Meet Our Team
Rosie Wagner, DDS
Dr. Katie-Rose "Rosie" Wagner grew up in a quiet town in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts. She chose to pursue dentistry for the connection between oral and systemic health and how closely we connect our mouths with our overall well-being. Dr. Rosie saw how much negative feelings like shame and embarrassment related to one's teeth can prevent someone from pursing needed dental care. She appreciates the variety of dental procedures available to restore the mouth and prevent dental issues, and loves the amount of communication that is unique to the dentist-patient relationship.
Dr. Rosie earned her Bachelor of Science degree at University of Massachusetts at Amherst where she graduated a semester early summa cum laude with a major in biology and a minor in music performance.
Dr. Wagner then earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine, representing the student body by serving on the admissions and curriculum committees.
She then continued her dental education by completing a general practice residency at the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. During her residency, Dr. Wagner obtained extensive experience treating patients from a variety of backgrounds and medical histories, including patients with special needs. She performed oral rehabilitation cases in the operating room, completed rotations in oral surgery, general anesthesia, and temporomandibular disorders, served as on-call dentist for Tufts Medical Center, and maintained her own group of comprehensive care patients.
Dr. Wagner worked as an associate dentist at a pediatric dental office before building her own practice. She wished to create an environment that emphasized her unique approach to treatment and patient care. Dr. Rosie prides herself on maintaining an approachable, educational, and reassuring demeanor for all kinds of patients, especially those struggling with fear of the dentist or with worries about being judged for their teeth.
Dr. Wagner also holds hospital privileges at Franciscan Hospital for Children in Brighton, Mass. In the operating room, patients are placed under general anesthesia and Dr. Wagner can restore their entire mouth in one visit. This service is available to children and patients with special needs who are not able to receive dental care in the traditional dental setting.
Dr. Rosie is actively involved in the Massachuestts Dental Society (MDS), serving as chair of the Middlesex District Dental Society as well as being a member of the American Dental Association. She is also co-chair and founding member of the Massachusetts Oral HPV Prevention Taskforce. Dr. Wagner lectures frequently at local dental schools and provider meetings on reducing HPV-related oropharyngeal cancers through education and prevention, as well as on entrepreneurship, patient-provider communication, and environmental epidemiology. She is a subject matter expert for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (through the Oral Health Equity Project) and a board member of the Better Oral Health For Massachusetts Coalition as well as the Massachusetts Dental Society Foundation.
In her free time, Dr. Rosie plays piano and euphonium, sings, records audiobooks in the public domain for free distribution, is a professional voiceover, and enjoys contra dancing, board games, and local festivals. She lives with her husband, son, and cats in Somerville. Dr. Wagner also comes from a dental family: Her father is a dentist and her mother manages the dental office, so Dr. Rosie spent afternoons as child filing patient records and developing radiographs. She thanks her parents for their guidance and education on patient communication and offering a nuturing, empathetic dental environment.
Dr. Wagner and her parents
Dental Hygienist and Licensed Massage Therapist
Afsoun graduated from the University of Southern California with a bachelor's degree in biology before pursuing her dental hygiene degree at the prestigious Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences University. She believes in connecting with her patients from a place of compassion and caring and brings a nurturing, warm approach to the dental setting. She has worked in many different settings as a dental hygienist and recently went back to school to learn about the art of massage and body work. Afsoun is continuing her massage education by studying to be an orthopedic massage therapist in hope to help patients suffering from temporomandibular disorders (TMD). At your next cleaning with Afsoun, ask her for a 5-minute chair massage!
Dental Assistant and Insurance Specialist
Angela began her interest in medicine by studying medical assisting and gaining clinical experience in a spine clinic. Realizing her love for patient interaction and clinical variety, Angela turned to dental assisting. She particularly enjoys working with children and has a great talent for helping to relax patients who might be anxious about their appointments. Hailing from Florida, Angela has now settled in the Boston area with her partner and children. Angela is cross-trained in all aspects of dental assisting as well as insurance management, including claims, preauthorizations, and eligibility. You might see her at the front desk or in the treatment area!
Flavia decided she wanted to go into the dental field in eighth grade because she found it was a great way to mix sciences with helping others. She is a graduate of the Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene through the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences University. During the program she was able to gain experience at the Franciscan Hospital for Children serving special needs children, and at the Dimock Center, an inner-city community health clinic. She was also able to reach out by organizing a free oral health day for a Roxbury youth after-school program. Her favorite part of dental hygiene is patient interaction and she especially enjoys working with kids. Flavia enjoys hiking, visiting new England beaches, seeing local music shows, NFL football, and trying new recipes.
Brittany grew up in Winchester, Mass, where she was a star member of the soccer team in high school. She then studied nursing before deciding that the communication-focused field of dentistry was the right direction! After training at Tufts, Britt worked with an endodontist for more than 10 years and then traveled state-wide with a periodontist, assisting with surgeries. She also worked as an audit analyst for an accounting firm before returning to her first love of dentistry. Brittany has driven across the country three times, loves The Dave Matthews Band, and has a garden at her home where she grows vegetables and lavender. She also loves cooking and running charity 5ks. Brittany lives with her husband and kitten on the South Shore.
Front End Professional
James grew up in Arlington, Mass, where he founded the high school knitting club and helped run the GSA. He then went on to study english, philosophy, and symbolic logic at UMass Amherst where he headed the university knitting club. After graduation, he became a restaurant manager, where he discovered his love of working with all kinds of people. He greatly enjoys connecting with patients in a friendly, safe, and encouraging healthcare environment like Smiles By Rosie Family Dentistry. James is an avid sweater knitter, amateur tabletop RPG player, and aspiring bunny dad who can usually be found in a comfy chair with a fantasy novel.