadium Jumping aboard her horse MS Royal Z . They were featured in Warmbloods Today magazine and were nationally ranked on USEA leader board for BN Masters Division 2010.
“Dentistry allows me to know and help people in ways that most doctors, most people, never experience. I appreciate the trust my patients put in me and strive to provide the best that modern dentistry has to offer.”
Dr. Alan Budd, Associate
Dr. Alan Budd joined as an associate in Dental Health and Wellness Boston in 2003. He graduated from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in 1983. Dr. Budd has diverse training in general dentistry and has practiced in a variety of clinical settings. His special interest includes Restorative Dentistry and has trained at The Pankey Institute. Dr Budd has also been interviewed on television and lectured to hundreds of colleagues on his use of oral appliances to address bite problems and relieve jaw problems, and prevent migraine headaches.
For Dr. Budd dentistry is a perfect fit. Volunteer service has long been a part of his life: mentoring as a big brother, recording books on tape for the blind, and making weekly home visits to the elderly. Choosing to become a dentist and care for patients was part of a natural progression. After graduation Dr. Budd entered the US Public Health Services Dental Corps. Operating for two years in an under served area provided an opportunity to address the health needs of a disadvantaged population, while developing the clinical skills he now brings to the practice.
To give back to his Alma mater, Br. Budd joined the Tufts faculty in 1985 as a Clinical Instructor and retired 13 years later as Assistant Professor of Restorative Dentistry. Being in academia reinforced his commitment to being a lifelong student. He constantly attends more continuing education courses than required for licensure and is an active member of the Mass Dental Society, American Dental Association, and Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity.
Dr. Budd now devotes his professional time exclusively to private practice. He strives to make dentistry as comfortable as possible with a laid-back approach and a good sense of humor. “If I can get my patients to smile or laugh in the chair, I feel like the appointment was a success.”
Nanette Pypec, RDH
Specialized Training in Sedation Dentistry, Laser Periodontics, and Local Anesthesia
Nanette has been in the field of dentistry for over 22 years. She graduated top of her class and received the Golden Scaler Award from Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, North Carolina. She is a Massachusetts native and returned to Falmouth, with her husband, to be near the ocean and family. She makes the commute to the office as she enjoys the city and the high standards and quality of care offered at Dental Health and Wellness Boston.
“I constantly strive to learn the newest technologies so that I can help my patients achieve optimal dental health. My goal is not only to improve my patients’ experience now, but to assist them in maintaining their smiles for a lifetime.”
Nanette has helped many fearful patients through sedation dentistry, allowing them to achieve their dental goals. Nanette loves the outdoors, trying new things, and being with her family and friends.
Cillen Naples RDH
with Specialized Training in Periodontal Diagnosis, Laser Dentistry, and Non Surgical Periodontal Therapy
Cillen has been in dentistry for over ten years. She graduated, as the Vice President of her class, from New York University College of Dentistry, and has worked with many extremely talented doctors before she came to join Dental Health and Wellness Boston. An avid learner, she worked with a local periodontists on an FDA sponsored research project.
“I knew when I was 12 years old that I wanted to be in the dental field, and I am still as passionate about dentistry today as I was then.”
When she is not working, Cillen enjoys hiking, camping and dinners with friends.
Brenda Connors, Dental Assistant
with Advanced Training in Cosmetic Dentistry, Adult Orthodontics/Invisalign, and Sleep Apnea Appliances
Brenda started in dentistry at the age of 15, as an after school job, to save money for her first car. Little did she know that she would fall in love. Since her introduction to dentistry she has become passionate about continuing her education and has become certified in Invisalign and by the Las Vegas Institute for Cosmetic Dentistry.
“To assist in affecting lives by helping people work through their fears has been the most rewarding aspect of being a dental assistant for me.
Working with Dr. Smith is not just a pleasure, but a privilege. Working for a dentist who has achieved so much and has such a loyal following makes me a better person and dental assistant! I am 100% committed to my patients and love my job.”
Israel Ang, Dental Assistant
with Advanced Training in Cosmetic Dentistry and Adult Orthodontics/Invisalign
Israel “Izzy” was born in the Philippines. The youngest of eight children of Jose, as philanthropist to the non-profit freedom movement and Priscilla, a neurological head nurse at the University of the Philippines. Izzy graduated from the St. Louis University in Baguio City, Philippines with a B.S. in Biology. He interned at Baguio General Hospital for two years before entering the dental field. He then attended Northwestern University Dagupan City and Northwestern Educational Institution graduating with a Doctor of Dental Medicine and passed his Board of Dental Medicine exams the same year.
One year after graduating from dental school, Izzy immigrated to the United States and he has been here now for 25 years. As a foreign trained dentist he is an invaluable member of the Dental Health and Wellness Boston team. His extraordinary clinical skills and excellent knowledge of dentistry make him a superb dental assistant.
“I love my job and enjoy my patients, they are my extended family.”
K. Thorne, Treatment and Financial Coordinator
KT has been working within the health care field for over 10 years. A Boston native, who, after attending the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vermont, returned to the city rejoining both family and friends. She has worked in both the medical and dental fields, joining Dental Health and Wellness Boston in 2008. Well versed in treatment planning and patient relations as well as insurance billing, procedures and policies she quickly became an asset to the administrative team.
“Every day at Dental Health and Wellness Boston I am given the opportunity to help our patients, and every day I look forward to that opportunity.”
Evan Kirschenbaum, Patient Services
The newest addition to the Dental Health and Wellness Boston Team, Evan in our front office is eager to assist you with your scheduling and administrative needs. A friendly, excited member of our team Evan is often the first person patients meet when they call or visit Dental Health and Wellness Boston. His knowledgeable, outgoing and compassionate manner puts even the most anxious people at ease.
Evan grew up on the North Shore of Boston and ventured further north after high school to New Hampshire. He graduated from New England College in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts in Business. Since then Evan has worked to develop a solid foundation within the business world in several non medical industries. His experience in the dental field has given him the opportunity to continue utilizing his education within the business world, with the added benefit of the personalized relationships found within a healthcare setting.
“Working with patients has opened up a whole new aspect of business practices. Being able to help people makes every day interesting and new.”