Our Caring, Professional Newton Team

Our team of award-winning dentists and dental professionals provide high level of general and specialty dental care with a commitment to modern investment in technology.

Our Caring, Professional Newton Team

Our team of award-winning dentists and dental professionals provide high level of general and specialty dental care with a commitment to modern investment in technology.

Dr. Armin Ghamari

Dr. Ghamari graduated from New York University College of Dentistry with honors from the prestigious program in Esthetic Dentistry. Dr. Ghamari also received a masters degree in biomedical sciences from Barry University and a bachelors degree in economics from University of Virginia. He strongly believes in educating patients about their oral health and understanding their unique needs. Dr. Ghamari focuses on improving the patient experience and strives to make each visit more enjoyable. He emphasizes the importance of preventive therapy to enhance overall health.

Dr. Ghamari is a member of the American Dental Association and the American College of Healthcare Executives, demonstrating his commitment to maintaining the highest standards in the healthcare industry.

Outside of his professional endeavors, Dr. Ghamari enjoys traveling, cooking, and attending music concerts. He is interested in exploring different cuisines to learn about different cultures.

Dr. Brett Paredes

Brett Paredes was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. After receiving his Bachelor’s degree in 1993 from Occidental College in Los Angeles, California, he returned to his hometown to pursue the same career path as his father. He studied dentistry at Tufts University, where he earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree in 1997. Dr. Paredes then moved to South Florida where over the next six years, he would complete his internship and residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Jackson Memorial Hospital and the University of Miami. During this time, he concurrently attended the University of Miami School of Medicine, where he earned his Doctor of Medicine degree in 2001. After completing his surgical residency in 2003, Dr. Paredes furthered his training with an additional one-year fellowship in the Department of Anesthesiology at UM/Jackson Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Paredes has belonged to several professional organizations during his years in private practice. He is an active member of the Florida Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, and past president of the Miami Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

He is a Fellow of both the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and the American Dental Society of Anesthesia. He is a Diplomate of both the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and the National Dental Board of Anesthesiology.

Dr. Paredes also maintains certification in basic and advanced cardiac life support, as well as pediatric advanced cardiac life support.

Dr. Joseph Pierse

Dr. Joseph Pierse currently holds the rare distinction of both an Oral Maxillofacial Surgeon and a Prosthodontist with about 20 years of experience in the dental field. Dr. Pierse attended Hofstra University where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Master of Arts in Molecular Biology. Dr. Pierse went on to earn a Doctor of Dental Medicine from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine.

To further his education, he studied Prosthodontics and Oral Surgery. He was awarded the American Prosthodontics Society Scholarship Award from Tufts University which led him to earn a Certificate in Prosthodontics at New York Hospital Queens (New York-Presbyterian), an affiliate of Weill Medical College Cornell University. He then earned a Certificate in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at The Brooklyn Hospital Center, another affiliate of Weill Medical College Cornell University.

Dr. Natalia Hoffmann

Dr. Natalia Hoffmann graduated Summa Cum Laude from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and continued her studies at Tufts by receiving an advanced degree in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics. She believes that it is a high privilege to be able to improve patients’ smiles, often changing their lives and providing more confidence and personal satisfaction. Dr. Hoffmann has a deep understanding of her patients and enjoys developing a relationship with patients and their family, understanding their unique needs and wishes. In her free time she enjoys attending art exhibits and music concerts with her family, as well as spending time in nature.

Dr. Hoffman was given the Award for Excellence in Orthodontics by 42 North Dental in 2019.

Dr. Shailaja Thaker

Dr. Shalaija Thaker is a graduate of Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, where she earned her DMD. Dr. Thaker continued her education at Boston University, Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine where she earned both her Advanced Education in General Dentistry and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Pediatric Dentistry.

Dr. Thaker is passionate about providing the highest quality of dental care to children in the most comfortable atmosphere possible. By doing this, she helps her patients enjoy their dental experiences and learn great life-long oral habits. She is fully committed and dedicated to ensuring each little smile she treats gets nothing but the best and gentlest dental care available.

Dr. Thaker takes several continuing education courses throughout the year to stay informed about the newest and most proven research and developments in the field of pediatric dentistry. Dr. Thaker knows that it is very important that she stays at the cutting edge of the field’s advancements so that she is able to provide each of the smiles she treats with the utmost the dental industry has to offer.

Dr. Thaker is a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Dental Association, Massachusetts Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and the Massachusetts Dental Society.

Dr. Thaker was voted a Top Dentist by Boston Magazine in 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020.

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Great Hill Dental Partners Newton is in Newton located at the old Gentle Dental Newton location.

188 Needham St,
Newton, MA

(857) 299-7500

(617) 916-1632


Monday – Friday: 9 AM – 5 PM
Saturday: 9 AM – 3 PM (Every Other Saturday)

Great Hill Dental Locations


1610 Tremont St.,
Boston MA, 02120


20 Holland St., Suite #400,
Somerville, MA, 02144


39 Cross St., Suite 307,
Peabody, MA, 01960


100 Grossman Dr., Suite 210,
Braintree, MA, 02184


122 Chelmsford St.,
Chelmsford, MA, 01824


188 Needham St.,
Newton, MA, 02464