Our Clinical Team

Kaitlin Friary

Kaitlin Friary

Registered Dental Hygienist

Kaitlin's Bio

As a hygienist, Kaitlin works to deliver quality healthcare to patients and educates them based on an individualized needs approach.   Kaitlin discovered her love for oral health at a young age and began her career as a dental assistant when she was only 16-years-old, eventually becoming a hygienist. Her passion for giving back and serving the underserved inspired her to join Virtudent. She comes to the team motivated to help deliver quality oral health care to all.

Kaitlin went to Tunxis Community College for hygiene school and received her bachelors in Psychology from Western New England College. When she isn’t helping spread greater grins at Virtudent, you can find her baking or hiking with her four legged best friend Kemba!

Susan Walker

Susan Walker

Registered Dental Hygienist

Susan's Bio

As a hygienist for Virtudent, Susan works to bring preventative dental care to patients in the office. After graduating from both Boston University and Forsyth College at Mass College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, she worked in private practice for almost five years and saw firsthand many issues for patients having access to quality care. Susan joined with Virtudent after being inspired by the mission to address larger issues with access to care, and is excited to work with a team driven by a focus on prevention and a patient first approach.

When she isn’t helping spread greater grins at Virtudent, Susan is a volunteer with the Women’s Lunchplace of Boston and also serves on legislative action committees at the MSPCA.

Kimberly Carpenter

Kimberly Carpenter

Registered Dental Hygienist

Kimberly's Bio

Meet Kim by watching video here!

Kim brings to Virtudent a wealth of experience and a drive to always improve both her skills in preventative dental care as well as patient experience. She prides herself in providing the most up to date care while maintaining patient satisfaction and comfort. Kim is an alumni of Mount Ida College where she returned to serve as a clinical instructor after graduating magna cum laude. While an instructor, she held clinical hygiene positions in specialities ranging from pediatrics to periodontics. Seeking growth and a fresher perspective on the field of dental hygiene, Kim joined Virtudent. She wholeheartedly believes in Virtudent’s mission of doing good while doing well.

When she isn’t spreading greater grins, Kim enjoys spending time with her husband Joe, rooting for the New England Patriots, listening to country music, and being the fun aunt to her nieces and nephews.

Dr. Scott Odell

Dr. Scott Odell

Dental Director

Dr. Odell's Bio

Dr. Scott Odell has practiced dentistry for over 35 years. Prior to joining Virtudent, Dr. Odell served as faculty at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine (PDM), where he served as Director of the Medically Complex Clinic (providing comprehensive dental care to patients), Director of the Oral Medicine Honors Program, Co-Director of Radiology Honors program, Director of the Admissions & Emergency Department, and Chief of the Emergency Care Clinic. In Radiology, Dr. Odell reviewed CBCT scans, taught students the intricacies of reading conventional and advanced radiographs. As a Clinical Professor at PDM, Dr. Odell won 10 awards for excellence in teaching. He is a 2 time winner of the Outstanding Service to Students, twice he won the Outstanding Teaching Award and a 6 time winner of the Appleton Excellence in Clinical Teaching Award.

Dr. Odell graduated from Williams College in 1978 with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and subsequently graduated from Penn Dental Medicine in 1982. After graduating from dental school, he entered private practice in a suburb of Philadelphia. For 20 years, Dr. Odell developed his practice by performing all aspects of general dentistry. He is a member of the American Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry. Additionally, Dr. Odell has a Master’s degree in Actuarial Science from Temple University where he earned the Dean’s Certificate of Excellence and was admitted to Gamma Iota Sigma. He enjoys running and following local and professional sports, as well as spending time with his wife and children.

Laura Pargas

Laura Pargas

Registered Dental Hygienist

Laura Pargas's Bio

Laura’s family immigrated from Portugal with 8 children. She learned at a very young age that dental care was a privilege to some families who may not always have access to care. She became a dental hygienist to help bridge that gap and has over 16 years in the dental field. She also has extensive experience in private practice and has many years of experience in mobile dentistry, specifically working with the under served.

Laura lives in New Hampshire, with her husband and 2 children where she also owns and operates their family pizza place. She enjoys camping with her family in Old Orchard Beach, Maine.  She recently earned her Master’s of Science in Public Health from Southern New Hampshire University.

Emily Kelley

Emily Kelley

Registered Dental Hygienist

Emily Kelley's Bio

Watch this video to learn more about Emily, our in house Mandarin specialist!

 

April Castellano

April Castellano

Registered Dental Hygienist

April Castellano's Bio

 

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Our Clinical Support Team

Faith Cassetana

Faith Cassetana

Patient Success Manager
Faith's Bio

As the Patient Success and Revenue Cycle Manager, Faith oversees all the details that keep Virtudent running smoothly for our team and our patients. One of the most rewarding parts of her role is working with a group of people who share the same dedication for helping others.

Faith has over fifteen years of experience in Dental Administration ranging from chair side assistance to office management. What has kept Faith passionate about dentistry is being able to have a hand in assisting patients to successfully reach their oral health goals. Learning that Virtudent has a focus on providing dental care to patients that is easy, affordable, and accessible, proved that Virtudent was the right fit for Faith. Through her adept management of the overall patient experience, Faith ensures that our core values are maintained and translated to each and every patient. She is readily available to address and assist with any questions or concerns patients may have in order for them to successfully reach their oral healthcare goals.

Faith has a passion for traveling, reading, personal styling, and organizing. When she isn’t at work, you can usually find her pursuing one of these activities.

 

 

Debbie Kenny

Debbie Kenny

Customer Success Director

Debbie Kenny's Bio

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Joe Lucchesi

Joe Lucchesi

Client Partnerships Executive

Joe's Bio

As a Client Partnerships Executive at Virtudent, Joe helps Virtudent build and maintain relationships with companies throughout the state of Massachusetts and helps bring the gold standard of preventive dental care to busy employees. Having this tangible impact on the lives of others through his day-to-day work is what drew Joe to join the Virtudent team.

Before helping Virtudent spread greater grins, Joe worked in sales and account management at ZipCar and also CarGurus, where he helped launch and grow new products as both companies scaled and matured. He holds a BA in Marketing from Saint Joseph’s University – Erivan K. Haub School of Business. While not spending time spreading the greater grins at Virtudent, you can find him on a soccer field reliving the glory days, traveling to Connecticut to visit his family, or relaxing listening to his favorite record.

Hannah Nunez

Hannah Nunez

Operations Manager

Hannah's Bio

As Virtudent’s Operations Associate, Hannah works to make sure day-to-day functions run smoothly. Hannah began her career in the nonprofit sector, working wholeheartedly to resettle refugee families in the United States. Through this work, she witnessed how difficult it is to navigate the current healthcare system, which inspired Hannah to join Virtudent. She comes to the team motivated by the company’s mission to do good while doing well and is eager to play a role in making healthcare accessible and affordable to people of all walks of life.

 

Hannah graduated from Harvard College in 2015. When she isn’t helping spread greater grins at Virtudent, you can find her exploring New England, camping, and trying new recipes at home.

 

Ryan Spillane

Ryan Spillane

Director, Client Partnerships
Ryan's Bio

After 8 years of excelling in sales and marketing at Forrester and Hubspot, Ryan wanted to commit his skills to a mission that would allow him to do good while doing well. He found a home at Virtudent.

In 2007, after graduating with a B.A. in Economics from the University of Vermont, Ryan lived in Southeast Asia and Nicaragua, where he taught economics while implementing healthcare programs with local NGO’s. His passion for taking on challenges that lead to impactful changes coupled with his abilities to bridge viewpoints and foster collaborations are central to Virtudent’s efforts as we work to change the course of oral healthcare delivery.

 

Dr. Hitesh Tolani

Dr. Hitesh Tolani

Founder & CEO

Dr. Tolani's Bio

After Hitesh graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, he trained in pediatric, special needs, and public health dentistry. He completed his BS magna cum laude in computer science with an emphases in math and biology from Wofford College. Today Dr. Tolani serves as an adjunct faculty at Tufts School of Dental Medicine in the department of Public Health and Community Service while also serving as an advisor for students interested in healthcare and entrepreneurship careers at Harvard College.

Hitesh’s personal story is compelling. His success led to national immigration precedent and emphasized for him first-hand the meaning of supporting others, as he watched over 35,000 people selflessly advocate for him and his family. This life experience drives Hitesh’s commitment to do for others and as a public health oriented dentist, Hitesh has worked to fulfill this commitment through expanding access to oral healthcare.

Hitesh conceptualized, nurtured and built the foundation for Virtudent at the Harvard Innovation Labs and eventually launched the company with three desires: 1) To pay forward the kindness shown to him; 2) To advocate for all patients to have high quality, ethical, and transparent care; and 3) To increase access to care for those who are unable to access dentistry, a basic healthcare need.

Today, when asked about Virtudent’s commitment to do good while doing well, Hitesh very gratefully points back to those 35,000 individuals who supported him and his family.

 

John Voith

John Voith

Co-founder & COO
John's Bio

John’s passion for revolutionizing healthcare is personal: it developed after he and his family had to navigate our complicated healthcare system during the illness and eventual loss of his mom. After receiving his BA from Harvard, John dove into improving our healthcare system as a healthcare consultant, through healthcare startups, and eventually joined athenahealth. In his seven-year tenure there, he focused on improving doctors’ communication methods across institutions by helping to launch and run operations and product management initiatives, including the CommonWell Health Alliance. In addition to a BA, John also holds a Masters in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business.

John teamed up with Hitesh to build Virtudent in a strong commitment to patient care: to innovate patient care delivery and to play a part in moving The U.S. healthcare system toward more affordable higher-quality care. John’s extensive hands-on experiences coupled with his passion for improving care delivery offers the vision needed for a paradigm shift in oral healthcare delivery.