Dr. Tara L. Groff, a Massachusetts native, was born and raised in Dedham. Dr. Groff graduated with honors from Dedham High School, at which time she left Massachusetts to pursue her undergraduate degree at Loyola University in Baltimore, Maryland, where she graduated Cum Laude with her Bachelor of Science degree in 2007.
Dr. Groff was the recipient of a prestigious United States Air Force Health Professions Scholarship, which enabled her to receive her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts in 2011. During dental school, Dr. Groff conducted research projects utilizing sociodemographic factors to determine their relationship with the presence of white lesions and early childhood caries, as well as to determine the prevalence of early childhood caries in rural versus urban communities.
Upon graduation from Tufts, Dr. Groff entered into active duty in the United States Air Force and served as a general dentist in the rank of Captain at Travis AFB, CA until 2015. During her time as an Air Force dentist, Dr. Groff received numerous service awards and was a critical member of the hospital staff. Additionally, while in California, Dr. Groff was able to serve as an adjunct faculty member of Integrated Reconstructive Dental Services at the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry.
Following her military commitment, Dr. Groff obtained her certificate in Pediatric Dentistry and completed her Master of Science in Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 2017. Dr. Groff’s master’s thesis explored the diagnosis and treatment of infants with ankyloglossia or tongue-tie by dental providers.
Dr. Groff has now returned to Massachusetts to start her pediatric dental practice at Hanover Pediatric Dentistry and she couldn’t be more excited! She can’t wait to provide her genuine dedication to children’s oral healthcare to you and your families.
Dr. Groff is a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist and a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Groff is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Dental Association, The Massachusetts Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the Massachusetts Dental Society, the South Shore District Dental Society, and the Kenneth A. Easlick Society.
Dr. Groff is married to her wonderful husband, Michael, and they have two sons, Keaton and Jaxon. Dr. Groff loves to spend time with family and friends, ski, and practice hot yoga. She is also a die-hard Boston sports fan and supporter of the Armed Services.
Dr. Patrick D. McCarty is a dentist anesthesiologist that provides I.V. sedation and general anesthesia at Hanover Pediatric Dentistry. He is a graduate of Boston College, the University of Southern California School of Dentistry, and completed a residency in anesthesiology at the Mount Sinai Hospital & School of Medicine, in New York City.
Dr. McCarty is Board Certified through the American Dental Board of Anesthesiology & the National Dental Board of Anesthesiology.
Martin A. Kaplan, D.M.D. has practiced Pediatric Dentistry in Massachusetts for 41 years. He had been a volunteer part-time adjunct clinical instructor in the Pediatric Post-graduate Department at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston from 2006 -2017. He was the first dentist in the country to perform infant frenum laser procedures with Light Scalpel in 2013.
In 2016, Dr. Kaplan became the First Pediatric Dental Specialist to obtain his Diplomate status in the prestigious American Board of Laser Surgery (ABLS) and was elected to be the Director of Dental Laser Surgery for the ABLS.
He has lectured nationally and internationally and has co-authored several dental articles and has been a contributing author in several dental texts including the first ever Laser Surgery Atlas for the Treatment of Infant Tongue & Lip Ties.
Dr. Kaplan was instrumental in developing the first in the country comprehensive Infant Laser Frenotomy class which has been co-presented with other specialists in the laser and lactation professions at Tufts University Dental/Medical Center in Boston. These classes are now offered throughout the USA at various universities and continuing education training centers. Last year (2018) he was the only USA based dentist to be invited to participate in an international tongue tie panel organized by the USLCA (Unites States Lactation Consultant Association).
In January of 2018 he became associated with Dentistry by Dr. David in Bolton, MA where he continues to accept and treat newborns. Additionally, this practice is allowing Dr. Kaplan to bring Laser Frenum Surgery to a broader age range of patients (newborn through senior) where Tongue & Lip Tie do impact Speech, Sleep Disordered breathing, Adult Sleep Apnea and Migraine and TMJ related issues where these restrictions have affected oral motor function. In his limited spare time, he practices Kenpo Karate Martial Arts in Norwood MA with his instructor Craig Low (an 8th Degree black belt & Advanced Jeet Kune Do instructor) and has attained the level of 5th Degree black belt. In his remaining free-time he is becoming a Ball Room Dancer at Arthur Murray Studios in Boston.