our braintree team

Braintree Team

Suzanne Konieczkowski, DMD

General Dentistry
General Dentistry

Biography & Education

Dr. Suzanne Konieczkowski, originally from Oregon, has enjoyed calling Boston her home since 2007. Graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree summa cum laude from the University of Oregon, she then attended the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. After earning her doctorate in dentistry, she pursued advanced dental training through the Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Massachusetts General Hospital Harvard General Practice Residency in Dentistry. Dr. Konieczkowski is a member of the American Dental Association and the Massachusetts Dental Society.

Dr. Konieczkowski enjoys providing comprehensive dental care that is attentive to the needs and desires of her patients. Her patient and calm personality helps her to care for children, patients with special needs, as well as those who are anxious about going to the dentist. Her hospital-based residency training has also prepared her for caring for patients with complex medical histories. Dr. Konieczkowski strives to make each dental visit a positive and pleasant experience for her patients.

• Bachelor of Science – University of Oregon
• Doctor of Medical Dentistry – Harvard School of Dental Medicine
• General Practice Residency – Brigham and Women’s Hospital & Massachusetts General Hospital Harvard General Practice Residency in Dentistry
• American Dental Association
• Massachusetts Dental Society
Dr. Konieczkowski and her husband love living in the Boston area. In her free time, she enjoys visiting family, exploring museums and national parks, reading, cooking, and volunteering for her church.

Patrick Townsend, DMD

General Dentistry
General Dentistry

Biography & Education

Dr. Patrick Townsend received his dental doctorate from Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine in Glendale, Arizona. After dental school, Dr. Townsend continued his training by completing a general practice residency program at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, CT specializing in emergency and restorative care. This hospital-based training program allows Dr. Townsend to care for patients with complex medical histories, especially those requiring special attention, communication, and coordination with treating physicians. Post-residency, Dr. Townsend was thrilled to return to Massachusetts where he received Bachelor degrees from Boston College in Biology and Theology.
As a general dentist, Dr. Townsend enjoys all areas of comprehensive dental care from preventive treatment and simple restorations to root canals, crown and bridge work and cosmetic care. Utilizing the special opportunity to work with specialists at Great Hill Dental, Dr. Townsend’s goal is to extend the highest level of service to each patient who enters the office, in a comfortable, pleasant, and respectful manner.
  • Bachelor of Science – Biology – Boston College
  • Bachelor of Arts – Theology – Boston College
  • Doctorate of Dental Medicine – Midwestern University – Arizona College of Dental Medicine
  • General Practice Residency – Hartford Hospital, Hartford, Connecticut

american academy of dental sleep medicine logo.Dr. Townsend has received certification from the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. The AADSM verifies the required continuing education in sleep dentistry.

Continuing education is a critical part of providing comprehensive care. I maintain professional affiliations in order to help further my knowledge and skill in all disciplines of dentistry and complete hours of additional training each year to provide the best services possible.

Dr. Townsend enjoys many outdoor activities including fishing, hiking, and camping. Dr. Townsend also enjoys watching and discussing his favorite sports teams, Chelsea F.C., the Yankees, Giants, and Knicks. Dr. Townsend resides in Back Bay and is married to his college sweetheart.

Lawrence E. Goodman, DMD

Periodontist
Periodontist

Biography & Education

It is always my goal to help people retain their natural teeth in health and function by restoring their smile and ability to eat and speak with comfort. I find the practice of periodontics to be extremely intellectually challenging and stimulating. Even after 20 years of practice, I continue to be fascinated by the various procedures for aesthetic gum treatment, dental implants, and regenerative therapy.

I regularly attend general dental and specialty conferences at the regional and national level to learn about the best, most effective ways to improve my patients’ periodontal health. Additionally, I was a pre-clinical instructor in Restorative Dentistry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine and a clinical instructor in Periodontology at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine.

My wife and I have been married for 20 years and we have two sons who are very active in their school sports. After work, I enjoy playing baseball, soccer, and basketball with my boys. I have been a Red Sox fan all my life, and more recently a supporter of the New England Revolution. I coach soccer and baseball, play softball, and in my leisure time, enjoy fishing, reading, and hiking.
Dr. Goodman now performs the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique

This breakthrough treatment, also known as Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation™ and Lunchtime Gum Lift™, is a scalpel-free, suture-free procedure for treating gum recession. To learn more about the Pinhole® Surgical Technique, please contact our office.

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Shailaja Thaker, DMD

Pediatric Dentistry
Pediatric Dentistry

Biography & Education

I am passionate about providing the highest quality of dental care to children in the most comfortable atmosphere possible. By doing this, I am helping my patients enjoy their dental experiences and learn great life-long oral habits. I am fully committed and dedicated to ensuring each little smile I treat gets nothing but the best and gentlest dental care available.

I take several continuing education courses throughout the year so I can keep informed about the newest and most proven research and developments in the field of pediatric dentistry. It is very important that I stay at the cutting edge of my field’s advancements so that I am able to provide each of the little smiles I treat with the utmost the dental industry has to offer.

The professional affiliations I maintain also help me further my knowledge and skill in the field of pediatric dentistry, allowing me to offer my patients the benefits of the best possible care.

I am originally from India and have called Boston my home for the last ten years. At home, my husband and I have two dogs, Moji and Leo. I enjoy yoga, running, and cooking.

Karim Salem, DMD

Orthodontist
Orthodontist

Biography & Education

My interest in Orthodontics initiated when I was a teenager, as I was a patient of my father who was my Orthodontist. My Orthodontic treatment started with me having to wear head gear and eventually braces. I do not remember complaining about it, but I was not sure it was going to fix my teeth, until I saw and compared the initial pictures taken at the beginning of my treatment, to the results at the end. I was fascinated by the results, and so grateful that my teeth looked nice, aligned, and no more overbite. Since then, I worked hard to follow my father’s steps and accomplishments. I take pride in making that change in people’s smiles and self-esteems. I like educating my patients, and most importantly making the whole process fun and comfortable.
Doctorate of Medical Dentistry Boston University School of Dental Medicine
Specialty Certificate in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics Tufts University School of Dental Medicine

My education and experience at Tufts University have provided me with an extensive fundamental basis for orthodontic diagnosis and care. Having successfully diagnosed and treated patients using different orthodontic mechanics including temporary anchorage devices (mini implants), Invisalign, and different types of clear and metal braces, has further enhanced my knowledge and clinical skills within the field of orthodontics. By attending continuing education courses and Conferences, I continue to learn and stay up to date with the newest technologies and methods in Orthodontics to reach the utmost level of care and effectiveness.

I grew up in Damascus, Syria, and moved to Boston in 2007. Outside the office, I enjoy getting together with my friends and family; explore new restaurants in the Back Bay, south end, and my favorite spot the water front area.

I enjoy playing basketball and exercising at the BU Gym, and I am a big Celtics fan, I also enjoy running along The Charles River, in my free time I enjoy playing Spanish guitar.

Maryanne Knasas Irwin, DMD

Endodontist
Endodontist

Biography & Education

By using state of the art technology, root canal therapy can often preserve a damaged tooth that would otherwise require extraction. I enjoy educating patients to have realistic expectations of what root canal therapy involves, while providing treatment that is skilled, compassionate, and pain free in a comfortable and relaxed environment.
  1. Bachelor of Science in Biology – Boston College
  2. Doctorate of Dental Medicine – Tufts University School of Dental Medicine
  3. General Practice Residency – Veterans Administration, West Palm Beach, FL
  4. Specialty certificate in Endodontics – Tufts University School of Dental Medicine
  1. American Dental Association
  2. Massachusetts Dental Society
  3. American Association of Endodontists
  4. Board Certified Diplomate – American Board of Endodontics
Outside the Office I enjoy reading, running, and spending time with my husband and our two daughters.