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 an active member of the Massachuestts Dental Society (MDS), serving as chair of the Middlesex District Dental Society and member of the Membership Committee, as well as being a member of the American Dental Association. She is also co-chair of the Massachusetts Oral HPV Prevention Taskforce. She has lectured at the Massachusetts Dental Society and the Cambridge Health Alliance on dental entrepreneurship and reducing dental phobia, and presented to the Tufts Medical School on environmental epidemiology in dentistry. She is also a subject matter expert for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (through the Oral Health Equity Project).
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 Will and their two cats, Ion and Squez. 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
Kelli has many years of administrative experience in a variety of different facets. She highly values possessing the necessary skills that make office management successful, while striving for a pleasant and comfortable professional approach. Kelli is likely the first voice you've heard on the phone and the first face you'll see in the office! She is particularly skilled in insurance management for the many dental plans accepted at Smiles By Rosie.
Kelli's primary professional background lies in classical music. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and her Master of Music degree from Boston University. Kelli has performed professionally at various venues throughout the world.
Afsoun Bahrami, RDH, LMT
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 fiance, two young children, and their dog Neno. 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!
Erika Goodale, RDH
Erika wanted to be a dental hygienist since she was 8 years old. She loved going to the dentist and particularly appreciated how friendly all the hygienists were. Erika enrolled in the prestigious Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene through the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences University. She completed rotations at the Cedar Clinic for mental health through Brigham and Womens hospital as well as Franciscan Children's Hospital, a dental clinic for children with special needs. Erika's senior project, "In Control And On A Roll", focused on reducing anxiety for dental patients. She particularly enjoys working with patients who are fearful of going to the dentist as well as children and adults with special needs. In her free time, Erika enjoys hiking, kayaking, and travel.
Megan Horen, RDH
Megan is originally from Nashville and graduated with a degree in psychology from LaGrange College in Georgia. After college, she was a flight attendant based in Washington, DC and traveled the world, meeting thousands of fascinating people! She then moved back to Nashville to enter the world of fashion and merchandising. She helped design couture bridal gowns and mensware and consulted at a variety of retail stores. Megan's career paths have always highlighted her fantastic communication skills and an innate talent to put anyone at ease. She wished to enrich these skills by entering the field of dentistry, which was her dream from the beginning. Megan and her fiance moved to Boston where she attended the prestigious postbaccalaureate dental hygiene program at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. During her program, she attended rotations at the Quincy Elementary School, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, and presented her senior capstone project, "Desensitizing Autistic Children in the Dental Setting". She particularly loves working with children, and her hobbies include exploring Boston, cooking, and traveling.
Gian Coelho, CDA
Gian grew up in Ipatinga, Brazil and moved to Medford, MA in May of 2005. After attending Medford High School he worked for many years as a customer service representative at Whole Foods. Gian realized he loved working with a variety of people and enrolled in the prestigious dental assistant program at Boston University School of Dental Medicine. He instantly fell in love with everything related to the dental field: Patients, procedures, and the opportunity to communicate with people on a daily basis. His enthusiasm and soothing demeanor help set the tone for a relaxing dental visit. In his free time, Gian visits with his brothers, neices, and nephews, and enjoys cooking and skiing.
Flavia Kimera, RDH
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.
Anna Duong, DDS
Dr. Anna Duong graduated cum laude from Sierra University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in music and then went on to obtain her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at Loma Linda University in southern California. After dental school, Dr. Anna worked for the Dr. Earl Crane dental clinic at the Assistance League of San Bernadino, an organization providing comprehensive dental care to uninsured and underserved children in the San Bernadino community. Upon moving to Boston in late 2014, Dr. Anna found the practice environment she was seeking at Smiles By Rosie. She was thrilled to become part of a dental office that paralleled her philosophies on patient care, communication, education, and reintroducing patients to the idea of being comfortable in their long-term dental homes.
An interview with Dr. Anna:
Q: What first drew you to dentistry?
A: I spent several months in Micronesia while I was in college, and volunteered at a hospital where I witnessed firsthand the satisfaction of alleviating the symptoms of patients needing medical attention. That experience drew me into the healthcare field, where I realized dentistry was the best fit for me because of the practical yet creative ways available to treat patients.
Q: You've just moved to Boston from Califonia. What drew you to the area, and what are your thoughts on the city thus far?
A: My husband started his Emergency Medicine Residency here, so we'll be around for some time. I love Boston! The city is full of beauty, culture, history, art, and so many activities to do. I'm excited to be able to experience all four seasons, too!
Q: What is one of your non-dental talents that might surprise us?
A: I'm an avid amateur photographer! I use photography as a creative outlet to find unique perspectives on things in daily life. You can find some of my photographs here.
Q: Where is the most interesting city you've ever visited?
A: Boston, of course! And Arusha, Tanzania. This trip to Africa was where my decision for dentistry was solidified as we worked at a health clinic there. Also, the setting was perfect for photography as well.
Q: What kinds of questions do you like being asked by patients?
A: I'm a pretty open person and like to talk with my patients because I think that going to the dentist should be a pleasant experience. Patients should feel comfortable voicing their questions to me about dentistry, but also life in general. I love being asked about the procedure that's on the schedule and having the opportunity to describe both what to expect and why it's planned!