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David A. Tesini, DMD, MS
13 Norcross Road
Hopkinton, MA 01748


1964 - 1967
West Springfield High School, West Springfield, MA St. Michael’s College, Winooski, VT, Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, D.M.D. Department of Public Health, Burlington, VT, Externship, Dental care for the Fernald State School, Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center Externship, summer Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, Post-graduate Pedodontics - New England Medical Center, Clinical Fellow, Department of Pediatric Master of Science Degree, Tufts University
Omicron Kappa Upsilon, National Dental Honor Society American Society of Dentistry for Children, Certificate of Merit Dr. John C. Hartnett Lectureship: Dental Care for Handicapped Citizens, Colonel Donald G. Cook, U.S.M.C. Citizenship Award American Dental Association, Council on Community Health, Hospital, Institutional and Medical Affairs, Award for significant contributions to increase access to comprehensive dental care for special population groups American Dental Association, Council on ADA Sessions Certificate of recognition for meritorious service to the people of Venezuela AWARDS, FELLOWSHIPS and RECOGNITION (continued):

Fellow of the Academy of Dentistry for the Handicapped (FADH) Fellow of the International College of Dentists (FICD) Fellow of the American College of Dentists (FACD) Fellow of The Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh, Scotland (FDS RCSEd)

American Dental Association/Massachusetts Dental Society American Society of Dentistry for Children Massachusetts Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Area Health Education Council, Dental Task Force, Springfield, MA Council on Dental Health and Health Planning, Massachusetts Dental Society Board of Directors, Academy of Dentistry for Persons with Disabilities American Association of Pediatric Dentists Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect, Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Standards of Care Committee, A.D.H., Developed Oral Health Care Guidelines for Patients with Physical and Disabilities, published by the American Dental Association Health and Habilitative Services Advisory Council, Massachusetts Department Metropolitan District Dental Society Executive Committee Chairman, Council on Dental Health and Health Planning, Massachusetts Chairman, Subcommittee for the Prevention and Treatment of Sports Related Board of Directors, Federation of Special Care Organizations in Dentistry, ORGANIZATIONS AND COMMITTEES (continued):

1994 - 1995
President, Academy of Dentistry for Persons with Disabilities, Chicago, IL Reviewer, Journal of Special Care in Dentistry, Chicago, IL
1994 - present
Reviewer, Journal of Pediatric Dentistry, Chicago, IL A.D.A. representative to Technical Advisory Committee on Mental Health and Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Vice Chairman, Professional and Technical Advisory Committee on Mental Disabilities, Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), Chicago, Illinois Treasurer, Federation of Special Care Organizations in Dentistry, Chicago, IL Panel of Examiners for Membership Diploma in Special Needs Dentistry, Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh, Scotland

1988 - present
Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Tufts Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Tufts Associate-Chief Dentist, Tufts Dental Facility for the Handicapped Director, Tufts Dental Facility at Monson, Palmer, MA Director, Tufts Dental Facility at Belchertown, Belchertown, MA Director, Tufts Dental Facility at Glavin, Shrewsbury, MA Lecturer, Department of Oral Pediatrics, Boston Floating Hospital, and Coordinator for Special Needs Dental Hygiene Outreach Program, FACULTY APPOINTMENTS (continued):

1994 - 2002
Research Coordinator, Tufts University General Practice Residency Program,

Metrowest Medical Center at Leonard Morse Campus, Natick, MA Lemuel Shattuck Hospital, Jamaica Plain, MA Boston Floating Hospital, Tufts New England Medical Center, Boston, MA PRESENTATIONS:
“Patient Management and Plaque Control”, Tufts Alumni Association Annual “Comparison of Periodontal Disease in Institutionalized and Non-Institutionalized Mentally Retarded Children”, IADR Annual Meeting, Miami, FL “Radiographic Techniques in Pedodontics”, lecture, TUSDM “Dental Management of Recurrent Herpes Simplex Virus Infections”, Second Annual Symposium of Pediatric Medicine for the Pedodontist “Dental Care for Handicapped Children and Children with Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate”, Quincy Vocational School, Dental Assisting Program “Dental Care for Handicapped Children”, Springfield Technical Community “Dental Care for the Developmentally Disabled”, Lecture Department of Oral “Designing a Preventative Program for Institutional and Community Facilities”, Dental Management for the Handicapped Patient, Symposium “Preventative Dentistry for the Handicapped”, Yankee Dental Congress, “Management of Crossbites in the Primary Dentition”, Memorial Hospital “Community Based Dental Prevention and Referral Programs for the Massachusetts Dental Hygienists Association, PRESENTATIONS (continued):

Nov, 1981
“The Dental Hygienist in Treatment of the Handicapped Patient”, Massachusetts Public Health Dental Hygienists “Functional Considerations of the Management of Crossbites in the Primary Dentition”, Annual Meeting Massachusetts Dental Society “Dentistry for the Patient with Special Needs”, Middlesex Community College “Development of Community Dental Services for Handicapped/MR Citizens”, Sixth Congress of the International Association of Dentistry for the “Management of Posterior Crossbites in Primary Dentition”, Table Clinic, 83rd Appliances”, Rhode Island Dental Assistants “Pedodontic-Orthodontic Appliances”, Yankee Dental Congress, “Designing a Preventative Program for the Community”, in Dental Management of the Handicapped Child in the Private Office Setting, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, Boston, MA “Sealants - Clinical and Practical Applications”, Worcester District Dental Hygiene Association Annual Meeting, Marlboro “Development of Tempro-Mandibular Joint and Functional Considerations in Massachusetts Dental Society, Boston, MA “A Forum: Addressing Issues of Access to Dental Care for Special Needs Toothprint™ Bite Impressions: a New England K.I.D.S. Program Annual Preceptor Conference, Tufts University Table Clinic American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Annual Meeting. Toothprint™ Bite Impressions: A program between the Massachusetts Academy and New England K.I.D.S., Washington, D.C. “The Effects of Oral Defects on the Nutrition of Children”, The Right to Grow, Putting nutrition services into action for children with special long term developmental and health needs, Boston, MA
PRESENTATIONS (continued):

Nov, 1986
Sterling D. Garrard Memorial Symposium: “Community Health Care Services for Adults with Mental Retardation”, Participant in Consensus Committee, M. Michael Cohen, Sr. Conference, “Dental Care for Persons with Special “Pediatric Endodontics”, Seminar for Post Graduate Endodontic students, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine Presentation at 40th Annual Meeting of American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry to Subcommittee on Child Abuse and Neglect on Dental “Clinical Update on Sealants”, Yankee Dental Congress, Boston, MA “The Mutual Access Program for the Delivery of Dental Services for Community Clients”, Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA “Approach to the Fundamentals of Orthodontics,” Nice, France “Thumbsucking - The Pacifier You Can’t Throw Away”, Leonard Morse “Tongues, Thumbs, and Other Interceptive Problems”, Yankee Dental “Fifty Commonly Asked Questions in Pediatric Dentistry”, Massachusetts Dental Assistants Association, Boston, MA “Managing the Pediatric Dental Patient (Behavior and Habit Management)”, Everett Dental Study Club, Everett, MA; Southeastern Dental Assistants “Dental Care for Patients with Disabilities”, Health Promotion Project National “Models for Access and Dental Care Delivery for Patients with Disabilities”, Sixth Annual Conference on Special Care Issues in Dentistry, Chicago, IL “A Review of Standards of Care Guidelines for Patients with Physical and Dental Association Meeting, Las Vegas, NV
PRESENTATIONS (continued):
“Models for Development of a Comprehensive Care Program for Disabled Persons in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia” (grant proposal), King Abdulazzi “Standards of Care in Dentistry”, Springfield Dental Study Club, Springfield, “Pediatric Dentistry for the General Practitioner”, Continuing Education Program, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, given in Spring each “Non-Sedative Behavior Management of Children”, Middlesex District Dental “Current Concepts and Clinical Vignettes for the Practitioner Treating Patients with Special Needs”, ASDC Annual Meeting, Naples, FL “Sedative vs. Non-Sedative Management of Behavior of Persons with “Statistics and Occurrence of Orofacial Sports Related Injuries” at the Annual Meeting of Academy of Sports Dentistry, Columbus, OH “Pediatric Dentistry for the General Practitioner,” Middlesex District Dental
Oct, 2000
“Dental Care and Behavior Management for Difficult Children and Children with Special Needs”, Springfield Technical Community College Continuing “Behavior Management of the Pediatric Dental Patient”, Providence District “Dentistry for Impoverished Children in this Country and Abroad”, Yankee “Solving Common Pediatric Dentistry Dilemmas: Point/Counterpoint”, “Considerations in Early Orthodontic Treatment for Patients with Special Needs”, Annual Meeting, American Society of Maxillofacial Prosthedontics,
Jan, 2002
“Contemporary Issues in Pediatric Dentistry”, Yankee Dental Congress,
PRESENTATIONS (continued):

“Update in Pediatric Dentistry for the General Practitioner”, Tufts University, Boston, MA “Behavior Management Protocols”, General Practice Residency Series, Tufts University, Boston, MA “Fireside Chat: Treating Patients with Autism Spectrum Disorders”, with Dr. Clive Friedman, Special Care Dentistry Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL “Live Your Dreams”, with Dr. Greg Psaltis, Univ. of Washington Continuing Dental Education and American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Mediterranean Cruise PUBLICATIONS:
Ficarelli, J., Tesini, D., and Kane, J., “Recurrent Herpes Simplex Virus Considerations.” J. Pedodontics 1 (3):225-239, 1977 Kane, J., Tesini, D., and Ficarelli, J., “Recurrent Herpes Simplex Virus Considerations.” J. Pedodontics 1 (3):225-239, Tesini, D., Chang, T.W., Ficarelli, J., and Kane, J., “Recurrent Herpes Simplex and Pathogenesis.” J. Pedodontics 1 (3):208- Senzamici, N.P., and Tesini, D., “An Approach to Obturation Using Apical Maturity as a Consideration in Endodontic Treatment of Young Permanent Teeth.” J. Pedodontics 1 (2):177-183, 1977 Tesini, D., “Analysis of Oral Conditions in Mentally Retarded, Association of Subnormal IQ Level and Oral Disease in Institutionalized and Non- Institutionalized Individuals”, Masters Thesis, Tufts University, 1979 Tesini, D., “Determinants in the Oral Hygiene Status of Mentally Retarded Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology, Nov-Dec 1980 Tesini, D., “An Annotated Review of the Literature of Dental Caries and Periodontal Disease in Mentally Retarded Individuals”, J. Dentistry for the Tesini, D., “Age, Degree of Mental Retardation, Institutionalization, and Dentistry, Oral Epidemiology, 1980:8:355- PUBLICATIONS (continued):

Nicolaci, A.B., and Tesini, D., “Improvement in the Oral Hygiene of Institutionalized Mentally Retarded Individuals Through Training of Direct Care Staff: A Longitudinal Study”, Special Care in Dentistry, 1982: vol 2, no. 5:217- Hassell, T., O’Donnell, J., Pearlman, J., and Tesini, D., et al., “Salivary Epileptics”, J. Chronic Disabilities, 36 Tesini, D., O’Malley, K., and Schwartz, S., “Dental Identification Systems: The Wax Bite Impression Technique”, J. Massachusetts Dental Society, vol 34 Tesini, D., “Providing Dental Services for Citizens with Handicaps: A Tesini, D., and Perlman, S.P., “The Effect of a Color-Changing Toothbrush With and Without Instruction on the Duration of Brushing”, Pediatric Dentistry Soporowski, N.J., Tesini, D., and Weiss, A., A Survey on Oro-Facial Sports Related Injuries: Demographics and Distribution, J. Massachusetts Dental Tesini, D.A., Harte, D.B., Crowley, K., “Dentistry’s Role in Identification of Missing and Unknown Children: Update on the Dental Bite Impression Massachusetts Dental Society, 48 (2): 29-ff., 1999 Tesini, DA, Finding Your Car in the Parking Lot: The role of parents and Direct Support Professionals in Providing Attention to Oral Healthcare Needs of the Child with Special Needs. Exceptional Parent Magazine, Oct 2001 Tesini, D and Thompson, T, Applications of Digital Images Derived from Toothprints Thermoplastic Bite Impression Wafer. J. Mass Dent Soc. 53(4):46-48. 2005
Tesini, David A., Developing Dental Health Education Programs for the Handicapped: A Training Manual and Reference Text, 1982 (2nd edition, Contributor in: Clinical Practice of the Dental Hygienist, Wilkins, E.M., 5th Edition, Lea and Febiger, Philadelphia, 1983 TEXTS AND MANUALS (continued):

Perlman, S.D., Friedman, C., and Tesini, D., Preventing Dental Diseases in Children With Disabilities, (A slide/text publication), Johnson and Johnson Dental Care Company, 1991 Contributor: Tesini, D.A., and Fenton, S., “Oral Health Needs of Persons with Physical or Mental Disabilities”, Practical Considerations in Special Patient in Care/ Dental Clinics of North America, July, 1994 Guest Editor: Journal of the Massachusetts Dental Society, vol 43 (4), Dedicated Issue: Prevention and Treatment of Sports Related Injuries, 1994, Contributor: Tesini, D.A., Soporowski, N.J., “Epidemiology of Orofacial Sports Related Injuries’”, Advances in Sports Dentistry / Dental Clinics of North Contributor: Practical Oral Care for People with Developmental Disabilities: Making a Difference. NIH Publication No. 04-5190 (May 2004) GRANTS AND PROJECTS:
Developing Dental Health Education Programs for the Handicapped; A Training Manual and Reference Text. May 1, 1982, through September 30, Clinical and Educational Externships for Dental Students in the Field of Dentistry for the Handicapped: October 1, 1981, through September 30, 1982, A Forum: Addressing Issues of Access to Dental Care for Special Needs Patients, May 14, 1984, Area Health Education Center Symposium funding for “Addressing Issues of Access to Dental Care for Persons with Autism Spectrum Disorders”. August 21, 2004, Banff, Canada, as part of the International Academy of Disability and Oral Health meeting. Funding from Nancy Lurie Marks Family Foundation, Wellesley, Massachusetts NLM Foundation provided funding to develop, film and distribute a 45 minute video on “Management of the Autistic Patient through the D-termed Program: A method of repetitive tasking.” This educational DVD is directed toward dentists and other dental personnel who interact with and treat individuals with autism spectrum disorder.

United States Patent Award: Toothprints™: Patent #4624640 on contoured wax wafer used in development of bite impression techniques used in identification of missing children and unknown persons. Project Stretch: Dentistry Reaching Out to Children, a children. Projects include developing dental and dental health education programs in Third World countries, rural “Dentistry for All”: The Massachusetts Spearheaded development of statewide dental access program for low income individuals. Over 1000 has won numerous awards. As of August 2002, over 30,000 patients have been approved for the program, and “Give Your Smile a Sporting Chance” In conjunction with Massachusetts Dental Society, started statewide mouthguard program acknowledged by Program at King Abdulazzi Dental School, Jedah, Saudi Spearheaded proposal for development of comprehensive care clinic, faculty training program, and interactive telecommunication program between Tufts University and King Abdulazzi Dental School Oral Health Care for Community Residences for Patients Disabilities: Improving Oral Health through tools and scoring guidelines to be used in community programs and group homes for patients with disabilities From Sept 2002 through Dec 2002 I was a consultant professor in the Department of Orthodontics at the University of Pavia, Pavia, Italy. I taught courses to post graduate orthodontic students and undergraduate dental students on “Oro-facial Disharmonies in Children with Special Needs”.


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