All of our professionals at South Shore Children's Dentistry maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest trends in dentistry.

 

Kristine Achille Grazioso, DMD

Dr. Kristine 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. Grazioso is a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. She received the Richard Pugh Award from the ABPD for scoring in the top 3% nationally on the Comprehensive Written Examination.

She is a graduate of the Massachusetts Dental Society’s Leadership Institute, and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry’s Legislative Workshop for Leaders in Pediatric Dentistry. She is actively involved in grassroots efforts on the state and national level to promote issues important to dentistry and to the patients she serves, having lobbied at the State House as well as in Washington DC. Dr. Grazioso is the Chair of the Standing Committee on Legislative and Government Affairs at the Massachusetts Dental Society and has served as the New England/New York representative on the Council of Government Affairs for the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. She is also a consultant to the Council on Clinical Affairs at the Massachusetts Dental Society.

Dr. Grazioso is a past President of the Massachusetts Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and is currently an active member of the MAPD. Dr. Grazioso has been on the dental staff at Franciscan Hospital for Children in Brighton, MA since 1998, where she cares for patients under general anesthesia in the Operating Room when they are unable to be cared for in our office setting.

Dr. Grazioso's goal for South Shore Children's Dentistry is to provide a warm and caring environment for children and their families while at the same time providing the highest quality dental care in a hi-tech setting.  She aims to treat each child as an individual and as she would want her own children to be treated.  Her hope is that the children who "grow up" at SSCD become adults who actually enjoy going to the dentist, not fear it!

Dr. Grazioso has a kinship for treating patients with special needs, particularly those on the autism spectrum.  The Friendship Home in Norwell, MA holds a special place in her heart.  Dr. G feels grateful for her patients and their families and all that they have done to enrich her life, and tries to "pay it forward" whenever possible!

She currently resides in Marshfield with her husband, Henry, and their sons, Alex and Nicholas. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, running, skiing, boating, and loves days at the beach.

Anne R. Kuczma, DMD

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 working as an environmental scientist, she decided to make a career change. She 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, she was inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon dental honor society. In 2009 she completed her residency in pediatric dentistry at Children’s Hospital Boston. While a resident, Dr. Kuczma 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.

Dr. Kuczma lives in Norwell with her husband Damian, children Callan, Andrew and Bridget. In her free time, Dr. Kuczma enjoys running, swimming, and spending time with her family.
 

Mina M. Schafft, DMD

Dr. Mina M. Schafft (a.k.a. Dr. S) graduated from the University of Florida in 1999 with a B.S. in Nutrition and from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine where she received her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree in 2003. 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 returned to Boston and completed her post-graduate training in 2007 at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. During her training, Dr. Schafft returned to her native land in Nicaragua and provided dental care in underserved areas. While a resident she conducted research on several methods of preventative dentistry.

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

Dr. Schafft lives in Braintree with her husband, Dan, and their twin boys Logan and Christian, and daughter Gabriella. In her free time, Dr.Schafft enjoys cooking and spending time with her family.

Julie Fitzpatrick, Practice Administrator                                                                                                   

Julie Fitzpatrick is a 1989 graduate of The College of the Holy Cross, where she graduated with a B.A. in chemistry, pre-law.  After graduating from Holy Cross, Julie went to work as a Senior Systems Engineer for IBM.  While at IBM, Julie honed her skills as a large systems networking specialist and managed the domestic relationships between IBM and Polaroid Corporation and The Norton Company (Saint-Gobain Corporation).  As a large system networking specialist, Julie offered consulting opinions on network design and administration for IBM’s largest clients in New England.

In 1991, Julie left IBM and went to work for a software middleware company located in Newport, RI called Early, Cloud & Co.  While at Early Cloud, Julie was Product Manager supporting the rollout of a new middleware networking solution called MDp.  In this role, Julie got to travel the world working with some of the world’s largest organizations including Swiss Bank, Deutsche Bank, Bank of America, and Santander Bank.  Julie was lucky enough to spend every six months in Australia while supporting the Austral-Asia rollout of the product.  When the company decided its long term strategy was to be bought by IBM, Julie was one of two people selected to develop the company’s business plan and to pitch the offer to IBM.  IBM acquired Early, Cloud & Company in 1993 and Julie’s service was retroactively reinstated at IBM.

So for the second time, Julie left IBM and decided to explore the consulting world.  Julie went to work for a company called Technology Solutions Company as the Senior Vice President of Marketing for this publicly traded, diverse consulting firm with over 1,500 employees.  The Board of Directors decided to realize the full potential of the stock value by taking one of its primary business units (Customer Relationship Management) and spinning it out into its own publicly traded company.  Julie was fortunate to get to select which company she wished to work with and Julie decided to join the team of the newly formed company, eLoyalty.  Julie worked closely with a handful of people and successfully supported the spinout of this company as ELOY on the NASDAQ.

Shortly after eLoyalty was spun out, Julie learned that one of her two children was diagnosed with autism.  Julie and her family made a difficult decision and chose to have Julie work on securing appropriate services and supports for her children and left high technology marketing.  As part of this journey, Julie was asked to speak at a number of venues to tell her family’s story and share their experiences.  Following one of these speaking engagements, Julie was contacted by the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council (MDDC).  Governor Mitt Romney appointed Julie to serve on an advisory Council which gives guidance and opinions to the senate, house, and governor’s office on issues facing families with developmentally disabled members.  When Governor Romney left office, Julie was then re-appointed by Governor Deval Patrick and was elevated to the position of Chairperson.  Julie has served as the Chair of the MDDC for 8 years and is slated to roll off of the Council in October 2015.

Like the rest of the staff, Julie loves what she does – she enjoys helping families and without hesitation believes that SSCD is a unique place providing unparalleled care to its patients.  She currently resides in Hanover with her husband, Jason, and their two children.  In her spare time, she enjoys being with her family, cheering on her New England Patriots, attending her daughter's classical/opera recitals, and going to art shows with her son.