meet the doctors

OF SOUTH SHORE CHILDREN’S DENTISTRY

The Sunshine Team

Meet the doctor moms who make South Shore Children’s Dentistry so special. Whether it’s them or any of our clinical team, all of our professionals pursue continued education to maintain the highest level of accreditation and expertise. And all know what it means to chase after nimble toddlers, clean up spilled milk every morning, and repeatedly answer the infamous question, “why?”.

Kristine A. Grazioso, DMD

THE NERDY STUFF
Dr. Grazioso (a.k.a. Dr. G) is a 1988 graduate of Boston College, where she received her B.S. in Biology, and a 1993 graduate of The University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine where she was awarded her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree. Dr. Grazioso received her Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry from St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia, PA, in 1996. She served as Chief Dental Resident and received numerous awards for excellence in Pediatric Dentistry, Orthodontics, and Oral Surgery.

Dr. G founded SSCD in 1999 – and all these years later, she still enjoys every part of being a pediatric dentist and running a small independent business. She is a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist and a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. An activist within her profession, she is involved in grassroots efforts on the state and national level to promote issues important to dentistry and to the patients she serves.

THE FUN STUFF
In addition to believing that it takes a village in the local community, Dr. G also likes to participate in global outreach. She has been fortunate enough to travel to Ethiopia and Haiti with her family to provide medical services to underserved communities. She hopes to continue to spread light and love at home and around the globe for many years to come.

THE FINE DETAILS
Dr. G currently resides in Marshfield with her husband, Henry, and their sons, Alex and Nicholas. In her spare time, she loves to travel, do CrossFit, and spend days at the beach with her family and friends.

Anne R. Kuczma, DMD

THE NERDY STUFF
Dr. Anne Kuczma (a.k.a. Dr. K), a Rhode Island native, graduated in 1998 from the University of Washington with a B.S. in Zoology. After first working as an environmental scientist, she decided to make a career change into Dentistry. She then attended and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard School of Dental Medicine in 2007. As a student, she received the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Academy of Public Health Dentistry, and American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology predoctoral awards. In addition to those honors, she was inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society. (Holy moly is she a smarty pants…)

Special needs patients hold a near and dear place in Dr. K’s heart. In 2009, she completed her residency in pediatric dentistry at Children’s Hospital Boston where she conducted research on the oral health of children with cerebral palsy. Dr. Kuczma is a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

THE FUN STUFF
Dr. K is mom to three young kids. When she’s not in scrubs, you can find her at a gymnastics meet, on a soccer or baseball field, or volunteering at various community programs.

THE FINE DETAILS
Dr. K lives in Norwell with her husband, Damian, and children Callan, Andrew, and Bridget. In her free time, she loves being active with running and swimming, and most enjoys spending time with her family.

Mina M. Schafft, DMD

THE NERDY STUFF
Dr. Mina M. Schafft (a.k.a. Dr. S) graduated from the University of Florida in 1999 with a B.S. in Nutrition, then from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine where she received her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree in 2003. It was while attending a one-year general practice residency in Nogales, Arizona, Dr. Schafft realized her passion for working with children and pursued her career in Pediatric Dentistry. She then returned to Boston to complete her post-graduate training in 2007 at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine.

Dr. S is a member of the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and the Massachusetts Dental Society. She is also a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist and a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

THE FUN STUFF
Dr. Schafft was born in Managua, Nicaragua where she learned about the value of kind, compassionate care – values that transcend borders. One of her most rewarding experiences as a dentist was participating in a dental mission trip to Siuna, Nicaragua. Her greatest influence has been her father, a physician himself. Fluent in Spanish, she enjoys when kids want to practice their Spanish skills with her. (She is constantly trying to get her own twin boys and her daughter interested in speaking Spanish too!)

THE FINE DETAILS
Dr. Schafft lives in Braintree with her husband, Dan (also a dentist), their twin boys Logan and Christian, and daughter Gabriela. In her free time, Dr. S enjoys cooking and exercising.